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2012 - Present


Associate Professor of Physics, UC San Diego
2007 - 2012 Assistant Professor of Physics, UC San Diego
2003 - 2007 Postdoctoral fellow, National Institutes of Health
2001 - 2003 Postdoctoral fellow, Tel Aviv University, Israel
2001 Ph.D. Theoretical Physics
B. Verkin Institute for Low Temperature Physics & Engineering, Kharkov, Ukraine
   

Honors and Awards

 
2009 CAREER Award, National Science Foundation
2009 Hellman Faculty Fellow
2003 NIH postdoctoral fellowship, National Institutes of Health
   

Recent Talks

 
2017 Biophysical Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Invited speaker
2017 Aspen Center for Physics, "Sngle Molecule Biophysics" Meeting, Speaker
2016 Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, "Physical Biology of the Cell", Invited speaker and course instructor
2016 Princeton Univ., Department of Physics, Invited speaker
2016 Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany, Invited speaker
2016 Gordon Research Conference "Single Molecule Approaches to Biology", Hong Kong, Discussion leader
2016 International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Italy, "Genome Architecture" conference, Invited speaker
2015 American Physical Society March meeting, San Antonio, Invited speaker
2015 Aspen Center for Physics, "Single Molecule Biophysics" Meeting, Speaker
2014 Material Research Society meeting, Boston, Invited speaker
2014 Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Physical Chemistry seminar, Invited speaker
2013 UC-Korea workshop "Biologically-inspired soft matter", Univ. of California at Santa Barbara, Invited speaker
2013 Univ. of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Physics, Condensed Matter Seminar, Invited speaker
2013 SPIE Conference "Optical trapping and optical micromanipulation X", Invited speaker
2013 Physics Department Colloquium, Syracuse University, Invited speaker
2013 Physics Department Colloquium, University of Alberta, Canada, Invited speaker
2013 Aspen Center for Physics, "Single Molecule Biophysics" Meeting, Speaker
2012 MIT, Physical Chemistry seminar, Invited speaker
2012 Workshop "Protein Folding: Integrating theory, simulation and experiment", Zurich, Switzerland, Invited speaker
2012 Gordon Research Conference "Single Molecule Approaches to Biology", Mount Snow Resort, Vermont, Invited speaker
2012 Harvard Univ., Dept. of Physics, Squishy Physics seminar series, Invited speaker
2012 Gordon Research Conference "Biopolymers", Newport, Rhode Island, Invited speaker
2012 40th Stauffer Symposium, Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, Invited speaker
2012 American Chemical Society National meeting, Invited speaker
2012 Univ. of California Berkeley, Department of Physics, Invited speaker
2012 Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, O.M.Stewart Colloquium, Department of Physics, Invited speaker
2012 Univ. of California Santa Barbara, Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program, Invited speaker
2012 Gordon Research Conference "Protein Folding Dynamics", Ventura CA, Invited speaker
2011 Princeton Univ., Dept. of Physics, Invited speaker
2011 Molecular Kinetics workshop, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany, Invited speaker
2011 German Physical Society (DPG) Annual Meeting, Dresden, Germany, Invited speaker
2011 Aspen Center for Physics, "Single Molecule Biophysics" conference, Speaker
2011 Univ. of California Los Angeles, PChem Seminar Series, Invited speaker
2010 Biological Diffusion and Brownian Dynamics Brainstorm, Heidelberg, Germany, Invited speaker
2010 San Diego State Univ., Physics&Astronomy Departmental Colloquium, Invited speaker
2010 Univ. of California at Irvine, Dept. of Physics, Invited speaker
2009 Univ. of Cambridge, United Kingdom, Theory Colloquium, Invited speaker
2009 Arizona State Univ., Dept. of Physics, Invited speaker
2009 Berlin Univ. of Technology, Germany, Invited speaker
2009 Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, "Computational Biology of the Cell - The Next Decade" symposium, Invited speaker
2009 Univ. of California Berkeley, Invited speaker
2009 "Optimization at a small scale" workshop, Univ. of California San Diego, Invited speaker
2009 Telluride Science Research Center, "Single molecule dynamics" workshop, Invited speaker
2009 Univ. of California San Diego, Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Invited speaker
2009 Aspen Center for Physics, "Single Molecule Biophysics" conference, speaker
2008 Univ. of Texas in Austin, Dept. of Physics, Invited speaker
2008 Gordon Research Conference "Single Molecule Approach to Biology", New Hampshire, Speaker
2008 California State Univ. San Marcos, Keynote speaker for the semester
2008 Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Annual Meeting, Invited speaker
2007 Univ. of California San Diego, Dept. of Mathematics, Invited speaker
2007 Univ. of California Los Angeles, Dept. of Biomathematics, Invited speaker
2007 Aspen Center for Physics, "Single Molecule Biophysics" conference, Speaker
   

Professional Service

 
Review Panelist at the National Science Foundation, Divisions of Physics (PHY) and Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB)
Grant proposal reviewer for the National Science Foundation
  Referee for Scientific Journals:
Science, Nature, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review B, E and X, Journ. of the Americal Chemical Society, Journ. Physical Chemistry, Biophysical Journ., Journ. of Chemical Physics, ChemPhysChem, PLoS Computational Biology, Biomacromolecules, Journ. of Physics: Condensed Matter, Langmuir, Europhysics Letters, Tribology Letters, Curr. Pharmaceut. Biotech.
University Committees:
Chair of the Physics Department Chair selection committee - Chair of the Physics Graduate Admission committee - Chair of the Graduate Advising committee - Chair of the Physics Department Colloquium Committee - Advisory Search Committee for the Dean of the Division of Physical Sciences - Physics Department Exam Committee - Committee on Educational Policy - Faculty Search Committees in the Departments of Physics, Molecular Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry - Diversity and Outreach committee - Committee on Computing - Steering committee, qBio program (campus-wide) - Steering committee, Molecular Biophysics Training Program (campus-wide) - Inamouri Fellowship selection committee - Physics Dept. Representative, Representative Assembly of the San Diego Division of the Academic Senate - Ad-hoc committees on faculty appraisal - Graduate thesis committees in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Division of Biological Sciences
Co-organizer, 7th International Conference on Biological Physics, San Diego CA
Co-organizer, NSF Workshop on Graduate Education in the Physics of Living Systems
Physics Cafe representative, Wheeler Opera House, Aspen (Colorado). The Physics Cafes representatives attempt to explain to assembled members of the general public, in a way that is exciting, entertaining and clear to any non-physicist, what it is that physicists think about and do, and to answer informal questions.
California State Univ. San Marcos, Speaker in the Frontiers in Science Program. The Program is intended to introduce students from all disciplines and academic levels to the beauty and fun of scholarly pursuits in the natural and physical science disciplines.