Research

Research groups and labs

Research Center 

The Rina and Avner Schneur Center of Diabetes Research

The Rina & Avner Schneur Type 2 Diabetes center brings together top researchers from the faculty of Biomedical engineering, Prof Shulamit Levenberg,  and the faculty of Medicine, Prof. Eddy karnieli,  at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to seek for a cure to type II diabetes.

Over the past few decades, the number of people with diabetes mellitus has more than doubled globally, making it one of the most important public health challenges to all nations. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) and pre-diabetes are increasingly observed among children, adolescents and younger adults.

Principal  Investigator :

  • Shulamit Levenberg
     Dean, Professor, Stanley and Sylvia Shirvan chair in cancer and life sciences
     +972(4)8294810 /or/ +972(4)8295502
     Silver 169 or Silver 303

     

     

Research Laboratories

 

Meller Group

Gel Electrophoresis (GE) is one of the most broadly used methods for nucleic acid and protein characterization in life sciences. In GE an electrical field is used to mobilize biological molecules through a porous media in which molecules are separated by their size and/or charge. Nanopores are the single-molecule analogs of GE, permitting the analysis of individual biopolymers.

  • Amit Meller

    Principal  Investigator :

    Amit Meller

     Professor, Roy Matas Winnipeg Chair in Biomedical Engineering
     +972(4)8293202
     Emerson 627 or Silver 365

 

 

 

 

 

Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials Lab

In Prof. Seliktar’s tissue engineering laboratory, chemical fume hoods are used to synthesize new polymeric building blocks that will eventually be used to create biocompatible materials that support cell growth and tissue regeneratio

 

 

 

 

Technion Biofluids Laboratory

 

 

The Technion Biofluids Laboratory, directed by Dr. Josué Sznitman, examines a broad range of fluid flows relevant to biology and physiology.

 

 

 

 

Mechanobiology of cancer and wounds

 

We develop and apply cell mechanobiology approaches for cancer diagnosis and prognosis and for wound prevention and healing. Our main focus is on cancer research, understanding metastasis and developing patient-specific mechanobiology approaches to predict the likelihood for metastasis formation. We are currently working with cell lines and tumors from patients with breast and pancreatic cancers and also adolescent’s Ewing’s Sarcomas. In parallel, in the context of wounds, we are developing mechanobiology based tools and approaches to prevent wound formation and accelerate wound healing.

 

 

 

Bioenergetics and Bioelectric Systems

The Technion Bioenergetics and Bioelectric Systems Laboratory examines the mechanisms that connect the electrical and energetic signals in the body.

Specifically, we focus how the degree of synchronization between internal mechanisms that are related to the electrical energetics signals creates spontaneous activity and generation of arrhythmias

 

 

 

Biomedical Optics Laboratory

In the biomedical optics laboratory, new methods for medical imaging and therapy are being studies using lasers and advanced optical technologies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ultrasound Signals and Image Processing and Modeling Lab 

Functional Ultrasound Imaging – one of the Lab’s R&D projects is developing methods of measuring Cardiac Function, based on image processing of Echocardiographic cines. Comprehensive understanding of cardiac

function guides the R&D engineering efforts.

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    One of the main research topics in our lab is the development of new ultrasonic methods for breast lesion detection and treatment. Shown in this picture is a breast phantom immersed in a water tank which is being irradiated by ultrasonic waves.

     

     

    The Laboratory for Synthetic Biology & Bioelectronics

    Applying engineering to biology: Principles of genetic circuit design and synthetic biology. We use principles inspired by electrical and computer engineering to design and construct new biological systems for biotechnology and biomedical applications.Cytomorphic electronics; analog circuit design for modeling biochemical reactions and biological networks. Bioelectronics- Whole cell biosensors for biomedical applications. Bio-electrochemical systems for energy applications.

    Ramez Daniel

    Principal  Investigator :

    Ramez Daniel

    Assistant Professor
     +972(4)8291546
     Emerson Building 720

 

 

 

 

 The Laboratory for Neuroscience

Span both Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience as well as a variety of topics such as imaging technology (particularly different types of fluorescence microscopy), signal processing, statistical modeling, circuit neuroscience, epilepsy and the relation between the structure of cell nuclei and gene expression regulation.

 

 

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    Biomechanics of ultrasound interaction with cell and tissue

     

    Stimulation of nerve cells using short pulses of ultrasound at low intensity. You can see on the screen nerve cells that blink when calcium ion influx is induced by the ultrasound. We, in the lab for cell biomechanics and therapeutic ultrasound, claim that the bilayer membrane is responsible for most of the bioeffects induced by ultrasound in the living cell

     

  • Eitan Kimmel

    Principal  Investigator :

    Eitan Kimmel

    Professor
     +972(4)8293857
     Silver 267

     

     

     

     

     

    Cardiovascular NanoMed Engineering

    Our research interest is in engineering aspects of vascular biology with a focus on the interplay between hemodynamics, vascular physiology, and transport phenomena in vascular diseases. The long-term objective of this research is to allow better understanding of the biophysical determinants of vascular disease and to leverage this knowledge to develop innovative therapeutic approaches.

  • Netanel Korin

    Principal  Investigator :

    Netanel Korin

    Assistant Professor
     +972(4)8294116
     Silver 226

     

     

     

    Molecular Cardiology Laboratory

    The laboratory engages in the research of the actin-myosin motility assay studies and the isolated muscle motor unit dynamic, using state of the art technique of laser trap, advance image analysis technique and fast real time control system. The studies aim to provide insight into the mechanisms underlying the biochemical to mechanical energy conversion by the biological linear motor units, and for the analysis of the mechanisms underlying heart failure, at the molecular level of the isolated motor units (Established at 1999)

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Stem Cells Tissue Engineering Lab

Engineering vascularized tissues constitutes a significant challenge in tissue regeneration.  For the engineering of such vascularized complex tissues for heart, skeletal muscle, pancreas and spinal cord regeneration we use 3D biodegradable polymers, stem cells and bioreactors allowing cell organization and differentiation. In addition, we develop microfluidics devices to provide a controllable microenvironment for stem cell differentiation.

  • Shulamit Levenberg

    Principal  Investigator :

    Shulamit Levenberg

     Dean, Professor, Stanley and Sylvia Shirvan chair in cancer and life sciences
     +972(4)8294810 /or/ +972(4)8295502
     Silver 169 or Silver 303

     

     

     

Biomaterials Labaratory 

The Biomaterials Research Center is involved in activities of both academic and applied nature. Current research projects are briefly outlined below:

  • Blood and Blood Plasma
  • Metabolic Assist with BloodSelf-Controlled Drug Delivery
  • Large-Scale Separation of Biomaterials
  • Molecular Bio-Electronics 

 

 

 

 

The Laboratory for Neurorehabilitation

and Sensorimotor Neuroscience

Bioengineering technologies and assistive devices for neurologic impairments, Computational and theoretical neuroscience, Neurorehabilitation, Non-invasive brain simulation, Human brain imaging, Neuro-engineering, Neurophysiological mechanisms underlying motor behavior, Theoretical and Translational aspects of motor control.

 

 

 

 

The Laboratory for Computational and Cancer Nanomedicine

Drug targeting and delivery, molecular self assembly, cancer biology, tumor micro-environment, computational chemistry and clinical pharmacology.

 

 

 

 

The Laboratory for Nano Bio Optic

Optimal PSF for 3D localization microscopy

How, and to what precision, can one determine the 3D position of a sub-wavelength particle by observing it through a microscope? This is the problem at the heart of methods such as single-particle-tracking and localization based super-resolution microscopy (e.g. PALM, STORM