Kharlampieva named recipient of the 2022 Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction

Eugenia Kharlampieva’s commitment to high-caliber diabetes and cancer research using polymer chemistry has earned her recognition as the 2022 Ireland Prize recipient.
Written by: Tehreem Khan
Media contact: Alicia Rohan

Stream KharlampievaEugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D.Eugenia Kharlampieva, Ph.D., distinguished professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham College of Arts and Sciences Department of Chemistry and scientist in the UAB Comprehensive Diabetes Centerhas been awarded the 2022 Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction.

The annual award — endowed by Caroline P. and the late Charles W. Ireland — recognizes a UAB faculty member whose research and scholarship are of the highest caliber. This year, Kharlampieva’s commitment to addressing societal needs in cancer and diabetes research, environmental water clean-up and sensing was recognized as groundbreaking and transformational, earning her the 2022 award.

“I am honored by this recognition and would like to express my deepest thanks to Charles and Caroline Ireland for their generous support and kindness,” Kharlampieva said. “This award is a result of joint efforts of an excellent team who works tirelessly and passionately on developing new materials for cancer and diabetes research.”

For Kharlampieva, receiving this award indicates that developing polymer materials for biomedical applications is an important task as it relates to bringing strong intellectual metrics and broader impacts.  

“This recognition increases the visibility of the Department of Chemistry, CAS and UAB overall in the materials community, and it will help attract talented students, scholars and faculty,” she said.

As a result of this prestigious recognition, Kharlampieva will advance her research, mentorship to students and postdocs and collaboration with community partners, continuing forward in a transformational direction.