CLEMSON – Emil Alexov, a professor in the department of physics and astronomy, has received the 2018 Alumni Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, one of the highest honors for a faculty researcher at Clemson University.

Alexov has been a professor at Clemson since 2005.

Alexov has been a professor at Clemson since 2005.
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Alexov joined the university in 2005 and has since forged a path in the field of biophysics, a science that applies the methods and techniques of physics to examine biological systems. His research group is specifically concerned with the computational modeling of biological macromolecules, such as lipids, nucleic acids and proteins. The team even maintains a scientific application, called DelPhi, that calculates the electrostatic potential of these macromolecules. The study of disease-causing mutations is another specific area of research for Alexov and his lab members.

Alexov’s work has culminated in an impressive curriculum vitae with five book chapters, 106 peer-reviewed articles and 5,844 citations since joining Clemson 13 years ago.

Murray Daw, the R. A. Bowen Professor of Physics and Astronomy, nominated Alexov for the Alumni Award.

“Dr. Alexov is one of the stalwarts of our physics program and an international leader in the field of biophysics,” Daw said.

Alexov says he is excited and honored to be chosen for the award, which will be presented at the University Academic Awards Ceremony at 1 p.m. May 8 in the Watt Family Innovation Center.

“Since coming to Clemson University, I have been working hard to build our laboratory and to promote our research. Our work has been recognized at various levels here at Clemson University – including the 2015 Faculty Achievement in the Science Award – but also nationally and internationally in various grants from the NIH and invited talks at conferences,” Alexov said. “However, the Alumni Award is different, because it is one of the highest recognitions that Clemson University gives to a faculty. I am honored to receive it.”