Chemistry Professor receives Guest Professor Fellowship

Igor Lednev, Professor of Chemistry received Guest Professor Fellowship from the Abbe Center of Photonics (ACP), Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany in 2017. ACP runs an extensive guest professor program which besides its research focus, emphasizes involvement of world-class international researchers and scholars as guest professors in the education program of the Abbe School of Photonics. During his visit, Lednev gave six research lectures, met with students describing educational and career opportunities in the US and UAlbany in particular, and attended meetings of various research groups and laboratories discussing their research projects and potential collaboration. Lednev spent a significant portion of his time in Jena in laboratories of Professors Juergen Popp and Volker Deckert working on two projects, respectively; Raman hyperspectroscopy for medical diagnostics and nanomaterial characterization using tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy with ultrahigh special resolution.

While in Jena, Lednev met with several leading European researchers working on the development of novel methods for medical diagnostics based on advanced laser spectroscopy. These visits were a part of exchange activity organized by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Raman4Clinics, one of the COST Actions led by Juergen Popp, Director of the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology in Jena, unites European experts in the field of novel, label-free and rapid technologies based on a wide variety of Raman spectroscopies for medical diagnostics.

Based on the exchange activity with Raman4Clinics, Lednev was invited to give a keynote lecture at their annual meeting in Belgrade, Serbia, 6-7 July 2017. He reported on the development of a minimally invasive test for the early diagnostics of Alzheimer’s disease based on Raman spectroscopic analysis of blood. This novel approach has been successfully developed at UAlbany in collaboration with the Albany Medical Center.