Prof. Noam Adir
Prof. Adir has served as the Deputy Executive Vice President for Research of the Technion, the Deputy Vice President for Safety of the Technion and 6 years as the Dean of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry.
He obtained his B. Sc. in Chemistry and PhD in Biochemistry from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He performed Postdoctoral research in the Dept. of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, where he was the first to crystallize Photosystem II and the first to determine a crystal structure of an active complex between a membrane protein complex and a soluble protein.
He returned to Israel to in 1995 to establish the first Structural Biology group at the Technion.
His research interests include X-ray crystallographic and Cryo-EM determination of biologically relevant macromolecular structures; the structure and function of photosynthetic reaction centers and antennas; the study of energy and electron transfer processes in biological systems; the direct use of photosynthetic systems for solar energy conversion to electrical current and storable fuels and forming functional connections between isolated photosynthetic complexes and nano-materials or anodic structures.
His group is also interested in stress related proteins, enzymes, development of novel anti-microbial compounds and homology-based modeling of medically important proteins.
- X-ray crystallographic determination of biologically relevant macromolecular structures.
- Structure and function of photosynthetic reaction centers and antennas.
- Study of energy and electron transfer processes in biological systems.
- Direct use of photosynthetic systems for solar energy conversion to electrical current and storable fuels.
- Stress related proteins.
- Enzymes: structures, mechanisms of function and development of inhibitors.
- Development of novel anti-microbial compounds.
- Homology-based modeling of medically important proteins.
Prof. Noam Adir, Dean, Schulich Faculty of Chemistry discusses his latest research breakthrough studying photosynthesis.