prof. dr hab. Marek Cieplak
Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science
SL 4 - Laboratory of Biological Physics
Al. Lotnikow 32/48,
02-668 Warszawa

Current CV
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Personal Data

Born: December 8, 1950, Warsaw, Poland.
Citizenship: Polish.
Martial Status: Married, 2 daughters.


  • D.Sc., 1984, Warsaw University, Poland
    Thesis: Nature of ordering in spin glasses

  • Ph.D. 1977, University of Pittsburgh, USA
    Thesis advisor: Frederic Keffer
    Thesis: Theoretical problems in magnetism

  • M.Sc., 1973, with honors
    Physics Department, Warsaw University
    Research advisor: Jaroslaw Piasecki
    Thesis: Correlation functions in van der Waals fluids


In Poland

  • 1973-1989 Institute of Theoretical Physics, Warsaw University

  • since 1989 Institute of Physics, Polish Academy of Science
    Full Professor since 1995

In the USA

  • 1975-1977 graduate student, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh, PA

  • 1981-1983 postdoctoral fellow, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rutgers University, NJ

  • summer 1984 visiting professor, Department of Polymer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

  • 1987-1989 visiting associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, MD
    later research visiting appointments: 1992, 1996, 2001

  • each year between 1990 and 2008: at least one month long visits, at Physics Department, Penn State University, PA; e.g. September 2000 - February 2001 visiting professor

  • summers 1991-2000 summer lecturing, Physics Department, Rutgers University, NJ

  • summers 2001-2013 summer lecturing, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University, MD

Short term employment in other countries

  • 1978, 1979, 1983 Physics Department, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

  • 1985 Department od Physics, Universitat Konstanz, Germany

  • 1992 Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

  • 1993, 1994 University of Padova, Italy

  • 1996 CINVESTAV, Mexico City, Mexico

  • 1995, 1997 International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy


  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1998

  • Outstanding Referee of the American Physical Society, 2008

  • Professor of the Month of June at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA, awarder by the Alpha-Kappa-Phi Sorority, July 2001

  • Member of the executive board of Division of Physics in Life Science

  • On the editorial board of "Fractals" and Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter

  • Coeditor of "EPL"

  • five Ph.D. students

  • eight M.Sc. students

  • Hirsch factor 36

  • More than 4500 citations, including:
    136 for Nature of ordering in spin glasses, J. R. Banavar and M. Cieplak, Phys. Rev. Lett.48, 832 (1982);
    180 for Molecular origins of friction: The force on absorbed layers, M. Cieplak, E. Smith, and M. O. Robbins, Science, 265, 1209 (1994);
    198 for Boundary conditions at a fluid-solid interface, M. Cieplak, J. Koplik, and J. R. Banavar, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 803 (2001);
    265 for Fundamental patterns underlying gene expression profiles: simplicity from complexity, N. S. Holter, M. Mitra, A. Maritan, M. Cieplak, J. R. Banavar, and N. V. Fedoroff, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97, 8414 (2000);
    118 for Critical phenomena in fluid invasion of porous media, N. Martys, M. Cieplak, and M. O. Robbins, Phys. Rev. Lett. 66, 1058 (1991)

  • 84 invited lectures at conferences

List of publications

I. Biological Physics
  1. Kinetics of protein folding in lattice models
  2. Kinetics of protein folding in molecular dynamics studies
  3. Stretching of proteins
  4. Genetic micro-arrays
  5. Structure prediction and related subjects
  6. Other
II. Condensed Matter Physics
  1. Spin waves, dynamical structure factor of magnetic chains, solitions
  2. Disordered systems - mostly magnetic
    1. Granular superconductors, percolation, fractals
    2. Spin glasses and other frustrated systems
    3. Mesoscopic spin glasses
    4. Random field and random anisotropy systems
    5. Optimal paths and strong disorder
  3. Porous media
  4. River networks
  5. Atomic friction
  6. Hydrodynamic cellular automata
  7. Molecular dynamics studies of gases (Knudsen flows) and liquids
III. Selected publications since 2005

Publikacje z grupy 1

Projekt i wykonanie - Bartłomiej S. Witkowski 2010 Instytut Fizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk