Hi, I'm Yuval Ebenstein and Since August 2011 I have been leading the NanoBioPhotonics research group in Tel-Aviv university. We explore some exciting biological systems utilizing tools and reagents from the realm of nano-technology. We try learning new things about these systems by zooming in on individuals - single cells, single chromosomes and single molecules.
Research in the lab is highly multi and inter disciplinary and our team is composed of chemists, biologists and physicists who are interested in learning from each other and doing some great (but sometimes risky...) stuff at the very forefront of science. I'll try updating news here as well but....
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Toward Single-Molecule Optical Mapping of the Epigenome

Our new review is out in ACS NANO.
We show exciting preliminary results of engineered 5hmC patterns on Lambda DNA. Individual molecules are stretched and imaged in silicon nano-channel arrays
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Friday, November 29, 2013

I've been told that it's important to show off our winning of an ERC starters grant...

We got 1.63 million Euros for our project: Beads on String Genomics: Experimental Toolbox for Unmasking Genetic / Epigenetic Variation in Genomic DNA and Chromatin.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Optical detection of epigenetic marks: sensitive quantification and direct imaging of individual hydroxymethylcytosine bases

The first 100% independent work from our lab and the first of its kind observation of individual epigenetic modifications in genomic DNA. Just published in Chemical Communications. Check it out

Beyond sequencing: optical mapping of DNA in the age of nanotechnology and nanoscopy

We were very happy to be invited to write this short review for a special issue on bio-nano-technology in Current opinion in biotechnology. It really gave us the opportunity to see what was going on in the field and to refine our opinion on where this technology is going. Read the review here