By Rashda Khan
The American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) elected Kirill Larin, professor of biomedical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, to its prestigious College of Fellows.
Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer working in the medical and biological engineering fields. AIMBE fellows comprise the top 2% of medical and biological engineers who have made “impactful contributions to biomedical engineering, research and innovation.”
“As AIMBE’s review and election process has become more rigorous, increasing numbers of very strong candidates are being nominated. It is a credit to the remarkable accomplishments of your candidate that they advanced from the specialty review subcommittee and received sufficient affirmative votes to be elected,” wrote Milan Yager, executive director of AIMBE in his notification letter.
Larin’s research interests include optics, diagnostic imaging, biosensing, microscopy and classification of tissues. He is best known for his contributions in biomedical optics and biophotonics and development and application of various optical methods for noninvasive and nondestructive imaging and diagnostics of tissues and cells.
He has used high-resolution optical coherence tomography (OCT) to study developmental biology as well as the heart’s scar tissue to determine if the organ is responding to therapies.
“I find it very rewarding when an idea transforms into a useful technique or process that addresses specific biological questions or needs,” Larin said. “This AIMBE recognition of my life’s work is a great honor.”
His previous accolades include the Yeltsin Presidential Award for Young Scientists, Wallace Coulter Young Investigator Translation Award, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, Outstanding Young Investigator Award from the Houston Society for Engineers in Medicine and Biology, and the Herbert Allen Award from the American Society for Mechanical Engineers. He is also a fellow of SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) and the Optical Society (OSA).
Larin earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in laser physics and mathematics from Saratov State University in Russia. He also earned a master’s degree in cellular physiology and molecular biophysics as well as a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and biomedical engineering from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
A formal induction ceremony took place for Larin and other members of the 2020 class of fellows at the AIMBE Annual Event in March 2020 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.
AIMBE is a non-profit, honorific society of the most accomplished individuals in the medical and biological engineering fields. Its mission is to advocate for biomedical engineering innovation through public policy initiatives.