Prof. Ehud Gazit

מקרוביולוגיה מולקולרית סגל אקדמי בכיר
Phone: 03-6409030
Fax: 03-6405448
Office: Green - Biotechnology, 102




Postdoctoral Fellow; Massachusetts Insitute of Technology- Cambridge, MA

1997 Ph.D (with distinction); Weizmann Institute of Science- Rehovot, Israel
1991 B.Sc. (summa cum laude); Special University Program for Outstanding Students, Tel Aviv University


Academic Appointments:

2008-2012 Chairman; Board of Ramot (TAU Tech Transfer Company), TAU, Israel
2008-2012 Vice President for Research and Development; Tel Aviv University
2008-present Chair  for Nano-Biology (Cathedra); Tel Aviv University
2007-present Professor; Dept of Mol. Microbiology and Biotechnology, TAU
2005-2007 Associate Professor; Dept of Mol. Microbiology and Biotechnology, TAU
2002- 2005 Senior Lecturer, Dept of Mol. Microbiology and Biotechnology, TAU


Lecturer, Dept of Mol. Microbiology and Biotechnology, TAU
2002-2011 Visiting Scientist, Center for Biomedical Engineering, MIT


Honors and Awards:

2009 Herstin Award for a leading scientist under the age of 44
2008 Selection for the list of 100 Innovations from academic Research to Real-World Application, 2008 Better World Report, The association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
2007 Selection by The Marker magazine for the prestigious 40/40 list of 40 identified young Israeli leaders up to the age of 40 from all sectors of society forecasted to lead future Israel

Prize for excellence in research, The Research Council, Tel Aviv University

2003 Minerva Foundation Fellowship
2002 Dan David Scholarship Award
1999 Landau Research Award, Miphal Hapais fund, Tel-Aviv, Israel
1998 Finalist, Amersham Pharmacia Biotech and Science Prize for Young Scientists
1998 Post-doctoral fellowship, Human Frontiers Science Program
1997 Post-doctoral fellowship, EMBO
1997 Certificate of Excellence for Students in High Education Institutes, awarded by the Committee of Education of the Knesset (the Israeli parliament).
1997 Weizmann Institute of Science, The John F. Kennedy Award (highest award  given by the Feinberg Graduate School)
1995 Clore Foundation Program Doctoral Scholarship
1994 UBU  IIIUBMB fellowship for participating in the Young Scientists Program of the      tnernatiInternational Congress of Biochemistry
1994 Ciba Foundation Bursary


Professional Activities:

2012-2014 Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Science and Technology
2010-present Journal of Peptide Science, Editorial Board Member
2010-present Nanoscience & Nanotechnology - Asia, Editorial Board Member
2007-present Amyloid, Editorial Board Member
2007-2009 PLoS ONE, Editorial Board Member
2007-2009 Deputy member, University Committee for Appointments and promotions, TAU, Israel
2006-present Academic Coordinator, The biology-Chemistry double major track, TAU, Israel
2006-present Current Chemical Biology, Editorial Board Member
2005-2011 Nanomedicine, Editorial Board Member
2005-present Journal of Bionanoscience, Editorial Board Member
2005-2010 Expert, European Observatory of Nanobiotechnology (EoN).
2003-2009 Member of the International Relations Committee, Biophysical Society


Research Interests

My lab is interested in Molecular Structure and Self-Assembly at the Nano-Scale.


The central dogma in the study of protein folding suggests that the thermodynamically-favorable state of proteins under physiological conditions is their folded one. However, there are number of cases in which the favorable states of proteins are rather unfolded, partially folded (e.g., “molten globular”), or misfolded (e.g., nonspecific aggregates or amyloid fibrils). These observations lead to much interest in the significance and mechanism of formation of such unfolded, misfolded or partially folded structures in physiological as well as pathological conditions.


In our lab we utilize a variety of biochemical, biophysical and molecular biology methodologies to study the mechanism and significance of protein unfolding and misfolding. The experimental systems used are diverse and the partial list includes several bacterial toxin-antidote systems, type II diabetes-related amyloidogenic proteins and peptides, and the VHL tumor suppressor protein. We also study the mechanism of non-specific aggregation of generic unrelated proteins. Another line of research is directed toward the elucidation of the mechanism of action of chemical chaperons and their effect on folding, aggregation and amyloid formation.


For a more details on specific lab activities, please read the full research description.


