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, from the NIH, Israel Science Foundation, Israel Innovation Authority, and the Ministry of Science and Technology.
She has recently 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.
**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 2019, doi.org/10.1246/cl.180780.
**Please visit our Horizon 2020 project here: https://www.n-track.eu/ ***
Check out our newly published paper, entitled " 'Golden' exosomes as delivery vehicles to target tumors and overcome intratumoral barriers: in vivo tracking in a model for head and neck cancer", published in Biomaterials Science!
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