Ben Gurion University of the Negev has five campuses: the Marcus Family Campus, Beersheba; the David Bergmann Campus, Beersheba; the David Tuviyahu Campus, Beersheba; Sede Boqer Campus and Eilat Campus.
Ben-Gurion University has five faculties with 51 academic departments and units: Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management.
Ben-Gurion University has six schools: The Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies, the Joyce and Irving Goldman Medical School, the Leon and Mathilde Recanati School for Community Health Professions, the School of Pharmacy, the School for Medical Laboratory Sciences and the School of Continuing Medical Education.
Ben-Gurion University has eight research institutes including: The Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, and Heksherim – The Research Institute for Jewish and Israeli Literature and Culture.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) research articles from Innovation Toronto
- Researchers use single molecule of DNA to create world’s smallest diode – April 6, 2016 – April 6, 2016
- Cellphones Can Steal Data from Computers – July 29, 2015
- BGU Develops “Smart” Drug to Reduce Inflammation – July 23, 2015
- Revolutionary Breakthrough: Ben Gurion Researchers Invent Alternative Fuel
- Artificial Reef in Red Sea Teems with Life
- BGU Develops Powerful New Solar Cell
- Bioreactor Redesign Dramatically Improves Yield
- New Malware Could Steal Users Social Media Behavior and Info
New Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Robot has applications in medicine, homeland security and search and rescue
The first single actuator wave-like robot (SAW) has been developed by engineers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). The 3D-printed robot can move forward or backward in a wave-like motion, moving much like a worm would in a perpendicular wave.
SAW can climb over obstacles or crawl through unstable terrain like sand, grass and gravel, reaching a top speed of 22.5 inches (57 centimeters) per second, five times faster than similar robots. Its minimalistic mechanical design produces an advancing sine wave with a large amplitude, using only a single motor with no internal straight spine. The breakthrough was published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics in July.
“Researchers all over the world have been trying to create a wave movement for 90 years,” says Dr. David Zarrouk, of BGU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and head of the Bio-Inspired and Medical Robotics Lab.
“We succeeded by finding a simple, unique solution that enables the robot to be built in different sizes for different purposes. For example, it can be scaled up for search and rescue and maintenance, or miniaturized to a diameter of one centimeter or less to travel within the human body for medical purposes, such as imaging and biopsies of the digestive system.”
Offers significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications
Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have developed an innovative anti-biofilm coating, which has significant anti-adhesive potential for a variety of medical and industrial applications.
According to the research published in Advanced Materials Interfaces, anti-adhesive patches that are developed from naturally occurring biomaterials can prevent destructive bacterial biofilm from forming on metal surfaces when they are immersed in water and other damp environments.
“Our solution addresses a pervasive need to design environmentally friendly materials to impede dangerous surface bacteria growth,” the BGU researchers from the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering explain. “This holds tremendous potential for averting biofilm formed by surface-anchored bacteria and could have a tremendous impact.”
The anti-adhesive could be used on medical implants, devices and surgical equipment where bacteria can contribute to chronic diseases, resist antibiotic treatment and thereby compromise the body’s defense system. The prevention of aquatic biofouling on ships and bridges is one of the industrial applications.