Baranov Oleg Yurievich, born 19 December 1977 in the city of Gomel, Republic of Belarus. Graduated from Francis Skorina Gomel State University, Faculty of Biology, Department of Botany and Plant Physiology, with a specialty in «Biology» (1999), PhD studies in the Institute of Forest the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (2002). Candidate of Biological Sciences (PhD) in «Forest Plantations, Selection and Seed Growing» (2003). PhD thesis: «Population and Genetic Structure of the Betula L. Genus Species in Belarus and Their Use in Forest Selection». Leading Research Scientist for the Laboratory of Genetics and Biotechnology at the Institute of Forest the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. Research interests in population genetics of woody plants and phytopathogens, forest breeding and phytopathology. Author and co-author of more than 120 scientific publications. Some of them: «Possibilites of Phytophthora identification as a group of new and economically important pathogens in forestry» In «Alien Invasive Species and International Trade», Warsaw, 2007; «Metody Molekulyarno-Geneticheskogo Analiza» (The Methods of Molecular Genetic Analysis), Minsk, 2007 (in Russian with summary in English); «Genetic effects of forest ecosystem transformation» In «Ekologicheskaya Genetika» (Ecological Genetics), 2008 (in Russian with English abstract); «Genetic identification of fungi colonizing seedlings of the Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in the forest nursery in Korenevka (Belarus)» In «Folia Forestalia Polonica», 2010; «Molecular-genetic diagnostics of fungi diseases in forest nurseries» In «Lesnoe i Okhotnichie Khozyaistvo» (Forest and Game Economy), 2012 (in Russian); «Basic principles for forming information-analytical system on pathogenic fungi species certification in forest nurseries» In «Trudy BGTU. Lesnoe Khozyaistvo» (Proc. BSTU. Forestry), Minsk, 2014 (in Russian with English abstract).