- Positions Held
- Academic Family Tree
- Awards and Fellowships
- Civic and Administrative Functions
- International Positions
- Editorial Boards and Peer-review
- Functions in International Symposiums
- Invited Symposiums
- Professional societies
- Research Associates
- Research Grants
- Research Achievements
Date and Place of Birth: March 14, 1952, Istanbul, Turkey
Family: Married to Sarah Hanukoglu-Leitman.
|1966-1969||Ataturk Boys' High School, Istanbul, Turkey.|
|1969-1970||Joseph A. Craig High School, Janesville, Wisconsin, U.S.A.|
(Graduation rank: 8th in a class of 459).
|1970-1974||B.A.||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.|
(Cum laude, Majors: Biology and Psychology).
|1975-1976||M.Sc.||University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A.|
(Major: Endocrinology-Biochemistry Emphasis. Thesis: Progesterone metabolism in the pineal, brain stem, thalamus and corpus callosum of the female rat. Major Professors: H. J. Karavolas, and R. W. Goy).
|1977-1980||Ph.D.||University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. |
(Major: Endocrinology-Biochemistry Emphasis. Thesis: Mechanism of electron transport to cytochrome P-450 in adrenal cortex mitochondrial steroid monooxygenase systems. Major Professors: C. R. Jefcoate and N. L. First).
|1975-1980||Research Assistant, Departments of Physiological Chemistry, Pharmacology, and Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.|
|1980-1983||Research Fellow/Associate, Department of Biochemistry, The University of Chicago.|
|1984-1986||Lecturer, Department of Biology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.|
|1986-1987||Senior Lecturer, Department of Biology, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.|
|1987-1993||Senior Scientist, Department of Hormone Research, Weizmann Institute of Science.|
|1993-1995||Associate Professor, Department of Hormone Research, Weizmann Institute of Science.|
|1994-2001||Associate Professor, The Research Institute, The College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel.|
|1995-1997||Head of the Social and Life Sciences Program, The College of Judea and Samaria.|
|1995-1996||Associate Professor, Institute of Endocrinology, Sourasky-Tel Aviv Medical Center, Tel-Aviv.|
|1996-1999||Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Israel.|
|1999-||Founder and Editor, Israel Science and Technology Homepage.|
|2001-2007||Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The College of Judea and Samaria, Ariel.|
|2003-2008||Founder and Chairman, Department of Molecular Biology, Ariel University Center.|
|2007-||Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ariel University.|
Academic Family Tree
Awards and Fellowships
|1969-1970||American Field Service (AFS) International Scholarship.|
|1971-1973||Undergraduate Class Representative, B. A. degree cum laude (In a class of 516, only top 27 students cum laude).|
|1975||Ford Foundation Fellowship in Endocrinology.|
|1981||Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Fellowship Award in Biochemistry.|
|1982-1983||National Cancer Institute, National Research Service Award for Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry.|
|1984||Technion V.P.R. Fund-Henri Gutwirth Award for Excellence in Research.|
|1987-1993||Delta Research Career Development Award.|
|1988||The first Hans Lindner Prize, Israel Endocrine Society.|
|1991||Lubell Prize for outstanding young scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science.|
|1993||Best poster abstract award, Israel Endocrine Society.|
|2009||Best poster presentation award, Israel Endocrine Society.|
|2011||Best clinical abstract of the annual meeting, Israel Endocrine Society.|
|2011||Research Recognition Award, at the International Symposium on Aldosterone and the ENaC/Degenerin Family of Ion Channels organized by the American Physiological Society.|
|2016||Sentinel of Science Award for peer review in Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology awarded by Publons.com (First place among Israeli scientists).|
Civic and Administrative Functions
|1971-1974||Elected Representative of the Psychology students (class of about 120 students).|
|1984||Advisor for first year students of Biology in Technion.|
|1985-1987||Representative of the Department of Biology in Computer and Microcomputer Committees in Technion.|
|1988-1993||Elected Representative of the Senior Scientists in the Scientific Council of the Weizmann Institute of Science (elected in five consecutive terms).|
|1994-1995||Editor of "The Academic Zionist", newsletter of Professors for a Strong Israel.|
|1995-1996||Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel (a non-profit civic organization with about 600 members).|
|1996-||Founding member of the Executive Committee of The Ariel Center for Policy Research.|
|1996-1999||Science adviser to the Israeli Prime Minister. In this capacity I represented the Prime Minister's office in the following committees:
