Professor, Director of the Arkansas Nanomedicine Center
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)Vladimir Zharov, PhD, DSc has been the Director of the Arkansas Nanomedicine Center and the Phillips Classic Laser and Nanomedicine Laboratories at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Clinical Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and Radiology at UAMS since 2005. He has unique interdisciplinary skills in bioengineering, biology, animal models, and human subject trials (LED-based treatment of postmastectomy lymphedema, laser interstitial therapy guided by MRI and microwave radiometry, ultrasound-guided laser therapy of tumor margins). These skills, and a long career of innovations, are well documented in 200 publications (three papers in Nature journals), 52 patents, and 5 books, as well as by the management of 14 NIH (National Institutes of Health) grants. His research interests include biomedical engineering with a focus on laser medicine and its integration with other techniques, including nanotechnology and flow cytometry. He is a pioneer of in vivo blood testing using the principles of novel in vivo flow cytometry. Recently, he demonstrated the first application of this new technology for in vivo label-free detection of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in animal models using photoacoustic (PA) spectroscopy, which after additional optimization will be translated for use in human clinical trials. His specific focus will be the optimization of the physical, bioengineering, and biological parameters of in vivo flow cytometry for detection of CTCs in melanoma patients. Dr. Zharov received a Master of Science degree from Moscow State University in Russia, a PhD and Doctor of Science degree from Moscow High Technical School in Russia, and completed a fellowship at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA.