Professor Ester Segal is a member of the Technion Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, where she heads the Laboratory of Multifunctional Nanomaterials, and serves as the Deputy Executive Vice President for Research. Her research is in the field of nano-biotechnology, interfacing nanomaterials science and biotechnology. With her unique experience in polymer science and biotechnology, Prof. Segal is involved in applicative research and industrial collaborations related to bio-functional polymer nanocomposites, such as antimicrobial surfaces. She has initiated and coordinated the EU-H2020 NanoPack Consortium, which raised 7.7 million Euros for developing antimicrobial packaging that could extend food shelf life and reduce food waste.
Prof. Segal has authored more than 70 scientific publications, holds one U.S. patent, and has several patents pending. She has received numerous prestigious fellowships and prizes over the course of her career, most recently the Hershel Rich Innovation Award for 2016. She has been recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award at the Technion every year since 2009, and in 2015 she was awarded with the prestigious Yanai Prize for Excellence in Academic Education.