Valery A. Petrenko, PhD, DSc


Valery A. Petrenko Photo

Department of Pathobiology

Auburn University
College of Veterinary Medicine
1130 Wire Road
Auburn, AL 36849



DSc, Moscow State University, U.S.S.R, Chemistry, 1988
PhD, Zelinski Institute of Organic Chemistry, 1976
Moscow State University, U.S.S.R, 1972



Valery A. Petrenko, Professor in the Department of Pathobiology at Auburn University; graduated from Moscow State University, U.S.S.R (1972); received PhD and D.Sc. degrees in chemistry from the Zelinski Institute of Organic Chemistry (1976) and Moscow State University, U.S.S.R (1988), Honor Ranks of Senior Scientist in Bioorganic Chemistry (1984) and Professor in Molecular Biology (1992) from the Supreme Attestation Committee of the U.S.S.R.

His Ph.D. research focused on the synthesis of O-specific antigens of Salmonella, and D.Sc. – on directed engineering of DNA and proteins. In 1977 he moved to Novosibirsk and worked as Junior and Senior Scientist (1977-1982), Laboratory Head (1982-1985), Associate Director for Research (1985-1989), Director of Institute, Vice President for Research and Professor (1989-1993) in Scientific Association Vector (Novosibirsk, Russia). In 1993 he joined the faculty of University of Missouri-Columbia as Visiting Professor and Research Professor, and in 2000 – Auburn University as Professor and Graduate Faculty (2001).

In Auburn Dr. Petrenko established a research program focused on development of diagnostic and therapeutic probes using phage display and phage nanobiotechnology. Dr. Petrenko is recipient (PI) of grants from the Army Research Office, the National Institute of Health, Calvert Research LLC, and Auburn University, and CoPI in several collaborative grants.

He is recipient of the Pfizer Animal Health Awards for Research Excellence (2006, 2011), Auburn University’s Scholarship Incentive Award (2014), Auburn President’s Outstanding Collaborative Units Award in Pharmaceutical Engineering (2014). He is member of National Academy of Inventors Chapter (2013), Auburn University Research Initiative in Cancer (AURIC), National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer (2009) and Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine, included in “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare”, “Who’s Who in America” 2011 (65th Edition), “Who is Who in the World” (15th Edition) and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering” 2011-2012 (11th Edition).