Yael Hanein

Globes2012Prof. Yael Hanein received the B.Sc. degree in physics from Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. In 2003, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Electrical Engineering Department and a research associate position at the Physics Department at the University of Washington, Seattle and joined the faculty of Tel-Aviv University, at Tel-Aviv, Israel. She is currently a Professor at the school of Electrical Engineering at Tel-Aviv University and a VP at nanoRetina, an Israeli startup company.  She is also the Director of the Tel-Aviv University Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Prof. Hanein has authored over 45 journal papers and presented over 50 invited talks and seminars world wide. 
She teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes at Tel-Aviv University. She is an APS member and an IEEE senior member, she was a founding member of the Global Young Academy and was selected in 2012 as a member of the Israeli Young Academy by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. In 2012 she was awarded the prestigious European Research Council consolidator grant.
Prof. Hanein’s research activity concerns with the development of electronic nano devices, in particular devices designed to interface with brain cells and to record their activity. These devices have far reaching applications in the realm of understanding brain disorders, the effect of drugs on the brain and the possibility to build implantable electronic brain chips.
Motto: No man is free who is not master of himself (Epictetus)
Favorite quote: Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it (Albert Einstein)


Contact Details

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Mail address: Prof. Yael Hanein, School of Electrical Engineering, Tel-Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Tel-Aviv, 69978, Israel

Office address: (1) EE Building (Map), Office 232 and (2) Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (Map), Office 003.

Labs: (1) EE building, Room: 207, 972-3-6407937, and (2) Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Rooms: 05, 06, 07, 08, 20, 972-3-6405707, 5709, 8379.

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Neuronal Mechanics

Locust neurons are used to explore mechancial effects affecting neuronal development. We use micro suspended beams and carbon nanotube islands, to monitor the cells.

Mapping Neuronal Recording and Stimulation

Combined MEA and Ca recordings is used to explore to better understand micro neuronal recording and stimulations.

Carbon Nanotube Neural Interfaces

We are using nanotechnology, in particular carbon nanotube technology, to build interfaces for neuronal system. We use these inetrfaces both for basic investigations as well as to develop new electrodes for future neural implants. 

Neuronal Entanglement

Neurons appear to favor rough surfaces. The underlying mechanisms is not well understood and we are trying using various approaches to explore this effect. Using confocal flourescent imaging we were able to show how neurons and glia cells bind to three dimensional carbon nanotubes suggesting that neurons have an innate tendency to interwine into three dimensional support. 

Flexible micro electrodes

We are using carbon nanotube technology to develop superior flexible electrodes for neuronal interfacing. These electrodes alllow not only simple fabrication scheme but also offer high durability, low stimulation threshold and simple integration with other advanced technologies. 


Nanorectennae: A new approach to rectify solar energy.

Engineered Neural Circuits

Engineered neural networks are used to investigate the interplay between function and form in neuronal systems.

Yael Hanein, Ph.D. School of Electrical Engineering; Physical Electronics, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv 69978, Israel. Phone: +972-3-6407698 Fax: +972-3-6423508