Liviu Movileanu

Professor of Physics

Research Interests

  • Single-molecule and Membrane Biophysics.
  • Bionanotechnology.
  • Nanofluidics.
  • Biosensors and Functional Biomaterials.
  • Membrane protein design.


1997 Ph.D. in Biophysics
University of Bucharest
1990 M.S. Polymer Physics
University of Bucharest
1989 B.S. in Physics
University of Bucharest

Selected Publications

M.M. Mohammad, K.R. Howard and L. Movileanu, 2011, Redesign of a plugged beta-barrel membrane protein, J. Biol. Chem. 286(10), 8000-8013.

R. Bikwemu, A.J. Wolfe, X. Xing and L. Movileanu, 2010, Facilitated translocation of polypeptides through a single nanopore, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 22(45),454117.

D.J. Niedzwiecki, J. Grazul and L. Movileanu, 2010, Single-molecule observation of protein adsorption onto an inorganic surface, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132(31), 10816-10822.

M.M. Mohammad and L. Movileanu, 2010, Impact of distant charge reversals within a robust β-barrel protein pore, J. Phys. Chem. B 114(26), 8750-8759.

L. Movileanu, 2009, Interrogating single proteins through nanopores: challenges and opportunities, Trends Biotechnol. 27(6), 333-341.

Research Spotlight

  • The right-hand panel illustrates a 3 nm pore in silicon nitride. Image was taken in STEM mode on the FEI Tecnai F20 TEM/STEM at the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR). The left-hand panel shows a single-channel electrical recording of transient current blockades produced by individual double-stranded DNA molecules.