Sefi Givli

Sefi Givli
Assistant Professor
Full CV
Office: 219, DK


  • 1994 - B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Technion - I.I.T., Israel
  • 2005 - Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Technion - I.I.T., Israel

Research Interests

  • Mechanics of nano-scale biological systems.
  • Muscle mechanics.
  • Protein unfolding.
  • Bi-stable and multi-stable mechanisms.
  • Mechanics of biological (lipid) membranes.
  • Cell motility.
  • Strength and reliability of heterogeneous structures.

Guest Appointments

  • Fellow, Lester Deutsch Post-Doctoral, Division of Engineering and Applied Science, Caltech - California Institute of Technology (2006-2008)

Honors and Awards

  • Wolf foundation prize (2002)
  • Gutwirth Memorial Fellowship (2003)
  • Applied Materials Ltd, scholarship (2004)
  • Pnueli prize for PhD thesis (2006)
  • Lester Deutsch Postdoctoral fellowship (2006)
  • Technion award for excellence in teaching as a T.A. - six times (2000-2005)
  • Excellence in teaching as lecturer (2006, 2009)
  • Yanai Prize for Excellence in Academic Education (2011)
  • Technion outstanding lecturer (2006, 2009-15, 13 times, 6 consecutive years)

  • Altus E., Givli S., "Strength reliability of statically indeterminate heterogeneous beams", Int. J. Solids Structures 40(9):2069-2083, 2003.
  • Givli S, Altus E, "Effect of strength-modulus correlation on reliability of randomly heterogeneous beams", Int. J. Solids Structures 40(24):6703-6722, 2003.
  • Altus E., Givli S., "Fracture mechanics of a randomly heterogeneous double cantilever beam", Int. J. Fracture 130(4):743-763, 2004.
  • Altus E., Proskura A., Givli S., "A new functional perturbation method for linear non-homogeneous materials", Int. J. Solids Structures 42:1577-1595, 2005.
  • Altus E., Totry E., Givli S., "Optimized functional perturbation method and morphology based effective properties of randomly heterogeneous beams", Int. J. Solids Structures 42:2345-2359, 2005.
  • Givli S., Altus E., "Relation between stochastic failure location and strength in brittle materials", J. Applied Mechanics 73(4): 698-701, 2006.
  • Givli S, Altus E, "Improved functional perturbation method for reliability analysis of randomly heterogeneous beams", Structural Safety 28(4): 378-391, 2006.
  • Givli S., Bhattacharya K., "A coarse-grained model of the myofibril; overall dynamics and the evolution of sarcomere non-uniformities", Journal of the Mechanoics and Physics of Solids 57: 221-243, 2009.
  • Givli S., "Towards multi-scale modeling of muscle fibers with sarcomere non-uniformities", Journal of Theoretical Biology, 264: 882-892, 2010.
  • Benichou I. Givli S., "The hidden ingenuity in titin structure", Applied Physics Letters, 98(9): 091904, 2011. Selected for the March 2011 issue of Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research
  • Givli S., Giang H., Bhattacharya K., "Stability of multicomponent biological membranes", SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 72(2): 489-511, 2012.
  • Atia L., Givli S., "Biological membranes from the perspective of smart materials - A theoretical study", Int. J. Solids Structures, 49(18): 2617-2624, 2012.
  • Benichou I., Givli S., "Structures undergoing discrete phase transformation", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 61(1): 94-113, 2013.
  • Moiseyev G. , Givli S., Bar-Yoseph P.Z., "Fibrin polymerization in blood coagulation - a statistical model", Journal of Biomechanics, 46(1): 26-30, 2013.
  • Benichou I., Faran E., Shilo D., Givli S., "Application of a bi-stable chain model for the analysis of jerky twin boundary motion in NiMnGa", Applied Physics Letters, 102: 011912, 2013.
  • Adler Y., Givli S., "Closing the loop: lamellipodia dynamics from the perspective of front propagation" , Physical Review E, 88: 042708, 2013.
  • Cohen T. , Givli S., "Dynamics of a discrete chain of bi-stable elements: A biomimetic shock absorbing mechanism" , Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 64: 426-439, 2014.
  • Atia L., Givli S., "Biological membrane response to temperature gradients at the single cell level" , Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11: 20131207, 2014.
  • Givli S., "Contraction Induced Muscle Injury: Towards Personalized Training and Recovery Programs", Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 43(2): 388-403, 2015 (Review paper).
  • Benichou I., Givli S., "Rate dependent response of nanoscale structures having a multiwell energy landscape", Physical Review Letters, 095504, 2015.
  • Salinas G., Givli S., "Can a curved beam bistable mechanism have a secondary equilibrium that is more stable than its stress-free configuration?", Microsystem Technologies, 21:943-950, 2015.
  • Katz S., Givli S., "The post-buckling behavior of a beam constrained by springy walls", Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 78: 443-466, 2015.
  • Hanukah E., Givli S., "Free vibration of an isotropic elastic skewed parallelepiped - a closed form study", European Journal of Mechanics A/Solids:131-142, 2015.
  • Faran E., Benichou I., Givli S., and Shilo D., "The effects of magnetic and mechanical microstructures on the twinning stress in Ni-Mn-Ga", Journal of Applied Physics, S 118, 244104, 2015.
  • Hanukah E., Givli S., "A new approach to reduce the number of integration points in the computation of mass matrices of solid finite elements", submitted, 2015.
  • Benichou I., Zhang Y., Dudko O., Givli S., "The rate dependent response of a bistable chain at finite temperature", submitted, 2016.