Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering

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Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering

The Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering is one the leaders in its field in Israel. The research areas that researchers from the Faculty deal with are diverse, multidisciplinary and at the cutting edge of global science.
A great deal of the technologies developed within the research framework taking place in the Faculty has been implemented today in Israeli and global industries.

Prof. Yuval Shoham

Prof. Yuval Shoham got his Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from M.I.T in 1987 and in 1988 joined the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion and became professor at 2002 holding the Erwin and Rosl Pollak Chair in Biotechnology. At the Technion Prof. Shoham served as the Director of The Otto Meyerhoff Minerva Center for Biotechnology, as Head of The Interdepartmental Program in Biotechnology, Technion’s Committee for Promotion and Tenure, Deputy Executive Vice President for Research, Director of The Lorry I. Lokey Interdisciplinary Center for Life Sciences and Engineering, the President of the Israel Society for Microbiology and he is now the Dean of the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering Professor Shoham's research focuses on the catalytic mechanisms and structure-function relationships of industrial enzymes especially glycoside hydrolases, and gene regulation of the hemicellulolytic system in Geobacillus stearothermophilus and cellulosome-related genes in Clostridium thermocellum. He was involved in several industrial projects, including the development of a large-scale process for bleaching paper pulp with alkaline thermostable xylanases, an enzymatic process for making structured lipids with novel SN-2 lipases, and an enzymatic process for making low calorie natural juices. He has authored over 160 articles and book chapters and holds several patents. Prof. Shoham mentored over 60 graduate students (20 Ph.D.), some of which, are holding positions in Academia, Research Institutes and Industry. He was awarded with The Muriel and David Jacknow Award for excellence in teaching (1990); The Henry Taub Prize for Research (1995); The Herschel and Hilda Rich Technion Innovation Award (1996, 2009); The Moshe Shilo Award from the Israel Society for Microbiology (1999); Elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2001); The Eduard Rherin Science Prize of the German Technion Society (2002); The Technion’s Excellence in Teaching Award (top 5%) (2007).

  • Controlled release systems for use in cancer and cellular therapy
  • Molecular biology of pathogens
  • Molecular microbiology and protein engineering
  • Biotechnology of animal cells
  • Applied genomics
  • Biopolymers and nano-biotechnology
  • The study of nanostructures and self-organization of soft materials
  • Functional nanomaterials and biological sensors
  • Applied biocatalysis
  • The study of anti-bacterial peptides
  • Functional food, nutriceuticals and nanoscience in food
  • Molecular nutrition
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