Dr. Johann Elbaz

מקרוביולוגיה מולקולרית
Dr. Johann Elbaz
Office: Green - Biotechnology


Dr Johann Elbaz received his PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then conducted his postdoctoral research in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT working with Prof. Christopher Voigt. He has pursued research in diverse areas ranging from chemistry to synthetic biology with applications in biosensing, nanotechnology and biotechnology. Recently, he joined the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at Tel Aviv University as an Assistant Professor. His lab is interested on engineering genetically organisms for the expression of “living artificial materials” for applications in Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology.



2008-2012  PhD, Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2006-2008  Master, Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003-2006  BSc, Biophysics, Bar-Ilan University


Academic Appointment

2016  Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University

2012-2016  Postdoctoral Fellow, Synthetic Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Honors and Awards

2013 - Integrated DNA Technology (IDT) Postdoctoral Award

2012 - EMBO Long Term Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012 - The prize for excellent students in nanoscience and nanotechnology, The Harvey M. Krueger center for nanoscience and nanotechnology, The Hebrew university of Jerusalem

2008 - Converging Technologies Fellowship (Israel Science Foundation) for PhD studies

2007 - Converging Technologies Fellowship (Israel Science Foundation) for Master studies

Research Interests

My lab is conducting a highly interdisciplinary research at the interface of biology, chemistry and material sciences with applications for Synthetic Biology, Nanotechnology and Biotechnology.

Cells are the most sophisticated machinery producing selectively and simultaneously hundreds of thousands of complex molecules. Our group is developing and applying new synthetic molecular biology pathways for the bioproduction of “living molecules” in bacteria. These molecules may exhibit intriguing functions with diverse in vivo applications, from medicine to energy or offering a production route of new classes of materials holding interesting physical capabilities (optics, electronics or catalysts).

In this context, my lab is currently focusing on developing synthetic biological tools for the expression of oligonucleotides and their self-assemblies into DNA nanostructures in bacteria. Defined DNA nanostructures inside living cells are investigated to confine and enhance specific chemical reactions for metabolic engineering or to study the effects of spatial localization on multi-component biomolecular pathways.

Recent Publications

31. Elbaz J., Peng Y., Voigt C. A. Genetic Encoding Assembly of DNA Nanostructures in Living Bacteria. Nature Communications (2016) doi:10.1038/ncomms11179.



30. Cecconello A., Lu C.H., Elbaz J., Willner I. Au nanpparticle/DNA rotaxane hybrid nanostructures exhibiting switshable fluorescence properties. Nano Letters (2013) 13, 6275-6280.



29. Elbaz J., Cecconello A., Fan Z., Govorov A.O., Willner I. Powering the Programmed Nanostructure and Function of Gold Nanoparticles with Catenated DNA machines. Nature Communications (2013) 4:2000.



28. Lu, C-H., Cecconello A., Elbaz J., Credi A., Willner I. A Three-Station DNA Catenane Rotary Motor with Controlled Directionality. Nano letters (2013), 13, 2303-2308.



27. Wang Z-G, Elbaz J., Willner I. A Dynamically Programmed DNA Transporter. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2012) 51:4322-4326.



26. Elbaz J., Willner I. Nanorobots Grab Cellular Control. Nature Materials (2012) 11:276-277. (News and Views)



25. Wang F.*, Elbaz J.*, Willner I. Enzyme-Free Amplified Detection of DNA By An Autonomous Ligation DNAzyme Machinery. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2012) 134:5504–5507. (* Equal contribution)



24. Elbaz J., Wang F., Remacle F., Willner I. pH-Programmable DNA Logic Arrays Powered By Modular DNAzymes Libraries. Nano Letters (2012) 12(12):6049-54.



23. Elbaz J., Wang Z-G., Wang F., Willner I. Programmable Dynamic Topologies in DNA Catenanes. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2012) 51:2349-2353.



22. Wang F., Elbaz J., Orbach R., Magen N., Willner I. Amplified Analysis of DNA By The Autonomous Assembly of Polymers Consisting of DNAzyme Wire. J. Am.Chem. Soc. (2011) 133: 17149-17151.



21. Wang ZG.*, Elbaz J.*, Willner I. DNA Machines: Bipedal Walker and Stepper.  Nano letters (2011) 12: 304-309. (* Equal contribution)



20. Shimron S., Magen N., Elbaz J., Willner I. pH-Programmable Nanostructures. Chem. Comm. (2011) 31: 8787-8789.



19. Wang F., Elbaz J., Teller C., Willner I. Amplified Detection of DNA Through An Autocatalytic And Catabolic DNAzyme-Mediated Process. Angew.Chem.Int.ed. (2011) 50: 295-299.



