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Vakhtang Barbakadze has expertise in the isolation and structure elucidation of a new series of plant polyethers, which are endowed with pharmacological properties as immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antiinflammatory, wound-healing, and anti-cancer agents. Besides, he is interested in the enantioselective synthesis and biological activities of the basic monomeric moiety of these biopolyethers and the synthesis of enantiomerically pure epoxides as chiral building blocks for the production of synthetic analogues of natural polyethers by chemical and enzymetic catalysis. He received a PhD degree in Chemistry and a DSci degree in Biology in 1978 and 1999 from the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Moscow, Russia, and the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Tbilisi, Georgia, respectively. He is Head of the Department of Plant Biopolymers and Chemical Modification of Natural Compounds at Tbilisi State Medical University, I. Kutateladze Institute of Pharmacochemistry. In 1996 and 2002, he was a visiting scientist at Utrecht University, Departments of Pharmacognosy and Medicinal Chemistry, Utrecht, The Netherlands, by University Scholarship and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) Scholarship Scientific Program, respectively. He is also an organizing committee member and a renowned speaker for many reputed scientific conferences. He has published more than 100 papers in reputed journals. In 2004, he was the Georgian State Prize Winner in Science and Technology. 1 Patent P 2012 5391 B (Patents for inventions, NATIONAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CENTER OF GEORGIA SAKPATENTI).