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Herbert Levine

University Distinguished Professor, Physics
Jointly Appointed, Bioengineering
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


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

Research & Scholarship Interests

mechanics of motility at both single cell and multicellular levels, genetic and metabolic networks underlying phenotypic changes en route to cancer metastasis, effective detection by and activation of the adaptive immune system
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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

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

Related News

January 4, 2019

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

April 18, 2018

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"...