Anahit Hovhannisyan is a population geneticist with research focused on applying evolutionary genetics and genomics to study human populations. In particular, she is interested in studying Armenians' population history and genetic makeup using data on both modern and ancient genomes from the region. Anahit received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in bioengineering and bioinformatics from the Russian-Armenian University in 2012. Since 2011 she has worked in the evolutionary genomics laboratory at the Institute of Molecular Biology of the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia. In 2016, she got her Ph.D. in genetics from the National Academy of Sciences of Armenia.
She received a DoRa scholarship to make a six-month academic visit to Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia, during her studies. Since 2017, she has been ? visiting postdoc at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Anahit is actively involved in the archaeological excavations in a Palaeolithic cave of the Karin Tak in Artsakh. Since 2018, she has been appointed as the National Contact Point (NCP) for European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), which entails strengthening cooperation between the JRC and stakeholders from Armenia.