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Yuval Ebenstein studied chemistry and physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he also completed his Ph.D. in physical chemistry with Prof. Uri Banin, studying the photophysical properties of individual semiconductor nanocrystal quantum dots (QDs). He then moved to work as a postdoc with Prof. Shimon Weiss at UCLA where he used QDs to light-up individual DNA binding proteins and map them along bacteriophage genomes.
In the summer of 2011 he set-up the NanoBioPhotonix Lab in the department of chemical physics, school of chemistry at Tel Aviv University. The main focus of the Ebenstein group is Single-molecule genomics but the team has activity also in development of new optical detection schemes and novel imaging techniques. The lab explores genomes utilizing tools and reagents from the realm of nano-technology, trying to learn new things about these systems by zooming in on individuals – single cells, single chromosomes and single molecules.