Category: Food and Agriculture

Anti-nematodal methods

Researcher: Prof. Benjamin Podbilewicz

Nematodes are one of the most diverse of all animals. Over 28,000 Nematode species have been described and about 16,000 of the nematodes are parasitic. The nematodes have adapted to nearly every, known ecosystem. Infection by nematodes in general and...
Categories: Food and Agriculture

Antibacterial Packaging

Researcher: Prof. Ester Segal

Health care associated infections and deaths have reached dimensions that rival traditional diseases and have become a serious financial burden on the health-care systems. Such infections result from microbial contaminations by both bacteria and fungi. Moreover, microbial growth is also...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture

Bio-based, bio-degradable plastic

Researcher: Prof. Nadav Amdursky

Much of the planet is swimming in discarded plastic. Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues, as rapidly increasing production of disposable plastic products overwhelms the world’s ability to deal with them. In order to handle...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture|Sustainability and Energy

Edible, eco-friendly films

Researcher: Prof. Maya Davidovich-Pinhas

Plastics are known to be one of the most urgent problems in the world due to its increase use in different applications such as food, house holding, construction etc. Today some of the plastics can be recycled while some cannot. In...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture|Sustainability and Energy

Encapsulation materials

Researcher: Prof. Michael S. Silverstein

A family of continuous porous polymers, generally known as polyHIPEs, have been synthesized using high internal phase emulsions (HIPEs) as templates for the porous structure. This composition-of-matter having microscopic closed-cell capsules (either hydrophobic and hydrophilic) can be utilized for various...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture|Sustainability and Energy

Encapsulation of beta-casein assemblies for enrichment of foods, beverages and soft drinks

Researcher: Prof. Dganit Danino

Solutions aimed at incorporating nutraceuticals and other additives in foods and beverages, particularly clear ones, at the nano-scale, are scarce. Incorporating additives into foods and beverages is still a major challenge in creating advanced functional foods. The challenges are especially...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture

Encapsulation of hydrophobic moleciles with PP/SBP for clear beverages enrichment

Researcher: Prof. Yoav Livney

The enrichment of foods with hydrophobic biologically active molecules, including hydrophobic nutraceutical compositions and fat-soluble vitamins is a promising strategy for promoting health of global populations. However, the desire for reduction of dietary fat content creates a difficulty in providing...
Categories: Food and Agriculture

Evaluating zinc levels in milk

Researcher: Prof. Yehuda G. Assaraf

The present technology describes a novel genetic diagnostic method for Transient Neonatal Zinc Deficiency (TNZD) using maternal breast milk cells, for early diagnosis as well as prevention. Zinc deficiency is very common worldwide and although actual prevalence figures are not...
Categories: Food and Agriculture

High pressure homogenization and plant protein isolate for the formation of fermented yoghurt-like beverages

Researcher: Dr. Avi Shpigelman

Yogurt is a cultured dairy product generated by fermentation of milk inoculated with lactic acid bacteria to form a 3D protein network. Protein content in diary-based yogurt usually range from 4-10% making it a contributing source to the daily protein...
Categories: Food and Agriculture

Highly porous degradable polymers for biomedical applications

Researcher: Prof. Michael S. Silverstein

Highly porous emulsion-templated polymers, known as polyHIPEs since they are synthesized in high internal phase emulsions (HIPEs), are of interest for biomedical applications such as tissue engineering (see electron microscope image). Poly(lactic acid) (PLA) is a renewable-resource polymer that undergoes...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture

Interspecies intestinal co-culture for simple screening of foods and drugs

Researcher: Prof. Esther Meyron-Holtz

To meet a growing world population’s nutritional needs, novel foods and especially protein sources are developed, and need to be tested for their physiologic effects on the gastrointestinal tract. The gastrointestinal tract is a complex tissue that can be analyzed...
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

Methacrylated fibrinogen hydrogel precursors

Researcher: Prof. Dror Seliktar

Technology Hydrogel biomaterials that are biodegradable are often sought in the field of regenerative medicine and 3D bioprinting. Biomedical hydrogels comprised of natural polymers such as chitosan, alginate, gelatin, albumin, fibrin and collagen have gained interest for their inherent biocompatibility...
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

