ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE
[2017-present] Guest lecturer in “Microbial physiology” and “Microbial ecology and diversity” at Rutgers University.
[2015- present] Assistant Research Professor, Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Laboratory, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences & Department of Plant Biology (2015-2016), Rutgers University.
[2010- 2015] Post-doctoral Associate, Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Laboratory, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
[2004- 2010] Teaching Assistant, the Mina and Everard Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University: Biochemistry -200 level, Introduction to Ecology, and The Global Importance of Algae
[2002- 2003] Program Supervisor, outreach aimed at teaching gifted young scientists plant and environmental sciences
[2005- 2010] Ph.D., Aquatic and Molecular Ecology, The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. magna com laude
[2004- 2005] M.Sc., Environmental and Plant Biology (direct track to M.Sc.), The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
[2001- 2004] B.Sc., Biology, The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. summa com laude
OTHER PROFESSIONAL AND SERVICE ACTIVITIES
 Co-Chair for the 2018 East Regional Photosynthetic Conference (ERPC).
[2012- present] Reviewer for funding agencies: National Science Foundation, and European Research Council.
[2006- present] A member of the Rutgers Energy Institute.
[2006- present] Peer reviewer for journals: Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Marine Ecology Progress Series, Federation of European Microbiological Societies, Deep Sea Research- part 1, Limnology and Oceanography, Global Change Biology, Geobiology, European Journal of Phycology, Aquatic Microbial Ecology, Phycologia, Trends in Biotechnology, Marine Drugs, European Journal of Phycology, PeerJ, New Phytologist, and Journal of phycology, PLoS ONE, PeerJ, Philosophical Transactions B, Plant Physiology.
[2007- present] Mentoring and instructing undergraduates and graduate students at Bar Ilan University and Rutgers University.
[2006- 2010] Supporting students with learning challenges from underrepresented communities
[2002- 2003] Promoting awareness and environmental conservation in Israeli Universities
Pending – “Unfolding the Mysteries of Environmental Sensing and Retrograde Signal Transduction in Diatoms”, NSF-MCB, $974,643, PI
2017 – “Unfolding the mystery of the stacking, structure, and function of photosynthetic membranes”. New York Structural Biology Center (NYSBC), the center waited its $1,000,000 membership fee and is funding all the Cryo-FIB imaging sessions of my sample, PI
2016 – “Environmental signals in a marine diatom”; NSF, EaGER award #1558128; $290,400 (Funded by MCB), Co-PI
Falkowski, P.G., Dinamarca, J., Levitan, O., Overexpression of Dgat2D gene in Phaeodactylum tricornutum (pending)
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