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Yaacov Vaya

Visiting Professor

Jacob (Yaacov) Vaya is a professor of chemistry. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the department of chemistry, The Hebrew University, Israel, and Ph.D. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, investigate the total synthesis of beta-lactams. He was a postdoctoral fellow in Boston College, USA (Synthesis of anticancer agents), and spent several Sabbatical periods at McGill University, Canada (investigating the role of oxidative stress on Alzheimer's disease), The University of Berkeley, USA, and at the university of South California, USA. From 1985 he took up position as the head of the department of natural compounds for medicinal uses at Migal- Research Institute and as the head of the department of biotechnology and later the dean of the faculty of Science in Tel-Hai College, (Israel). Prof. Vaya taught courses in chemistry, biochemistry, oxidative stress and human diseases, flavors, and fragrances chemistry. He was a mentor of dozens of MSc and Ph.D. students, published above 110 research articles in refereed international Journals (up to date 8650 citations).   

Prof. Vaya's research focuses on the study of Oxidative stress and diseases (Free Radic. Biol. Med. 23: 302-313. Journal of Neurochemistry. 102, 1727-1737).  Multifunctional synthetic markers for early detection of oxidative stress susceptibility and application to Human diseases (Bioorganic Medicinal Chemistry. 15 (11), 3661-66. Biochimie. 95, p. 578-584), Isolation and structure elucidation of natural/or/and synthesized compounds. Structure-activity relationship studies (Biorganic & Medicinal Chemistry13(2), 433-441. BioFactors, 44(3), 299-310.), The impact of particular interactions between specific natural small molecules with proteins on proteins function (Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. 21(11):3348-55), Method for obtaining modified proteins and viruses with intact native binding site, we developed methods for obtaining modified proteins, (antibodies), or viruses with immune silencing response, while preserving their native binding site (Vaccine.  27(49):6869-76).



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