Prof. Shimon Weiss Wins Sackler Prize in Biophysics
His research group has pioneered technologies of dynamic changes in proteins and optical imaging of biological structures
Congratulations to Prof. Shimon Weiss, of Bar-Ilan University’s Department of Physics and UCLA Chemistry & Biochemistry and Physiology departments, on winning the Raymond and Beverly Sackler International Prize in Biophysics for outstanding scientists in the field of "Physical Principles of Biological Systems".
Prof. Weiss is a biophysicist, one of the founders of the fields of single-molecule biophysics and bionanotechnology. His research group has made pioneering breakthroughs in developing methods and technologies to study dynamical changes in proteins and high sensitivity, high resolution optical imaging of biological structures. At BIU, he and his colleagues focus on the development of nanoparticles for measuring electrical signals in brain research. These studies could possibly make important contributions to the study of the brain and the peripheral nervous systems, as they allow for super-resolution recording of electrical signals from individual synapses ("edge" area where information is transmitted between one nerve end and the next).
Prof. Weiss is engaged in international research in the fields of single molecule biophysics, transcription, super-resolution imaging, advanced spectroscopy, and neuroscience.
Prof. Weiss joined the Department of Physics at Bar-Ilan (part-time) while also serving as a full professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Department of Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prof. Weiss was a full-time researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. He conducted a postdoctoral fellowship at AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey and holds a DSc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.