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Professor Rachela Popovtzer is Vice Dean and Head of the Laboratory of Nano-Bioengineering at the Faculty of Engineering at Bar Ilan University. She is also a member of the Bar-Ilan Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), Israel. She received her B.Sc. degree in physics from BIU and her M.Sc. and PhD in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the University of Michigan with Prof. Raoul Kopelman. Popovtzer joined the faculty of Engineering in 2008, here she is currently the head of the Bioengineering track and the Laboratory for Nano-medicine. Rachela Popovtzer is a winner of numerous international grants and awards, such as the Intel Prize, the EU Environment and Living foundation Prize and the Atol Charitable Trust Fellow in Nano Medicine. Her current research interest focuses on the development of ’smart’ nanoprobes for theranostic applications.

Research Lab

The main goal of our research group is to develop design principles for nanoparticles to be used both as molecular imaging contrast agents and for targeted therapy. Our multidisciplinary research approach integrates chemistry, engineering, biology and radiology in order to gain understanding about biological processes and to identify diseases based on molecular markers, which appear earlier than the diseases' clinical symptoms. Understanding fundamental biological mechanisms underlying nanoparticle behavior in living subjects will set the stage for new diagnostic and therapeutic clinical applications.

Novel antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) nanoplatform.

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 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Tel Aviv University

Oct 2002Jun 2006

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

Bachelor, Tel Aviv University

Oct 1996Jun 1999

Award Date: 30 Jun 1999

Bachelor, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1993Jun 1996

Award Date: 30 Jun 1996

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  • A novel delta opioid receptor specific peptide reduces craving in an animal model of cocaine seeking

    Itzhak-Israeli, P. S., Yael, H., Matsree, E., Pe'er-Nissan, H., Lancman, S. O., R, B., G, L., Motiei, M., Betzer, O., Gispan, I., Popovtzer, R., Anker, Y., MA, F. & G, Y., Sep 2024, In: Addiction Neuroscience. 12, 100159.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Gold nanoparticles for enhanced delivery of chemotherapy

    Katzir, I., Sharon, Y., Sadan, T., Motiei, M. & Popovtzer, R., 2024, Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications XXI. Fixler, D. & Wachsmann-Hogiu, S. (eds.). SPIE, 128580C. (Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 12858).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

  • Gold nanoparticles for safe delivery of cisplatin

    Sharon, Y., Motiei, M., Tzror-Azankot, C., Sadan, T., Popovtzer, R. & Rosenbaum, E., 2024, Nanoscale Imaging, Sensing, and Actuation for Biomedical Applications XXI. Fixler, D. & Wachsmann-Hogiu, S. (eds.). SPIE, 128580D. (Progress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE; vol. 12858).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

  • Mechanisms and Barriers in Nanomedicine: Progress in the Field and Future Directions

    Anchordoquy, T., Artzi, N., Balyasnikova, I. V., Barenholz, Y., La-Beck, N. M., Brenner, J. S., Chan, W. C. W., Decuzzi, P., Exner, A. A., Gabizon, A., Godin, B., Lai, S. K., Lammers, T., Mitchell, M. J., Moghimi, S. M., Muzykantov, V. R., Peer, D., Nguyen, J., Popovtzer, R. & Ricco, M. & 8 others, Serkova, N. J., Singh, R., Schroeder, A., Schwendeman, A. A., Straehla, J. P., Teesalu, T., Tilden, S. & Simberg, D., 4 Jun 2024, In: ACS Nano. 18, 22, p. 13983-13999 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

  • Small Extracellular Vesicles from Infarcted and Failing Heart Accelerate Tumor Growth

    Caller, T., Rotem, I., Shaihov-Teper, O., Lendengolts, D., Schary, Y., Shai, R., Glick-Saar, E., Dominissini, D., Motiei, M., Katzir, I., Popovtzer, R., Nahmoud, M., Boomgarden, A., D'Souza-Schorey, C., Naftali-Shani, N. & Leor, J., 28 May 2024, In: Circulation. 149, 22, p. 1729-1748 20 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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