Yaakov (Koby) Levy, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae
Personal Details
Place of Birth
Marital Status
Married, two children
Contact Information
Hebrew (mother language), English, Spanish
6/1994 – 6/1997
Military service in the Israel Defense Forces
6/2002 – 6/2004
Postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at the Univ. of Califonia at San Diego. Worked with Profs. Jose' Onuchic and Peter Wolynes.
6/1997 – 6/2002
Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Ph.D., Department of Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry Theoretical and computational biophysics Prof. Joshua Jortner and Dr. Oren Becker.
1991 – '94
Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
B.Sc., in Chemistry (summa cum laude).
Teaching Experience
1998 – '02
Teaching special courses in General Chemistry (The School of Dental Medicine and the Pre-University project, Tel-Aviv University). Thesis title: "Multidimensional Potential Energy Surfaces of Biological Macromolecules".

Teaching Assistant in General and Physical Chemistry courses (The School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University), Laboratory course (General Chemistry), and in Statistical Thermodynamics as well as in analytical chemistry courses (The School of Chemistry, Tel-Aviv University).

1999 – '01
Member in the center for improving teaching in Tel-Aviv university.
1993 – '94
Teaching chemistry (for matriculation), "Shuv" High-School, Haifa.
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Honors and Awards
1992, 1993, 1994
President's award for high academic achievements (Technion, Israel Inst. of Technology).
Amos de-Shalit scholarship in Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot.
Allen de Rothschild first prize for creative work (Technion, Israel Inst. of Technology).
Award for excellence in teaching (School of Chemistry, Tel-Aviv university).
The Spanish ministry of foreign affairs grant for studying Spanish in Spain.
The Wolf foundation grant for Ph.D. students.
Travel award from the Protein Society (Philadelphia, USA).
2000 - '02
The Charles Clore fellowship for outstanding graduate students in natural sciences.
2002 – '03
Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship.
2002 – '03
Rothschild postdoctoral fellowship.
Travel award from the Protein Society (Boston, USA).
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Research Grants
GIF – Young investigator award
Biomolecular self-organization in the cell: mechanisms, kinetics, and specificities.
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Referee Activity
Acting as a referee for Biophysical Journal, Proteins: Structure, function, and bioinformatics, Journal of Chemical Physics, Proceedings of the National Academy Science USA, Biopolymers, Journal of Molecular Biology, European Physics Journal D , Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Acting as a referee for grant proposal submitted to the NIH, ISF, and BSF.
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Invited Lectures
Vienna, Austria, 1999
The third international conference on molecular structural biology, "Mapping the energy landscape of the prion protein".
Vienna, Austria, 2003
The fifth international conference on molecular structural biology, "Binding mechanisms of flexible proteins: traditional scenarios and beyond".
UIUC, IL, USA, 2004
Materials Research ITR Computational Workshop, "Minimalist models and connections with large simulations for protein assembly and DNA recognition".
Toronto, Canada, 2005
Chemical biophysics symposium, "Folding for binding or vice versa: New lessons from minimalist models".
Ventura, CA, USA, 2006
Gordon conference on Protein Folding, "Folding for binding or vice versa: New lessons from minimalist models"
San Jose, CA, USA, 2006
National Society of Black and Hispanic Physicists, "Folding for binding or vice versa: New lessons from minimalist models"
CECAM, Lyon, France, 2006
Protein Folding and misfolding
Tel Aviv, Israel, 2007
The 72nd meeting of the Israel chemical society
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Dead sea, IL, 1998
Conformational diseases
Sicily, Italy, 1999
Summer school for computational biology
London, England, 2000
Protein misfolding and diseases
Telluride, CO, USA, 2001
Grand vision of cluster cartography
Irvine, CA, USA, 2004
Frontiers in Bioinformatics
Long beach, USA, 2005
Biophysical society 49th annual meeting
San Diego, USA, 2005
229th ACS meeting
Los Angeles, USA, 2005
Multiscale Modeling in Soft Matter and Bio-Physics
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Selected Poster Presentations
Tel-Aviv, IL, 1998
The 63rd meeting of the Israel chemical society
Germany, 1999
The 3rd European symposium of the protein science
Tel-Aviv, IL, 2001
The 66th meeting of the Israel chemical society
Paris, France, 2001
The 4th European symposium of the protein science
Eilat, IL, 2001
The 10th Israeli neuroscience annual meeting
Coolfont, WV, USA, 2003
The 7th Johns Hopkins folding meeting
Ventura, CA, USA, 2004
Gordon conference on Protein Folding
Lawrence, KS, USA, 2005
Modeling of protein interactions in genomes
Boston. MA, USA, 2005
17th Protein Society meeting
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Rehovot, Israel, 1998
The Bioinformatics and genome research open club, Weizmann Institute of science.
Eilat, Israel, 1999
The 8th Israeli neuroscience annual meeting, (Neurosci. Lett., S27, Suppl. 54, 1999).
Eilat, Israel, 2000
The 9th Israeli neuroscience annual meeting.
Jerusalem, Israel, 2000
Dept. of medicinal chemistry, School of pharmacy, Hebrew Univ., (Hosted by Prof. Amiram Glodblum).
Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2001
Dept. of Chemical Physics, School of Chemistry, Tel-Aviv Univ.
Zurich, Switzerland, 2001
Biochemistry Institute, Zurich Univ., (Hosted by Prof. Amedeo Caflisch)
La Jolla, USA, 2001
Depts. Of Physics and Chemistry, Univ. of San-Diego, (Hosted by Prof. Jos?? Onuchic & Prof. Peter Wolynes).
Beer-Sheva, Israel, 2001
Dept. of Chemistry, Ben-Gurion Univ.
Haifa, Israel, 2001
Faculty of Chemistry, Technion- Israel Inst. of Technology.
Jerusalem, Israel, 2001
Fritz Haber center, Faculty of Chemistry, The Hebrew Univ.
Rehovot, Israel, 2002
Dept. of Chemical Physics, Faculty of Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science.
Frederick, MD, USA, 2003
National Institute of Cancer, SAIC, (Hosted by Prof. Ruth Nussinov).
Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2003
Dept. of Chemical Physics, Tel-Aviv Univ.
Tel-Aviv, Israel, 2003
Dept. of Biochemistry, Tel-Aviv Univ., (Hosted by Dr. Nir Ben-Tal).
Zurich, Switzerland, 2003
Biochemistry Institute, Zurich Univ., (Hosted by Prof. Amedeo Caflisch).
La Jolla, USA, 2003
Dept. of Molecular Biology, Scripps Institute, (Hosted by Prof. Charles Brooks III).
La Jolla, USA, 2004
Center of Theoretical Biological Physics, UCSD.
Pasadena, USA, 2004
Faculty of Chemistry, Caltech, (Hosted by Prof. Harry Gray).
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