Dr. Julia Penso

Dr. Julia Penso

My name is Dr. Julia Penso. I'm a lecturer and belong to the academic staff at the Chemical Engineering Department of Shamoon College of Engineering (SCE)

I completed both my M.Sc and Ph.D at the Department of Biochemistry, Bar-Ilan University, under supervision of Prof. Rivka Beitner. My Ph.D thesis on carbohydrate metabolism in tumor cells focused on the regulation of glycolytic flux by specific metabolites, which affect the association of glycilytic enzymes with both the cytoskeleton and mitochondria. Furthermore, I investigated drugs with regard to potential inhibitory effects on the energy metabolism of cancer cells. The work was published in several well-respected scientific journals, and constitute a significant contribution to the field of cancer research

I did my post-doctoral studies in Weizmann Institute of Science, aiming to broaden the spectrum of my scientific knowledge and to learn new methods and techniques. During two years I extended my research spectrum from biochemistry and pharmacology to advanced molecular biology


Chemical engineering


Jabotinsky / 130-b


2002-2005   Post-doctoral in Signal transduction and Molecular biology,  Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.                         

1998-2001    Ph.D in Biochemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

            Thesis: “Effects of calmodulin antagonists (clotrimazole and bifonazole) on                  carbohydrate metabolism and on the viability of CT-26 colon     adenocarcinoma and LL/2 Lewis lung carcinoma cells" (Advisor: Prof. R. Beitner).

1995-1998     M.Sc. with excellence in Biochemistry, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel. Thesis: "Regulation of carbohydrate metabolism in melanoma cells" (Advisor: Prof. R. Beitner).

1991-1994    B.Sc., Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.


The Brain Diet
Cell Biology
Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering
Polymers and Biopolymers


Helpman, L, Penso, J, Feldman, R. & Gilboa-Schechtman, E. 2016. Endocrine and emotional response to exclusion among women and men; cortisol, salivary alpha amylase, and mood. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping.1-11


Penso, J. and Beitner, R. 2003. Lithium detaches hexokinase from mitochondria and inhibits proliferation of B16 melanoma cells.  Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 78: 74-78.


Penso, J. and Beitner, R. 2002. Clotrimazole decreases glycolysis and the viability of lung carcinoma and colon adenocarcinoma cells. European Journal of Pharmacology. 451: 227-235.

Penso, J. and Beitner, R. 2002. Detachment of glycolytic enzymes from cytoskeleton of Lewis lung carcinoma and colon adenocarcinoma cells induced by clotrimazole and its correlation to cell viability and morphology. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism. 76: 181-188.

Glass-Marmor, L., Penso, J. and Beitner, R. 1999. Ca2+-induced changes in energy metabolism and viability of melanoma cells. British Journal of Cancer. 81: 219-224.

Penso, J. and Beitner, R. 1998. Clotrimazole and bifonazole detach hexokinase from mitochondria of melanoma cells.  European Journal of Pharmacology. 324: 113-117.