Ester is a Full Professor at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. She 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.
Ester is the recipient of prestigious prizes and honors, and most recent is the 2019 Advances in Measurement Science Lectureship Award by the American Chemical Society. She has also received the “Yanai Prize for Academic Excellence”, the highest teaching award granted by the Technion.
At the Technion, she is leading a research group focusing at the broad interface between nanomaterials science and biotechnology. Research projects in her group implement a multidisciplinary approach coupling materials science and engineering, chemistry and biology for addressing global challenges in biotechnology, food engineering, and medicine. Current projects include the development of novel nanomaterials for sensing, biosensing, bioassays, and advanced new drug delivery schemes. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters, and patents.