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Orit Shefi is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Bar-Ilan University. She is the head of the Neuro-engineering and Regeneration laboratory and a member of the Bar Ilan Institute of Nanotechnologies and Advanced Materials. In 2005, she earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Physics at Tel-Aviv University. From 2005-2008, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on nanotechnologies for neuronal engineering, 3D platforms for directed neuronal regeneration, magnetic manipulations of cells, and drug delivery tools.

Research Lab:

Our research aims to unveil the basic mechanisms underlying neuronal development and growth. We leverage this knowledge to obtain methods for promoting neuronal regeneration, and for targeted drug delivery. We design 2D and 3D nano-engineered platforms to manipulate cells on-chip and in-vivo.

Research Topics:

  • Neurobiological systems development: image processing and network analysis
  • Tissue Engineering: Developing skin grafts that enable reinnervation and regeneration
  • Developing devices for reagents delivery into live tissue at a microscopic resolution
  • Neuroprosthetic devices: Neuron-Chip interface

In the Media

Prof. Orit Shefi was featured in Israel's Women magazine. The article describes her success in the laboratory, i.e. how she and her lab induced nerve cell regeneration post-injury 2018 https://engineering.biu.ac.il/node/9321

Prof. Shefi was featured in a LADY GLOBES article as one of the seven leading researchers in Israel for her brain research 2016 https://engineering.biu.ac.il/node/8376

Prof. Shefi was a representative of Bar-Ilan University in a special panel on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2019 https://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-5474535,00.html

 

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

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Tel Aviv University

Jun 1998Oct 2004

Award Date: 30 Oct 2004

Master's Degree, Tel Aviv University

Oct 1995Jun 1997

Award Date: 30 Jun 1997

Bachelor, Tel Aviv University

Oct 1986Jun 1989

Award Date: 30 Jun 1989

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