Meet Our Physicists

Alexander Y. Grosberg


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Grosberg received his Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics from Moscow State University in 1982, followed by his M.Sc. in 1972. He received his Ph.D. from the Kapitza Institute for Physical Problems under Professor Ilya Lifshitz in 1975.

From 1972 to 1999, Grosberg held positions from Young Researcher to Head of Sector at the Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Science. From 1989 to 1993, he was a Professor of Biophysics at the Moscow Physical-Technical Institute. In 1993, he became a visiting physicist at MIT until he moved to the University of Minnesota in 1999 as a Professor of Physics. In 2008, Grosberg joined the faculty of New York University as a Professor of Physics and Mathematics.

Grosberg’s research focuses on the theoretical physics of biopolymers, theory of polymers, and related general questions in biophysics and statistical physics. For his work, he received the USSR Prize in Physics for Young Scientists in 1982 and the Humboldt Award for Senior US scientists in 2006. He was also named Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) in 2003, and of the London Institute of Physics in 2004. In 2008, he was named an APS Outstanding Referee.

Grosberg has served on the editorial and referee boards of numerous journals and grant agencies. He has also published several physics books, in Russian and English.

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Positions Held

General Member, 2008 – current
Trustee, 2018 – current