Carnegie Mellon University

Tzahi (Itzhaq)  Cohen-Karni

Dr. Tzahi (Itzhaq) Cohen-Karni

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Address
Scott Hall 4N107
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education

  • B.Sc. (Materials Engineering) & B.A. (Chemistry), Technion Israel Institute of Technology, 2004
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, 2006
  • Ph.D., Applied Physics, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, 2011

Bio

Tzahi Cohen-Karni is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering in Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He received both his B.Sc. degree in Materials Engineering and the B.A. degree in Chemistry from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, in 2004. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA, in 2011. He was a Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Children’s Hospital at the labs of Robert Langer and Daniel S. Kohane from 2011 to 2013. Dr. Cohen-Karni received the Gold Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society in 2009, and received the 2012 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Chemist Award. Dr. Cohen-Karni was awarded the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Young Investigator Research Award (2014), the NSF CAREER Award (2016) and the Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Rising Star Award (2017) and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award (2017).

Research

The research of Professor Cohen-Karni has focused on the unique interfaces between biology and nanoscience and nanotechnology, by applying techniques from chemistry, physics, and materials science to explore the rich world of biology. His interests cover a broad area: from the interactions of biomolecules, cells, and tissues with nanostructures (such as nanowires, nanotubes and nanoparticles), to the electrical properties of tissues and cells interfaced with nano-devices. 
Professor Cohen-Karni received the Gold Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society in 2009, and the 2012 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Chemist Award. In 2014, he was awarded the Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Young Investigator Research Award. In 2016, Dr. Cohen-Karni was awarded the NSF CAREER Award.” 

Research Interests: nano-biotechnology; nano-bio interfaces; nanomaterials synthesis; biomedical applications of nanowires/nanotubes; biomedical nanodevices/sensors

  

Awards and Recognition

  • Gold Graduate Student Award, Materials Research Society, 2009

  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry Young Chemist Award, 2012

  • Charles E. Kaufman Foundation Young Investigator Research Award, 2014

  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016