Professor, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel
his contributions to biomedical engineering for the respiratory system and reproductive medicine.
David Elad is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University since 1985. He received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering on 1973, M.Sc. and D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering on 1978 and 1982, all from the Technion, Haifa, Israel. He was then awarded the Rothschild and Bantrell post-doctoral fellowships at Imperial College London and M.I.T.
David pioneered computational studies of biofluid transport phenomena in the nasal cavity in the late 80's. In the early 90's he established a comprehensive research program in bioengineering of human reproduction. He developed his expertise from complete organs all the way to the cellular levels. The respiratory studies included integrative assessment of respiratory muscles, transport phenomena in the human nose, objective noninvasive evaluation of nasal function and mechano-transduction of nasal epithelial cells cultured under air-liquid interface conditions, including effects of air-pollution. The reproductive studies included the role of uterine peristalsis in early human life, pre-implantation embryo transport after IVF, feto-maternal blood circulations in the placenta, transport of nutrition, pharmaceuticals and carcinogenic materials across a tissue engineered placental barrier, mechano-transduction of cultured ovarian cancer cells and biomechanics of infant breastfeeding. He published 131 articles in peer-review journals and edited 5 special journal issues.
David has been a visiting scholar in many universities and currently he is teaching in Columbia University. He has been a member of the World Council for Biomechanics (2002-14) and fellow of the AIMBE (2004), the BMES USA (2005) and the IAMBE (2013). He is currently the secretary of IAMBE.