Orly Levitan

Assistant Research Professor

848-932-3421
71 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Room 205A
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Orly Levitan

Research Interests

My research addresses contemporary biochemical questions relevant to the sustainability of the plant. Specifically, the biological questions I study range from examining the influence of human perturbations on photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation in marine autotrophs, to understanding the regulation and evolutionary history of complex metabolic pathways in photoautotrophs. Currently, I am highly fascinated by the regulation and evolutionary history of complex metabolic pathways in photoautotrophs. The outcome of this research is of significant environmental, as well as biotechnological, implications, and could promote our understanding of evolution process in the ocean.

Short History

I started my undergraduate studies in Israel thinking on biomedical research, when I fell in love with photosynthesis and the environment and started an Ms.C. gradate program focusing on plant and environmental research, and took a strong turn towards biological oceanography. Soon after, during my PhD I took part in an Israeli-German collaboration, looking at the effect on human perturbations on photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation in marine autotrophs. In fall of 2010, I started my post doc at Rutgers where I expanded my research interests to include also the understanding of how carbon and nitrogen are control in eukaryotic algae, specifically, diatoms. My current working hypothesis is that retrograde signal transduction pathways play a major role in the redirection of carbon intermediates in diatoms, a unique and environmentally important algal taxon. 

Teaching Efforts

Currently not teaching however,
Courses that I was involved in teaching in the past:

  • Biochemistry -200 level
  • Introduction to Ecology
  • The Global Importance
  • In addition I supervised an outreach program aimed at teaching gifted young scientists plant and environmental sciences