Group Members

Prof. Natan T. Shaked, PhD ECE

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Principal Investigator
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Prof. Natan T. Shaked is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University, Israel from July 2015. Between April 2011-April 2016, he was a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the same department. Till April 2011, Prof. Shaked was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA. Shaked received his BSc, MSc (Summa Cum Laude), and PhD degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel in 2002, 2004 and 2008, respectively. In 2008, Shaked awarded the Bikura Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and performed his postdoctoral research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Prof. Shaked is the coauthor of more than 70 refereed journal papers and 130 conference papers (including more than 20  invited papers), and several book chapters, patents, and an edited book. He is chairing the SPIE Label-Free Imaging and Sensing (LBIS) Conference in Photonics West, San Francisco, USA,  and the Annual Biomedical Engineering Conference, Haifa, Israel

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Contact Details:
Office: Room 410, Multi-disciplinary Center
Tel/fax: +972-3-6407100
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Dr. Mattan Levi

Visiting Scientist

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Dr. Mattan Levi received his Ph.D in Cell and Developmental Biology from Tel Aviv University. He conducted research at the fields of reproductive and cancer biology and was the founder and director of oncology research laboratory at Rabin Medical Center. Mattan serves as a clinical embryologist and manager of the andrology laboratory at Herzeliya Medical Center in Israel. He collaborated with the OMNI group for several years as a consultant in developing a selection criteria of sperm cells imaged by interference phase microscopy as part of the Momentum project  sponsored by Ramot. Since May 2019, he joined the OMNI group as Visiting Scientist.

 

Contact Details:

Email: mattanlevi@gmail.com

Dr. Itay Barnea, PhD Biology

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Postdoctorate Associate
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Dr. Itay Barnea is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Tel Aviv University, starting from January 2013. He did his BSc in the Dapertment of Life Science in the Ben Gurion University of the Negev, his MSc in the Department of Immunology and Cell Science, and PhD in the Medical Faculty, both in the Tel Aviv University. He dealt with different aspects of cancer: genetic variation, molecular epidemiology, and signal-transduction-based targeted therapy. His current research includes measuring the cancer cell metastatic degree using interferometry.
 

Contact Details:
Email: itay.barnea.1@gmail.com

Dr. Gyanendra Singh, PhD Physics

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Postdoctoral Associate
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Dr. Gyanedra Singh is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University, starting from September 2016. He completed his BSc and MSc in Physics from University of Delhi, India. He also completed his M.Tech. in Applied Optics from IIT Delhi, India, in 2009. He received his PhD degree in 2015, from the Instrumentation Design and Development Center at IIT Delhi, India. During his PhD, he characterized the indium tin coated polyethylene terephthalate substrate, which is used for the fabrication of the flexible electronics and display devices. In this study, he measured the change in the birefringence and the polarimetric study of this substrate using  interferometry and a fringe analysis method. The spectral study of the substrate was also carried out. In addition, he developed a remote phosphor-based flexible substrate for converting the blue inorganic light into white light for general lighting and display. He is the co-author of 13 refereed journal papers and 13 conference papers. 


Contact Details:
Email: gyan2283@gmail.com

Nir Turko, MSc BME


PhD Student

Nir Turko is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. He completed his BSc in Electrical Engineering in Tel Aviv University (2010) and spent a few years in the industry. He completed his MSc thesis on optical interferometry with plasmonic nanoparticles for biomedical imaging in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University (2015). He started his PhD in quantitative phase microscopy of dynamic samples, focusing on developing optical methods and algorithms to increase throughput of phase imaging with molecular specificity. Nir is an active member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), serving as the secretary and vice presidnet of the SPIE student chapter in Tel-Aviv University. He is the co-author of 7 refereed papers and 7 conference publications.


Contact Details:
Email:
avry03@gmail.com

Gili Dardikman, MSc BME

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PhD Student (Direct Track)
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Gili Dardikman is a full-time, direct-track PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Her BSc specialization included signals and systems in biomedical engineering. In October 2014, she started her thesis in the OMNI group focusing on machine learning , and rapid CUDA processing of holograms. 

