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Professor Andrei Pakhomov appointed new director of the Frank Reidy Research Center for Bioelectrics as of 10/10/2021

October 2021

Our faculty is delighted to have Professor Pakhomov serving in this important role. His collaborative approach and thorough understanding of the full spectrum of Center offerings will ensure a successful working synergy among Center faculty, ODU and external institutions.

Andrei Pakhomov

Andrei Pakhomov

Andrei Pakhomov received his MS in animal and human physiology from Moscow State University in 1982. In 1989, he received a Ph.D. in radiation biology from Obninsk Medical Radiology Research Center in Russia, where he became a lead scientist and headed a radiation neurophysiology research team. In 1994, he was granted a National Research Council Resident Research Associateship to explore microwave bioeffects at US Army Medical Research Detachment of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in San Antonio, TX.

He joined ODU in 2005 to work with nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEF). He studies mechanisms of nsPEF interaction with living cells, including neuromuscular stimulation, Ca2+ mobilization, nanoelectroporation, modulation of ion channels, membrane repair, and cell death. His recent research highlights bipolar cancellation, a phenomenon that challenges existing electroporation paradigms and enables targeted remote biostimulation. This basic research has prospective applications in cancer ablation, deep tissue stimulation, and defibrillation.

Dr. Pakhomov was awarded 17 extramural grants totaling over $15M, including RO1 grants from NCI, NIGMS, and NIHLBI, and a $7.5M MURI grant from AFOSR.

Dr. Pakhomov is a principal author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and of seven invention patents. He has been an Associate Editor of Bioelectromagnetics journal for 16 years and serves on several Editorial Boards. He has been a member of multiple national and international review panels and delivered over 40 invited and plenary talks. He developed active collaborations with groups around the globe and hosted and trained students and young scientists from Slovenia, Italy, France, Lithuania, Ukraine, China, and Russia.

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