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.
**Please visit our Horizon 2020 project here: https://www.n-track.eu/ ***
Our new paper, "Phosphate-Trapping Liposomes for Long-Term Management of Hyperphosphatemia", has just been published in Materials (special issue on Advanced Functional Materials for Biomedicinal Applications). The paper presents a new concept of phosphate-trapping liposomes, for effective and long-term control over serum phosphate levels to improve current management of hyperphosphatemia.
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Our postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Shir Hochwald-Liber, gave an excellent talk at the annual conference of the BIU Faculty of Engineering, on her research on a synthetic biology-based bio-chip for early detection of inflammatory bowel disease.More news
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