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Alumni of the Biomaterials & Corrosion Laboratory

Postdoctoral scholars

  • Dr. Thanjavur-Madhavakumar Sridhar (2002-3), advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently Assistant Professor at the Dept. Analytical Chemistry, University of Madras, Chennai, India.

  • Dr. Dror Lakstein (Basic Sciences research in Medicine, 2007). Currently with the Dept. Orthopedics, Wolfson Medical Center, Israel.

  • Dr. Wangping Wu (2013-4), advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently Senior Lecturer at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Changzhou University, Jiangsu Province, China.

  • Dr. Brian A. Rosen (2013-4), advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently Senior Lecturer at the Dept. Materials Science and Engineering, TAU, Israel.

  • Dr. Midhun Ben Thomas (2015-6), advisory joint Prof. D. Mandler. Currently with Pandorum Technologies Pvt Ltd., Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

  • Dr. Nissim Navi (11/2017–8/2018, sabbatical). Currently with NRCN, Israel.

Visiting scholars

  • Prof. A. Chitharanjan Hegde, Visiting Scientist (11–12/2008). Currently Professor at Dept. Chemistry, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK), India.

  • Dr. Honorata Kazimierczak, Visiting Scholar of STSM COST program (2-4/2018). Currently a postdoctoral scholar in my group, on leave from The Institute of Metallurgy and Materials Science, The Polish Academy of Sciences (IMMS PAS).

  • Baruch Tal, Visiting Scientist (10/2013–9/2014), on sabbatical leave from the IAF. Retired.

  • Rujing Zhang, Visitng Scholar (11/2015–2/2016), Ph.D. student in Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Scholar of the Chinese Ministry of Education & the XIN Center.

  • Rebbeca Green, Intern under Young Judaea Israel program (6-7/2016). Currently B.Sc. student at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA.

  • Samuel A. Gershanok, Intern under Top Israel Interns program (6-7/2018). Currently B.Sc. student at the University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

  • Elijah Djanogly. Intern from the UK (7/2019).

Ph.D. students

  • Ronen Verker (2011), “Synergistic Effects of Space Environment on Durability of Hybrid Nano-Composites,” advisory joint Dr. E. Grossman. Currently with the Space Environment Section at Soreq NRC.

  • Adi Naor-Pomerantz (2012), Direct Track to Ph.D., “Electrodeposition of Rhenium-Based Coatings for Aggressive Environments,” advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently with SolarEdge Technologies, Inc.

  • Ofer Levi (2015), “Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer by Bio-Ferrography,” advisory joint Prof. I. Benhar. Currently Lt. Col. and Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the IAF.

  • Noah Metoki (2017), Direct Track to Ph.D., “Electrochemical Deposition of Advanced Hydroxyapatite-Based Composite Coatings for Orthopaedic and Dental Implants,” advisory joint Prof. D. Mandler. Currently a Post-Doctoral scholar at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.

  • Alla Duhin (2018), “Electroless Deposition of Rhenium-Based Alloys,” advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi and Dr. A. Inberg. Currently with Intel.

M.Sc. students

  • Ayelet Evron (2004), magna cum laude, “Bio-Ferrography and Failure Analysis of Artificial Hip and Knee Joints.” Currently with Caesar Stone Sdot-Yam.

  • Kalia Mendel (2004), magna cum laude, “Application of Bio-Ferrography to the Study of Osteoarthritis and other Human Joint Diseases.” Currently Global Product Senior Director at Lumenis.

  • Oded Nissan (2004), “Development of a Novel Process for Electrochemical Polishing of Heart Valves and other Implants Made of 316LVM Stainless Steel.” Currently Head of Strategic Technologies, Alcon, Fort Worth, TX, USA.

  • Ronen Verker (2004), magna cum laude, “The Effect of Hypervelocity Debris on Space Durability of Polymers,” advisory joint Dr. E. Grossman. Currently with the Space Environment Section at Soreq NRC.

  • Moshe Eliyahu (2005), “The use of Electrochemical Scanning Probe Microscopy to Study in situ the Processes of Nucleation and Growth as well as the Microstructure of Hydroxyapatite Electrodeposited on a Titanium Alloy for Biomedical Applications.” Currently unemployed.
  • Vadim Kalmanovich (2006), magna cum laude, “Modeling the Diffusion of Hydrogen in Amorphous Alloys with Varying Short Range Order and Hopping Paths,” advisory joint Dr. D. Ashkenazi. Currently with the IAF.

