About Prof. Meital Zilberman

MeytalProf. Zilberman holds an appointment of Professor with tenure at the department of Biomedical Engineering of Tel Aviv University. She received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Cum Laude) and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Technion in Israel. She continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Prof. Zilberman's research interests are polymeric biomaterials, tissue engineering, biodegradable active implants and controlled drug release. She is the president of Israel Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (ISMBE) since 2014.

Prof. Zilberman joined the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering in Tel-Aviv University in 2002 and established research and teaching activities these fields. She has published more than 90 peer reviewed articles in the top Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering journals and 6 patents, contributed more than 200 presentations (including invited talks and plenary lectures) and serves on the editorial board of several Biomaterials journals. Her research is funded continuously by highly competitive governmental scientific funding agencies such as the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and Israel Ministry of Health (MOH) as well as by grants for applied research, such as RAMOT –Horowitz Foundation and Kamin (Israel Ministry of Trade) and Momentum Fund.

Among her prizes and award are the prestigious JULUDAN prize (2007) and the JWC first place innovation award (2015). The JULUDAN prize is given every year by the Technion to an outstanding researcher. It recognizes outstanding scientific research achievements that shows promise of having valuable technological applications and are channeled to enhance man's welfare and prolong human life. The Journal of Wound Care (JWC) award recognizes innovation and excellence in research and practice in all aspects of the wound care field. The award was given in the JWC 2015 awards ceremony in London, March 2015.

Welcome to the Biomaterials Lab

DS Implantable medical devices can provide life-giving help to many systems in the body. When made of a biodegradable polymer, such devices degrade with time and the end products are nontoxic. These devices can remain intact in the body for a predicted period of time - from weeks to years - and then degrade without the need for surgical removal. Our research activities combine biodegradable polymers, tissue engineering and drug delivery systems, for the development of active (drug-eluting) implants and scaffolds for tissue regeneration. We investigate the effects of the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters in the preparation process on the microstructure and on the resulting properties (drug release profile, mechanical and physical properties, biocompatibility etc.). Thorough understanding of polymer physics, materials science, bioengineering, chemistry and biology, lead to fundamental observations in this new emerging field of "active implants". The results of our studies thus have great medical relevance and are aimed to provide new solutions to basic needs in the fields of medical implants and tissue regeneration.