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BGU Research Featured in Ben-Gurion Airport Exhibit

BGU Research Featured in Ben-Gurion Airport Exhibit

March 9, 2016

Medical Research, Natural Sciences

Three photographs that depict significant discoveries made at BGU are featured in a new year-long exhibit at Ben-Gurion International Airport. The exhibit, “Israeli Discoveries and Developments that Influenced the World,” was launched by Israel’s Science, Technology and Space Ministry.

Two of the photos were taken by BGU photographer Dani Machlis. One illustrates the research of Prof. Smadar Cohen, who invented the award-winning  injectable algae-based “scaffold” that repairs heart muscle damage. Prof. Cohen is the founder and director of BGU’s Center for Regenerative Medicine, Cellular Therapy and Stem Cell Research.


The model heart photograph depicts Prof. Smadar Cohen’s revolutionary algae-based heart tissue repair system.

Another photo portrays the algae-production technology developed by Prof. Shoshana Arad of BGU’s Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering. This large-scale production technology harvests valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory components from red marine microalgae for use in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

Algae growth at the Frutarom site in Gilat.Photos taken for Ministry of Science, Technology and Space exhibit at Ben-Gurion International Airport The Algae growth technology is based on Prof. Shoshana Arad's science and research.

Algae growth technology based on Prof. Shoshana Arad’s science and research

Finally, a photo of a woman wearing a necklace of cherry tomatoes is representative of the work of Prof. Emeritus Yossi Mizrahi of the Department of Life Sciences. He was an instrumental member of a team of scientists who developed the long-lasting, sweet, now ubiquitous fruit of the vine that is also rich in lycopene and in vitamins A and C. This photograph was taken by Roei Greenberg.


A woman with cherry tomato jewelry is representative of Prof. Yossi Mizrahi’s pivotal role in the tomato’s creation

Some 60 innovations highlighted in the exhibit were chosen by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the Israel Young Academy and the Office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Science. In addition to their artistic merit, the photos were selected for representing the discoveries’ pioneering qualities and influence on millions of lives.

“We are showing the vast contributions of Israeli science and technology to the world and all humanity,” says Israel Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis.

“The entire world admires, and is amazed by, our achievements. Therefore, it is fitting that they be shown at the gateway into and out of Israel.”

To see more of the exhibition, go here >>>