Dr. Yoav Biton

Dr. Yoav Biton

Yoav Y. Biton earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc.in Mechanical engineering at Ben-Gurion University. He later received his M.Sc. in Theoretical Mechanics at Rutgers University, NJ, where he completed his Ph.D. in Mechanics and Materials Science. His doctoral research with Prof. Bernard D. Coleman dealt with the development of a theory of DNA elasticity that accounts for both long range intra-molecular electrostatic forces and the dependence of elastic properties on nucleotide sequence. Dr. Biton performed his post-doctoral research on the Mechanics of living cells at the Weizmann Institute of science, and a following post-doctoral research on molecular mechanics at the department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2014 Dr. Biton Joined Shamoon College of Engineering, SCE, Beer sheva as a lecturer, and he presently teaches a wide range of courses in the department of Mechanical engineering:  Statics, Dynamics, Robotics, Theory of Machines, Strength of Materials, Nano-Mechanics, and Numerical analysis. Dr. Biton’s research interests are in the area of continuum and applied mechanics, including molecular mechanics, soft matter physics, and robotics


Mechanical engineering
Be'er Sheva

Be'er Sheva

215 Katsir(50)


Ph.D., Mechanics and Materials Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2007.

Dissertation: Bifurcations of equilibria in DNA elasticity.

M.Sc., Theoretical Mechanics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, 2002

M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, 2000.

Thesis: Laser range image data processing.

B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, 1997.


DNA mechanics and DNA-protein interactions
Cellular mechanics
Elastic stability of rod-like structures
Molecular mechanics and Monte-Carlo methods
Bifurcation Theory


Since 2014  B.Sc. program. Statics for Mechanical Engineers

Since 2014  B.Sc. program. Dynamics of particles and rigid bodies

Since 2014  B.Sc. program. Theory of Machines

Since 2014  B.Sc. program. Advanced topics in Mechanics of Materials

Since 2014  B.Sc. program. Numerical methods for Engineers

Since 2015  B.Sc. program. Introduction to Robotics

Since 2015  B.Sc. program. Strength of Materials I

Since 2015  B.Sc. program. Design and development of Mechatronic systems 2

Since 2018  B.Sc. program. Strength of Materials II

Since 2019  B.Sc. interdisciplinary program. Introduction to nano-Mechanics


I. Wolfson, N.R. Schramm, Y.Y. Biton, & Y. Ben-Abu, The rain stick, a simple model for the dynamics of particles passing obstacles in a gravitational field, Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, 528, 121473(10pp) (2019) (i.f. 2.13, Q2)

Y. Y. Biton, Effects of Protein-Induced Local Bending and Sequence Dependence on the Configurations of Supercoiled DNA Minicircles, J. Chem. Theory  Comput., 14, 2063-2075 (2018).

Y. Y. Biton, S. Kumar, D. Dunlap, & D. Swigon, Lac Repressor Mediated DNA Looping: Monte Carlo Simulation of Constrained DNA Molecules Complemented with Current Experimental Results. Plos One, 9, e92475 (18pp) (2014).

Y.Y. Biton & S.A. Safran, Theory of the mechanical response of focal adhesions to shear flow, J. of Phys.: Cond. Matter, 22, 194111 (8pp) (2010).

Y.Y. Biton & B.D. Coleman, Theory of the influence of changes in salt concentration on the configuration of intrinsically curved, impenetrable, rod-like structures modeling DNA minicircles, Int. J. Nonlinear Mech., 45, 735-755 (2010).

Y.Y. Biton & S.A. Safran, The cellular response to curvature- induced stress, Physical Biology, 6, 046010 (8pp), (2009).

Y.Y. Biton & B.D. Coleman, Applications of a theory of sequence-dependent DNA elasticity that accounts for intramolecular electrostatics forces, in: Continuum Models and Discrete Systems CMDS 11, Les Presses de l'Ecole des mines de Paris, eds. D. Jeulin, S. Forest, pp. 359-382 (2008).

Y.Y. Biton, B.D. Coleman, and D. Swigon, On bifurcations of equilibria of intrinsically curved, electrically charged, rod-like structures that model DNA molecules in solution, J. Elasticity, 87, 187-210, (2007).

Y.Y. Biton, Bifurcations of equilibria in DNA elasticity, Doctoral Dissertation, Graduate Program in Mechanics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (2007).

Y.Y. Biton, Laser range image data processing, Thesis, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel (2002).