People

Dr. Avi Schroeder – Lab Head
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Dr. Avi Schroeder

Avi received all three degrees in Chemical Engineering (BSc ’03, MSc ’05, PhD ’09) from the Ben-Gurion University. His MSc and PhD research was performed with Professors Joseph Kost (BGU) and Yechezkel Barenholz (Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School). Avi’s postdoctoral training (2009-2012) was conducted with Institute Professor Robert Langer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout his studies Avi was awarded national and international awards including an Eshkol PhD Fellowship, the Intel Nanotechnology-, TEVA Pharmaceuticals-, and the Wolf Foundation PhD Awards, as well as the MIT–Koch Biomedical Imaging Award and others.At MIT, Avi and colleagues developed nanoparticles that are capable of autonomously synthesizing proteins upon signal, thereby being a platform for on-site delivery of drugs and preventing damage to healthy organs. In addition, they developed the uPill™ – a capsule that houses an entire ultrasound machine inside of it. The pill can be swallowed and excreted naturally and is used as a novel technology for enabling the oral administration of therapeutics that are currently administered by injection.Avi’s PhD research was aimed at developing drug-loaded nanoparticles that can be triggered to release an anti-cancer chemotherapy in tumors, thereby improving the therapeutic activity and reducing side-effects. In addition, during these experiments it was discovered that the nanoparticles used for drug delivery also have unique mechanical properties and can be used for protecting cartilage from degradation. Carefully designed particles reduce cartilage’ friction and wear and enable its regeneration. These particles have already been translated to the clinic (Phase I/II by Moebius Medical), where patients are receiving this novel treatment.

Dr. Janna Shainsky-Roitman – Lab manager jannash@tx.technion.ac.il Dr. Janna Shainsky

Janna received her B.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Biotechnology and Food Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (2007). Recently she completed her PhD studies under the supervision of Prof. Ayelet Fishman in the same department. Her research focused on production of valuable chiral sulfoxides using oxidizing enzymes.Janna joined Dr. Schroeder’s group and serves as a lab manager and senior scientist, involved in many projects in the lab.

I’m very excited to join the group and believe that one of the most inspiring aspects of our research is making discoveries that are valuable to society.
Assaf Zinger – MSc Student
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Assaf Zinger

Assaf received his BS (‘13 ) from the Faculty of Biomedical Engineering at the Technion. While completing his studies Assaf focused on tissue engineering, biomaterials, and nanofluidics. Hoping to find a way to combine all three in order to develop therapeutic clinical devices, Assaf opted to begin a master’s in the field of nanotherapeutics and joined Dr. Schroeder’s lab. Assaf has spent his time at the lab developing in vitro models employing nanoparticles as vehicles for oral-disorder treatments.Outside of his academics, Assaf was recently awarded the rank of Major in the Israeli army. During his undergraduate degree, he served as the chairman of the Technion Student’s Association and was a member the Technion’s water polo team. Assaf enjoys travelling and is getting married to his beautiful fiancée, Noa, in September.

Maayan Reshef – MSc student
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Maayan Reshef

Maayan began as a MSc student in the group in March, 2013, after completing a degree in Biochemical Engineering at the Technion. Previously, she took part in a research project, led by Professor Havazelet Bianco-Peled, aimed at developing novel polymers with antibacterial properties.

After losing my mother to breast cancer in 2012, following a five-year heroic battle, my research aspirations are to improve the clinical response to cancer treatment and reduce its ‘side’ effects by preselecting for the most appropriate therapy for each patient. At the Technion we will develop novel theranostic tools that will personalize cancer treatment. We will take the patient’s specific genetic profile and tumor/metastatic characteristics in order to change the course of cancer treatment for the better.
in addition to this i want to strengthen the scientific interest of children by introducing the matter in a fun and instructive manner early on in their lives , open the oppurtinity to try chemical experiments in there own two hands and by doing so

Zvi Yaari – MSc Student
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Zvi Yaari

Zvi received a BSc in Biochemical Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in 2012. His graduation project, conducted with Prof. Gideon Grader, dealt with synthesizing and characterizing silver nano fibers.
Zvi joined our group in the winter of 2012 and will be working in the interface of nanotechnology and theranostics.