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Contact Details:
Email: gilid@mail.tau.ac.il

Simcha Mirsky, MSc BME

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PhD Student
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Simcha Mirsky is a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Simcha received his BSc in Medical Engineering from the Jerusalem College of Technology in 2012. His BSc focuses on electro-optical engineering and its application in medical devices and diagnostics. After receiving his BSc, Simcha completed his army service in the Medical Engineering Branch of the IDF as an officer in the Medical Engineering Development Unit.  He did his MSc in the OMNI group on sperm phase imaging between March 2016-February 2018. His PhD works, started in March 2018, focuses on off-axis hologram multiplexing. 

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Contact Details:
Email: simcha.mirsky@gmail.com

Matan Dudaie, MSc Physics

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PhD Student
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Matan Dudaie joined OMNI group as a PhD student in March 2018. Matan holds a BSc and an MSc in Physics from Tel Aviv University, with a thesis on simulation of cell mechanical interactions, performed in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. After 10 years of experience with RF and wave dispersion, he started his Doctorate studies as a part of the PhaseRaceOnChip Project, collaborating with Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. His research includes developing 3D tomography and profiling of cells through phase microscopy using optical interferometry and dielectrophoretic cell rotation.  

Contact Details:
Email: matan.dudaie@gmail.com

Shira Zapesotsky, BSc Physics

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MSc Student
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Shira Zapesotsky is an MSc Student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. She obtained her BScS in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2013. During her final year of BSc studies, she worked on building an auxiliary system for a two-photon microscope in the Department of Neuro-Science. In October 2014, she started working toward her thesis in the OMNI group, focusing on acousto-optical interferometry. 

Contact Details:
Email: zapesotsky@mail.tau.ac.il

Lina Atamny, BA Chemistry

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MSc Student
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Lina Atamny is an MSc student in the School of Chemistry at Tel-Aviv University, working under the joint supervision of Dr. Natan Shaked and Dr. Yael Roichman. Lina obtained her BA degree in Chemistry in 2015 at Tel-Aviv University focused on physical chemistry. Her undergraduate project done in the group of Prof. Yoram Selzer was titled “The measuring and calibration of the resolution for Squeezable breaking junction system”. Currently she is synthesizing gold nano-structures for optical manipulation and imaging. 

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Contact Details:
Email: atamnylina@gmail.com

Lauren Wolbromsky, BSc BME

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MSc Student
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Lauren Wolbromsky is an MSc Student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. She obtained her BSc in the same field with a focus on signals and systems. Her research project was on new tomographic phase microscopy methods, under the guide of Prof. Natan Shaked. 


Contact Details:
Email: bornstein@mail.tau.ac.il

Yoav Nygate, BSc BME

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MSc Student (Direct Track)
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Yoav Nygate is a full-time, direct-track M.Sc. student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. His B.Sc. specialization includes Signals and Systems in Biomedical Engineering. In October 2016, he started working in the OMNI group on measurements of the optical path delay of cancerous cells using off-axis white light interferometry. He then went on to develop an off-axis multiplexing interferometer for the simultaneous acquisition of Quantitative Phase and Fluorescence images of biological cells. Currently, Yoav is working on different Deep Learning approaches for the analysis of Quantitative Phase images. On his spare time, Yoav is an active member of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), serving as the President of the SPIE student chapter at Tel Aviv University.

 

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Moran Rubin, BSc EE

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MSc Student
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Moran Rubin is a full-time MSc student in the School of Electrical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. In October 2016, she started her MSc in the OMNI group, working on quantification of the results of tomographic phase microscopy of biological cells. 


Contact Details:
Email: moranrubin48@gmail.com

Noa Rotman (Nativ)

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MSc Student
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Noa Rotman is a full-time MSc student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. She holds a BSc in Biology from Tel Aviv University.

In March 2017, she started working in the OMNI group on measurements of the optical path delay of cancerous cells using off-axis interferometry. She developed a new compact off-axis multiplexing interferometer for the acquisition of quantitative phase images of biological cells. Currently, Noa is working on image processing algorithms and deep learning classification for cancer cells.


Contact Details:
Email: noale.nativ@gmail.com

 

Lidor Karako, BSc BME

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MSc Student
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Lidor Karako is an MSc student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. He received his BSc from the same department in 2017. In August 2016, together with Dr. Itay Barnea, he started working in the OMNI group on enabling label-free quantitative imaging method for sperm analysis using interferometric phase microscopy (IPM). IPM was used for measurements of the optical path delay, correlated with genetic tests. In October 2017, he started his MSc in the OMNI group on tomography of biological cells.