  • Sharon Shmueli (2007), “The Effect of Surface Morphology and Chemistry on Electrodeposition of Hydroxyapatite and its Interaction with Bone-Forming Cells.” Currently with Semiconductors.

  • Ofer Levi (2008), magna cum laude, “Failure Analysis and Preventative Maintenance of Open Engine Systems by Ferrography and other Analytical Techniques.” Currently Lt. Col. and Head of the Materials Science and Engineering Division at the IAF.

  • Oshrit Ritman-Hertz (2008), summa cum laude, “The Effect of Surface Treatments on the Interaction of HAp-Coated Titanium with Cells and Bacteria.” Currently with Ossio, Woburn, MA.

  • William Kopelovitch (2008), magna cum laude, “Real-Time Electrochemical Quartz Crystal Microbalance Monitoring of the Nucleation and Growth of Hydroxyapatite and the Effect of Surface Pretreatment on the Osseointegration In Vivo,” advisory joint Dr. S. Richter. Currently Vice Director of the Materials Branch, Israel Ministry of Defense Research & Development Labs.

  • Keren Hakshur (2010), magna cum laude, “The Application of Bio-Ferrography to Evaluate the Effect of Hyaluronan Injections into Human Knees.” Currently with RAFAEL.
  • Yigal Weinberger (2011), “Electrochemical Deposition of Black Ni-Cu Coating,” advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently with IntSights & Palo Alto Networks, Israel.
  • Maayan Cohen-Sagiv (2012), “Electrochemical Deposition of Re-Ir Coatings,” advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently with the Israel Defense Force.

  • Edith Beilis (2013), “Formation and Characterization of Doped and Un-Doped Bovine Serum Albumin Monolayers,” advisory joint Dr. S. Ricther. Currently with HP Indigo.

  • Chen Zur (2013), Direct track to M.Sc., “Mechanical Characterization of Light-Weight Silica Aerogel Materials,” advisory joint Prof. R. Haj-Ali.

  • Gal Aloosh (2013), “Corrosion-Related Failure of Ni-P Electroless Coatings in Industrial Cooling Plates.” Currently with Elta Systems.

  • Tzippora Nusbaum (2015), “Effect of Pulse On-Time and Peak Current Density on Pulse Plated Re-Ni Alloys,” advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi and Dr. Brian A. Rosen. Currently Co-Founder and COO of Pocket Teacher and an Entrepreneur.

  • Ori Geuli (2016), “Electrochemically Driven Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles Coating of Medical Implants,” advisory joint Prof. D. Mandler. Currently a Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • David Svetlizky (2017), “Design and Manufacturing of a Bio-Ferrography-Based Device for Capture and Identification of Cancer Cells from Whole Blood,” advisory joint Prof. I. Benhar and Dr. O. Levi. Currently a Ph.D. student in my lab.

  • Meni Shimel (2017), “Improving Wetting Properties of UHMWPE Fibers by Deposition of an Oxide Layer,” advisory joint Dr. R. Verker. Currently with HP Indigo.

  • Sara Sofer (2017), “Microbial Induced Corrosion of Polymers,” advisory joint Prof. E. Ron. Currently with the Israel Prime Minister Office.
  • David Eliyahu (2018), summa cum laude, “Electrochemical Printing,” advisory joint Prof. E. Gileadi. Currently with the Israel Department of Defense and a Ph.D. student in my group.

  • Debby Margoy (2018), “Shape Memory Polymers for Space Applications,” advisory joint Dr. R. Verker. Currently with HP Indigo.

  • Ehud Ingram (2018), “The Effect of Vibrational Welding Parameters on the Microstrtucre and Properties of Welded Joints,” advisory joint Dr. O. Golan. Currently with Ziv-Av Technologies, Kibutz Be’erot Itzhak, Israel.

B.Sc. students (final project)

  • Beti Bachar (1994), Practical Engineering in Chemistry, IAF & The Ort Abin Science High School and Technological College of Practical Engineering in Chemistry.
  • Shulamit Har-Nof and Ruth Talmi (1995), joint advisory Prof. D. Eliezer, B.Sc., BGU.

