Dr. Ben Maoz

Dr. Maoz is a new faculty member in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. He returned to Israel after completing his postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard. His research develops a new method for studying human physiology, focusing on the brain: "Organs-on-a-Chip" (OOC). These provide a conceptually new direction as organ functionality is mimicked in a microfluidic chip by using human cells. This concept enables us to tackle fundamental questions in human physiology without the need for human or animal experimentation. In his lab, Dr. Maoz will develop and implement this methodology in order to study complex human systems, with emphasis on deciphering the unknown interaction in the brain after traumatic injury, and by this identify potential drug targets and advance the treatment of head injuries.