|Grant ID: R1215|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
August 02, 2012
Dr. Ilya Levental began his academic career as an engineer, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology on a HOPE Scholarship. Dr. Levental received the Undergraduate Research Scholarship at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and spent two years in Dr. Gang Bao’s laboratory developing one of the first “optical tweezers” systems for use in cell biological applications–these systems use intense lasers as tractor beams to manipulate microscopic objects and thereby both measure and impart forces on cells and individual molecules.