olga beliaeva

Assistant Professor

Research Areas
Retinoic acid biosynthesis pathway

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of metabolism of physiologically active compounds, in particular, fat-soluble vitamins and steroid hormones. My research is focused on the enzymes that control interconversion of vitamin A metabolites, and regulate cellular levels of its physiologically active derivatives, such as retinoic acid. I have a particular interest in the evolution of protein families involved in the retinoic acid biosynthesis pathway.


Graduate School
Institute of Molecular Genetics Russian Academy of Sciences


Office Location
Kaul Human Genetics Building
Room 466
720 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-0024


(205) 996-4024
(205) 934-0758 (Fax)

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