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Herbert Levine

University Distinguished Professor,  Physics
University Distinguished Professor,  Bioengineering

Contact

Office

  • 617.373.2902

Research Focus

Physical modeling of cancer progression, metastasis and interaction with the immune system. Most recent interests include the role of metabolic plasticity in these processes and the co-evolution of the tumor and the adaptive immune system. Other areas include spatial organization of the actin cytoskeleton, the mechanics of collective cell motility, and the analysis of genetic circuits involved in cell fate decisions.

Education

  • 1979 PhD in Physics, Princeton University
  • 1977 MA in Physics, Princeton University
  • 1976 BS in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honors & Awards

  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, September 1988
  • Fellow, American Physical Society

Research Overview

Physical modeling of cancer progression, metastasis and interaction with the immune system. Most recent interests include the role of metabolic plasticity in these processes and the co-evolution of the tumor and the adaptive immune system. Other areas include spatial organization of the actin cytoskeleton, the mechanics of collective cell motility, and the analysis of genetic circuits involved in cell fate decisions.

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M.K. Jolly, S.A. Mani, H. Levine, Hybrid Epithelial/Mesenchymal Phenotype(s): The ‘Fittest’ for Metastasis?, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta Reviews on Cancer (BBA), 2018
  • D. Jia, J.H. Park, K.H. Jung, H. Levine, B.A. Kaipparettu, Elucidating the Metabolic Plasticity of Cancer: Mitochondrial Reprogramming and Hybrid Metabolic States, Cells, 7(3), 2018, 21
  • J. Kim, J. Feng, C.A.R. Jones, X. Mao, L.M. Sander, H. Levine, B. Sun, Stress-Induced Plasticity of Dynamic Collagen Networks, Nature Communications, 8(1), 2017, 842
  • J.T. George, D.A. Kessler, H. Levine, Effects of Thymic Selection on T Cell Recognition of Foreign and Tumor Antigenic Peptides, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114 (38),2017, E7875-E7881
  • M.K. Jolly, K.E. Ware, S. Gilja, J.A. Somarelli, H. Levine, EMT and MET: Necessary or Permissive for Metastasis?, Molecular oncology 11 (7), 2017, 755-769
  • M.K. Jolly, M. Boareto, B. Huang, D. Jia, M. Lu, E. Ben-Jacob, J.N. Onuchic, Implications of the Hybrid Epithelial/Mesenchymal Phenotype in Metastasis, Frontiers in Oncology, 5, 2015, 155

Faculty

Apr 11, 2020

FY21 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 19 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY21 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.

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Faculty

Aug 23, 2019

Levine Uses Theoretical Physics to Make Sense of Cancer

COS/BioE Professor Herbert Levine collaborates with cancer biologists to explore fundamental questions, such as how cancer spreads and why immunotherapies only work for certain patients.

Faculty

Jan 04, 2019

New Faculty Spotlight: Herbert Levine

Herbert Levine joins the Bioengineering department in January 2019 as a University Distinguished Professor with a joint appointment in Physics.

Faculty

Apr 18, 2018

Herbert Levine Recruited Through Game Changers Fund

Newly recruited BioE Professor Herbert Levine will become Northeastern’s first National Academy of Sciences member and the first one recruited under the new "Game Changers Fund". Source: News @ Northeastern Biophysicist is first professor recruited through ‘Game Changer’ initiative by Allie Nicodemo, April 12, 2018 Northeastern has recruited its first faculty member through the university’s […]

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