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Miriam Rafailovich

Distinguished Professor

Office: 210 Engineering Bldg. Stony Brook, NY
Phone:  516-458-9011

Miriam Rafailovich received her PhD from Stony Brook University in Applied Nuclear Physics. She then did her post doctoral work at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the Weizmann Institute. Miriam was professor of Physics and Astronomy at CUNY, Queens College and is currently a distinguished professor at Stony Brook University in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering.  Miriam’s research interests span a broad spectrum addressing challenges in sustainability, environmental protection, medicine, and tissue engineering. She has published extensively and collaborated with regional industries in the areas of polymer nanocomposites, polymer surface and interfacial phenomena, biodegradable polymers, additive manufacturing, environmental flame retardants, green energy generation – hydrogen and anionic fuel cells and photovoltaics,  biosensors, tissue engineering, stem cell differentiation, protein folding and nanotoxicology.  

Miriam is also known as a pioneer in the integration of research with education. She has graduated more than 60 PhD and Masters students and mentored several hundred undergraduate and high school students from across the United States and abroad. She is the co-author of more than 400 publications in peer reviewed journals and technical review articles.  She is a Lady Davis Foundation Scholar and a fellow of the American Physical Society.


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  • Co- Director NSF Materials Research Science & Engineering Center: Polymers at Engineered Interfaces
  • SUNY Chancellors Award for Research in Science, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Fellow, American Physical Society
  • Siemens Foundation Recognition Award as Outstanding Mentor for the Westinghouse, Competition in Math, Science, and Technology


  • PhD, Nuclear Physics, 1981, SUNY Stony Brook, USA.
  • BS, Physics and Biology, 1975, Brooklyn College, USA.


  • Distinguished Professor, 2007-present, SUNY at Stony Brook.                       
  • Professor,  1992-2007. SUNY at Stony Brook.
  • Lady Davis Visitor,  2006-2007, Hebrew University.
  • Professor, 1992-94,Queens College.
  • Associate Professor, 1988-92, Queens College.
  • Guest Scientist,   1987-Present, Brookhaven National Lab.
  • Senior Scientist, 1985-88,Weizmann Institute.
  • Research Associate, 1984-85,Weizmann Institute.
  • Visiting Assistant Physicist,  1982-84,Brookhaven National Lab.
  • Research Associate,   1980-82, SUNY at Stony Brook.