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Alexander Levine, Ph.D.

   
Lab Director, A. Levine Lab
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry
Member, California NanoSystems Institute
Researcher, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Physical, Theoretical Chemistry

Education:
Degrees:
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles., 1996

Honors and Awards:
1993 - 1996 AT&T Graduate Fellowship
1989 Julian Schwinger Graduate Fellowship
1989 Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa Scholarship
1988 Election to Phi Beta Kappa
1988 Election to Mathematics Honors Society
1987 Sigma Pi Sigma, Joined Physics Honor Society Sigma Pi Sigma
1985 Golden Key Honors Society
1985 Freshman Honors Society
1985 University of California, Four Year Regents Scholarship

Professional Societies:
Society of Rheology
American Physical Society
Materials Research Society

Contact Information:
Email Address: alevine@chem.ucla.edu
Work Email Address: alevine@chem.ucla.edu
Mailing Address: Mail Code: 156905

UNITED STATES
Office Address: Student Office
Young Hall 3086
Work Address: Young Hall 3044A
Home Page: http://alevine.chem.ucla.edu/
Work Phone Number: 1 (310) 794-4436 Office
Office Phone Number: 1 (310) 794-4355 Student Office
Fax Number: 1 (310) 206-4038 Fax
Additional Information:

Alex Levine has been a faculty member at UCLA since July of 2005. Before that he was an assistant professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He has done postdoctoral work at Exxon Research & Engineering Co., UPENN, and UCSB. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1996 where he did research on the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of sedimenting suspensions and on the fractional quantum hall effect. In addition, he worked with Sue Coppersmith at AT&T Bell Labs on the dynamics of driven charge density waves. He is currently a member of the California Nanosystems Institute and the UCLA representative on the Science Steering Committee of the Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter. He is the co-organizer of the Frontiers in Microrheology Workshop to be held at UCLA in February 2008. He currently works on a variety of problems at the interface of soft condensed matter physics and biophysics.

Selected Publications:

