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Dr. Dvir Gur

Molecular Genetics
Field
Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Electron Microscopy,Pathological Crystallization
Research Focus
We use molecular genetics and advanced electron microscopy to study the formation of functional and pathological bio-organic crystals.

Chameleons, copepods, fish, and various other organisms employ organic crystals for an incredible array of optical purposes. These specialized crystals are produced by specific cells that exhibit unparalleled control over crystal shape, size, and assembly, surpassing even the most advanced techniques in materials science. Despite the discovery of these cells many years ago, very little is currently understood about their biology, specifically the cellular mechanisms responsible for organic crystal formation. To address this knowledge gap, we leverage a range of biological, physical, and chemical techniques to investigate the processes involved in the formation of both optically functional and pathological bio-organic crystals. 

Field
Biomaterials, Cell Biology, Electron Microscopy,Pathological Crystallization
Research Focus
We use molecular genetics and advanced electron microscopy to study the formation of functional and pathological bio-organic crystals.