Tribute to Giorgi Eliava and Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage

Although little is known about Prof. Giorgi Eliava, without his diligent support of bacteriophage research, our knowledge of phage therapy might not have been achieved. A tribute to the life of Professor Eliava and the institute he founded is featured in the peer-reviewed journal PHAGE: Therapy, Applications, and Research. Click here to read the article.

Nina Chanishvil, of the George Eliva Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, Tbilisi, Georgia, and her co-authors provide insight into Eliava’s life, beginning with her studies to become a doctor. In 1917, Eliava took over as head of the Bacteriological Laboratory in Tbilisi. He went to France to work at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in 1919-1921 among several famous bacteriologists. In the early 1920s, he learned of the discovery of bacteriophages by Félix d’Hérelle and the two met, collaborated and became friends. Eliava returned to Georgia where in 1923 he initiated the founding of the Institute of Bacteriology, the antecedent of the current Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology. In 1937 Eliava was suddenly arrested by Stalin’s regime, sentenced to death and executed.

As the authors note, “In 2008, the institute founded a non-profit organization, the Eliava Foundation, which in turn formed several companies: Eliava Phage therapy Center, Diagnostic Center, Pharmacy and Eliava BioPreparations”.

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PHAGE: therapy, applications and research

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