Missel AR, Bai M, Klug WS, Levine AJ, Affine-nonaffine transition in networks of nematically ordered semiflexible polymers, PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 2010, 82 (4).
Mark L. Henle1 and Alex J. Levine, Hydrodynamics in curved membranes: The effect of geometry on particulate mobility, Phys. Rev. E, 2010, 81 (1), 011905.
Park Y, Best CA, Badizadegan K, Dasari RR, Feld MS, Kuriabova T, Henle ML, Levine AJ, Popescu G, Measurement of red blood cell mechanics during morphological changes, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 2010, 107 (15), 6731-6.
Schwab, D.J.; Bruinsma, R.F.; Feldman, J.L.; Levine, A.J., Rhythmogenic neuronal networks, emergent leaders, and k-cores, Phys. Rev. E, 2010, 82 (5), 015911.
Hao Qu, Chiao-Yu Tseng, Yong Wang, Alex J. Levine and Giovanni Zocchi, The elastic energy of sharply bent nicked DNA, EPL (Europhysics Letters), 2010, 90 (1).
Boatwright T, Levine AJ, Dennin M, Tracking giant folds in a monolayer, Langmuir, 2010, 26 (15), 12755-60.
J.R. Rothenbuhler, J.-R. Huang, B.A. DiDonna, A.J. Levine and T.G. Mason, Diffusion-limited aggregation of colloidal rods and disks, Soft Materials, 2009, 5 (19), 3639.
Mark L. Henle and Alex J. Levine, Effective Viscosity of a Dilute Suspension of Membrane-bound Inclusions, Physics of Fluids, 2009, 21 (3).
Tseng CY, Wang A, Zocchi G, Rolih B, Levine AJ, Elastic energy of protein-DNA chimeras, Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. , 2009, 80 (6 pt. 1).
Robert Brewster and Alex J. Levine, Effects of Cohesion on the Surface Angle and Velocity Profiles of Sand, Physical Review E, 2008, Accepted.
Tatiana Kuribova and Alex J. Levine, Nanorheology of viscoelastic shells: Applications to viral capsids, Physical Review E, 2008, 77 (3).
Moumita Das, Alex J. Levine, and F.C. MacKintosh, Buckling and force propagation along intracellular, Europhysics Letters, 2008, 84, 18003.
F. C. MacKintosh and Alex J. Levine, Non-equilibrium mechanics and dynamics of motor-activated gels, Physical Review Letters, 2008, 100 (1).
Robert Brewster, Leonardo Silbert, Gary S. Grest, and Alex J. Levine, Relationship between interparticle contact lifetimes and rheology in gravity-driven granular flows, Physical Review E, 2008, 77 (6), 061302.
Robert Walder, Alex J. Levine, and Michael Dennin, Rheology of two-dimensional F-actin networks associated with a lipid interface, Physical Review E, 2008, 77 (1), 011909.
Jeremy D. Schmit and Alex J. Levine, Statistical model for intermolecular adhesion in pi-conjugated systems, Physical Review Letters, 2008, 100 (19), 198303.
Biswaroop Mukherjee and Alex J. Levine, The effect of colored noise on stochastic resonance, American Journal of Physics, 2008.
Mark L. Henle, Ryan McGorty, A.D. Dinsmore, and Alex J. Levine , The effect of curvature and topology on membrane hydrodynamics, Europhysics Letters, 2008, 84, 48001.
Alex J. Levine and F.C. MacKintosh, The mechanics and fluctuation spectrum of active gels, J. Phys. Chem, 2008, 113 (12), 3820-30.
Mark L. Henle and Alex J. Levine, Capillary wave dynamics on supported viscoelastic films: Single and double layers, Physical Review E, 2007, 75 (2), 021604.
Ali Naji, Alex J. Levine, and P.A. Pincus, Corrections to the Saffman-Delbruck mobility for membrane bound proteins, Biophysical Journal: Biophysical Letters, 2007, 93 (11), L49-L51.
Moumita Das, F.C. MacKintosh, and Alex J. Levine, Effective medium theory of semiflexible filamentous networks, Physical Review Letters, 2007, 99 (3), 038101.
M.L. Henle and Alex J. Levine, Erratum: Capillary wave dynamics on supported viscoelastic films: Single and double layers, Physical Review E, 2007, 75 (5), 059909(E).
B.A. DiDonna and Alex J. Levine, Filamin cross-linkers as rheology regulators in F-actin networks, Physical Review E, 2007, 75 (4), 041909.
L.E. Silbert, G.S. Grest, R. Brewster, and A.J. Levine, Rheology and Contact Lifetimes in Dense Granular Flows, Physical Review Letters, 2007, 99, 068002.
M. Atakhorrami, J.I. Sulkowska, K.M. Addas, G.H. Koenderink, J.X. Tang, A.J. Levine, F.C. MacKintosh, and C.F. Schmidt, Correlated fluctuations of microparticles in viscoelastic solutions: Quantitative measurement of material properties by microrheology in the presence of optical traps, Physical Review E, 2006, 73 (6), 061501.
B.A. DiDonna and Alex J. Levine, Filamin cross-linked semiflexible networks: Fragility under strain, Physical Review Letters, 2006, 97 (6), 068104.
J.R. Savage, D. Blair, A.J. Levine, R.A. Guyer, and A.D. Dinsmore, Imaging the Sublimation Dynamics of Colloidal Crystallites , Science, 2006, 314 (5800), 795-798.
Buddhapriya Chakrabarti and Alex J. Levine, The nonlinear elasticity of an alpha-helical polypeptide: Monte Carlo studies, Physical Review, 2006, 74 (3), 031903.
Levine, Alexander, Microrheollogy in polymer solutions: Depletion and the shell model, Abstracts of Papers American Chemical Society, 2005, 230, U1060.
R. Brewster, J. Landry, G.S. Grest, and A.J. Levine, Breakdown of Bagnold scaling in cohesive granular flows, Physical Review E , 2005, 72 (6), 061301.
Jeremy D. Schmit and Alex J. Levine, Intermolecular adhesion in conducting polymers, Physical Review E, 2005, 71 (5), 051802.