Method and system for estimation of fruitlet drop

Researcher: Prof. Raphael Linker

There is a need to control the amount of flowering on apple trees – too many will result in too many low quality apples. Chemical thinning is currently the only viable solution in large commercial operations to ensure adequate yield....
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Physics and Electro-Optics

Nano gate - stimulus induced nanofluidic device

Researcher: Prof. Oz M. Gazit|Prof. Ofer Manor

Flow control that is activated by environmental and other pre-designed parameters can be useful in many systems such as agriculture and water treatment. Natural tendency of two-dimensional (2D) clay nano-particles to self-assemble and restrict water permeability in soils can be...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture|Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology|Sustainability and Energy

Nutritional solution for muscle atrophy

Researcher: Prof. Shenhav Shemer

Loss of muscle mass occurs naturally with aging and in many human diseases (e.g. cancer, diabetes, renal failure, motor-neuron diseases, AIDS, neurodegenerative diseases). It is considered to be the major immediate cause of death in many patients with cancer, and...
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology

Plant proteins as edible matrixes

Researcher: Prof. Eyal Zussman

Cultivated meat is considered one of the leading solutions to the global food crisis, offering conventional meat-like nutritional values and eating experiences without harming animals and with a much lower environmental footprint compared to conventional meat production. The development of...
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Sustainability and Energy

Prebiotic delivery system targeted to probiotic bacteria

Researcher: Prof. Yoav Livney

Maintaining a good proportion of gut probiotic bacteria is imperative to health. This may be achieved by consuming “prebiotics,” e.g., galacto‐oligosaccharides (GOS) that selectively promote probiotic bacteria, Proteins are an important source for amino acids essential to probiotic bacteria. however,...
Categories: Food and Agriculture

Protein based oleogels

Researcher: Prof. Maya Davidovich-Pinhas

The Food industry is seeking for new ways to eliminate trans fats and minimize the use of saturated fats in processed foods. On the other hand, recent studies have concluded that positive health effect will be gained more effectively if...
Categories: Food and Agriculture

Rapid clinical antimicrobial susceptibility diagnostic system

Researcher: Prof. Ester Segal

Technology By the year 2050, antimicrobial resistance is predicted to cost the world over 100 trillion US$ cumulatively and claim 10 million lives per year. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop diagnostic methods that will help physicians to...
Categories: Chemistry and Materials|Food and Agriculture|Medical Devices|Physics and Electro-Optics
Agricultural fields or remote communities, located where no regular power supply is available, must rely on manual labor, generators or photovoltaic panels to power pumping equipment. This type of equipment can be expensive to purchase and maintain, and also prone...
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Sustainability and Energy

Water treatment for prolonged live seafood transportation and holding

Researcher: Prof. Ori Lahav

Technology Seafood such as lobsters, oysters, clams, and the like are premium products all over the world. Potential revenue from selling live premium seafood is significantly higher than the revenue obtained from frozen or chilled fresh products. Nevertheless, most premium...
Categories: Food and Agriculture|Sustainability and Energy

Prof. Roee Amit

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Deciphering the regulatory code and constructing novel biological scaffolds using synthetic biology and machine learning-based approaches. Live dynamical imaging of...

Prof. Shlomo Bekhor

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Transportation planning. Network optimization. Demand modeling. Behavioral models. Intelligent transport systems.

Prof. Yachin Cohen

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests: Dispersion and processing of carbon nanotubes and graphene with polymers. Functional nano-composites. High performance composite materials by fiber compaction. Organized...

Prof. Dganit Danino

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Development and application of Cryo-Electron Microscopy (CryoEM) and Cryo-Electron Tomography (CryoET) to complex fluids. The structure of milk and unfolded...

Prof. Maya Davidovich-Pinhas

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Physical and chemical characterization of lipids and soft matter systems for food and biotechnology applications.

Prof. Dov Dori

Industrial Engineering and Management

Research Interests: Systems engineering, conceptual modeling, software engineering, requirements engineering. Systems engineering and modeling, systems architecture, enterprise systems modeling. Object-process methodology. Conceptual...