18. Wang ZG*, Elbaz J.*, Remacle F., Levine R.D., Willner I.  All-DNA Finite-State Automata With Finite Memory. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2010) 107: 21996-22001. (*equal contribution)



17. Elbaz J., Lioubashevski O., Wang F., Remacle F., Levine R.D., Willner I. DNA Computing Circuits Using Libraries of DNAzyme Subunits. Nature Nanotechnology (2010) 5: 417-422.



16. Pelossof G., Tel-Vered R., Elbaz J., Willner I. Amplified Biosensing Using the Horseradish Peroxidase-Mimicking DNAzyme as an Electrocatalyst. Anal. Chem. (2010) 82: 4396-4402.



15. Mor-Piperberg G., Tel-Vered R., Elbaz J., Willner I. Nanoengineered Electrically Contacted Enzymes on DNA Scaffolds: Functional Assemblies for the Selective Analysis of Hg2+ Ions.(2010) J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132: 6878-6880.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20426465


14. Frasconi M., Tel-Vered R, Elbaz J., Willner I. Electrochemically Stimulated pH Changes: A Route to Control Chemical Reactivity. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2010) 6:2029-2036.



13. Elbaz J., Shimron S., Willner I. pH-Triggered Switchable Mg2+-Dependent DNAzymes. Chem. Commun. (2010) 46: 1209-1211



12. Shimron S., Elbaz J., Henning A., Willner I. Ion-Induced DNAzyme Switches. Chem. Commun. (2010) 46: 3250-3252.



11.  Elbaz J., Wang ZG, Orbach R., Willner I. pH-Stimulated Concurrent Mechanical Activation of Two DNA “Tweezers”. A “SET−RESET” Logic Gate System. Nano letters (2009) 12: 1196-2000.



10. Shlyahovsky B., Li Y., Lioubashevski O., Elbaz J. Willner I. Logic Gates and Antisense DNA Devices Operating on a Translator Nucleic Acid Scaffold. ACS Nano (2009) 7: 1831-1843.



9. Elbaz J., Moshe M., and Willner I. Coherent Activation of DNA Tweezers: a "SET-RESET" Logic System. Angew.Chem.Int.ed (2009) 48: 3834-3837.



8. Moshe M., Elbaz J., Willner I. Sensing of UO22+ and Design of Logic Gates by the Application of Supramolecular Constructs of Ion-Dependent DNAzymes.  Nano letters (2009) 9: 1196-2000.



7. Elbaz J., Tel-Vered R., Freeman R., Yildiz H.B., and Willner I. Switchable Motion of DNA on Solid Supports. Angew.Chem.Int.ed. (2009) 48: 133-137.



6. Elbaz J., Moshe M., Shlyahovsky B., Willner I. Cooperative Multi-Component Self-Assembly of Nucleic Acids Structures for the Activation of DNAzyme Cascades: A Paradigm for DNA Sensors and Aptasensors. Chem. Eur. J. (2009) 15: 3411-3418.



5. Freeman R., Li Y., Tel-Vered R., Sharon E., Elbaz J., Willner I. Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Aptamer Structures for Optical or Electrochemical Sensing.  The Analyst (2009) 134: 653-656.



4. Elbaz J., Shlyahovsky B., Willner I. A DNAzyme Cascade for the Amplified Detection of Pb2+ Ions or L-Histidine. Chem. Commun. (2008) 13: 1569-1571.



3. Elbaz J., Shlyahovsky B., Li D., Willner I. Parallel Analysis of Two Analytes in Solutions or Surfaces using a Bifunctional Aptamer: Applications for Biosensing and Logic Gate Operations. ChemBioChem (2007) 9: 232-239.



2. Freeman R., Elbaz J., Gill R., Zayats M., Willner I. Analysis of Dopamine and Tyrosinase Activity on Ion-Sensitive Field-Effect Transistor (ISFET) Devices. Chem.Eur.J. (2007) 13: 7288-7293.



1. Li D., Shlyahovsky B., Elbaz J., Willner I.  Amplified Analysis of Low Molecular Weight Substrates or Proteins by the Self-Assembly of DNAzyme-Aptamer Conjugates. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2007) 129: 5804-5805.


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