Prof. Nathalie Q. Balaban is a full professor of Biological Physics and heads a laboratory in the Physics Department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
She earned her B.S. in Mathematics and Physics as part of the Amirim Honors program at the Hebrew University and went on to complete her M.S. and Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.
Prof. Balaban later traveled to the United States to become a Dicke Fellow in Physics at Princeton University, and later completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Physics and Biology at Rockefeller University. Prof. Balaban served as the head of the Amirim Honors program and is also the co-initiator of the “Teachers-Scholar“ program for improving science teaching in high schools.
Prof. Balaban has been awarded multiple prizes and honors over the years, including the Krill Prize for Excellence in Science from the Wolf Foundation, the ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants, and the Klachky Prize for the Advancement of the Frontiers of Science among others. She is also the co-author of several publications in top journals and is regarded as one of the leading experts in her field. Her discoveries are considered to be revolutionary.