Since the time I began studying as an undergraduate I always dreamt of harnessing engineering technologies with biological sciences in order to help mankind and to improve people’s quality of life. In this group I can develop technologies that will make patients’ lives better and hopefully save lives too. As I see it, our research will make my dream come true!
Avishy Karni – MSc Student akarny@tx.technion.ac.il Avishy Karny

Received his BSc in Biochemical engineering from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in 2013. His final research project, conducted with Prof. Hossam Haick and Dr. Ulrike Tisch, focused on research and development of nanoparticle-based diagnosis for Parkinson’s disease through detection of potential biomarkers and chemical signature, using NA-NOSETM. During his BSc studies, he completed a summer internship at the Institute of Polymer Design and Plastic Engineering in TU-Clausthal, Niedersachsen, Germany, where he assisted in characterization of carbon fiber-reinforced plastics’ preforms, designed for automobile, marine and aviation industries. Avishai joined Prof. Avi Schroeder’s lab in Oct 2013, with intention of harnessing liposome-based drug delivery systems  to applications in precise agriculture and food crops’ protection.

Jenny Goldman -PhD Student evgeniyagoldman@gmail.com Jenny Goldman

Jenny received her BSc in material chemistry from Bar-Ilan University. While studying, she started working at Prof. Shlomo Margel’s lab, where she remained for her Master’s degree under his and Dr. Ravit Chen (Israel Institute for Biological Research) supervision. During her MSc studying Jenny synthesized and characterized a novel near-infrared fluorescent bioactive polystyrene microsphere for biomedical applications. The research utilized three major disciplines: chemistry, physics and material science.
During her free time Jenny used to volunteer at the Israel Cancer Association, spending time with sick children. This inspired her to join the Dr. Schroeder’s lab and pursue this field of research.

 

Nitzan Krinsky -PhD Student annitzank@tx.technion.ac.il Nitzan Krinsky

Nitzan received her B.Sc. (Summa Cum Laude) in Biotechnology and Food Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2008). After graduation, she was recruited to the I.D.F and served as a research assistant in the Israel Naval Medical Institute (INMI). On her last military position in the Technological and Logistics Directorate, Nitzan was co-managing varied projects in the military food field that were involved with novel combatant ration products and nutrition of Israeli soldiers. Recently she completed her M.B.A in Bar-Ilan University.
Nitzan joined Prof. Avi Schroeder’s lab in Oct 2014 and intends to investigate lipid-protein complexes as a potential tool for drug delivery.

 

Dr  Avishai Herman aomher@gmail.com

Dr  Avishai Herman

Dr  Avishai Herman received his DMD degree (magna cum  laude)  from the Goldschleger School of dental  medicine in Tel Aviv in 2001.
His thesis, on administration of  tetracycline in the oral periodontal environment was done with the guidance of Professor Binderman and professor Yaffe, and was awarded with the Sarnat  award  for  the best  thesis work.
After  graduating , Avishai  joined  the IDF  as a dentist . During his  service,  Avishai  commanded    the dentists  officers  course in 2004, and  lead numerous   dental clinics,  including  the  IDF dental clinic in the Gaza area  and  the three major  IDF multidisciplinary dental clinics with recommendations awards . Avishai finished his duty as a MAJOR in rank.
Dr  Avishai Herman is an Orthodontic specialist, after   finishing  his  4 years of training in orthodontic in 2011 at  the Tel Hashomer hospital with excellent  grades.
In 2015 he joined  Rambam hospital as a senior physician in  the  Orthodontic & Craniofacial  Anomalies  department  headed by professor Aizenbud.
Avishai  joined our lab  team, and  together with Assaf, are engaging in  developing an  in vivo models employing nanoparticles as vehicles for oral-disorder treatments.
Avishai lives with his wife Orli and three children  in Binyamina, where  he holds a private orthodontic  practice.

