Nicolai Bovin


Professor of Biochemistry
School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Professor Nicolai Bovin’s chemistry career started with a bang. Those bangs mostly occurred as a young teenager when he was playing with fireworks to understand how the chemical reaction created such a result. Some of his other teenage science experiments also resulted in a couple of fires at his Moscow home, much to the dismay of his parents.

Professor Bovin wasn’t destined to fall into chemistry. His mother worked in agriculture and his father in book production. His desire to figure out how things worked drove him into chemistry at the Moscow State University. There he specialised in organic chemistry, the study of life and all of the chemical reactions related to life.

Over time he became more and more interested in biochemistry, the study of living organisms in particular and applications for them. Then in the mid to late eighties, Professor Bovin began specialising in glycobiology, which is the study of carbohydrates or sugars in the body.

Professor Bovin’s link to AUT began in the mid-90’s when he met Professor Steve Henry in France. At the time, Professor Henry was working on the technology we now know as Kode which can make living and non-living things behave differently.

In the early 2000’s Professor Henry and Professor Bovin began working together on Kode Technology. Professor Henry and his team at the AUT Centre for Kode Technology Innovation work on the ideas and the biological research. In Moscow at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Professor Bovin and a team of about ten people design the molecules for the innovations.

In 2016, Professor Bovin began a contract at AUT which sees him split his time between Moscow and Auckland. When he is in New Zealand, he works on Kode Technology, research and teaching at AUT’s School of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences and School of Science.

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