Yakovlev joins biomedical engineering department, named Fellow of the Optical Society

Dr. Vladislav V. Yakovlev, who joined the faculty as professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in January, has been elevated to the rank of Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA).Photo of Dr. Vladislav V. Yakovlev

He is one of 66 individuals among OSA’s regular members to be so distinguished in 2012. Election to Fellow is based on outstanding contributions to optics through accomplishments in science and engineering, through technical leadership, and through impact on the optics community. Yakovlev is being recognized for the development of new nonlinear-optical techniques for diagnostics and imaging, and their applications to medicine and biology.

“Vladislav has served the optics community with distinction, and I am very pleased to recognize him with this honor,” said OSA President Tony Heinz. “He is part of a truly global group of individuals, this year’s fellows representing more than a dozen countries on four continents.”

OSA Fellows are selected based on nominations from current Fellow members. OSA’s Fellow Members Committee recommends candidates each year to the board of directors. Limited to no more than 10 percent of total OSA membership, the new class of Fellowss will be recognized individually at meetings throughout 2012. More information about his appointment and the OSA’s Fellow program is available in the Awards and Grants section of their website, www.osa.org.

In addition to the OSA Fellow, Yakovlev has received several awards, including a Research Corporation Award, National Science Foundation CAREER award, UWM Foundation Research Award, and ASEE/Air Force Summer Fellowship Award. In 2006, he held a visiting professorship position in the Graduate School Frontiers of Biosciences at the University of Osaka (Japan).

Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty as professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Yakovlev held the rank of professor in the Department of Physics at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Yakovlev received his M.S. in physics and his Ph.D from Moscow State University (Russia). He has authored and published numerous scholarly articles and served as editor for Biochemical Applications of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy, published by CRC Press, 2009. His article, “Detecting Anthrax in the Mail by Coherent Raman Microspectroscopy,” is featured in the January 2012 issue ofProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Yakovlev’s research includes chemical, biological and medical applications of advanced optical spectroscopy; nanoscopic in vivo optical imaging of molecular and cellular structures; single molecule spectroscopy and manipulation; protein spectroscopy and structural dynamics; and bioanalytical applications of optical technology and spectroscopy.