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Madeleine Benguigui

Madeleine is a pharm.D graduated from the faculty of Pharmacy in Italy (University of Camerino, UNICAM).  Later, she conducted her research in the Department of Pharmaceutics, Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences, and discussed her thesis at UNICAM to obtain her professional doctor degree in Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy.
Her master’s thesis applied in Pharmaceutical Chemistry was conducted by Prof. Wim Hennink and dealt with the preparation and characterization of near infrared labelled polymeric nanoparticles for in vivo imaging purposes. 
Madeleine joined our group on October 2014 and her research project will focus on Treating Metastatic Cancer using Nanotechnology.

I speak 6 languages and very soon Hebrew. I am extremely motivated to work on this project and with Prof. Avi Schroeder. My goal is to take an active part in this project and to try to give my best.

madeleine.benguigui@gmail.com

Chen Tzror

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Chen Tzror

Chen is an undergraduate student in her final semester in Biochemical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Chen joined our group on May 2013 and she’s been working with Assaf on development and implementation of a clinical device based on nanoparticles in order to treat oral-disorders.
In addition to working in the lab, Chen also serves as the academic coordinator in the faculty of chemical engineering.

Matan Alper

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Matan Alper

is a 4th year student in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Matan joined our group in December 2013 and his research project will focus on designing and implementing a clinical oral medical device that will target and deliver drugs to oral malignant tumors.

Dima Belnik

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Dima Beknik

is a 4th year student in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Dima joined our group in August 2014 and his research project will focus on designing and implementing our Bio-surgey developed technique over the orthopedic field.

Yonatan Moshkovitz

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Yonatan Moshkovitz

is a 4th year student in the Chemical Engineering & Biology Departments at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Yonatan joined our group in August 2014.

Omer Adir

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Omer Adir

A 2nd year BSc student in the Biochemical Engineering Department at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Omer joined our group on August 2014.

 

Dafna Yaron Gurevich

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Dafna Yaron Gurevich

Dafna is an undergraduate student in her fourth year in Biochemical Engineering track at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Dafna joined our group on August 2014.
Her research is focusing in drugs delivery using nanotechnology, and her goal is to develop a personal medicine technology which will improve the cancer patient’s treatment.

Rafi Tshuva

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Rafi Tshuva

Rafi, who joined our group in August 2014, is a 2nd year BSc student in the Biochemical Engineering Department at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
“As an EMT in the Israeli national ambulance service (MDA) I’ve come to think of many things that could improve the life quality of patients I’ve treated, and being a part of this team is a big step in my way to turn those vague dreams into reality.”

 

Muhammad Khatib khatib1411@gmail.com

Muhammad Khatib

Muhammad is a 4th year student in Biochemical Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.Muhammad joined the group in August 2014 and his research project will focus on using the knowledge of liposome-based drug delivery systems for the application of new methods in plants for crop protection.

Lina Okopnik okopnik.elina@gmail.com

Lina Okopnik

Lina is on her last year of BSc studies in the faculty of Chemical Engineering at the Thecnion- Israel Institute of Technology, joined our group on August 2014 after working two years as a research assistant  in the field of genetic engineering and plant development in the faculty of Biology.

Lina’s research is focused on improving personalized medicine in cancer treatment and decreasing its side effects. 

Ariela Tarnapolsky

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Ariela Tarnapolsky

My name is Ariela Tarnapolsky. I’m a second year student in the Chemical Engineering Department at the Technion- Israel Institue of Technology.
My goal is gaining deep experience during my work in the group to be able to contribute my knowledge into future research.
Rigth now, I’m taking part in the “Younge Chemical Engineers” project, under the supervision of Maayan Reshef. The project allows young children to get acquainted with the world of science by vivid experiments.