About Dr Alina Karabchevsky

Dr. Alina Karabchevsky is Head of the Light-on-a-Chip group at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 from the Ben-Gurion University under the supervision of Professor Ibrahim Abdulhalim. Alina's thesis, entitled “Nanophotonic structures for optical biosensing and application in water quality control” was nominated for an ‘excellent thesis award’. In 2010, Dr. Karabchevsky organized the first SPIE student chapter in the Middle-East and served as its first president. For her achievements and contributions to the Alma Mater, she was honored with the President’s Award  “Outstanding Woman in Science” worth 45k$ by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in 2012. Then, Dr. Karabchevsky joined Optoelectronics Research Centre as a Research Fellow.

At Optoelectronics Research Centre at University of Southampton, Dr. Karabchevsky worked on: “Wideband Integrated Photonics For Accessible Biomedical Diagnostics”, funded by the European Research Council (ERC) at Integrated Photonic Devices group  of Professor James S Wilkinson. She pioneered the work on detection of molecular vibrations overtones under evanescent near-infrared radiation in glass waveguides and was the first to demonstrate the broadband enhanced near-infrared absorption on microfibers.


In 2015, she joined the Electrooptical Engineering Department at Ben-Gurion University and started the Light-on-a-Chip group. Her main research interests lie in the areas of integrated photonics and microfibers, all-dielectric photonics, plasmonics and microfluidics.


Professional memberships: SPIE, MIFP

Journal referee: Light: Science & Applications, Optics Letters, Optics Express, Plasmonics, AIP Advances.



2000 - 2005

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL

B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

2005 - 2007

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL

M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering

2008 - 2012

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, IL

PhD. Electrooptical Engineering 

2012 - 2015

Optoelectronics Research Centre

University of Southampton, UK

Research Fellow