Prof Yuri Korchev gained a BSc in Biology & Physiology, a Diploma in University Teaching, and an MSc in Physiology, at the University of St Petersburg, and a PhD (biophysics of ion transport) at the Russian Academy of Sciences. From 1984, he held the post of Research Scientist at the Institute of Cytology, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg. In 1991 he joined St George's Hospital Medical School, London as a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow and then as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. In 1995 he moved to Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and in 1997 became a lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine, Division of Medicine, Hammersmith Campus. In 2003, Yuri was appointed as Reader and in 2005 as Professor of Biophysics. He now heads the Nanomedicine laboratory at Imperial College London.Yuri is non-executive Chief Scientist of Ionoscope limited.
Prof Yuri Korchev research interests include SICM for reliable imaging of living cells, alone and in combination with fluorescence microscopy and patch clamp for functional imaging, and the use of SCIM for scanning near field optical microscopy. In cellular biology, he researches the role of mechano-sensitivity in cells and in action of hormones in regulation of ion channels; the mapping of the distribution of single functional channels in living cells. In the field of biosensors, he is interested in the use of nanopipettes as biosensors.