Prof. Marcelle Machluff becomes Lady Globes: ‘Woman of the Year” for 2018
Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at Technion Prof. Marcel Machluf has been chosen as Lady Globes’ Woman of the Year for 2018. Prof. Machluf is one of Israel’s leading scientists in the field of cancer and nanotechnology,
“The choice of the Woman of the Year is based on values that are important for us to emphasize,” writes the editor of the magazine Vered Ramon Rivlin. “Not only does her excellence support the public good through biomedical research but also she is an exceptional social motivator. ”
Machluf was born in Morocco and moved to Israel with her mother and grandmother when she was one year old. She was raised in the Southern town of Ashdod, where her mother supported the family as a seamstress and cleaning lady.
After completing high school and army service, Machluf applied to medical school but was rejected. Instead, she decided to study Biology and received a B.Sc. from the Hebrew University. She went on to receive her Master of Science and a Ph.D. in biotechnology engineering from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Machluf conducted her postdoctoral research as a fellow at Harvard Medical School, where she focused on gene therapy, tissue engineering and the control of drug delivery in cancer therapy.
Currently, Machluf is a Full Professor and the Dean of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion, as well as the director of the Laboratory for Cancer Drug Delivery & Cell Based Technologies, where she is developing the “nano ghost”, a modified stem cell to treat metastatic melanoma and mesothelioma, in collaboration with the New York University Langone Medical Center.
Prof. Machluf was also selected as a torch-bearer at Israel’s 2018 Independence day celebrations.