Vanderbilt researcher Eduard Chekmenev, Ph.D., has been elected to the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) for his efforts to develop imaging markers for cancer and lung disease using hyperpolarized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Chekmenev, who holds dual citizenship in Russia and the United States, said that, to his knowledge, he is the first American scientist to receive the honorary title of Professor of the RAS. The official award ceremony will be held in Moscow on March 21.
A native of Perm, Russia, Chekmenev earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Louisville and joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 2009. He currently is associate professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering.
He and his team are developing hyperpolarized MRI probes that can produce significantly enhanced signals in high-throughput and low-cost molecular imaging. One day the probes may be used for population screening and to monitor the response of tumors to drug treatment, for example.
Chekmenev said the academy’s honor comes with great responsibility.
As an RAS Professor, he joins a new generation of young scientists who provide expertise of the highest caliber to the Russian National Academy and other government agencies. He also will promote science to the general public.