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Name:Benjamin Ehrenberg, Professor
Email:ehren@mail.biu.ac.il
Room:511, building 202
Phone:5318427
Courses
86-327: Biophysics of membranes and polymers
Students
Ytzhak, Shany
Houpt, Sara
Musbat, Lihi
Haimov, Elina

Research interests
  • Experimental spectroscopy in biophysics: absorption, emission and resonance Raman techniques in the study of membrane properties, bioenergetics and vision. Membrane-probe interactions. Photosensitized damage in biophysical systems, photodynamic treatment of cancer cells. Electrochromic and metallochromic dyes and ion transport through membranes.

Activities
  • Memberships and participation in organizing international conferences:
  • Co-organizer and chairman of the Conference on Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer, Biomedical Optics Europe, Lille, France, 1994.
  • Member of the scientific committee of the Conference on Fluorescence Microscopy and Fluorescent Probes, Prague, Czech Republic, 1995.
  • Co-organizer and chairman of the Conference on Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer, Europto, Barcelona, Spain, 1995.
  • Elected Officer and member of the Presidential Board of the European Society for Photobiology, 1995-1997.
  • Member of the organizing committee of the International Symposium on Bioelectro- chemistry and Bioenergetics, Israel, 1996.
  • Member of the organizing committee of the First Congress of the World Association for Laser Therapy, Jerusalem, May 1996.
  • Chairman of the Europto Conference on Photochemotherapy, Vienna, Austria, September 1996.
  • Chairman of the Europto Conference on Photochemotherapy, San Remo, Italy, September 1997.
  • Chairman of the Europto Conference on Photochemotherapy, Stockholm, Sweden, September 1998.
  • Member of the scientific committee of the 3rd Conference on Fluorescence Microscopy and Fluorescent Probes, Prague, Czech Republic, 1999.
  • Member of the international scientific committee of the 6th Conference on Methods and Applications of Fluorescence Spectroscopy (MAFS), Paris, 1999.
  • Member of the international scientific committee of the 7th Conference on Methods and Applications of Fluorescence: Spectroscopy, Imaging and Probes, Amsterdam, 2001.
  • Member of the international scientific committee of the 8th Conference on Methods and Applications of Fluorescence: Spectroscopy, Imaging and Probes, Prague, 2003.
  • International Scientific Committee of the 10th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, Vienna, 2003.
  • Organizer and chairman of symposium “Porphyrinic Pigment-Membrane Interactions" at ICPP3, New Orleans, 2004.
  • Organizer and chairman of symposium “Physical chemistry of photosensitizers" at the 11th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, Aix-les-Bains, France, 2005.
  • Organizer and chairman of symposium “Biophysics of Photosensitization" at the 12th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, Bath, UK, 2007.
  • Member of Scientific Committee and organizer and chairman of Symposium on: "Photosensitization - Biophysical, photophysical and spectroscopic aspects" at the 13th Congress of the European Society for Photobiology, Wroclaw, Poland, 2009.
  • Associate Editor, Photochemistry and Photobiology.
  • Dean, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Bar Ilan University, 2009-2011.
  • Vice President for Research, Bar Ilan University, 2011-

CV
  • 1978 Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. The Yashinsky Prize of the Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • 1978-1979 Postdoctoral research assistant, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Chaim Weizmann Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • 1980-1992 Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Bar Ilan University.
  • 1985-1986 & 1988 Visiting Associate Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Conn.
  • 1993 Professor, Dept. of Physics, Bar Ilan University.
  • 1993 Visiting Professor, University of California at Los Angeles.
  • 1994-1997 Chairman, Department of Physics, Bar Ilan University.
  • 1994-1999 Chairman of the Bar Ilan University Graduate School for Master’s students.
  • 1994- Incumbent of the David Falk Chair in Laser Phototherapy.
  • 2003-2007 Chairman of the Bar Ilan University Graduate School for Ph.D. students.
  • 2007 Visiting Professor, University of Sydney.
  • Recipient of Research grants from: US-Israel Binational Science Foundation; Israel Academy of Sciences, Basic Research Foundation; Israel Council for Higher Education Equipment Grant; Hasselblad Foundation Research Grant; Israel Ministry of Health; Levitan Research Grant; Lusinchi Research Grant in Applied Life Sciences; Israel Ministry for the Absorption of Immigration; Israel Ministry of Science and Technology; Science Research & Development Directorate of the European Union; Katz Family Grant Incentive Program.

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