“ Through art and science in their broadest senses it is possible to make a permanent contribution towards the improvement and enrichment of human life and it is these pursuits that we students are engaged in. ”
- Frederick Sanger


Larry S. Liebovitch, Professor

Dynamics of Molecular/Psychological systems

(718) 997-3390, SB B322
B.S. Physics, City College of New York, 1972
Ph.D. Astronomy, Harvard University, 1978
PH 121.4 - General Physics 1
PH 204 - Physics for Computer Science 2
In 1995, elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society
"For advancing the physics of fractals and chaos and using these methods to analyze and understand biological systems."

Dean of the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences 2010-2013. Accomplishments as DeanCurriculum VitaeResume (1-page)

Article about Dr. Liebovitch from Emerging: The Newsletter of the Plexus Institute (July/August 2005)
En espanol - from number 21 of "Komplex", a monthly newsletter edited by O+berri, the Basque Institute of Innovation (29 de mayo de 2006)


The analysis of complex systems that have many interacting parts.

PEOPLE: Models of Conflict
We are applying concepts from the dynamics of physical systems to model the interactions between two or more people and then, as part of a team of social scientists, using social psychology laboratory experiments to test the predictions of those models. Liebovitch et al., 2008, Physica A387:6360-6378

GENES: Differentiation of Blood Stem Cells
We are using mathematical models of the interaction of genes (such as GATA1 and PU.1) to predict how changes in the levels of signaling proteins and gene expression lead to different cell fates from progenitor blood stem cells. These predictions will be tested by experiments to be done at the Institute for Stem Cell Research at the Helmholtz Center Munich, Germany.

DRUGS: Turning Deleterious Drug Interactions Into Useful Multidrug Therapies
Drugs designed for a specific target are always found to have multiple effects. We are exploring how to use computational methods to predict which combinations of drugs, whose effects interfere with each other, in just the right way, to produce more targeted results with fewer side effects. Liebovitch et al., 2007, Nonlinear Biomedical Physics, 1:11..

EPIDEMICS: Spread of Infectious Diseases
We are modeling the spatial and temporal transmission of infectious agents through geographically distributed "patches" of people. These models give insight into how diseases spread in response to natural and human created events. Rho et al., 2008, Phys. Letts. A372:5017-5025.

ECONOMICS: Econophysics
We are analyzing the prices of commodities from ancient Babylon and medieval England to determine if ancient economies functioned as supply and demand systems, like modern economies. The challenge here is how to analyze time series data when there are gaps of 70% to 95% in the data. Europhysics Letters 90:18004.

ARCHEOLOGY: Movements of People and the Spatial Distribution of their Artifacts
We are using new methods, based on fractals, to analyze and understand the migration patterns of people and the spatial distribution of their artifacts at archeological sites. Brown et al., 2005, J. Archaeological Method and Theory 12:37-78.