Prof. Avigdor Scherz

Weizmann Institute of Science

Plant Sciences

Contact:

+972-8-9342336

avigdor.scherz@weizmann.ac.il

http://www.weizmann.ac.il/plants/avigdor/

I-CORE Research:

Energy-Rich Biomass

The role of my group is to develop robust strains of cyanobacteria and microalgae for biomass and biofuel production at elevated temperatures compared with common physiological conditions.

First year studies will focus on further improvement of biomass production and hydrogen generation by mesophilic cyanobacteria at elevated temperatures and high carbon dioxide conditions (A. Scherz, Nature, 2006, PlosOne, 2012). Later, similar manipulation will be carried out in microalgae and higher plants for providing more robust platforms for biofuel production.

Research Group:

 

 

Other Research Areas:

Cancer therapy by novel derivatives of bacteriochlorophyll and light. Current studies focus on both early and advanced stages of prostate, colon, breast and endoluminal cancers.

Supported by the I-CORE Program of the Planning and Budgeting Committee and The Israel Science Foundation

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