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Johann Elbaz

Professor
Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology
Tel Aviv University
Israel

Johann Elbaz

Biography

Dr Johann Elbaz received his PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then conducted his postdoctoral research in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT working with Prof. Christopher Voigt. He has pursued research in diverse areas ranging from chemistry to synthetic biology with applications in biosensing, nanotechnology and biotechnology. Recently, he joined the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at Tel Aviv University as an Assistant Professor. His lab is interested on engineering genetically organisms for the expression of “living artificial materials” for applications in Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology.

Research Interest

Cells are the most sophisticated machinery producing selectively and simultaneously hundreds of thousands of complex molecules. The group is developing and applying new synthetic molecular biology pathways for the bioproduction of “living molecules” in bacteria. These molecules may exhibit intriguing functions with diverse in vivo applications, from medicine to energy or offering a production route of new classes of materials holding interesting physical capabilities (optics, electronics or catalysts).

Publications

  • Cecconello A., Lu C.H., Elbaz J., Willner I. Au nanpparticle/DNA rotaxane hybrid nanostructures exhibiting switshable fluorescence properties. Nano Letters (2013) 13, 6275-6280.

  • Elbaz J., Peng Y., Voigt C. A. Genetic Encoding Assembly of DNA Nanostructures in Living Bacteria. Nature Communications (2016) doi:10.1038/ncomms11179.

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