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faculty member

  • Dr.

    Itamar Yehuda
  • Teaching Fellows B

  • Animal Science - B.Sc. Program, Biotechnology - B.Sc. Program, Food Sciences - B.Sc. Program, Nutritional Sciences - B.Sc. Program
  • 972-542569025
    1. Human Nutrition and Health
    2. Nutritional Biochemistry
    3. Educational effectiveness research


  • I am a staff member at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at Tel-Hai Academic College since 2006, and researcher at Educational R & D Unit at Shamir Research Institute since 2015. I received my B.Sc degree in Biotechnology from Tel-Hai Academic College at 2006 and my Ph.D degree in Nutritional Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at 2016. My doctoral thesis topic was "characterization of natural substances candidates (phytoestrogens) that replace specific beneficial activities of estrogen in diabetic women". The risk of death from cardiovascular diseases, which are exacerbated by oxidative stress and obesity, is higher in diabetic women. This phenomenon has been attributed to the loss of estradiol-vascular protection. Thus, my research project examined the potential of glabridin, a phytoestrogen, to substitute estradiol regulation of antioxidant enzymes, anti-atherogenic factors and pro-inflammatory factors under high glucose conditions, in vitro and in a novel fatty acid dietary mouse model. I am teaching courses for the B.Sc. degree in Nutritional Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Food Sciences, and Biotechnology, such as Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, etc. I was guided scientific research project to excelling students studying for B.Sc. degree in Nutritional Sciences and Biotechnology. I have rich experience in guiding and developing scientific programs in chemistry, nutritional and food Sciences at the Sidney Warren Science Education Academic Center for Youth ('Galilium'). Along with my research in nutrition and academic work I have experience in research of educational effectiveness using several research approaches like the 'mixed method', 'design-based research', etc.

    1. Diabetes and cardiovascular related diseases in women
    2. Genetic based health promotion intervention for Druze and Jewish families
    3. Educational effectiveness using several research approaches like the 'mixed method', 'design-based research', etc
    4. Effectiveness of a school and family-based intervention program to promote a healthy lifestyle
    1. Human Nutrition A and B for Nutrition and Food Science students
    2. Scientific Writing for Nutrition Science students
    3. Laboratory for Human Nutrition A and B for Nutrition Science students
    4. Laboratory for Biochemistry for Faculty of Sciences and Technology students
    1. Yehuda, I., Madar, Z., Szuchman-Sapir, A., & Tamir, S. (2011). Glabridin, a phytoestrogen from licorice root, up-regulates manganese superoxide dismutase, catalase and paraoxonase 2 under glucose stress. Phytother Res, 25(5): 659-667.
    2. Yehuda, I., Madar, Z., Leikin-Frenkel, A., & Tamir, S. (2015). Glabridin, an isoflavan from licorice root, down-regulates iNOS expression and activity under high glucose stress and inflammation. Mol Nutr Food Res, 59(6): 1041-52.
    3. Yehuda, I., Madar, Z., Leikin-Frenkel, A., Szuchman-Sapir, A., Magzal F., Markman G., & Tamir, S. (2016). Glabridin, an isoflavan from licorice root, up-regulates paraoxonase 2 expression under hyperglycemia and protects it from oxidation. Mol Nutr Food Res, 60(2): 287-99.
    4. Sasson, I., Yehuda, I., & Malkinson, N. (In press) Fostering critical thinking and question-posing skill in an innovative learning environment. Thinking and Creativity.
    5. Sasson, I., & Yehuda (Under review). Systematic classroom observations as a tool for assessing pedagogical practices. Studies in Educational Evaluation.
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