Prof. Nathalie Q. Balaban

Full Professor
Head of laboratory

Full publication list 

Short CV

1.    Education

  • 1989-1991: B. Sc.: Mathematics and Physics, Amirim Honors program Hebrew University, Israel
  • 1991-1992: M. Sc.: Condensed Matter Physics, 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- )
  • Co-initiator of the „Teachers-Researcher“ program for improving science teaching in high schools.

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)

5.Selected publications:

  •  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. et al. Antibiotic tolerance facilitates the evolution of resistance. Science 355, 826-830 (2017).
  •  Sandler, O. et al. 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).