Anat Akiva

Biomineralization, the formation of mineral by living organisms, involves ancient strategies to produce materials with advanced functions. I want to know how these fascinating materials are made.


Research Profile

Anat Akiva is a Marie Curie fellow at the Laboratory of Materials and Interface Chemistry in the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Her primary interest is in the field of biomineralization, aiming to understand the processes of hard tissue formation. With her team, Anat studies the molecular mechanisms of bone formation and collagen mineralization. Her research aims at the fundamental understanding of mineralization processes which have essential implications in regenerative medicine. Her most recent activities also include the study of pathological mineralization in bone-related diseases such as osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) and atherosclerosis (blood vessel calcification) 

Academic Background

Anat received her B.Sc., and M.Sc. degree (cum laude) in Chemistry from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her major was in physical chemistry and solid-state NMR. She was first introduced to the world of biomineralization during her master degree, and she continued in this field as a Ph.D. student in the biomineralization group of Prof Lia Addadi and Prof Steve Weiner from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. In her Ph.D. work Anat investigated the process of bone mineralization in vivo using the zebrafish and chicken embryo as animal models. She mastered advanced imaging and spectroscopy techniques such as in vivo fluorescent confocal imaging, cryo-(FIB)-SEM, Raman and µ-spot X-ray spectroscopy.
In October 2016 she joined the laboratory of Materials and Interfaces Chemistry to establish a new research line on Biological Materials Chemistry.

Educational Activities

  • Natural versus synthetic materials 2.0

Ancillary Activities

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