Prof. Nathalie Q. Balaban

Full Professor
Head of laboratory

Full publication list 

Short CV

1.    Education

  • 1989-1991: B. Sc.: Mathematics and Physics,cum laude, Amirim Honors program Hebrew University, Israel
  • 1991-1992: M. Sc.: Condensed Matter Physics, cum laude, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
  • 1993-1999: Ph. D.: Condensed Matter Physics, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
  • 1999-2000: Post doctorate fellow: Cell Biology, Weizmann Institute, Israel.
  • 2000-2001: Dicke fellow, Physics, Princeton University, USA.
  • 2001-2003: Post-doctoral fellow, Center for Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University, USA.

2.Appointment at the Hebrew University

  • 2003-2009:  Senior Lecturer, Physics Department; Biological Physics
  • 2009-2016 : Associate Professor, Physics Department; Biological Physics
  • 2016-       :  Full Professor, Physics Department; Biological Physics

3. Additional Functions/Tasks at the Hebrew University

  • Head of the Amirim Honors program (2014- 2017)
  • Co-initiator of the „Scholar-Teacher“ program for improving science teaching in high schools.
  • Head of the search committee (2018-2020)

4.Honors and awards:

  • 1989    Dean award, B.Sc 1st year, Hebrew University
  • 1990    Dean award, B. Sc, 2nd year Hebrew  University
  • 1993    Feinberg Graduate School Excellency Award, M. Sc., Weizmann Institute
  • 2000    Dicke fellowship – Physics department, Princeton University
  • 2003    Fellow of the Horowitz Center for Complexity Science
  • 2009    Krill Prize for Excellence in Science from the Wolf Foundation
  • 2010    ERC Starting Grant
  • 2011-   The Joseph and Sadie Danciger Chair in Physics
  • 2015    ERC Consolidator Grant
  • 2016    Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science
  • 2016    Elected member of the European Academy of Microbiology (EAM)
  • 2018    Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM)
  • 2021    EMBO - Elected Member 

5.Selected publications:

  • Kaplan Y., Reich S., Oster E., Maoz S., Levin-Resiman I., Ronin I., Gefen O., Agam O. and Balaban N.Q., Observation of universal ageing dynamics in antibiotic persistence. Nature 600, 290–294 (2021).
  • Liu, J., Gefen, O., Ronin, I., Bar-Meir, M. & Balaban, N. Q. Effect of tolerance on the evolution of antibiotic resistance under drug combinations. Science 367, 200-204 (2020).
  •  Mosheiff, N. et al. Inheritance of Cell-Cycle Duration in the Presence of Periodic Forcing. Phys Rev X 8 (2018).
  •  Levin-Reisman, I., Ronin, I., Gefen, O., Braniss, I., Shoresh, N., and Balaban, N.Q. . Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance. Science 355, 826-830 (2017).
  • Sandler, O., Mizrahi, S.P., Weiss, N., Agam, O., Simon, I., and Balaban, N.Q.  Lineage correlations of single cell division time as a probe of cell-cycle dynamics. Nature 519, 468-471 (2015).
  •  Fridman, O., Goldberg, A., Ronin, I., Shoresh, N. & Balaban, N. Q. Optimization of lag time underlies antibiotic tolerance in evolved bacterial populations. Nature 513, 418-421 (2014).