Welcome to Ester Segal Lab! 

The research in our group lies at the broad interface between nanomaterials science and biotechnology. This rapidly advancing research area is commonly termed nano-biotechnology. Our research includes the basic study of structure-property relationships of nanomaterials and the application of this knowledge in the development of innovative materials and functional materials systems.

We are interested in nanostructured materials such as porous Silicon and their interface with soft matter e.g. hydrogels, biomolecules, and living cells. Understanding these interfaces allows us to rationally design biosensors for the detection of biological and chemical toxins, new drug delivery platforms, and functional responsive materials.

News and Media

Our lab and Bahnemann Lab at Leibnizhaus  presenting “Nanotechnologies for detecting and mitigating antimicrobial resistnat becteria”

Congratulations to our amazing Hanan for winning the Jacobs Fellowship for Outstanding MSc students!

It was a pleasure hosting an exceptional student from Dalyat al-Karmel in our lab, teaching them about biomimicry and biosensors. Thanks, Kayan and Hanan, for being part of this amazing project.


Just Published‏

Prinz Setter O., Gilboa A., Shalash G., Refael G., Tarazi Riess H., Shani Levi C., Lesmes U., Segal E., Introducing HaNTr – Halloysite Nanotubes Targeting System for The Selective Delivery of Antibiotics. Advanced Functional Materials (2024).

Sharma S., Prinz Setter O., Abu Hamad H., Segal E., Multifunctional Halloysite Nanotubes-Polydopamine Agro-Carriers for Controlling Bacterial Soft Rot Disease. Environmental Science: Nano (2024).

Heuer C., Jiang X., Ron G., Ternyak O., Bahnemann J., Scheper T., Segal E., Photonic Si Microwell Architectures for Rapid Antifungal Susceptibility Determination of Candida auris. Chemical Communications (2024).

Haimov-Talmoud E., Rosenberg M., Arshavsky-Graham S., Varon V., Shefi O., Segal E., Biolistic Delivery of Photosensitizer-Loaded Porous Si Carriers for Localized Photodynamic Therapy, Advanced Materials Technologies (2023): 2300877. open access

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Prinz Setter O., Jiang X., Segal E., Rising to the surface: capturing and detecting bacteria by rationally-designed surfaces, Current Opinion in Biotechnology 83 (2023): 102969. open access

Jiang X., Borkum T., Shprits S., Boen J., Arshavsky-Graham S., Rofman B., Strauss M., Colodner R., Sulam J., Halachmi S., Leonard H., Segal E., Accurate Prediction of Antimicrobial Susceptibility for Point-of-Care Testing of Urine in Less than 90 Minutes via iPRISM Cassettes, Advanced Science (2023): 2303285. open access

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