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Postharvest and Food Sciences- Central ARO Campus, Rishon Lezion

Food Quality and Safety

  1. POVERENOV ELENA e-mail Team:Dr. Victor Rodov Dr. Amnon Lichter Dr. Noam Alkan Prof. Samir Droby
    Nano-materials based on natural polymers and natural active agents to improve safety, quality and storability of agricultural food products
    Development of active materials (coatings, films, delivery systems) to improve quality and storability and safety of food agricultural produce utilizing advances methods from nanotechnology and materials. The active materials we develop are based on natural green components, such as biopolymers, plants and algae extract and etc. The research includes work with biopolymers, advanced nano-characterization equipment,development of formulations, application of formulation on food products and quality, safety studies of the treated products
    Education requirements
    PhD in chemistry of biochemistry or food sciences
    Scientific experience
    Experience in work with natural polymers or natural active agents or experience in nano-research or food research
    Skills
    High motivation, learning ability
  2. SELA SHLOMO e-mail Team:Dr. Moshe Shemesh Dr. Yulia Kroupitsky
    Beneficial microorganisms as biocontrol agents against human pathogens on plant or in poultry
    Salmonella enterica is a major food-borne pathogen leading to over 90 million cases of ilness and 155,000 deaths, each year. Poultry serves as one of the major reservoirs for Salmonella, yet, recent studies have shown that plants may also transmit Salmonella and other enteric pathogens to human. The objectives of the study is to understand how Salmonella survives in the agro-food environment and to interfere with the transmission of the pathogen to human through the use of beneficial microorganisms with anti-Salmonella activity.
    Education requirements
    PhD in Microbiology and related fields
    Scientific experience
    microbiology, genomics, bioinformatics
    Skills
    dedicated and ambitious. Capable of leading a project as well as being a team member
  3. GOTTLIEB DAPHNA e-mail Team:Daphna Gottlieb-Reaearcher, Enav Vidan-Post Doc, Sefi Doron-technician
    Circadian clock of the model species Tribolium castaneum
    The major aim of this study is to perform the basic analysis of Tribolium castaneum's circadian clock; We will describe the behaviouraland genetical aspects of the circadian clock. Understanding how the 'clock ticks' can have major implication in the management of insects in grain storage.
    Education requirements
    PhD, looking for Post docs.
    Scientific experience
    Entomologist, Molecular biology, PCR,qRT-PCR, Basic statistics.
    Skills
    Highly motivated, Proven writing skills, Independent.
  4. GOTTLIEB DAPHNA e-mail Team:Daphna Gottlieb-Reaearcher, Enav Vidan-Post Doc, Sefi Doron-technician
    Agro-chronobiology: Integrating circadian clocks  into storage management
    Organisms are adapted to anticipate roughly 24-hour rhythms by a circadian clock system. Given its importance to organismal performance, it is not surprising that the field of chronobiology is rapidly expanding. Our main goals are to study and unravel the complex and integral role of circadian clock in grain storage insects and to integrate the knowledge to new and precise pest control management.
    Education requirements
    PhD, looking for Post docs.
    Scientific experience
    Entomologist, Molecular biology, PCR,qRT-PCR, Basic statistics.
    Skills
    Highly motivated, Proven writing skills, Independent.
  5. SHIMSHONI JAKOB e-mail Team:Dr. Jakob Shimshoni Dr. Nir Edery Prof. Sameer Mabjeesh
    Toxicokinetic profile and carryover of melamine, atrazine and bisphenol A into goat's milk
    The aims of the research projects are to characterize the toxicokinetic and toxicological profile of three common food contaminants, namely atrazine, melamine and bisphenol A.
    Education requirements
    PHD degree in Life/Exact Sciences: Chemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, Environmental Sciences
    Scientific experience
    Background in analytical chemistry and metabolism of xenobiotics
    Skills
    Hands-on experience on HPLC

Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce

  1. HAYA FRIEDMAN e-mail Team:Zeev Shmilovitz, Noam Alkan
    Elucidating the molecular interactions between fruit ripening and the response to cold exposure in banana: toward developing a protocol to mediate chilling injury
    Banana grown in subtopical regions exhibit differences in ripening during the year. This causes problems during banana handling and reduces fruit quality. We developed banana fruits with longer shelflife by reducing the expression of one major regulator of ripening ( MADS-box gene). We also observed that ABA induce this regulator. We plan to apply bioinformatics approach to understand the interactions on the molecular levels between the cold exposure and ripening and elucidate the role of MADS-box gene and ABA in the response to cold. This may lead to a novel approach to alleviate chilling injury in banana.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. or after PostDoc
    Scientific experience
    knowledge in molecular biology, knowledge in bioinformation is preferable
    Skills
    willing to learn new disciplines, willing to go to field, Skills in performing large scale experiments and supervising stud tens
  2. ALKAN NOAM e-mail Team:Dr. Michal Oren Shamir, Prof. Yigal Elad.
    Studying fruits defense response to biotic and abiotic stress using omics tools. Developing a non-destructive tool to detect early fungal colonization or chilling injuries.
    We found a new compound that its application reduce postharvest decay in fruits. The proposed project aim to study the induction of mango fruit secondary metabolism, aroma and defense response to pathogens and chilling using transcriptomic and metabolomic tools. During early fungal colonization or chilling injuries the volatiles profile of the fruit, the luminescence of the fruit and more characteristics changes. Those characteristics should be detected before the symptoms appear in order to develop a sensor (the sensor will be developed in collaboration with a specialized lab).
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. In biology
    Scientific experience
    Advantages: knowledge in biotechnology and phytopathology, knowledge in host-pathogen interaction and postharvest science.
    Skills
    Advantages: transcriptomics analysis, GC-MS, qPCR.
  3. ELTZOV EVGENI e-mail Team:Only this laboratory
    Development of Nanophotonic sensors for diagnosis of pathogenic fungus in agricultural products
    The goal of this study is to develop a new nano-based biosensor for detection and determination of plant pathogens and their pathogenesis rates. In this project, unique RNA sequences will be combined with nano-photonic structures and with cheap, small sized and sensitive optoelectronics for creation portable and low-cost devices.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in biotechnology, chemical or live sciences
    Scientific experience
    Excellent knowledge of optical techniques, surface modifications, immobilization and molecular biology
    Skills
    Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
  4. ELTZOV EVGENI e-mail Team:Only this lab
    Development biosensor for real-time and continuous monitoring of decay development in stored crops
    The main purpose of this study is development biosensor for real-time determination VOCs changes in the air due to infection and development of rots processes in harvested agricultural crops. Bioreporters coupled with the sensor will transmit and translate crops state to a smartphone application for the end-user ease of usage. This will allow the creation of the proprietary field-operable device and will provide tools for more efficient post-harvest crops management.
    Education requirements
    Ph.D. in biotechnology, chemical or live sciences
    Scientific experience
    Excellent knowledge of microbiology, optical techniques and microscopy, surface modifications, biosensor applications
    Skills
    Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
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