Dr. Amal Rouhana-Toubi

Dr. Amal Rouhana-Toubi

Dr. Amal Rouhana-Toubi

Department: Biotechnology Engineering
Current Position: Lecturer

Education :

Ph.D.2006 – 2012, Evolutionary and Environmental Biology.
Faculty of Science, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
Thesis: “Effect of Organic Extracts of Coprinus comatus and other Higher Basidiomycetes
Mushrooms on Proliferation and Induction of Apoptosis in Human Ovarian Cancer Cells”.

Teaching License in Chemistry, 1998 – 1999
Department of Science Education, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Haifa, Israel.

M.Sc.1986 – 1989, Food and Biotechnology Engineering.
Department of Food and Biotechnology Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Thesis: “Factors Affecting the Penetration to Oxygen, of Bag-in-Box Package, and the Effect of Oxygen on Shelf-Life of Citrus Products”.

B.Sc.1981 – 1986, Food and Biotechnology Engineering.
Department of Food and Biotechnology Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Research Interests
  • 1. Food proteins
  • 2. Food Texture
  • 3. Food Quality
Courses
  • 1.  Principles of Food processing and Technology
  • 2. Food Analysis
  • 3. Bio-separation

Refereed Papers

  1. Rouhana-Toubi A., Wasser S.P., Agbarya A. & Fares, F. Inhibitory Effect of Ethyl Acetate Extract of the Shaggy Inc Cap Medicinal Mushroom, Coprinus comatus (Higher Basidiomycetes) Fruit Bodies on Cell Growth of Human Ovarian Cancer. International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, 15(5): 457–470 (2013).
  2. Rouhana-Toubi, A., Wasser, S.P. and F. Fares. Ethyl Acetate Extracts of Submerged Cultured Mycelium of Higher Basidiomycetes Mushrooms Inhibit Human Ovarian Cancer Cell Growth. Int. J. Med. Mushr. 11(1): 29-37 (2009).
  3. Rouhana, A., Adler-Nissen, J., Cogan, U. and H. Frokjaer. Heat Inactivation Kinetics of Trypsin Iinhibitors during High Temperature-Short Time Processing of Soymilk.  J.Food Sci. 61(6): 265-269 (1996)
  4. Rouhana, A. and Mannheim C.H. Optimization of Enzymatic Peeling of   Grapefruit. Lebensm.-Wiss.-Technol. 27: 103-107 (1994).

Papers in preparation

  1. Rouhana-Toubi, A., Wasser, S.P. and F. Fares. Ethyl acetate extract of Coprinus comatus induces apoptosis in human ovarian cancer cells (ES-2) via both extrinsic and intrinsic apoptotic pathways.

Conference Proceedings and Abstracts

Conference Presentations

  1. Rouhana, A., Mannheim, C.H., Passy, N. and Miltz J., 1988. Shelf-Life of Orange Juice and Grapefruit Concentrate in Aseptic Bag-in-Box packages. International Citrus Congress-Middle East 1988. Tel- Aviv, Israel.
  2. Rouhana, A., Mannheim, C.H., Miltz, J.and  Passy N. 1990. The Effect of Oxygen Content  on Ascorbic acid Degradation and Consumption of Oxygen in Orange Juice. XXe International Symposium, of The Federation of Fruit Juice Producers 1990. Paris, France.
  3. Rouhana-Toubi, A., Wasser, S.P. and Fares, F. Ethyl acetate extract of Coprinus comatus inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in human ovarian cancer cells. The 6th ORT Braude College Interdisciplinary Research Conference, October13-14,  2010. Haifa, Israel.
  4. Rouhana-Toubi, A., Wasser, S.P. and Fares, F.  Investigating the apoptotic pathway in human ovarian cancer cells, following exposure to an ethyl acetate extract of Coprinus comatus . The 7th ORT Braude College Interdisciplinary Research Conference, September19-20,  2011.  Kfar Blum, Israel.
  5. Rouhana-Toubi, A. and Dahan A. The effect of NaCl concentration, in soft cheese, on whey composition; and on molecular weight profile of whey proteins. The 9th ORT Braude Interdisciplinary Research Conference, October  2 – 3, 2013. Hagoshrim, Israel.

Conference posters

  1. Rouhana-Toubi, A., Wasser, S.P. and F. Fares. Ethyl Acetate Extract of Coprinus comatus Inhibit Cell Proliferation and Induce Apoptosis in Human Ovarian Cancer Cells. The Second Annual Meeting of the Israeli Society for Cancer Research. Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. May, 2010.

Academic Appointments

1999 – Present: Lecturer and Food Track Coordinator, Prof Ephraim Katzir Department of   Biotechnology Engineering, ORT Braude College, Karmiel Israel

1991 – 2005:    Lecturer, Department of Biotechnology, ORT Braude College, Karmiel Israel

1989 – 1991:    Research Assistant, Department of Food and Biotechnology Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

1987 – 1989:   Teaching Assistant, Department of Food and Biotechnology Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

1985 – 1987:   Research Assistant in Department of Food and Biotechnology Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

Teaching Experience

ORT Braude College:
Undergraduate Courses:
1997 – 2004:        Scientific writing (new course)
1991 – 2005:        Food technology (new course)
1991 – 2003:        Enzyme technology (new course)
1998 – Present: Technological Principles in Food production (new course)
1999 – Present:    Processing Technologies of main Food products (new course)
2000 – 2011:        Selected topics in food technology (new course)
2000 – 2012:        Food Analysis (new course)
2003 – 2005:        Industrial Microbiology
2013 – Present      Separation processes

Development of laboratories at ORT Braude College:
Food technology and processing laboratory course (two courses)
Food analysis laboratory course
Enzyme technology laboratory course

Academic and Professional Awards and Grants

University of Haifa: A grant from The Planning and Budgeting board of High Education council of Israel (October 2007- October 2010).

University of Haifa: A grant from the Israel ministry of science, culture and sport. (October 2007- October 2008).

Professional Activities

1993 – 1996:  HiOlive Company, Technion City, Haifa, Israel. Head of laboratory for olive oil analysis

September 2014 – June 2015: Sabbatical at the department of Food Science, in the University of California – Davis CA, USA

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