CNSI remembers Dr. Alex Levine

CNSI member and UCLA professor, Alex Levine passed away on Friday, July 8.

Dr. Levine was an accomplished and influential scientist who made key contributions to the physics of biological materials such as cell membranes and tissue material. His research led to important advances in fundamental knowledge and to expanded options for the treatment of disease and he was accomplished in the fields of soft condensed matter physics and biophysics.

A member of the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA, Dr. Levine was also involved instrumental in the creation of the UCLA Center for Biophysics and served as director for several years. Dr. Levine is remembered by fellow colleague and former CNSI Acting Director Dr. Leonard H. Rome:

“I remember working with Alex as we founded the CNSI and formed teams of faculty representing diverse scientific disciplines. Alex gave of his time and considerable talents as an enthusiastic team player, helping establish the Institute as a truly interdisciplinary place to do cutting edge research.”

Dr. Levine earned his Ph. D. In Physics from UCLA in 1996, under the guidance of Robijn Bruinsma. His recent work was especially focused on the mechanics and dynamics of biological cells and structures.

Read the LA Times obituary and learn more about Dr. Levine’s research.