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2013 Symposium Speaker

Joseph Levy, Ph.D.
Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

Dr. Joseph Levy is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, and is currently teaching General Biochemistry and Clinical Biochemistry and Endocrinology to medical students and to undergraduate students, as well as supervising graduate student candidates for MSc and DSc / PhD degrees.

Dr. Joseph Levy received his Ph.D. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Dr. Levy previously held a Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Laboratory of Experimental Medicine, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He was researcher in Baylor college of Medicine (Houston, TX), Imperial Cancer Research Fund (London, UK), and Columbia University (New York, NY).
Dr. Levy’s research interest is in the regulation of mammary and prostate cancer cell proliferation by hormones, growth factors and phyto-nutrients. The main emphasis during the last decade has been on the role of carotenoids and other dietary derived compounds in cancer prevention and the mechanisms for such effects. In this respect the focus has been on the regulation of basic cellular pathways such as cell cycle machinery, transcription, differentiation and transduction of hormonal signals. In addition to cancer cells Dr. Levyi is studying the effect of carotenoids and other phyto-nutrients on bone derived cells and the modulation of hormonal activities in these cells.

Dr. Levy received grant support from agencies including Chief Scientists of the Ministry of Health (Israel), European Community, and Cap Cure ), as well as from pharmaceutical and nutraceutical corporations.

He is the author of more than 140 scientific papers and reviews published in peer review journals.