|2000-2003||Chairman, Computing and Information Technology Committee of the College, followed by charimanship of the Internet Committee.|
|2003-2005||Scientific Adviser to the Mayor of Rishon-LeZion for establishing the Outdoors Museum and Boulevard for Jewish Nobel Prize Laureates.|
|2007||Faculty of Natural Sciences, Dean Search Committee Member.|
|2008||Ariel University Center, Vice President Search Committee Member.|
|2008-||Member, Ministry of Education Committee for evaluation of Ph.D. theses from abroad.|
|2015-||Representative of Israel - European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) Action Management Committee. COST Action BM1301 Biomedicine and Molecular Biosciences. Aldosterone and mineralocorticoid receptor: Pathophysiology, clinical implication and therapeutic innovations (ADMIRE).|
Membership in Editorial Boards
Reviewer for journals
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Biochimica Biophysica Acta
BioMed Research International
Chemical Research in Toxicology
DNA and Cell Biology
European Journal of Biochemistry
European Respiratory Journal
Frontiers in Physiology
Hormone Research in Paediatrics
International Archives of Medicine
Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Journal of Molecular Histology
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Journal of Zhejiang University Science (B)
Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Molecular Reproduction and Development
Nucleic Acids Research
Scientific Reports (Nature)
Reviewer for research grant funding agencies
March of Dimes - Birth Defects Foundation
German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development
Israel Academy of Sciences Basic Research Fund
Israel Cancer Association
Israel Ministry of Science
Israel Science Foundation
Polish Academy of Sciences
TUBITAK - Science and Technology Research Foundation of Turkey
U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Functions in International Symposiums
Chairman, The First International Symposium on A Molecular View of Steroid Biosynthesis and Metabolism (supported by a budget of $70,000 by Ares-Serono Symposia), Jerusalem, Israel, October 14-17, 1991.
Vice Chairman, 9th International Symposium on Microsomes and Drug Oxidations, Jerusalem, Israel, July 5-9, 1992.
Program Organizing Committee Member, International Congress of Hormonal Steroids, Dallas, Texas, 1994.
Scientific Committee Member, Eurasian Symposium on Current Trends in Biotechnology: Gene Diagnostics, Gene Therapy, and Informational Immunity, Ankara, Turkey, October 29-November 6, 1995.
Organizing Committee Member, 2nd International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis, Monterey, California, June 7-11, 1996.
Program Organizing Committee Member, The 10th International Congress on Hormonal Steroids, Quebec City, Montreal Canada, June 17-21, 1998.
International Scientific Committee Member, The Third International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis, Nara, Japan August 25-28, 1999.
International Scientific Committee Member, The 4th International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis, Bath, England, April 24-27, 2003.
Invited Symposiums and Meetings
American Society of Biological Chemists Annual Meeting Minisymposium on Cytochrome P-450, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 5-8, l980.
The American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting Minisymposium on Molecular Biology of Cell Function, San Antonio, Texas, November 29-December 3, 1983.
Evolutionary Processes and Theory, International Workshop-Conference, Jerusalem, March 19-28, 1985.
Follicular Development and the Ovulatory Response, Ares-Serono Symposia, Tiberias, April 10-12, 1989.
NATO Advanced Study Institute on Molecular Aspects of Monooxygenases and Bioactivation of Toxic Compounds, Izmir, Turkey, August 27-September 7, 1989.
National Biochemistry Congress, Antalya, Turkey, November 19-23, 1989.
Tenth International Symposium on Flavins and Flavoproteins, Como, Italy, July 15-20, 1990 (Travel Award).
15th International Congress of Biochemistry, Jerusalem, Israel, August 4-8, 1991.
7th International Conference on Biochemistry and Biophysics of Cytochrome P-450, Moscow, USSR, July 28-August 2, 1991.
9th International Symposium on Microsomes and Drug Oxidations, Jerusalem, Israel, July 5-9, 1992.
National Biochemistry Congress, Antalya, Turkey, October 24-28, 1992.
8th International Conference on Cytochrome P450 Biochemistry Biophysics and Molecular Biology, Lisbon, Portugal, October 24-29, 1993.
Neuroendocrine Immune Mechanisms in Stress. Stockholm, Sweden, October 25-26, 1993.
XVI Meeting of the International Study Group for Steroid Hormones. Wien, Austria, November 28-30, 1993.
2nd Inserm-Weizmann Conference on Molecular Endocrinology. Rehovot, December 5-10, 1993.
