- Alfred H. Caspary Professor of Physics and Biological Physics and of Health Sciences and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- PhD in Physics, Harvard University, 1953
- AM in Physics, Harvard University, 1952
- Proctor Medal Award by the Association for Research Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
- Recipient of the American Physical Society Irving Langmuir Prize in Chemical Physics
The research of the Benedek group centers on phase transitions, self-assembly and aggregation of biological molecules. These phenomena are of biological and medical interest because phase separation, self-assembly and aggregation of biological molecules are known to play a central role in several human diseases such as cataract, Alzheimer’s disease, and cholesterol gallstone formation. A combination of experimental work, theoretical analysis, and computer simulations is used to understand the connection between the basic interactions amongst the molecules and the resulting condensed phases.
- O. Annunziata, N. Asherie, A. Lomakin, J. Pande, O. Ogun, and G. B. Benedek. “Effect of polyethylene glycol on the liquid–liquid phase transition in aqueous protein solutions.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 99 (2002): 14165-170.
- O. Annunziata, O. Ogun, and G. B. Benedek. “Observation of liquid–liquid phase separation for eyelens _S-crystallin.” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 100 (2003): 970-74.
A full list of Professor Benedek’s publications can be found on his website.
- HST 450 – SP 2013 – Biological Physics