Science & Technology Series

The Bar-Ilan Science and Technology Series is a snapshot of the abundance of scientific research activity currently underway in our laboratories. This series of brochures and online laboratory pages aims to provide the scientific community a comprehensive description of the myriad of discoveries taking place on a daily basis by our leading scientists and their talented research teams.
 
At Bar-Ilan we place a premium on cross-discipline research, as we believe that our scientific goals transcend individual academic departments. Thus, in this series we present our individual laboratories according to the interdisciplinary field of research in which they are involved, rather than by their faculty within the university.
 
 
Identifying molecular factors that trigger illnesses ranging from schizophrenia to cancer to neurodegeneration to diabetes, BIU researchers are using advanced bioinformatic technologies to close in on life-saving compounds and improve targeted drug delivery. 
 
Imaging and microscopy innovations emerging from BIU labs include super-resolution methodologies for medical diagnostics and electronics, a better understanding of genome organization, and the world’s first clear look at how genetic signals proceed in live cells.
 
BIU experts trained in physics, physical chemistry and electrical engineering are characterizing the fundamental interaction between light and nano-optic circuits, while fine-tuning the theories that will be built into the “blueprints” for tomorrow’s super-fast photonic devices and optical technologies.
 
One of the world’s foremost centers for cancer immunology, BIU scientists are breaking new ground in the areas of cancer genetics and genomics, tumor dynamics, targeted drug treatment and advanced medical imaging.
 
Bar-Ilan’s world renowned experts in bacteriology, virology and parasitology are characterizing gene-based interactions and creating new therapeutic strategies for “cornering and conquering” infectious disease. 
 
Ranked number three in the world for citations per published paper in materials science, BIU researchers have created cancer-fighting nanoparticles; surface treatments for the space program; and new nano-based materials for batteries and solar energy harvesting.
 
BIU scientists are examining neurodegenerative disease on the molecular, cellular and network level, advancing stem-cell protocols for nerve damage, and cracking the neural “codes” behind everything from ADHD to drug addiction.
 
In computer science, BIU is world renowned for its experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, verification, computer security and natural language processing – who plan conferences, edit journals, and have created entirely new fields of inquiry.
 
A world leader in nano-based innovation related to energy, “green” chemistry, computers, communications and medicine, BIU’s Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials is Israel’s most dynamic center for nano-based discovery.  
 
BIU scientists are pioneering new technologies for signal identification and transmission, creating novel materials and optical components for next-generation devices, and formulating paradigm-breaking models for optimizing secure signal transfer.
 
BIU’s biophysics experts characterize the forces that control biological signaling, as well as the behavior of individual proteins. BIU labs have pioneered important tools for the observation, measurement and manipulation of bio-based dynamics.
 
Recent advances by BIU’s energy experts include new techniques for harvesting the sun’s energy, materials for powering electric vehicle batteries, and power grid protection device named one of the five most significant discoveries of 2010 by GE.  
 
Systems-based researchers at BIU are elucidating the “design principles” of biological networks, applying new experimental and computational techniques to the study of disease, creating new technologies, and devising new methods for modeling network-based activity.
 
At BIU, cognitive researchers are clarifying the representational and computational capacities of the human mind, as well as their functional bases in neural structures.
From language acquisition and usage, to infant development, to brain injury and PTSD, BIU researchers are unraveling the neural mysteries of the mind.
 
BIU researchers specializing in physics, geochemistry and the life sciences are examining marine environments through genetic and physiological studies, habitat characterization, and system-wide ecosystem analysis.
 
 
 
  
 
 
 

 

Last modified: 29/05/2011