David Bensimon

David Bensimon
Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry
607 C.E.Young Dr. East 
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569

My research interests span from single molecule biophysics to evolution via the study of development. I have been studying the mechanical properties of single DNA molecules for the past 20 years, using those as a means to investigate its interactions with a variety of structural proteins and molecular motors. Recently, we discovered a new means to sequence DNA by mechanically unzipping it and detecting the hybridization of complementary oligonucleotides as they transiently block its re-zipping. In the past 5-6 years I have been interested in the study of physiology at the single cell level. We have developed means to control the activity of proteins and other biomolecules at the single cell level, which gives us the opportunity to perturb locally and temporally various physiological pathways which we are currently studying (somitogenesis, learning, cancer). Finally, I have been interested in experimental evolution and bacterial ecology. We have recently shown that the dynamics of exchange of public goods in a bacterial colony is similar to a continuous version of the Tit-for-Tat game.

Technion, Haifa B.Sc. (summa cum laude) Physics 1972 - 1976 
Technion, Haifa B.Sc. Electrical Engineering 1972 - 1976
Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, M.Sc. Applied Physics, 1978 - 1980, Optical propagation in a turbulent atmosphere
University of Chicago, Ph.D. in Physics, 1982 - 1986 Pattern formation 
Visiting Scientist, Bell Labs, Murray Hill, 1986 - 1988 
Visiting Professor of Physics, University Paris 7, 1988
Chargé de Recherche CNRS (CR1), 1989 - 1992
Directeur de Recherche CNRS (DR2), 1992 - 2001
Directeur de Recherche CNRS (DR1), 1991-present
Full Professor UCLA, 2009 - present