Prof. Amir Roey J.
Roey was born and raised in Tel-Aviv and after backpacking through North and South America he started his chemistry studies in Tel-Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. from TAU under the supervision of Prof. D. Shabat, and had a major part in the development of the concept of Self-Immolative Dendrimers. Later, Roey joined the lab of Prof. C. J. Hawker as a Rothschild post-doctoral researcher at the Materials Research Laboratory in UCSB, where he used enzymatic degradation as a trigger for the self-assembly of block copolymers. In 2012, Roey joined the faculty of the School of Chemistry at TAU as a senior lecturer. Roey’s research group focuses on the utilization of high molecular precision for the design of enzyme-responsive polymeric amphiphiles and their utilization as nanocarriers for controlled drug delivery applications. Roey was selected in 2017 as a PMSE Young Investigator and in 2018 he received tenure and promoted to associate professor. Later that year he was awarded with the Israel Chemical Society Prize for Outstanding Young Scientist. Since March 2017, Roey serves as the academic head of the medicinal chemistry unit at the Blavatnik Center for Drug Discovery and starting from 2020, he is heading the new ADAMA Center for Novel Delivery Systems In Crop Protection in TAU.
Salome started and completed her undergraduate studies at Bar-Ilan University. In 2012, after receiving her B.Sc in medicinal chemistry with honors, Salome decided to continue an advanced degree. In 2014, Salome obtained her M.Sc. with honors under the supervision of Prof. Sharon Ruthstein. Her project focused on determination of the sensing and transcription mechanism of Bacterial Cu(I) E.coli metal sensor, CueR, using EPR spectroscopy. After her M.Sc, Salome worked as an analytical R&D chemist at Dexcel Pharma. During her work at Dexcel, Salome developed method for innovative prescription, generics and OTC pharmaceutical products in the R&D department according to FDA and Europian Phamacopoeia requirements. In December 2015, Salome returned to the academic and started her PhD degree, under the supervision of Prof. Arie Gruzman at BIU. During her PhD, Salome developed and synthesized new drug for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders by inhibiting protein aggregation. In November 2019, Salome joined the lab of Prof. Roey J. Amir in the faculty of the School of Chemistry at TAU as a lab manager. In April 2021, Salome received her Ph.D certificate.
Students and Staff Researchers
Nicole Edelstein-Pardo, Ph.D student
Nicole completed her B.Sc. in the chemistry research excellence program in TAU in 2017. In the 3rd year of her undergraduate studies, Nicole did a research project in the group, working on the synthesis, study and characterization of a tri-block copolymers with fluorescence tags. Nicole is a PhD student in collaboration with Dr. Amit Sitt's group. Her research focuses on the fabrication of active microfibers and nanopatricles from enzyme responsive block copolymers for biomedical applications.
Shahar Tevet, Ph.D student
Shahar joined the group in October 2018 as part of the prestigious ‘Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students’ - a direct M.Sc. program at TAU. Her M.Sc project focused on studying the effect of amphiphiles and substrates hydrophobicity on the reactivity of micellar nanoreactors. Shahar received her master’s degree with honors in November 2020 and immediately started her PhD studies. She is currently working on the design and synthesis of enzyme-responsive tri-block copolymers and catalytic micellar nanoreactors.
Shreyas Wagle, Ph.D student
Shreyas graduated from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai with a B. Tech in fibres and textiles processing technology and conducted research on superabsorbent microcellulose as part of his undergraduate studies. Subsequently, he moved to Germany for his M.Sc. in polymer material sciences from Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, where he worked on developing CuAAC based optical damage sensing and self-healing epoxy composites as part of his master thesis. In November 2018, he joined the group as PhD student as part of an ITN project and his research focuses on developing multi-functional polymeric amphiphiles for catalytic activation of anti-cancer prodrugs.
Krishna received his master degree in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics from La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, where he studied how mutations in Profilin-1 cause aggregation in cytoskeleton using GFP tag and fluorescent microscopy. He then moved to the pharma industry in India where he worked on developing processes for purifying and characterizing biosimilars. Krishna joined the Amir’s group in 2019 as a joint PhD student with Teva pharmaceuticals Ltd, as part of the TheraCat ITN project. His research focuses on developing dendritic amphiphiles, which are used to build nano scaffolds for transition metal catalysts for biomedical applications.
Parul received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Delhi in 2016. She then joined the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee for her M.Sc. and worked on biologically important 3-phenacylidene-2-oxindoles scaffolds as part of her Master's thesis. In January 2020, she moved to Israel and continued her academic career as a Ph.D. student. Currently she is working on the design and characterization of PEG-based triblock polymers.
Nasreen completed her B.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry at BIU, before she joined the Amir group in October 2020. Her research project focuses on developing drug carriers that will be based on single-chain nanoparticles, to get efficient carrier systems for the delivery of drugs to specific sites in the human body, with minimal side effects.
Merav Zussman, M.Sc
Merav graduated from the double degree program of Materials Science and Engineering (BSc) and Chemistry (BSc) at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in 2016. Afterward, she worked as an R&D materials engineer at Orbotech. During her MSc studies at TAU, she worked with Prof. Meital Zilberman's group on developing injectable gelatin-alginate hydrogels loaded with drugs. After finishing her MSc studies, Merav joined the group as a researcher working as part of collaborative research projects with the industry.
Michal finished her B.Sc. in chemistry at TAU in 2021. During the last year of her undergraduate studies, she did a research project in the group, working on synthesizing amphiphilic enzyme responsive tri-block copolymer.
Following this successful project, Michal joined the group as an M.Sc student.