Prof. Roy[Roy Beck] Beck- Barkai

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Prof. Roy[Roy Beck] Beck- Barkai
Phone: 03-6408477
Another phone: 03-6406896
Fax: 03-6429306
Office: Shenkar Physics, 418


Prof. Roy Beck- Barkai works on a range of topics in biophysics, soft-matter physics and statistical mechanics. Beck’s research group is focused on the biophysical understanding of the forces and interactions governing the self-assembly of biomolecules into functional nanoscopic structures including the organization principles of cytoskeleton proteins within the neuronal system, intrinsically disordered proteins, membranes and nano-complexes of lipids and proteins. Their research combines various biochemical techniques to isolate and express desired products and advance microscopic and biophysical techniques such as small angle X-ray scattering to characterize the structures and their governing intermolecular forces.


Research achievements include: characterization of delayed and coordinated nucleation of supercooled phospholipid membranes; developing biophysical models to match the measured protein-based hydrogel mechanics and nanoscopic structures originated from the neuronal cytoskeleton; biophysical insights correlating structural phase transition in myelin sheaths as pathological marker for multiple sclerosis; developing information-based entropy estimators for computer simulation datasets.


Future directions include: developing novel techniques to measure in high throughput transient and reversible interactions between intrinsically disordered proteins; design, measure and model, hybrid polypeptide-hydrocarbon dendrimer amphiphiles that self-assemble into tunable nanoscale structures.


  • B.Sc. in Physics & Computer Science, Tel-Aviv University, 2002

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Tel-Aviv University, 2007

Academic Appointments

  • Post-doctoral research fellow in Biophysics, University of California, Santa-Barbara, 2006-2010

  • Senior Lecturer, School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University, 2010-Present

Awards and Prizes

  • Fulbright fellowship, University of Maryland, 2003.

  • Excellence in research award, Tel-Aviv University, 2004, 2005.

  • Raymond and Beverly Sackler prize in exact sciences for doctoral and post-doctoral students for the year 2005-2006.

  • Applied Material research excellence prize for graduate students, 2006.

  • Human Frontier Science Program, cross-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship, 2006-2009

  • Recent publication list

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