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Robijn Bruinsma

Robijn Bruinsma

Robijn Bruinsma is Emeritus Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where he specializes in the application of physics to cell and molecular biology.

He has a B.S. in Physics from the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (1974), an M.S. in Physics from Utrecht University (1976), and a Ph.D. in Physics (1976) from the University of Southern California where his thesis advisor was Kazumi Maki. He conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University (1979-1980), before moving to Brookhaven National Laboratory as a Research Associate (1980-1982). Bruinsma was then a Visiting Scientist at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center (1982-1984) before moving to UCLA in 1984.

His current research focus is the self-assembly of viruses in particular of HIV.

Bruinsma has received the Pierre et Marie Curie Visiting Professorship of the City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI) (1994) and the Rothschild Foundation Fellowship (1996). He has also been named Fellow of the American Physical Society (2001), a Distinguished Lecturer of the Coll├Ęge de France (1999), received the Hans Fischer Fellowship of the Technical University Munich (2011), and was a Simons Fellow (2016).

Robijn Bruinsma

Positions Held

General Member, 2022 – current