Ester Segal earned her B.Sc. (cum laude) in chemical engineering in 1997 from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in polymer science under Professor Moshe Narkis focused on the development of electrically conductive polymer systems and their application as sensors for volatile organic compounds. After completing her PhD in 2004, she was awarded with the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship and she joined the group of Prof. Mike Sailor at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego, working on porous Si nanomaterials. In 2007 she returned to Israel and joined the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion.
At the Technion, she is leading a research group focusing at the broad interface between materials science and biotechnology. Research projects in Prof. Segal’s laboratory implement a multidisciplinary approach coupling materials science and engineering, chemistry and biology for addressing problems in biotechnology, food engineering, and medicine. Current projects include the development of novel nanomaterials for sensing, biosensing, bioassays, and advanced new drug delivery schemes.