Aksimentiev receives Dean's Award for Excellence in Research


Dr. Aleksei Aksimentiev is a recipient of the 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  He is being recognized for his pioneering research in theoretical biological physics that represents significant contributions to his field.   His work is characterized by both creative innovation and effective collaboration across disciplines. Dr. Aksimentiev directs development of the software solutions for computer modeling in biotechnology, which is used by many researchers worldwide. He disseminates his technical expertise through numerous self-contained study guides (tutorials) that many researchers starting out in the field of computational biological physics use as their textbooks.

Aksimentiev is the recipient of numerous recognitions.  In 2014, he was named a Blue Waters Professor, which provides him with regular access to the supercomputer by the same name at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications on the Illinois campus. In 2010, he received a CAREER Award from the NSF. From 2009-2010, he was named a Beckman Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at Illinois. And in 2008, he was selected for an IBM Faculty Fellow Award.