Dr. Oshrat Ontman
Dr. Oshrat Ontman is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering Since 2009, brings to this position her experience in research. She graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering (specializing in Biotechnology), and an MSc (with honor) in chemical engineering. She graduated with a Ph.D. in the Biotechnology Engineering from Ben Gurion University. During her Ph.D Thesis she discovered the novel N-glycosyation in red algae glycoproteins. As an expert in the algal biotechnology field her research is focused on identifying the structure and function of sugars in red microalgae polysaccharides, including investigating their anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties - with the ultimate goal of elucidating the process of polysaccharide production in red microalgae, and eventually identifying their full potential in biotechnological applications
2005-2009 Ph.D. in Biotechnology Engineering - Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Dissertation title: Characterization of Glycan Moieties in Glycoprotein produced by the Red Microalga Porphyridium sp. Supervised by Prof. Arad (Malis) S., Dr. Tekoha Y.
2002-2004 M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Graduating with Honors) - Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering. Dissertation title: Effect of Nitrogen Supply on the Growth of Transformed root culture of Beta Vulgaris. Supervised by Prof. Merchuk J., Dr. Mills D.
1997-2000 B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (specializing in Biotechnology) - Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
•Red algae N-glycosylation
•Red algae polysaccharide bioactivities
•Red algae polysaccharide rheology
•Exploring the function of sugars in red microalgae polysaccharides
•Cell-wall proteins in Red algae
•Levy-Ontman, O., Huleihel M., Chamias, R., Wolak, T. Paran, E. (2017) An anti-inflammatory effect of red microalga polysaccharides in coronary artery endothelial cells. Atherosclerosis 264: 11-18.
•Burg, A., Levy-Ontman, O. (2015) Salt effect on the antioxidant activity of red microalgal sulfated polysaccharides in soy-bean formula. Mar. Drugs 13: 6425–6439.
•Levy-Ontman, O., Fischer, M., Shotland, Y., Tekoah Y., Arad (Malis), S. (2015) Insight into Glucosidase II from the red marine microalga Porphyridium sp. (Rhodophyta). J . Phycol. 51: 1075–1087.
•Levy-Ontman, O., Fischer, M., Shotland, Y., Weinstein, Y., Arad (Malis), S., Tekoah Y. (2014) Genes Involved in the Endoplasmic Reticulum N-Glycosylation Pathway of the Red Microalga Porphyridium sp.: A Bioinformatic Study Int. J. Mol. Sci. 15: 2305–2326.
•Arad (Malis), S., Levy-Ontman O. (2013) Sulfated Polysaccharides in the Cell Wall of Red Microalgae In: Sabu T., Dominique D., Christophe C., Jyotishkumar P. (eds). Handbook of Biopolymer-Based Materials: From Blends and Composites to Gels and Complex Networks John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Wiley-VCH Verlag, pp. 351-370 (also selected to be the cover page of the book).
•Levy-Ontman, O. (2012) N-glycosylation of the 66-kDa cell-wall glycoprotein within a red microalga In: Stefana Petrescu (ed.) Glycosylation, Intech open access publishing, Rijeka, pp. 173–198.
•Levy-Ontman, O., Arad, S.M., Harvey, D.J., Parsons, T.B., Fairbanks, A., Tekoah, Y. (2011) Unique N-Glycan Moieties of the 66-kDa Cell Wall Glycoprotein from the Red Microalga Porphyridium sp. J. Biol. Chem. 286: 21340–21352.
•Arad (Malis), S., Levy-Ontman, O. (2010) Red microalgal cell-wall polysaccharides: biotechnological aspects Curr. Opin. Biotech. 21: 358–364.
•Geresh. S., Arad (Malis), S., Levy-Ontman, O. Zhang, W., Tekoah, Y., Glaser, R. (2009) Isolation and characterization of poly- and oligosaccharides from the red microalgae Porphyridium sp. Carbohyd. Res. 344: 343–349.
Since 2009 B.Sc. program. Advanced Bioreactors and scale-up, Final Project - Industrial processes and Biotechnology track, Fundamentals of Mass Transfer, Introduction to chemical engineering 1 & 2, Principles of Biochemical Engineering, Unit Operation in Chemical Engineering, Separation Processes, Separation and Recovery processes in Biotechnology