9 April 2019

The Optical Society Names Valery Tuchin the 2019 Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award Recipient

Honoree recognized for pioneering research in biophotonics and seminal contributions to education

WASHINGTON—The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Valery Tuchin, Saratov State University, National Research University of Russia, the 2019 Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award recipient. Tuchin is recognized for pioneering research in biophotonics, particularly in the field of tissue optics and tissue optical clearing, and for promoting biophotonics by educating future researchers through seminal monographs and reviews.


“Valery Tuchin is a world leader in biophotonics research, and helps assure the future of the field through education and a robust publication record,” says 2019 OSA President Ursula Gibson. “The Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award is appropriate recognition of his pioneering research and other contributions.”

Tuchin is chair of optics and biophotonics at Saratov State U. His research interests include tissue optics and nanobiophotonics. He is a Fellow of OSA and SPIE, and has been named Honored Science Worker of Russia and Honored Professor of Saratov State U. He is a recipient of the SPIE Educator Award, FiDiPro (Finland), Chime Bell Prize of Hubei Province, China, and the joint OSA/SPIE Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award.

Tuchin has pioneered studies on tissue optics and tissue optical clearing, including quantification of the optical properties of tissues. Laser speckle imaging of blood and lymph flow in internal organs is another strong line of his research. He is one of the leading experts in optical glucose sensing, microstructured fiber sensing, optical coherence tomography, nanobiophotonics, photodynamic and interstitial photothermal therapy, theranostics and controllable drug and nanoparticle delivery.

Established in 2012, the Michael S. Feld Biophotonics Award recognizes innovative and influential contributions to the field of biophotonics, regardless of career stage. The award encompasses all areas of biophotonics including fundamental optics discoveries in biology, development of new theoretical frameworks and novel instrumentation and clinical translational research for biomedicine. The award is endowed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., Coherent Inc., David Feld, Ramachandra Dasari, Adam Wax, Kyungwon An, Robert Gold, Charles Holbrow, Firooz Partovi, Manoharan Ramasamy, Rebecca Richards-Kortum and Guillermo Tearney. 

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