Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy,
and The Sagol School of Neuroscience,
Tel Aviv University

Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Senior Investigator Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) 
Rice University


    New Publications


"Hyperbaric Oxygen Induces Late Neuroplasticity in Post Stroke Patients - Randomized, Prospective Trial",
Efrati, S., Fishlev, G., Bechor, Y., Volkov, O., Bergan, J.,
Kiakhandler, K., Kamiager, I., Gal, N., Friedman, M., Golan, H and Ben-Jacob, E.,
PLoS ONE Vol. 8(1): e53716 (10 pages) (2013)

"MicroRNA-based regulation of epithelial–hybrid–mesenchymal fate determination."
Lu, M., Jolly, M. K., Levine, H., Onuchic, J. N., & Ben-Jacob, E.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(45), 18144-18149.‏ ISO 690

"Tristability in Cancer Associated miRNA-TF Chimera Toggle Switch."
Lu, M., Jolly, M. K., Gomoto, R., Huang, B., Onuchic, J. N., & Ben-Jacob, E.
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B.‏ ISO 690


Eshel Raphael Breslav Ben-Jacob

Professor of Physics
The Maguy-Glass Chair in Physics of Complex Systems
Fellow of the American Physical Society
Former President of the Israel Physical Society



Prof. Ben-Jacob elected to the American Philosophical Society

Prof. Ben-Jacob was elected as an International Member to the American Philosophical Society.
This society had past members such as Darwin, Graham Bell, Franklin, Pasteur, President Roosevelt, President Jefferson, Oppenheimer, Einstein, Edison, Segan, Marquis de Lafayette and the likes. The society is very small and has fewer than a 1000 living international members in all fields of sciences humanities and arts, and only 5 other international members in physics, making prof. Ben-Jacob number 6.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Repair Traumatic Brain Injury Damage

In an article published in PLoS ONE on November 15 2013, Dr. Efrati, Prof. Ben Jacob, and their collaborators present persuasive evidence that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can repair chronically impaired brain functions and significantly improve the quality of life of mild TBI patients. The new findings offer hope where there was none and challenge the dismissive stand of the US Armed Forces, the FDA, CDC and the medical community at large.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Post Concussion Syndrome Years after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - Randomized Prospective Trial


New Hope for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers from Tel Aviv University Sagol School of Neuroscience and Assaf Harofeh Medical Center demonstrate that hyperbaric oxygen therapy revives brain functions and life quality years after mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)

The researchers call for large scale, multi-center clinical studies to further support the findings and determine the most effective and personalized treatment protocols.

Yet, the researchers suggest that TBI victims should be allowed to benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) right now, rather than wait for additional studies, since this is the only treatment proven to significantly repair brain damage and has no side effects.

SPECT images of brain activity:

New Hope for Victims of Traumatic Brain Injury

Researchers from TAU demonstrate hyperbaric oxygen therapy significantly revives brain functions and life quality of traumatic brain injury patients.

The new findings challenge the often-dismissive stand of the US Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the medical community at large, and offer new hope where there was none.



On May 15, Reuters cover story of the recent study led by Dr Shai Efrati in collaboration with Prof Eshel Ben-Jacob on Hyperbaric oxygen treatment of stroke patients

A link to the article:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Induces Late Neuroplasticity in Post Stroke Patients - Randomized, Prospective Trial


Scientific American News: Decades-old stroke damage reversible with oxygen therapy

Periodic reversals in Paenibacillus dendritiformisswarming;JB.00080-13v1

Turning Oscillations Into Opportunities:
Lessons from a Bacterial Decision Gate

Genetic circuit allows both individual freedom, collective good
"Individual freedom and social responsibility may sound like humanistic concepts, but an investigation of the genetic circuitry of bacteria suggests that even the simplest creatures can make difficult choices that strike a balance between selflessness and selfishness. The new study revealed  how sophisticated genetic circuits allow an individual bacterium within a colony to act on its own while also ensuring that the colony pulls together in hard times. "

Multidisciplinary Research on Physics of "Living Systems" Earns Prestigious Prize
(American Friends of Tel-Aviv University)

The 2013 Weizmann Prize in Exact Sciences

The members of the jury, Prof. Haim Cedar (chairman), Prof. Shlomo Havlin and Prof Ori Cheshnovsky, decided to award the 2013 Weizmann Prize in Exact Sciences to Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob and Prof. Shimon Yankielowicz.

"The Prize was given to Prof. Eshel Ben-Jacob for his innovative application of physical methods to the study of biological communities such as bacterial colonies, neural networks and tumors. His investigations, marked by out-of-the-box thinking, played a major role in the establishment of a new research discipline."    






Eshel Ben-Jacob And Research

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