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The Adir Lab

The Macromolecular Research Laboratory
The Technion Center for Macromolecular Structure Research provides researchers involved in biomedical, bioengineering and renewable energy research the tools to obtain and understand the structure / function relationship of biologically important molecules on the atomic level.

What Do We Do?

The Macromolecular Structure Research Laboratory is dedicated to the understanding of the structure/function relationship found in biological systems at the molecular level. The laboratory has determined the structures of over 50 macromolecules (proteins or nucleic acids) by X-ray crystallography from a variety of different organisms and systems. These structures, coupled with additional biochemical and biophysical methods, have allowed us to elucidate different critical functions of these systems. At present our main interests lie in the fields of: Photosynthesis, enzymes, stress related proteins, transport proteins and antibiotic development. Our interests in photosynthesis have led us to develop novel methods by which solar energy can be converted to electrical current and molecular hydrogen using photosynthesis directly.

Prof. Noam Adir

Prof. Noam Adir holds the Bertha Hertz-Axel Chair in Chemistry and is the Dean of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. His research interests include X-ray crystallographic and Cryo-EM determination of biologically relevant macromolecular structures, the direct use of photosynthetic systems for solar energy conversion to electrical current and storable fuels and the development of novel anti-microbial compounds.


Phone: 972-4-8293716

Research Areas

Structural biology of photosynthetic systems, enzymes, strain proteins and more.

Development of systems for converting solar energy into hydrogen through direct photosynthetic activity.

Our Research Group

Maayan Suissa Szlejf

Ph.D Student, M.Sc 2019
Structural & functional characterization of cyanobacterial phycobilisomes.

Tareq Tarabeih

Ph.D Student
New area of research in our lab: Peptide Antibiotics development.

Jenia Sklyar

Ph.D Student
Structural characterization of carotenoid binding proteins.

Raneen Hijaze

Ph.D Student
Developing antibiotics using under-represented peptide sequences.

Guy Lutzky

MS.c Student
Designing a Phycobiliprotein Based Exciton Energy Transfer System.

Berta Haimov

MS.c Student
Coupling photosystem II with Pt-decorated CdSe@CdS nanorods for overall water splitting