Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University
Meital Reches is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Chemistry and the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After completing her Ph.D. studies at Tel Aviv University in 2007 and spending three years as an EMBO and an HFSP postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University, Prof. Reches established her independent research group at the Hebrew University in 2010.
Research in the Reches group focuses on understanding the interactions of biological entities such as proteins, bacteria, viruses, and cells with surfaces. In addition, her group develops surfaces to control these interactions. One example is a peptide-based coating that prevents bacterial adhesion and attracts mammalian cells.
Altogether, Prof. Reches has over 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals (including Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano and PNAS), two book chapters and 13 families of patents. For her innovations, she was awarded by the Hebrew University with the prestigious Kaye Award for Innovation, the Marie Currie Alumni Association Best Innovator Award, and the Tenne Family Prize in Nanoscale Sciences.