The Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering
Iby and Fleischman Faculty of Engineering
Dr. Zilberman holds an appointment of Full Professor at both departments, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, at the Iby and Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University. She is the head of the Biomaterials laboratory, and joined Tel Aviv University in 2002 after completing her postdoctoral studies at the Surgery Department (Biomedical Engineering program) of the University of Texas Southern Medical Center. She is the president of the Israeli Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (ISMBE) since 2014.
Prof. Zilberman’s research activities are in the fields of bioresorbable polymers, tissue engineering and drug delivery systems. These are extremely active areas of global research in both academia and industry. The combination of these three fields for the development of active (drug-eluting) structures and scaffolds for tissue regeneration is her field of expertise, which is termed "Active Implants". Her current Lab activities are related to the more specific field of "Active Wound Care", and focuses on novel skin substitutes with controlled release of bioactive agents and novel tissue adhesives loaded with drugs and hemostatic agents.
Prof. Zilberman has published more than 80 peer reviewed articles in the top Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering journals and 6 patents, contributed more than 180 presentations (including invited talks and plenary lectures) and serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, Encyclopedia of Biomedical Polymers, Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, Journal of Mesoporous Biomaterials, and Dataset Papers in Materials Science.
Her research is funded continuously by highly competitive governmental scientific funding agencies (Israel Science Foundation, Israel Ministry of Health etc.) and also by grants for applied research (RAMOT –Horowitz, Kamin - Israel Ministry of Trade, Israel Defense Forces and Momentum Fund). Among her prizes is the JULUDAN prize (2007), given every year by the Technion to an outstanding researcher, and recognizes outstanding scientific research achievements that shows promise of having valuable technological applications and are channeled to enhance man's welfare and prolong human life. In 2015 she won the world first place innovation award of the Journal of Wound Care (JWC), which recognizes every year innovation and excellence in research and practice in all aspects of the wound care field.