Novel Aspects of membrane mediated cellular responses: the roles of reactive oxygens. Tirol, January 8-11, 1994.
Sixth Conference on the Adrenal Cortex. Ardmore, Oklahoma, U.S.A., September 21-24, 1994.
Eurasian Symposium on Current Trends in Biotechnology: Gene Diagnostics, Gene Therapy, and Informational Immunity. Ankara, Turkey, October 29-November 6, 1995.
2nd International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis. Monterey, California, June 7-11, 1996.
Israeli Endocrine Society Meeting. Jerusalem, Israel, 1996.
The Keio University International Symposia for Life Sciences and Medicine. 1996 Conference on Oxygen Homeostasis and its Dynamics. December 8-13, 1996.
NATO Advanced Study Institute on Molecular and applied aspects of oxidative drug metabolizing enzymes. Antalya, Turkey. August 31-September 11, 1997.
International Symposium on Molecular Steroidogenesis. Nara, Japan. August 25-28, 1999.
International Workshop: From Sequence to Function: Experimental and Bioinformatic Studies of Cytochrome P450 Superfamily. Moscow, Russia. July 6-10, 2000.
4th International Workshop on Molecular Steroidogenesis, Bath, England, April 24-27, 2003.
American Physiological Society Conference on "Aldosterone and ENaC: From Genetics to Physiology". Banff, Alberta, Canada. September 10-14, 2003.
Membership in Professional Societies
1983- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1983- The Endocrine Society (U.S.A.)
1987- Israel Endocrine Society
1989- Israel Biochemical Society
2011- American Physiological Society
1980- University of Wisconsin Alumni Association
Research Grant Support
1982 U.S.P.H.S. National Cancer Institute Research Service Award. Subject: "Characterization of human epidermal keratin genes". Approximately $20,000 per year for a three year period.
1984 U.S.P.H.S. National Institutes of Health Research Grant Award. Subject: "Molecular genetics of steroid hydroxylase systems". Approximately $200,000.
1988-1993 The Leo and Julia Forscheimer Center for Molecular Genetics grant. Subject: "Isolation and characterization of peptide hormone inducible genes in steroidogenic tissues". $15,000.
1991-1993 Israel Cancer Society grant. Subject: "Identification of Trophic Hormone Regulated Proto-oncogenes". $15,000 per year.
1991-1993 Israel Cancer Research Fund grant. Subject: "Trophic hormone regulation of proto-oncogene expression". $18,000 per year.
1991-1993 Godfrey Foundation Grant for Research on Children's Diseases. Subject: "Molecular genetics of pseudohypoaldosteronism". $26,000 per year.
1992-1993 Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly. Subject: Expression of cytochrome P450 system electron transport enzymes for crystallographic analysis".
1992 Joseph Cohn Center for Biomembrane Research. Subject: Characterization of ACTH receptor by molecular cloning". 1992-1994 Israel Academy of Sciences Basic Research Fund grant. Subject "Molecular cloning and characterization of ACTH and MSH receptors". $37,000 per year.
1992-1994 Israel Ministry of Health. Subject: "Pseudohypoaldosteronism: Identification of genetic defects in mineralocorticoid receptor and clinical trial with carbenoxolone." 30,000 N.I.S.
1995-1997 UK-Israel Science and Technology Research Fund. Subject: "Molecular genetic analysis of pseudohypoaldosteronism".
2000-2004 Israel Ministry of Health. Subject: "Characterization of the molecular basis of a salt wasting syndrome (pseudohypoaldosteronism) that results from unresponsiveness to aldosterone".
2008-2011 Israel Ministry of Health. Subject: "Epithelial sodium channels (ENaC): Structure-function relationships and the effect of mutations that cause Pseudohypoaldosteronism on the function of the channels." 100,000 N.I.S. per year.
Courses taught in the past:
- Biological Membranes and Bioenergetics" for biology students.
- Molecular Biology for biology students.
- Biochemistry for medical students.
- Microcomputers in Biochemistry for graduate students.
- Molecular biology of steroid hormone synthesis and action for graduate students.
- Internet information systems and applications for engineering students.
- Seminar on advanced topics in biochemistry for biology students.
- Introduction to Biochemistry for biology students.
- Introduction to Computing in Natural Sciences.
- Molecular Biology and Genetics for chemical engineering and biotechnology majors.
- Information Systems and Applications in Bioinformatics for second year biology majors.
- Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory for second year students.