Curriculum Vitae: Ronen Berkovich (Berkovici)

Incumbent of the 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 (Elbit today).

          - Head of Department, Crystallization and Coating Department.

          - Process Engineer.

Peer-reviewed publications

Skuratovsky S, Agmon L, Berkovich R "Comparative Study of Dimensionality and Symmetry Breaking on Nanoscale Friction in the Prandtl–Tomlinson Model with Varying Effective Stiffness". Tribol. Lett. 68:113 (2020). ​

Ochbaum G, Chetrit E, Berkovich R, Bitton R "Effect of the C-terminal amino acid of the peptide on the structure and mechanical properties of alginate–peptide hydrogels across length-scales". Soft Matter, 16, 6155-6162 (2020).

- Elias-Mordechai M, Chetrit E, Berkovich R  “Interplay between viscoelasticity and force rate affects sequential unfolding in polyproteins pulled at constant velocity”. Macromolecules, 53, 8, 3021-3029 (2020).

- Chetrit E, Meroz Y, Klausner Z, Berkovich R  “Correlations within polyprotein forced unfolding dwell-times introduce sequential dependency”. J. Struct. Biol., 210, 107495 (2020).

- Agmon L, Shahar I, Birodker B, Skuratovsky S, Jopp J, Berkovich R  “Application of static disorder approach to friction force microscopy of catalyst nanoparticles to estimate corrugation energy amplitudes”. J. Phys. Chem. C, 123, 5, 3032-3038 (2019).

- Popa I, Berkovich R. "Mechanobiology: Protein refolding under force". Emerg Top Life Sci., ETLS20180044 (2018).

- Schönfelder J, De Sancho D, Berkovich R, Best RB, Muñoz V, Perez-Jimenez R. "Reversible two-state folding of the ultrafast protein gpW under mechanical force". Commun. Chem., 1, 59 (2018).

- Berkovich R, Fernandez VI, Stirnemann G, Valle-Orero J, Fernandez JM. "Segmentation and the Entropic Elasticity of Modular Proteins". J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 9, 4707−4713 (2018).

- Nadler H, Shaulov L, Blitsman Y, Mordechai M, Jopp J, Sal-Man N, Berkovich R. "Deciphering the Mechanical Properties of Type III Secretion System EspA Protein by Single Molecule Force Spectroscopy". Langmuir, 34 (21), 6261−6270 (2018).


- 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". Sci. Rep.,  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, 14, 2219 - 2226 (2018).
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- 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.