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Biochemical research in MIGAL relies on expert researchers in analytical chemistry, organic synthesis, enzymology, structural biology and protein chemistry. Research topics range from the identification and characterization of natural products and chemical inhibitors, to drug design and development of new enzymes and activity by protein design, metabolic engineering and molecular genetics.

Research Groups

Protein NMR Research Laboratory

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy; proteins structure and function; Intrinsically Unfolded Proteins (IUPs); drug discovery; Biophysics

Dr. Maayan Gal - Head

Molecular Biology of Chronic Diseases Laboratory

microRNA; RNA; obesity; diabetes; cancer; gene expression

Dr. Ari Meerson - Head

Bioenergetics and Protein Design Laboratory

Solar Energy Conversion; Computational Protein Design; Light-Harvesting; Chlorophyll-Proteins; Light-Induced Charge Separation

Dr. Dror Noy - Head

Molecular and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Dr. Chen Katz - Head

laboratory of natural compounds and analytical chemistry

Prof. Soliman Khatib -
Prof. Jacob Vaya -

Microbial Metabolic Pathways Research Laboratory

Dr. Itamar Yadid - Head


MSc Itai Bloch - Computational chemistry, drug discovery and cheminformatics

Directed enzyme evolution for the degradation of recalcitrant molecules

Dr. Livnat Afriat-Jurnou - Head


Post-graduate and post-doctoral research training


Laboratories and research projects


Business opportunities and technology transfer