Bio-Engineering a Better World Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Board of Governors conference showcases TAU's cutting-edge biotechnology research
Prof. Eran Rabani
Tel Aviv University Governors and Friends from around the world were briefed by five of TAU's leading researchers in engineering, medicine, and the life sciences at "Biotech Engineering: Innovation for a Better Life," a Board of Governors Research Symposium.
Dr. Uri Nevo
Recognized as one of the University's strongest areas of research — and key for future scientific development — biotechnology is a young interdisciplinary field melding applied biology, advanced engineering, technology, and medicine.
Prof. Ehud Gazit
The researchers presented their cutting-edge work developing life-saving technologies on June 11 during the 2012 Board of Governors Meeting, highlighting new methods for drug design, nanomedicine, disease detection and imaging, brain sciences, and novel insights into the immune system. Prof. Eran Rabani, TAU's Vice President for Research and Development, led the symposium.
Dr. Dan Peer
During the symposium, Dr. Uri Nevo of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering discussed a new way of approaching the body's immune system. Prof. Ehud Gazit of the George S. Weiss Faculty of Life Sciences talked about manipulating nanostructures for the benefit of drug design.
Prof. Ilan Tsarfaty
Dr. Dan Peer of the Faculty of Life Sciences shared his research on nanomedicines, including the creation of antibodies and drugs to stimulate new hair growth. Prof. Ilan Tsarfaty of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine presented new imaging technology that can detect early stages of tumor development. And Prof. Yael Hanein of the Faculty of Engineering and Head of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology spoke about understanding neuronal connections in the brain.
Prof. Yael Hanein
Invited guests included youngsters participating in the prestigious President's Initiative for Israel's Future Scientists and Inventors, a collaborative program of Israeli President Shimon Peres and Tel Aviv University. Created to help mold great scientists of the future, the initiative is a highly competitive and intensive program for outstanding eighth grade students, exposing them to advanced-level courses, lectures from top scientists, and real lab work. It is part of TAU's Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth.