Dr Johann Elbaz received his PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then conducted his postdoctoral research in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT working with Prof. Christopher Voigt. He has pursued research in diverse areas ranging from chemistry to synthetic biology with applications in biosensing, nanotechnology and biotechnology. Recently, he joined the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at Tel Aviv University as an Assistant Professor. His lab is interested on engineering genetically organisms for the expression of “living artificial materials” for applications in Synthetic Biology and Nanotechnology.

Research Interests

Synthetic Biology

Engineering genetic parts to control living cells for material and medical applications

Living Artificial Materials

Genetically engineering living organisms to produce useful artificial materials




PhD Chemistry The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


MS Chemistry The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


BS Biophysics Bar-Ilan University

DNA Nanotechnology


Programming the self-assembly of nucleic acids into static scaffold to functional nanomachines


Development of enzyme-free DNA biosensors based on aptamers and DNAzymes

School of Molecular Cell and Biotechnology



Tel Aviv University 

PI: joelbaz@gmail.com  Lab: elbazlabtau@gmail.com