Born in 1945 in Moscow. Member of Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). Founder and Head of Department of Bioengineering, Faculty of Biology, Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU). Head of Laboratory of Protein Bioengineering, M.M. Shemyakin and Yu.A. Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, RAS. Dean of Faculty of Biology, MSU.
Mikhail Kirpichnikov is a disciple of Prof. Alexander Baev, one of the founders of Russian molecular biology and genetic engineering. Mikhail Kirpichnikov is a major researcher in the field of physico-chemical biology, protein engineering, and biotechnology.
In 1989-2004 consequently worked as Head of Department of the Ministry of Science, Education and High Technology; Head of Department of Office of the Government of Russian Federation; Federal Minister for Science and Technology; Premier Deputy Minister for Industry, Science and Technology. Currently – Head of Higher Attestation Commission of the Ministry of Education of Russian Federation.
Mikhail Kirpichnikov is member of the Committee for Science and Education of the Federation Council of Russia; hi is also Co-chairman of the Technological Platform “Bioindustry and bioresources – Biotech 2030”, member of the Steering Committee of the Technological Platform “Medicine of the Future”, as well as occupies a number other public posts.