Recent Publications

For the full list


Since 2012

Frydman-Marom A, Convertino M, Pellarin R, Lampel A, Shaltiel-Karyo R, Segal D, Caflisch A, Shalev DE, Gazit E. (2011) Structural basis for inhibiting β-amyloid Oligomerization by a non-coded β-breaker-subtituted endomorphin analogue.ACS Chem Biol. 6, 1265-1276. [Full text in PDF]


Orbach R, Mironi-Harpaz I, Adler-Abramovich L, Mossou E, Mitchell EP, Forsyth VT, Gazit E, Seliktar D. (2012) The rheological and structural properties of Fmoc-peptide-based hydrogels: the effect of aromatic molecular architecture on self-assembly and physical characteristics. Langmuir. 28, 2015-2022 . [Full text in PDF]


Amdursky N, Gazit E, Rosenman G.(2012) Formation of low-dimensional crystalline nucleus region during insulin amyloidogenesis process. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 419, 232-237. [Full text in PDF]


Amdursky N, Koren I, Gazit E, Rosenman G. (2012) Adjustable photoluminescence of peptide nanotubes coatings. J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 11, 9282-9286.


Scherzer-Attali R, Farfara D, Cooper I, Levin A, Ben-Romano T, Trudler D, Vientrov M, Shaltiel-Karyo R, Shalev DE, Segev-Amzaleg N, Gazit E, Segal D, Frenkel D. (2012) Naphthoquinone-tyrptophan reduces neurotoxic Aβ*56 levels and improves cognition in Alzheimer's disease animal model. Neurobiol Dis. 46, 663-72. [Full text in PDF]


Scherzer-Attali, R., Shaltiel-Karyo, R., Adalist, Y. H., Segal, D., and Gazit E. (2012) Generic inhibition of amyloidogenic proteins by two naphthoquinone-tryptophan hybrid molecules.   Proteins 80 , 1962-1973.


Shaltiel-Karyo, R., Davidi, D., Frenkel-Pinter, M., Ovadia, M., Segal, D., and Gazit E. (2012) Differential inhibition of α-synuclein oligomeric and fibrillar assembly in parkinson's disease model by cinnamon extract.   Biochim. Biophys. Acta.  1820 , 1628-1635.


Adler-Abramovich L, Vaks L, Carny O, Trudler D, Magno A, Caflisch A, Frenkel D, Gazit E. (2012) Phenylalanine assembly into toxic fibrils suggests amyloid etiology in phenylketonuria.   Nature Chem. Biol.   8, 701-706.


Goldshtein, K., Golodnitsky, D., Peled, E. Adler-Abramovich, L., Gazit, E., Khatun, S., Stallworth, P. and Greenbaum, S. (2012) Effect of peptide nanotube filler on structural and ion-transport properties of solid Polymerelectrolytes.   Solid State Ionics.   220 , 39–46.


Shaltiel-Karyo, R., Davidi, D., Menuchin, Y., Frenkel-Pinter, M., Marcus-Kalish, M., Ringo, J., Gazit, E., and Segal, D. (2012) A novel, sensitive assay for behavioral defects in Parkinson's disease model Drosophila. Parkinsons Dis. 2012 : 697564.


Herzog, G., Joerger, A.C., Shmueli, M.D., Fersht, A.R., Gazit, E., and Segal, D. (2013) Evaluating Drosophila p53 as a model system for studying cancer mutations. J. Biol. Chem. 287 , 44330-44337.


Scherzer-Attali, R., Convertino, M., Pellarin, R., Gazit, E., Segal, D., and Caflisch, A. (2013) Methylations of tryptophan-modified naphthoquinone affect its inhibitory potential toward Aβ aggregation. J. Phys. Chem. B. 117 , 1780-1789.


Ischakov, R., Buzhansky, L., Adler-Abramovich, L., & Gazit, E. (2013) Peptide-Based Hydrogel Nanoparticles as Effective Drug Delivery Agents. Bioorg. Med. Chem. 21 , 3517-3522


Lampel, A., Bram, Y., Levy-Sakin, M., Bacharach, E., & Gazit, E. (2013) The Effect of Chemical Chaperones on the Assembly and Stability of HIV-1 Capsid Protein. PLoS One 8, e60867.


Ghosha, S., Adler-Abramovich, L., Gazit, E.* , & Verma, S*. (2013) Spacer Driven Morphological Twist in Phe-Phe Dipeptide Conjugates. Tetrahedron 69 , 2004-2009. *Both Corresponding authors.


Shaltiel-Karyo, R., Frenkel-Pinter, M., Rockenstein, E., Patrick, C., Levy-Sakin, M., Schiller, A., Egoz-Matia, N., Masliah, E., Segal, D., & Gazit, E. (2013) A Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) Disrupter is also a Potent α-Synuclein (α-syn) Aggregation Inhibitor: A Novel Dual Mechanism of Mannitol for the Treatment of Parkinson Disease (PD). J. Biol. Chem. 288 , 17579-17588.


