Igor Sokolov received his B.S. in physics from St. Petersburg State University and his Ph.D. from D.I. Mendeleev Central Institute for Metrology, both in Russia. In 1992, he was the recipient of the E.L. Ginzton International Fellowship Award from Stanford University for his work on atomic force microscopy. Sokolov worked as a research associate in the University of Toronto's Departments of Microbiology, Physics, and Chemistry before moving to Clarkson University in 2000 to join the Physics Department, where he achieved the title of professor and served as director of the Nanoengineering and Biotechnology Laboratories Center.
During his career, Sokolov has consulted for large corporations such as Proctor and Gamble, General Electric, Arkema Group, Inc. and Purdue Pharma. He has more than 150 refereed publications, including in journals such as Nature, Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters, and Advanced Materials. He holds 20 patents (issued and pending).
- 2016: Paper on fractal and cancer selected as highlight of 2015, New Journal of Physics
- 2015: Study on aging cells highlighted, Chemical & Engineering News Magazine
- 2012: Nanostethoscope research selected as meeting highlight, out of 9000 presentations; American Physical Society Meeting
- 2011: Work on cell fractal highlighted on main page, American Institute of Physics
- 2009: Veeco Labs Research Award, HarmoniX Innovation
- 2007: Member, Million Dollar Club, Clarkson University (for PIs with over $1M in support)
- 2006: The Graham Research Award, Clarkson University
- 2005: Simon Greenberg Foundation Scholarship Award
- 1996: Award for Visiting National Institute of Metals, Japanese Ministry of Education
- 1993-1994: Soros Grant for Fundamental Research
- 1992-1994: E.L. Ginzton International Fellowship Award, Stanford University
- 1985, 1986: Best Young Researcher of the Year, D.I. Mendeleev Metrology Institute