David A. Head, Alex J. Levine, and F.C. MacKintosh, Mechanical response of semiflexible networks to localized perturbations, Physical Review E, 2005, 72 (6), 061914.
David A. Head, Alex J. Levine, and F.C. MacKintosh, Short-range deformation of semiflexible networks: deviations from continuum elasticity, Physical Review E 72, 2005, 72 (6), 061914.
Alex J. Levine, T.B. Liverpool, and F.C. MacKintosh, Dynamics of extended bodies in viscous films and membranes, Physical Review Letters, 2004, 93 (3), 038102.
Alex J. Levine, David A. Head, and F.C. MacKintosh, The Deformation Field in Semiflexible Networks, Journal of Physics, Condensed Matter, 2004, 16 (S2079).
Alex J. Levine, David A. Head, and F.C. MacKintosh, The elasticity of semiflexible networks, Proceedings of the XIVth Congress on Rheology. ed. The Korean Society of Rheology, 2004.
Alex J. Levine, T.B. Liverpool, and F.C. MacKintosh, The mobility of extended bodies in viscous films and membranes, Physical Review E, 2004, 69, 021503.
Buddhapriya Chakrabarti and Alex J. Levine, The nonlinear elasticity of an alpha-helical polypeptide, Physical Review E, 2004, 71, 031905.
David A. Head, Alex J. Levine, and F.C. MacKintosh, Deformation of cross-linked semiflexible polymer networks, Physical Review Letters, 2003, 91, 108102.
David A. Head, Alex J. Levine, and F.C. MacKintosh, Distinct regimes of elastic response and deformation modes of cross-linked cytoskeletal and semiflexible polymer networks, Physical Review E, 2003, 68 (061907).
David A. Head, F.C. MacKintosh, and Alex J. Levine, Non-universality of elastic exponents in random bond-bending networks, Physical Review E, 2003, 68, 025101.
D.T. Chen, E.R. Weeks, J.C. Crocker, M.F. Islam, R. Verma, J. Gruber, A.J. Levine, T.C. Lubensky, and A.G. Yodh, Rheological Microscopy: Local Mechanical Properties from Microrheology, Physical Review Letters, 2003, 90, 108301.
Victor Breedveld and Alex J. Levine, Shear induced diffusion in dilute suspensions of charged colloids, Soft Materials, 2003, 1, 235-244.
Alex J. Levine and F.C. MacKintosh, Dynamics of viscoelastic membranes, Physical Review E, 2002, 66, 061606.
K.M. Addas, J.X. Tang, A.J. Levine, and C.F. Schmidt, Extracting local and bulk viscoelasticity of entangled FD virus solutions by two-bead microrheology, Biophysical Journal, 2002, 82 (1), 2432.
Deniz Ertas, Thomas C. Halsey, Alex J. Levine, and Thomas G. Mason, Stability of monomer-dimer piles, Physical Review E, 2002, 66, 051307.
R. Bruinsma, F. Rondelez, and A. Levine, Flow-Control led Island Growth in Langmuir Monolayers, European Physics Journal E, 2001, 6, 191.
Karim M. Addas, Alex J. Levine, Jay X. Tang, and Christoph F. Schmidt, One- and Two-Particle Microrheology in Entangled Solutions of fd Virus, Physical Characterization of Biological Materials and Systems Symposium. Boston, MA USA 26 Nov. - 30 Nov.Warrendale, PA, USA Materials Research Society, 2001.
Alex J. Levine and T.C. Lubensky, The response function of a sphere in a viscoelastic two–fluid medium, Physical Review E, 2001, 63, 041510-1.
Alex J. Levine and T.C. Lubensky, Two–point microrheology and the electrostatic analogy, Physical Review E, 2001, 65, 011501.
Randall D. Kamien and Alex J. Levine, Boundary Effects in Chiral Polymer Hexatics, Physical Review Letters, 2000, 84, 3109.
Alex J. Levine and T.C. Lubensky, One- and two–particle microrheology, Physical Review Letters, 2000, 85, 1774.
A. Levine, S. Ramaswamy, E. Frey, and R. Bruinsma; Eds. Moti Lal, R.A. Mashelkar, B.D. Kulkarni, V.M. Naik, Hydrodynamic Screening in Stokesian Fluidized Beds, Structure and Dynamics of Materials in the Mesoscopic Domain, 1999, 195-206.
Amy B. Herhold, Deniz Erta¸s, Alex J. Levine, and Hubert E. King Jr., Impurity induced slowing of nucleation in emulsified liquids, Dynamics in Small Confining Systems IV Symposium, Boston, MA USA 30 Nov. – 3 Dec. 1998, 1999, 85-96.
Amy B. Herhold, Deniz Erta¸s, Alex J. Levine, and Hubert E. King Jr., Impurity mediated nucleation in hexadecane-in-water emulsions, Physical Review E, 1999, 59, 6946.
T. G. Mason, A. J. Levine, D. Ertas, and T. C. Halsey, The Critical Angle of Wet Sand Piles, Physical Review E, 1999, 60, R5044.
Martin-D. Lacasse, Gary S. Grest, and Alex J. Levine, Capillary-wave and chain-length effects at poly- mer/polymer interfaces, Physical Review Letters, 1998, 80, 309.
Alex J. Levine and Thomas C. Halsey, How Sandcastles Fall, Physical Review Letters, 1998, 80, 3141.
Alex J. Levine and Scott T. Milner, Star Polymers and the Failure of Time-Temperature Superposition , Macromolecules, Macromolecules, 1998, 31 (24), 8623-8637.
S. N. Coppersmith, T. C. Jones, L. P. Kadanoff, A. Levine, J. P. McCarten, S. R. Nagel, S. C. Venkataramani, and Xinlei Wu, Self-Organized Short-Term Memories, Physical Review Letters, 1997, 78, 3983.
Shechao Feng, Alex Levine, and Lan Yin; ed D. C Glattli, M. Sanquer, and J. Tran Thanh Van, Suppression of the Josephson Effect and Little-Parks Oscil lations in the Quantum Hal l Effect, Coulomb and Interference Effects in Small Electronic Structures, 1994 (Editions Frontieres).
Shechao Feng, Alex Levine, and Lan Yin, Suppression of the Josephson Effect by Quantum Fluctuations in the Fractional Quantum Hal l State, Physical Review B, 1994, 50, 11045.