Rony Granek

Associate Professor - Department of Biotechnology Engineering
Room 326, Building 39
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Beer-Sheva 84105
Phone: +972-8-6479459 ; Fax: +972-8-6472983


Rony was born in 1962 and grew up in Tel-Aviv. He studied physics at Tel-Aviv University and received his B.Sc. in 1986 with honor. He made direct studies for a Ph.D. until 1990, in the dept. of Chemical Physics of the School of Chemistry, Tel-Aviv University (transport in dynamically disordered systems). From 1990 till 1992 he conducted postdoctoral research with Michael Cates in the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge (dynamics of self-assembly systems). He then moved to UCLA for postdoctoral research with William Gelbart (micellar growth and packing). In 1994 he joined the Department of Materials and Interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science as a Senior Researcher, where he conducted research in the dynamics of complex fluids, in particular membranes and semi-flexible polymers. In 2002 he joined the Department of Biotechnology Engineering at Ben-Gurion University.


Selected Publications

R. Granek and M. E. Cates, Stress Relaxation in Living Polymers: Results from a Poisson Renewal Model, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 4758 (1992).

J.-G. Hu and R. Granek, Buckling of Amphiphilic Monolayers Induced by Head-Tail Asymmetry, J. Phys. II France 6, 999 (1996).

A. G. Zilman and R. Granek, Undulations and Dynamic Structure Factor of Membranes, Phys. Rev. Lett. 77, 4788 (1996).

R. Granek, From Semi-flexible Polymers to Membranes: Anomalous Diffusion and Reptation, J. Phys. II France 7, 1761 (1997).

A. G. Zilman and R. Granek, Undulation Instability of Lamellar Phases Under Shear: A Mechanism for Onion Formation? The European Physical Journal B 11, 593 (1999).

A. Caspi, R. Granek, and M. Elbaum, Enhanced Diffusion in Active Intracellular Transport, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 5655 (2000).

Y. Bohbot-Raviv, W.Z. Zhao, M. Feingold, C. Wiggins, and R. Granek, Relaxation Dynamics of Semiflexible Polymers, Physical Review Letters 92, art # 098101 (2004).

R. Granek and J. Klafter, Fractons in Proteins: Can they lead to anomalously decaying time autocorrelations?, Phys. Rev. Lett. 95, art # 098106 (2005). Reoprted in: Nature 437, 172 (2005), Research Highlights section.


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