Eduard Chekmenev

Eduard Chekmenev

Associate Professor


 Chem 73


Eduard Chekmenev



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

 Chemistry, Radiology & Biomedical Imaging


Eduard (Ed) Chekmenev received BS degree in Chemistry at Perm State University in Perm, Russia. He continued his education in the sister-city, Louisville, KY, and received PhD Degree in Physical Chemistry at the University of Louisville in 2003. Dr. Chekmenev did his postdoctoral work at the National High Field Magnetic Laboratory (Tallahassee, FL), and California Institute of Technology and Huntington Medical Research Institutes (Pasadena, CA) in 2003-2009. Ed Chekmenev started as an Assistant Professor of Radiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center to develop and validate hyperpolarized contrast agents for molecular and functional imaging. He received a number of prestigious awards including Era of Hope Scholar Award from DOD CDMRP Breast Cancer Program in 2012, and Distinguished Investigator Award from RSNA Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research in 2017. In 2016, he was elected to Russian Academy of Sciences. He has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, and numerous book chapters and patents. In 2018, he joined the faculty of Wayne State University Department of Chemistry and Karmanos Cancer Center.


  • B.S. Perm State University, 1998
  • Ph.D. University of Louisville, 2003
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Florida State University, 2003-2005
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (James G. Boswell Fellow), California Institute of Technology, 2007-2008
  • Research Investigator, Huntington Medical Research Institutes, 2008-2009
  • Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2009-2018

Currently teaching

CB 7300 ST:Preclinical Imaging, 1 credit hour, W2020
CHM 1020 Survey of General Chemistry, 4 credit hours, W2020
CHM 2999 Honors Research Problems in Chemistry, 2-4 credit hours, W2020
CHM 5998 Honors Thesis Research in Chemistry, 2-4 credit hours, W2020
CHM 5999 Research in Chemistry, 2-4 credit hours, W2020
CHM 8830 Seminar in Physical Chemistry, 1 credit hour, W2020