Contact Details:
Email: LidorKarako@gmail.com

Keren Ben-Yehuda

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M.SC Student (Direct Track)
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Keren Ben-Yehuda is a full-time MSc student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University. Her B.Sc. specialization includes Signals and Image processing in Biomedical Engineering. In October 2018, she joined the OMNI group and started working on applying different deep learning approaches for the analysis of quantitative phase images in order to assess human sperm cells and provide clinicians with better tools by which they can select sperm cells for in-vitro fertilization. 

Contact Details:
Email: kerenb1@mail.tau.ac.il

Noga Nissim

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MSc Student (Direct Track)
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Noga Nissim is a full-time, direct-track MSc student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Her BSc specialization is signals and systems in biomedical engineering. In August 2017, she started working in the OMNI group, focusing on spectroscopic interferometric imaging of dynamic biological samples. 


Contact Details:
Email: noganissim@mail.tau.ac.il

Shir Cohen Maslaton

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MSc Student (Direct Track)
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Shir Cohen Maslaton is a full-time, direct-track MSc student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University. Her BSc specialization is signals and systems in biomedical engineering. In August 2017, she started her MSc in the OMNI group, focusing on interferometric nanoscopy using plasmonic nanoparticles. 


Contact Details:
Email: shirc2@mail.tau.ac.il

Hadar Shimoni

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BSc Project Student
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Nofar Shoshan

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BSc Project Student
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Daphna Peleg

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Administrative Assistant

Contact Details:
Email: daphnara@tauex.tau.ac.il

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Mustafa Bshara (Alumni)

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BSc Project Student
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Contact Details:
Email: mustafab@mail.tau.ac.il

Almog Yogev (Alumni)

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BSc Project Student
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Contact Details:
Email: almogyo2@gmail.com

Ofir Lahad (Alumni)

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BSc Project Student
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Contact Details:
Email: ofirlahad@mail.tau.ac.il

Dana Shainshein (Alumni)

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BSc Project Student
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Contact Details:
Email: danashainshein@gmail.com

Ofer Goldstein (Alumni)

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BSc Project Student
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Contact Details:
Email: ofergoldfish@gmail.com

Alex Sobotka (Alumni)

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BSc Project Student
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Contact Details:
Email: alexsobotka@gmail.com

Yaniv Gaon, BSc Electooptics Engineering, MBA (Alumni, 2017-2018)

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Laboratory Engineer
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Yaniv Gaon is the OMNI Group Laboratory Engineer. Yaniv joined the OMNI Group in September 2017 and brings with him over 15 years of hands-on experience in research, development and production of electro-optical systems. Yaniv has thorough understanding of optical systems, optical components, lasers, laser beam shaping, light sources, sensors, detectors and other optical and electro-optical technologies. Yaniv holds a BSc degree in Electro-Optics engineering and an MBA degree, both from the Jerusalem College of Technology (JCT), Israel. 

Contact Details:

Cellular: +972-58-4315858
Email: yanivga@tauex.tau.ac.il

Amit Nativ, BSc ECE (Alumni, 2015-2018)

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MSc Student
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Amit Nativ received his BSc in Electrical Engineering in 2013, with majors in Electrooptics, Electromagnetic Fields and Bioelectronics. In the past three years, he worked as a system engineer in Applied Materials Israel, developing scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image processing algorithms. He joined the OMNI group in Ocbtober 2015. His MSc thesis title is: “Quantitative nanometric measurements using optical interferometry for nondestructive tests”. 

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Contact Details:
Email: amitnativ@gmail.com

Dr. Michal Balberg, PhD Neural Computation (Alumni, 2015-2017)

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Senior Visiting Scholar
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Dr. Michal Balberg is a seasoned entrepreneur in the field of medical devices. She co-founded and led OrNim Medical from inception till commercial sales. Ornim develops and markets noninvasive monitoring devices based on acousto-optics. Dr. Balberg received her Ph.D. in Neural Computation, focusing on optics, volume holography and neural computation, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1998. Between 1998-2001, she was a Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA. She joined the OMNI group in March 2015, and was in charge of the Momentum project for commercialization of interferometric technologies for clinical applications.
 

Contact Details:
Email: michal.balberg@gmail.com