The first Edition of the IUPAB Young Investigator Medal and Prize has been awarded to Dr Yoav Shechtman for his continuous attempt to develop new imaging tools for higher and higher resolution and applications in Biophysics.
Assistant Professor Yoav Shechtman leads the Nano-Bio-Optics lab at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Yoav Finished all degrees at the Technion: BSc in Physics and Electrical Engineering (2007), Phd (2013), and then completed a postdoc at Stanford University (2016), developing super-resolution microscopy methods with W.E. Moerner.
His research interests lie mainly in developing and applying optical and signal processing methods for nanoscale imaging challenges. Specifically, Yoav focuses on aspects of single/multiple particle localization and tracking under challenging conditions, e.g. three-dimensional, multicolor, and high throughput imaging, using advanced signal processing and machine learning techniques. The techniques developed in the lab are applied to challenges ranging from basic science, i.e. observing chromatin dynamics in 3D, to biomedical applications, i.e. developing ultra-sensitive assays for bacterial growth.
Among Yoav’s recent awards and recognitions: 2016 Technion Career Advancement Chair, 2017 Zuckerman Faculty Scholar, 2018 Early Career Award of the International Association for Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), 2018 European Research Council starting grant, 2019 Uzi and Michal Halevy Award for Innovative Applied Engineering.
Lab wesbite: http://nanobiooptics.net.technion.ac.il/