Vladimir V. Kutyrev was born on 30 August 1952. In 1975 he graduated with honours from the Saratov State Medical University, Faculty of General Medicine; in 1978 he graduated from the employee sponsored graduate programme in Microbiology at the Russian Anti-Plague Research Institute Microbe.
He holds a Candidate of Medicine degree (1979) and a Doctor of Medical Science degree (1992); he is a full professor in Microbiology (2001).
In 1997 V. Kutyrev was appointed Director of the Russian Anti-plague Research Institute Microbe.
V. Kutyrev is an Associate Fellow of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2005).
He is an Academician at the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2011) and an Academician at the Russian Academy of Sciences (2014).
His key areas of scientific focus include: studies of molecular genetic organization of genes that code the synthesis of pathogenic factors, molecular genetic mechanisms that ensure pathogenic characteristics in microorganisms, molecular foundations of interaction between pathogenic bacteria and the hosts’ and carriers’ bodies, and creation of up-to-date means and methods for diagnosis of dangerous infectious diseases based on molecular microbiology achievements. V. Kutyrev made a significant contribution to the three-tiered system of molecular monitoring of causative agents of dangerous infections aimed at improving the epidemiological surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, as well as ensuring the readiness of specialized medical epidemiological organizations to counteract bio-terrorist threats.
Under the leadership of V. Kutyrev a mobile Sanitary and Anti-Epidemic Squad (SAES) lab unit was developed and built. These variously specialized lab units are based on a chassis cab that allows conducting autonomously the entire range of research required to assess the epidemiological and sanitary-hygiene situation in an emergency zone. V. Kutyrev is the originator of the present-day strategy for using SAES for emergency response in the field of sanitary and epidemiologic population wellbeing, which allows varying the SAES staff and logistical support depending on the type of emergency.
He is the author and co-author of over 700 academic works, including 27 monographs and manuals and 64 patents for inventions and utility models.
V. Kutyrev is the Chairman of Coordinating Science Council for Sanitary and Epidemiological Defence of the Russian Federation. He has been heading the Coordinating Council for Problems of Sanitary Protection of the Commonwealth of Independent States for Introduction and Spread of Especially Dangerous Infectious Diseases.
He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Problems of Particularly Dangerous Infections journal; member of the Editorial Board of Problems of Virology, Public Health and Environment, and Health Risk Analysis journals; and editorial board member of Journal of Microbiology Epidemiology and Immunobiology and Saratov Medical Journal.
Honorary distinctions and state awards:
Recipient of the Russian Federation National Award in Science and Technology in 2001
Honoured Inventor of the Russian Federation (2010)
Order of Friendship (2015)
Order of Honour (2019)
Order of Merit for the Fatherland (IV Degree) (2021)