Yakovlev named SPIE Fellow

YakovlevVladislav Yakovlev, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been promoted to the rank of Fellow by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) for his achievements in optical instrumentation for biomedical imaging.

The annual recognition of Fellows provides an opportunity for SPIE to acknowledge members for their outstanding technical contributions and service to the general optics community and to SPIE. More than 1,000 SPIE members have become Fellows since the society’s inception in 1955. 

Yakovlev, who joined Texas A&M in 2012, has made many significant contributions to the field of optical instrumentation for biomedical sensing and imaging. He has advanced the technology of ultrasfast solid-state lasers, making it an indispensable tool for multiphoton microscopy, imaging and sensing. In addition, he was the first to adapt an optical pulse-shaping technique to improve the quality of multiphoton imaging. Yakovlev also developed a simple approach for hyperspectral nonlinear Raman microspectroscopy, which is now widely used for biomedical microscopic imaging, and he has recently demonstrated its applicability for deep-tissue, chemically-specific imaging. Yakovlev’s most recent contribution to the field of biomedical engineering is related to the discovery of a novel material for substantially improved sensitivity of high-frequency ultrasound detection.

Throughout his career, Yakovlev’s research has garnered many awards and honors, and he has been issued five patents. Yakovlev has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, given 50 invited public presentations and more than 100 presentations at different conferences. He also has edited one book on the biochemical applications of nonlinear optical spectroscopy and contributed to several books as co-author. In addition, he has served as a program committee member and symposium organizer for several international conferences in the field of optics.

Yakovlev is a lifetime member of SPIE and has served as a program committee member of two international SPIE conferences. He regularly participates as a speaker at SPIE conferences and also has been an invited speaker. He regularly publishes his research in the Journal of Biomedical Optics and Optical Engineering and serves as a reviewer for both publications. He also has served as a special section guest editor for the Journal of Biomedical Optics.

Yakovlev received his master’s degree in physics and Ph.D. in quantum electronics from Moscow State University. 

SPIE is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The society serves more than 235,000 constituents from approximately 155 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth and patent precedent. SPIE provided $3.2 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2013.