Prof. Rachela Popovtzer is the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Bar Ilan University, and a member of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA). She has previously served as head of the Bioengineering Track at Bar Ilan University, and was a visiting Professor at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY.
Prof. Popovtzer is a winner of numerous international biomedical grants and awards. She has recently been awarded the prestegious European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator grant, to lead research on a novel nanoplatform for delivery of CRISPR to the brain, to treat rare genetic diseases. She has also been awarded 8 million Euro from the European Union's Horizon 2020 program, to scientifically lead a European consortium focused on developing multimodal nanoparticles for non-invasive tracking of therapeutic stem cells for muscle regeneration. Prof. Popovtzer has won additional grants from the NIH, Germany-Israel Foundation (GIF), Israel Science Foundation, Israel Innovation Authority, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
**Trimodal Nanoparticle Contrast Agent for CT, MRI and SPECT Imaging: Synthesis and Characterization of Radiolabeled Core/Shell Iron Oxide@Gold Nanoparticles**
Nanoparticles have emerged as promising contrast agents for various imaging applications. In our recent paper, we demonstrated synthesis and characterization of a novel hybrid nano-structure, consisting of an iron oxide@gold nanoparticle, labeled with technetium-99m, for trimodal SPECT/CT/MRI imaging. The particles showed efficient capabilities as a CT/MRI imaging agent, and high radiochemical yield, indicating a potential single hybrid material for multimodal SPECT/CT/MRI.
This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program, and was published in Chemistry Letters, doi.org/10.1246/cl.180780.
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Congratulations to our to our doctoral student, Chen Tzror Azankot, for her winning project in the Council for Higher Education’s Competition for Outstanding Student’s Proof-of-Concept Phase projects! Her innovative project, ‘SWEET Nanoparticles’, develops a unique nanoparticle-based technology for targeted delivery of radiation directly to tumors and metastases, while reducing damage to healthy tissue. The award will support maturiation of the project to business realization. The project is conducted in collaboration with UnBox Ventures at BIU.More news
Our new paper in collaboration with Prof. Xiangyang Shi of Donghua University, China, has just been published in Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine. Our paper presents a novel dual-modal nanoprobe for real-time in vivo monitoring of genetically engineered T cells, using fluorescence imaging and computed tomography imaging. The nanoprobe can provide crucial data on functionality of T cell-based immunotherapy.
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