  • Assaf Shachar (1995), B.Sc., joint advisory B. Tal and Prof. D. Eliezer, B.Sc., BGU.

  • Yifat Levi and Nissim Cohen (1996), B.Sc., joint advisory Prof. D. Eliezer, B.Sc., BGU.

  • Ervin Beduli (1997), joint advisory Prof. D. Eliezer, B.Sc., BGU.

  • Sagi Levi (1997), joint advisory J. Shoef and Prof. D. Eliezer, B.Sc., BGU.

  • Eddy Kogan (1998), joint advisory N. Stern, S. Stein and Prof. D. Eliezer, B.Sc., BGU.

  • Jamie Mak (2000), undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), joint advisory Prof. R.M. Latanision, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA.

  • Lior Budic (2004), joint advisory Prof. E. Glickman, B.Sc. in Mechanical Eng., TAU.

  • Noah Metoki and Limor Leifenberg (2011), joint advisory Dr. M. Gozin and W. Kopelovitch, B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, TAU.

Lab Engineers

  • Dr. Dana Ashkenazi (9/2001–11/2010).

  • Mario Levinshtein (11/2001–09/2018). Retired.

Selected Awards - Students and Post-Docs

    2019    Dr. Mitun Das. TATA Foundation Scholarship.

    2018    Dr. Honorata Kazimierczak. TAU Post-Doctoral Scholar.

    2018    Dr. Honorata Kazimierczak. Scholar of the Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM)

                MP1407 COST program.

    2017    Noah Metoki. Was selected to participate at the Global Young Scientists Summit

                (GYSS), Singapore.

    2017    Noah Metoki. TAU Presidential Post-Doctoral Scholarship for Excellent Doctorate Female

                Graduates.

    2017    Sigalit Ifergane. 2nd Poster Prize, The annual EBSD meeting of the Royal Microscopical

                Society, Oxford University.

    2016    Sigalit Ifergane. 1st Place, Poster Prize in Materials Science, ISM 2016 – The Golden

                Jubilee Annual Meeting of the Israel Society for Microscopy.

    2015    Rujing Zhang. Scholar of the XIN Center and the Chinese Ministry of Education.

    2015    Dr. Midhun Ben Thomas. TAU’s Pikovsky Valazzi Post-Doctoral Scholar.

    2015    Noah Metoki. BSF’s Prof. Rahamimoff travel grant for young scientist & travel grant

                of TAU’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

    2015    Noah Metoki. 1st Place, Student Oral Presentation – Chaim Yarnitzky award,

                Israelectrochemistry 2015.

    2013    Dr. Brian A. Rosen. Fulbright & TAU's Nanocenter Post-Doctoral Scholar.

    2013    Dr. Wangping Wu. TAU’s Pikovsky Valazzi Post-Doctoral Scholar.

    2012    Ofer Levi. The Chief of Staff Medal of Appreciation (Israeli military decoration).

    2012    Alla Duhin. A 2012/3 Israel Ministry of Science and Technology scholarship for the

                promotion of excellent female graduate students in science.

    2011    Adi Naor-Pomerantz. David and Paulina Trotzki scholarship for excellent graduate

                students.

    2011    Sigalit Ifergane. 1st Place, Poster Award, The annual meeting for presentation of projects in

                the areas of materials, chemistry and engineering that are carried out with funding from the

                Israel Atomic Energy Commission.

    2010    Adi Naor-Pomerantz. 3rd Place, Poster Presentation Award, EMNT 2010 – The 8th

                Int. Symp. on Electrochemical Micro & Nanosystem Technologies, Cannes Mandelieu,

                France.

    2010    Adi Naor-Pomerantz. The Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology scholarship for

                excellent Ph.D. students.

    2008    William Kopelovitch. The Israel Defense Prize.

    2007    Ronen Verker. Was selected as a Research Student to represent SAMPE (Society for

                the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) Israel at the 2007 SAMPE

                Europe Int. Student Conf. in Paris, France.

    2005    Dr. Thanjavur-Madhavakumar Sridhar. 1st Place, Oral Presentation Award, CORCON 2005 Int.

                 Conf. on Corrosion, Chennai, India.  

    2002    Dr. Thanjavur-Madhavakumar Sridhar. TAU’s Pikovsky Valazzi Post-Doctoral Scholar.