Ilya Levental, Ph.D.
Ilya Levental, Ph.D.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Titles & Positions

  • Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology

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Grant Information

Grant ID: R1215
Grant Mechanism: 
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
Recruited From: 
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics
Date Awarded: 
August 02, 2012
Grant Amount: 

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.

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