About Me
   Aleksandr (Alex) Simonian is currently a distinguished alumni Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Auburn University. He received his M.S. in Physics from the Yerevan State University (Armenia, USSR) and Ph.D. in Biophysics from the USSR Academy of Sciences and a Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) degree in Bioengineering from Moscow Institute of Applied Biochemistry in Moscow, Russia. Before coming to the United States Dr. Simonian was working at a variety of professional, academic and industrial institutions in Armenia, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Italy. He founded Biosensors laboratory at Yerevan Physics Institute (Armenia), which involved more than 25 scientists, engineers, technicians and students. The Laboratory's biggest accomplishment was the development of  MultiFerm,  a flow-injection multipurpose amperometric biosensor system capable of quantization of glucose, uric acid, L-lysine, alcohol and phenols. More than twenty of these analytical systems were produced and successfully utilized in the Republics of former Soviet Union for a variety of applications, including: clinical glucose detection, optimization of L-lysine production for biotechnology industry, and determination of alcohol concentration in wine and brandy.
   His current research interests are primarily in the areas of bio-analytical sensors, nano/biomaterials and functional interfaces. From 2008-2012 he joined the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET) at the National Science Foundation where he founded and managed the Biosensing Program. The program based on significant need for stimulating innovations in detection and monitoring technologies for use in a number of key areas of national importance. Simonian was elected as a member of the Armenian Academy of Engineers in 1994 and as a Foreign Member of Armenian National Academy in 2011. Currently he is also serving as a core member of Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center.
Education

1993  Doctor of Science (Bioengineering)
Dissertation topic:Flow-injection biosensors based on immobilized enzymes and cells, Moscow Institute of Applied Biochemistry, Moscow, Russia.

1973 Ph.D. (Molecular Biophysics)
Dissertation topic: Ionophore as an Electric Shunt in the Muscle Fiber Membrane�, USSR Academy of Science, Yerevan, Armenia.

1969 Master of Science (Physics)
Thesis topic: Electrochemistry of membranes, Physics Department of Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia (USSR at that time).

Positions Held

2007 - current
Professor, Tenured Faculty, Auburn University, Materials Research & Education Center, Sam Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn, Alabama.
2003 - current
A core member of Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center
2008 - 2012
Biosensing Program Founding Director, National Science Foundation, CBET Division
2003 - 2007
Associate Professor, Auburn University, Materials Research & Education Center, Sam Ginn College of Engineering, Auburn, Alabama.
1994 - 2002
Visiting Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, Biochemistry and Biophysics Department, and Chemical Engineering Department, College Station, TX.
1998
Visiting Research Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle.
1993 - 1994
Senior Consultant, University of Genoa/ Technobiochip Inc., Sicily, Italy.
1988 - 1994
Head of Biosensors Laboratory, Yerevan Physics Institute, Yerevan, Armenia.
1979 - 1988
Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory of Biosensors, Yerevan Physics Institute, Yerevan, Armenia.
1968 - 1979
Research Scientist, Biophysics Laboratory, Yerevan Physics Institute, Yerevan, Armenia.
Awards

  • NSF Directorate of Engineering, Certificate of Appreciation, 2012
  • Elected Foreign Member of National Academy of Science, Armenia 2011
  • Alumni Professor Award 2011
  • Auburn University Engineering Outstanding Research Faculty 2008
  • Auburn University Materials Engineering Outstanding Faculty 2006
  • USSR National Scientific-Technical Society Award �For the Best Medical Device in 1991�
  • USSR Ministry Council Award, 1990
  • Yerevan State University Award for best Mentor in Modern Bioengineering, 1989
  • Armenian National Academy Award for Best Research Projects, 1982, 1988
  • Yerevan Physics Institute Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 1973
  • Yerevan State University physics Department Award, 1968
Membership

  • The American Chemical Society
  • The Electrochemical Society
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
  • Member-Correspondent of Armenian Academy of Engineers (Elected in 1994)
  • Armenian Biophysical Association, the Member of the Presidium (Elected in 2004)
  • Sigma Xi

Curriculum Vitae

50 Global Armenians

50 Global Armenians: Aleksandr Simonian(Interview)