Prof. Carlos Dosoretz

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Environmental biotechnology: advanced wastewater treatment and reuse, effluents desalination, biofouling, removal and degradation of micropollutants, membrane bioreactors, biofilters.

Prof. Ayelet Fishman

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Applied biocatalysis. Protein engineering. Enzymes in non-conventional media. Structure-function relationships in enzymes.

Prof. Viatcheslav Freger

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests: Mechanism of salt rejection in membrane desalination. Membrane modification. Fouling, biofouling and bacterial deposition. “Next generation” membranes. Biomimetic membranes and...

Prof. Eran Friedler

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Development of alternative water sources as part of sustainable management of water in the urban sector. Extensive wastewater treatment systems....

Prof. Jacob (Yasha) Grobman

Architecture and Town Planning

Research Interests: Digital architecture and performance-oriented architectural design. Sustainable architectural design. Computer aided manufacturing. The connection between digital design research and architectural...

Prof. Hossam Haick

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests: Nano-array devices for screening. Diagnosis and monitoring of disease. Nanomaterial-based chemical (flexible) sensors. Electronic skin. Breath analysis. Volatile biomarkers. Cell-to-cell...

Prof. Yechezkel Kashi

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Applied genomics. Food and water microbiology. Environmental microbiology, Bacterial typing. Evolution of microsatellite DNA. Microbiome and host interaction & coevolution....

Dr. Fadi Kizel

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Processing and analysis of (hyper) spectral images. Remote sensing data for geoscience and digital thematic mapping.

Prof. Ori Lahav

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Aquatic chemistry and water treatment process development and applications. Reverse osmosis desalination. Removal of nitrogen species from drinking and agricultural...

Prof. Shulamit Levenberg

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests: Stem cell differentiation toward tissue vascularization. Stem cell 3D organization into composite tissues. Use of degradable polymers as scaffolding for...

Prof. Raphael Linker

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Sensing, and in particular mid-infrared spectroscopy and hyperspectral imaging. Modeling, control and optimization of agricultural and environmental systems.

Prof. Yoav Livney

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Physical chemistry of biomacromolecules in food, biotechnology and biomedicine. Alternative proteins: Plant and algae-based substitutes for animal-based foods Next-generation Prebiotics:...

Prof. Marcelle Machluf

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Developing nano-particles for the delivery of anti cancer drugs to the brain and other organ. Developing nano-delivery system for DNA...

Prof. Esther Meyron-Holtz

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Regulation of mammalian iron homeostasis, with emphasis on disruptions of the iron cycle during diseases including inflammatory and infectious diseases.

Prof. Boaz Pokroy

Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Biomineralization and mechanical properties of biomineralized tissue. Bioinspired crystal growth and synthesis of semiconductors via wet chemistry. Amorphous thin films...

Prof. Gadi Schuster


Research Interests: Harnessing photosynthesis to produce electricity and hydrogen. Photosynthesis, photoinhibition and improving agriculture crops. Gene expression in chloroplast and mitochondria.

Prof. Ester Segal

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Biosensors for detection of biological and chemical toxins. Biosensors and bioassays for medical diagnostics. Drug delivery platforms. Antimicrobial polymer nanocomposites.

Prof. Shenhav Shemer


Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of myofibril destruction to treat atrophy induced by aging, inactivity or disease. Molecular mechanisms of desmin intermediate filaments...

Dr. Avi Shpigelman

Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Research Interests: Novel processing technologies -(Nano) structure of biopolymers (proteins, polysaccharides). Food bioactives (polyphenols, vitamins etc. ) and their stability during the...

Prof. Michael S. Silverstein

Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests: Porous polymers from high internal phase emulsions. Polymers from renewable resources. Biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering. Surface functionalization of porous...

Prof. Matthew Suss

Mechanical Engineering; Chemical Engineering

Research Interests: Electrochemical systems for energy and water applications. Capacitive water desalination. Flow batteries for large scale energy storage. Electroosmotic micropumps. Fluidic...