Ioav Z. Cabantchik received his B.S. degree in chemistry and biology and his M.S. degree in biochemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, in 1961 and 1966, respectively. He studied medicine and biophysics at the School of Medicine, University of Rochester, NY, USA, 1970–1974, with Doctoral dissertation completed cum laude, Metzger Medal. He was trained as a Medical Research Fellow at the Research Institute of the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 1975–1976, and worked as a Visiting Scientist on biophysics of transport at the National Institute of Heath, Laboratory of Kidney and Electrolyte Metabolism,1976–1978. He joined the Hebrew University in 1979 as a Senior Lecturer in biochemistry and biophysics, gaining promotion to Associate Professor in 1984 and to Full Professor in 1987. He served as Head of Biochemistry, 1984–1986, and of the Life Sciences Program, 2003–2006, and is presently the DellaPergola Professor of Life Sciences and Head of the Life Sciences Institute. He teaches undergraduate cell physiology and advanced biochemistry, membrane physiology and graduate metal biochemistry. In 1994, he was the Cystic Fibrosis NIH Scholar and in 1998 a Visiting INSERM Professor at Hopital Bichat. In the last 10 years, he has focused on novel approaches for tracing the status (levels and dynamics) of labile iron in biological samples (living cells and fluids), its involvement in iron overload of organs (as seen in thalassaemia, haemochromatosis, neurological, and metabolic disorders), and ensuing oxidative stress and the development of novel iron chelators for iron overload disorders, both in basic and clinical studies.
Biography Updated on 30 May 2007