Aleksei Aksimentiev

Aleksei Aksimentiev

Professor, Physics

Aleksei Aksimentiev joined the Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group at the University of Illinois in 2001 as a postdoctoral research associate. He became a faculty member in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois in 2005.


Aksimentiev studies the organization of DNA in cells to establish cancer’s molecular origins and drug resistance. His work connects atomic-scale structures of DNA and nucleosomes and their modification to drug resistance by characterizing the microscopic processes leading to genome changes. He uses all-atom and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations to describe the mechanics of DNA, DNA binding to histone proteins in a nucleosome, and the self-association of distance DNA fragments mediated by physical forces. View his research group’s website for more information.


Campus Affiliations

Select Honors and Recognitions

  • IBM Faculty Fellow Award, 2008
  • Beckman Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies, 2009-2010
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2010
  • Blue Waters Professorship, 2014
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, 2015