Alexander Kabanov

University of North Carolina

Alexander Kabanov is a Mescal S. Ferguson Distinguished Professor at the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he heads the Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery and the Carolina Institute for Nanomedicine. He graduated from the Moscow State University in 1984, where he also received Ph.D. in 1987 and D.Sc. in 1990. Since 1994 he has worked in the United States. He introduced new concepts in nanomedicine including polymeric micelles, DNA/polycation complexes, block ionomer complexes, nanogels, nanoparticle-macrophage carriers and exosomes for delivery of small drugs, nucleic acids and polypeptides to treat cancers and diseases of the central nervous system. He invented the first polymeric micelle technology for cancer drug delivery to enter the clinical trials and co-founded pharmaceutical companies to develop products based on polymeric micelles. He published over 300 scientific papers, holds 35 US patents and was named the Highly Cited Researcher in Pharmacology and Toxicology. He trained over 65 graduate students and postdocs. He has founded the Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery symposium series (, Carolina Nanoformulation Workshop (, chaired Gordon Research Conferences, served on the CRS Board of Scientific Advisors, CRS Bioactive Materials Track Program Chair, USA NIH study section chair, and Science and Grants Councils of Russian Federation. He received numerous awards and was elected to Academia Europaea, and fellow of the CRS, NAI and AIMBE.