Lampel, A., Yaniv, O., Berger, O., Bacharach, E., Gazit, E. , & Frolow, F. (2013) A Triclinic Crystal Structure of the Carboxy-Terminal Domain of HIV-1 Capsid Protein with Four Molecules in the Asymmetric Unit Reveals a Novel Packing Interface. Acta Crystallogr. Sect. F. 69 , 602-606.


Shmueli, M.D., Schnaider, L., Rosenblum, D., Herzog, G., Gazit, E. , & Segal D. (2013)  Structural Insights into the Folding Defects of Oncogenic pVHL Lead to Correction of its Function In Vitro. PLoS One 8 , e66333 7 .


Davidi, D., Sade, D., Schuchalter, S., & Gazit, E. (2014) High Throughput Assay for Temporal Kinetic Analysis of Lytic Coliphages Activity. Anal. Biochem. 444 , 22-24.


Fichman, G., & Gazit, E. (2014) Self-Assembly of Short Peptides to Form Hydrogels: Design of Building Blocks, Physical Properties and Technological Applications. Acta Biomater. 10 , 1671-1682.


Azuri, I., Adler-Abramovich, L., Gazit, E. , Hod, O., & Kronik, L. (2014) Why are Diphenylalanine-Based Peptide Nanostructures so Rigid? Insights from First Principles Calculations. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 , 963-969.


Vasudev, M. C., Koerner, H., Singh, K. M., Partlow, B. P., Kaplan, D. L., Gazit, E. , Bunning, T. J., & Naik, R. R. (2014). Vertically Aligned Peptide Nanostructures Using Plasma-Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition. Biomacromolecules 15 , 533-540.


Mason, T. O., Chirgadze, D. Y., Levin, A., Adler-Abramovich, L., Gazit, E. , Knowles, T. P., & Büll, A. K. (2014) Expanding the Solvent Chemical Space for Self-Assembly of Dipeptide Nanostructures. ACS Nano 8 , 1243-1253.


Levy-Sakin, M., Berger, O., Feibish, N., Sharon, N., Schnaider, L., Shmul, G., Amir, Y., Buzhansky, L., & Gazit, E. (2014) The Influence of Chemical Chaperones on Enzymatic Activity under Thermal and Chemical Stresses: Common Features and Variation among Diverse Chemical Families. PLoS One 9 , e88541.


Mossou, E., Teixeira, S. C. M., Mitchell, E.P., Mason, S.A., Adler-Abramovich, L., Gazit, E. , & Forsyth, V. T. (2014) Crystal Structure of the Self-Assembling Zwitterionic Form of Phenylalanine at Neutral pH. Acta Crystallogr. Sect. C. 70 , 326-331.


Bram, Y., Frydman-Marom, A., Yanai, I., Gilead, S., Shaltiel-Karyo, R., Amdursky, A., & Gazit, E. (2014) Apoptosis Induced by Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Soluble Oligomers is Neutralized by Diabetes-Associated Specific Antibodies. Sci. Rep.4 , 4267.


Fichman, G., Adler-Abramovich, L., Manohar, S., Mironi-Harpaz, I., Guterman, T., Seliktar, T., Messersmith, P., & Gazit, E. (2014) Seamless Metallic Coating and Surface Adhesion of Self-Assembled Bioinspired Nanostructures Based on Di-(3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine) Peptide Motif. ACS Nano 8 , 7220-7228 (Featured in the cover of the issue).


Fichman, G., Guterman, T., Adler-Abramovich, L., & Gazit, E. (2014) The Use of the Calcitonin Minimal Recognition Module for the Design of DOPA-Containing Fibrillar Assemblies. Nanomaterials 4 , 726-740.


Gazit, E. (2014) Controlling Molecular Self-assembly: From Amyloid Oligomerization and Therapy to Novel Biomaterials and Technological Applications. Nanomedicine (in press).


Adler-Abramovich, L., & Gazit, E. (2014) The Physical Properties of Supramolecular Peptide Assemblies: From Building Block Association to Technological Applications. Chem. Soc. Rev. 43 , 6881-6893 (Featured in the cover of the issue).


Shmueli, M. D., Schnaider, L., Herzog, G., Gazit, E. , and Segal, D. (2014) Computational and experimental characterization of dVHL establish a Drosophila model of VHL syndrome. PLoS One 9 , e109864.


Levin, A. Mason, T. O., Adler-Abramovich, L., Buell, A. K., Meisl, G., Galvagnion, C., Bram, Y., Dobson, C. M., Knowles, T. P. J., & Gazit, E. (2014) Ostwald’s Rule of Stages Governs Structural Transitions and Morphological Control of a Dipeptide Supramolecular Polymer. Nature Commun. (in press).


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