Curriculum Vitae: Ronen Berkovich (Berkovici)

Joseph and May Winston Career Development Chair in Chemical Engineering

Department of Chemical-Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
& the Ilze Katz Institute for Nanoscience and Technology,
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,
Beer-Sheva 84105, Israel
Phone (office): +972-8-646-1489

2005 – 2010 Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
1998 – 2002 B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Professional experience
2013 – Present Senior-Lecturer (Assistant-Professor), 
           Department of Chemical-Engineering,
           Faculty of Engineering Sciences, 
           Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
2010 – 2013 Postdoctoral Fellow,
           Faculty of Biological Sciences,
           Columbia University, NY, USA.
2001 – 2006 IMI LTD, Israel.
          - Head of Department, Crystallization and Coating Department.
          - Process Engineer.

Peer-reviewed publications

- Agmon L, Shahar I, Yosufov D, Pimentel C, Pina CM, Gnecco E, Berkovich R. "Estimation of interaction energy and contact stifness in atomic-scale sliding on a model sodium chloride surface in ethanol". Scientific Reports,  8:4681 (2018).

- Nir G, Chetrit E, Vivante A, Garini Y, Berkovich R. "The role of near-wall drag effects in the dynamics of tethered DNA under shear flow". Soft Matter, DOI: 10.1039/c7sm01328k (2018).

- Srinivasan K, Banerjee S, Parimal S, Sejergaard L, Berkovich R, Barquera B, Garde S, Cramer SM. "Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics Simulations as a Combined Platform for Probing Protein Face-Specific Binding". Langmuir, 33, 10851−10860, (2017).

- Berkovich R, Mondal J, Paster I, Berne BJ. "Simulated Force Quench Dynamics Shows GB1 Protein Is Not a Two State Folder". J. Phys. Chem. B., 121, 5162−5173, (2017). 

- Valle-Orero J, Eckels EC, Stirnemann G, Popa I, Berkovich R, Fernandez JM. “The elastic free energy of a tandem modular protein under force”. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 460:434-438 (2015).

- Perez-Jimenez R, Alonso-Caballero R, Berkovich R, Franco D, Chen MW, Richard P, Badilla CL, Fernandez JM. ”Probing the Effect of Force on HIV-1 Receptor CD4”. ACS Nano, 8, 10: 10313–10320 (2014).

- Popa I, Berkovich R, Allegre-Cebollada J, Badilla CL, Rivas-Pardo JA, Taniguchi Y, Kawakami M, Fernandez JM. “Nanomechanics of HaloTag Tethers”. J. Am. Chem. Soc.., 135, 34, 12762-12771 (2013).


- Berkovich R, Klafter J, Urbakh M. “Reconstruction of Energy Surfaces from Friction Force MicroscopyMeasurements with the Jarzynski Equality.”Scanning Probe Microscopy in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg,317-334 (2012).


- Berkovich R, Hermans RI, Popa I, Stirnemann G, Garcia-Manyes S, Berne BJ, Fernandez JM.  “Rate limit of protein elastic response is tether dependent.”Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 109, 36: 14416–14421 (2012).

- Berkovich R, Wolfenson H, Eisenberg S, Erlich M, Weiss M, Henis YI, Klafter J, Urbakh M. “Accurate Quantification of Diffusion and Binding Kinetics of Non-integral Membrane Proteins by FRAP.”Traffic, 12:1648-1657 (2011).


- Berkovich R, Garcia-Manyes S, Klafter J, Urbakh M, Fernandez JM. “Hopping around an entropic barrier created by force”, Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 403:133-137 (2010).


- Berkovich R, Garcia-Manyes S, Klafter J, Urbakh M Fernandez JM. “Collapse dynamics of single proteins extended by force.” Biophys. J., 98: 2692-2701 (2010).


- Berkovich R, Klafter J, Urbakh M. “Analyzing friction forces with the Jarzynski equality.”J. Phys.: Condens. Matter.,20:354008 (2008).


- Kesselman E, Ramon O, Berkovici R, Paz Y. “ATR-FTIR studies on the effect of strong salting-out salts on the phase separation scenario in aqueous solutions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide).” Polym. Adv. Technol., 13:982-991 (2002).

- Ramon O, Kesselman E, Berkovici R, Cohen Y, Paz Y. “Attenuated total reflectance/Fourier transform infrared studies on the phase-separation process of aqueous solutions of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide).”J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys., 39:1665-1677 (2001).

Book chapters
Berkovich R, Klafter J, Urbakh M. (2012) “Reconstruction of Energy Surfaces from Friction Force
Microscopy Measurements with the Jarzynski Equality.” Scanning Probe Microscopy in
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 3, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 317-334.

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