The founder of the school of thought Evgenii Nikanorovich Pavlovsky (1884-1965) worked at the Zoological Institute of the USSR Academy of Sciences from 1930 to 1965, and was a director of the Institute from 1942 to 1962.
Academician E.N. Pavlovsky possessed extensive knowledge in all zoological disciplines, geography, and medicine. He paid particular attention to parasitology, primarily to the study of its fundamental bases, i.e. morphology, ecology, systematics of parasitic arthropods. E.N. Pavlovsky founded the theory of natural focality of transmissive diseases. E.N. Pavlovsky has published more than 1200 scientific works, monographs included.
E.N. Pavlovsky was twice a prize winner of State Prize (1941, 1950) and Lenin Prize (1965). President of the All-Union Entomological Society of the USSR Academy of Sciences (1931-1965) and of Geographic Society (1952-1965) of the USSR Academy of Sciences.
Major publications of E.N. Pavlovsky:
Handbook on parasitology of man and theory on vectors of transmissive diseases. Moscow, Leningrad. 1946, 1, 521 p.; Moscow, Leningrad, 1948; 2:527-1022. (In Russian). (State Prize for 1949).
Natural focality of transmissive diseases in connection with landscape epidemiology of zooanthroponoses, Moscow, Leningrad, 1964. 211 p. (Lenin Prize for 1965).
At present Academician E.N. Pavlovsky's parasitological school of thought is headed by Prof. Yuri Sergeyevich Balashov. The school is comprised by the staff of the Parasitology Laboratory of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, including 7 Doctors of Sciences and 8 Kandidats of Sciences.
From 1955 to 1995 16 people completed their post-graduate study at the Laboratory of Parasitology.
From 1955 to 1995 under the guidance and with the assistance of specialists of E.N. Pavlovsky School of thought more than 30 dissertations for the Degree Kandidat of Sciences and 13 dissertations for the degree of Doctor of Sciences were prepared and defended.
At the Parasitology Laboratory students are trained for the MSc Degree at the St. Petersburg State University and also at the Novgorod State University
Scientific seminars headed by Prof., Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Yu.S. Balashov are held at the laboratory. Approximately 20 people participate in the seminar. A total of more than 40 sessions have been held.
The journal "Parazitologiya" published by the Russian Academy of Sciences was established at the Laboratory of Parasitology of the Zoological Institute in 1967, publishes articles on results of theoretical and fundamental research in the field of parasitology and also articles on applied research. The authors are researchers of Russian and foreign institutions. The Editor-in-Chief is Yu.S. Balashov, Deputy Editor-in-Chief is N.A. Filippova, Secretary S.V. Mironov.
The Laboratory of Parasitology has published 37 volumes of the "Parazitologicheskii Sbornik of the Zoological Institute". Editor-in-Chief is Yu.S. Balashov, Members of the Editorial Board - staff of the Laboratory.
Yu.S. Balashov is a member of the Editorial Council of the Zoological Institute, of the Editorial Board of the Periodical "Entomologicheskoye Obozreniye" published by the Russian Academy of Sciences.
N.A. Filippova - a member of the Editorial Board on the publication of the series "The Fauna of Russia and Neighbouring Countries" at the Zoological Institute, a member of the Editorial Board of the International Acarological Journal, USA (International Journal of Acarology, USA).
Yu.S. Balashov - Vice-Chairman of the Specialized Scientific Council for Conferment of Dr. Degrees in Specialities "Entomology" and "Parasitology". Vice-Chairman of Council on Parasitology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Chairman of Academician E.N. Pavlovsky Prize Commission of the Russian Academy of Sciences).
N.A. Filippova - a member of the Academician E.N. Pavlovsky Prize Commission of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Five staff members of the laboratory having the degree of Dr. Sc. are members of the Specialized Scientific Council for Conferment of degree of Dr. Sc. in specialities "Entomology" and "Parasitology".