Sergey Ilyin graduated with distinction from the St. Petersburg State University in Russia with a combined B.Sc./M.Sc. degree in 1993. Following a fellowship at the Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he received an award from the Soros Foundation and accepted a full scholarship at the University of Delaware. Ilyin graduated from the University of Delaware with a Ph.D. degree in molecular biology/neuroimmunology under the mentorship of Professor Carlos R. Plata-Salaman, D.Sc., M.D., an expert in neurosciences with a focus in brain cytokine research. In this research, Ilyin described, for the first time, the integrative regulation of the brain interleukin-1 system under various pathophysiological conditions and in the induction and progression of anorexia in various models.

In 1999, Ilyin joined the Central Nervous System Research Team at the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research Institute as a postdoctoral research fellow. Following this, Ilyin was promoted through positions of increasing scope and responsibility that included establishing novel targets, projects, screening technologies and participation in several key drug-discovery projects. Ilyin is currently a group leader of bio-informatics at the Spring House facility of the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development LLC.

He has pioneered bioinformatic approaches in drug discovery; has conducted or directed projects in the areas of CNS, analgesia, vascularity, metabolism, oncology, and enterology; and has developed new approaches for target identification and validation. His activities also include data management and integration as well as research on biological markers for disease, drug efficacy, and safety applications, including identification and analysis of mechanisms of action. His responsibilities were later extended to translational technologies and approaches, including nonin-vasive imaging.

Ilyin has extensive experience in collaborating with different functions and teams within the company as well as with external networks and academic groups. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and has editorial responsibilities for several journals and books.

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