Department: Molecular Microbiology-Biotechnology
Faculty: Life Sciences

Prof. Benhar Itai

Prof. Benhar is an expert and opinion leader in the field of antibody engineering. Over the 20 years of being active in that field, he prepared several phage display libraries from which antibodies against numerous targets were isolated. Prof. Benhar publishes 79 research papers, wrote 10 book chapters and submitted 11 patent applications. Research in Prof. Benhar’s group if currently focused on three major topics: 1) evaluation of novel formats of bispecific antibodies and of antibody-toxin fusion proteins as potential anti-cancer agents. 2) Evaluation of death switches that are activated by viral proteases (published in the field of Hepatitis C virus) for potential eradication of virus-infected cells. 3) Application of filamentous phages as targeted drug-carrying nanomedicines for eradication of pathogenic bacteria and fungi.

Prof. Benhar teaches courses in Antibody Engineering, Introduction to Biotechnology, and Scientific literacy in Biotechnology.

Please read his full research description.