• Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Bldg 206, 3rd floor, Rooms C-363 (office), C-364 (laboratory)

1998 …2024

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About Me

Ehud Banin is an associate Professor at the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biotechnology and Molecular Microbiology, Tel-Aviv University. Following a short career in the Biotech Industry as director of data analysis at Glycominds LTD a biotech company that is traded on the Israeli stock exchange, Ehud continued to postdoctoral studies in the University of Iowa and later in the University of Washington under the supervision of Prof. Peter Greenberg. In 2006 Ehud returned to BIU and established the Biofilm Research Laboratory. His work focuses on the deciphering the signals and processes that govern biofilm development with an aim of developing new antimicrobial and antibiofilm agents. Prof. Banin currently heads the Division for Developmental Biology and Physiology in the Faculty of Life Sciences at BIU and is also head of the University Committee for research with infectious agents. Prof. Banin is also active in the microbiology community and served as the secretary of the Israel Society for Microbiology and is also currently an editor and on the editorial board of journals related to microbiology and biofilm research.

Research:

Bacterial Biofilms

Biofilms are microbial communities embedded in a self-produced extracellular polymeric matrix. It is now well recognized that cells undergo profound changes in the transition from free-living to matrix-embedded (biofilm) communities. An important characteristic of microbial biofilms is their innate resistance to immune system- and antibiotic-killing. This has made microbial biofilms a common and difficult-to-treat cause of medical infections. Several chronic infections have been shown to be mediated by biofilms such as the respiratory infections caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa in the cystic fibrosis (CF) lung and Staphylococcal lesions in endocarditis. Biofilms are also a major cause of infections associated with medical implants mainly by Staphylococcus epidermidisStaphylococcus aureus, and P. aeruginosa. It has been estimated that 65% of the bacterial infections treated in hospitals are caused by bacterial biofilms. Thus, there is an urgent need to discover innovative treatments for biofilm-associated infections. The current understanding of how biofilms develop and how they acquire increased resistance is still in its initial stages. Our research focuses on understanding the basic aspects of the signals and processes involved in biofilm development with a goal of finding new methods of treating biofilm-related infections. The aims are:

1) To characterize how biofilms develop, with a focus on the role of iron as a signal in biofilm development.

2) To understand the mechanisms by which biofilms obtain increased resistance to antimicrobial therapy.

3) To understand the role of inter- and intra-species cell-cell communication in mixed species biofilm interactions.

4) To discover novel compounds that effectively eradicate biofilms.

We implement an array of physiological, biochemical, and genetic tools combined with novel technologies that allow controlled and reproducible biofilm growth to characterize bacterial biofilms and compare them to the non-biofilm communities.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Tel Aviv University

Jan 1996Jan 2002

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor

Jan 1992Jan 1996

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

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    Banin, E. (Keynote speaker)

    1 Jan 2016

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  • ASM 7th Biofilm Meeting

    Banin, E. (Participation - Conference participant)

    1 Jan 2015

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  • Conference Invited Keynote

    Banin, E. (Keynote speaker)

    1 Jan 2015

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  • Biofilms6

    Banin, E. (Participation - Conference participant)

    1 Jan 2014

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