Galit Katarivas Levy, PhD

Bio-sketch

In recent years my research focuses on active orthopaedic biomedical devices as a Blavatnik Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Athina Markaki’s lab at the University of Cambridge, Engineering Department. My work was also supported by the Reuben foundation Post-Doctoral Award and Post-Doctoral Fellowship from BGU. My study provides the in vitro proof of using magneto-mechanical actuation treatment to stimulate bone in-growth around an implanted device. Additionally, she developed a novel hydrogel from albumin and fibrin (derived from blood), that has a beneficial effect on bone and vessels formation in 3D constructs. Recently, her new innovative project on the drug-releasing magnetic wafer for eradication of postsurgical residual glioblastoma was founded by the Issacs Newton Trust Grant.

My previous studies were at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she completed an undergraduate and graduate degrees in Materials Engineering under the mentorship of Prof. Eli Aghion. She investigated several innovative lines of research related to the development of new biodegradable implants based on magnesium and zinc alloys for bone fixation and healing. Her work contributed to the basic scientific understanding of the degradation kinetics and cytotoxicity of those metals.

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Curriculum Vitae

Since 2020      Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor equivalent)

                        Department of Biomedical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

2019 – 2020    Research Associate in Brain Cancer Research, University of Cambridge, UK

                        Department of Engineering, Division C - Materials Engineering & Material-Tissue Interactions 

2017 – 2019    Blavatnik Research Fellow (Postdoctoral Fellow), University of Cambridge, UK

                        Department of Engineering, Division C - Materials Engineering & Material-Tissue Interactions

2017 – 2020    Robinson College Post-Doctoral Associate, University of Cambridge, UK.

2010 – 2016    Ph.D. Materials Engineering

                        Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

2008 – 2010    M.Sc. Materials Engineering (Magna cum Laude)

                        Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

2004 – 2008    B.Sc. Materials Engineering 

                        Department of Materials Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Awards & Grants   

2019 - Endorsement under Tier 1 - Exceptional Talent to the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK.

2019 - Isaac Newton Trust Grant. 

2019 - Partnership Grant 2019, The Royal Society, UK.

2019 - CAPA Award 2019, 1st ranking, University of Cambridge.

2016 - Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Seal of Excellence, European Commission, Horizon 2020.

2017 - Blavatnik Postdoctoral Research Fellowship by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, British Council and

           University of Cambridge.

2016 - Post-Doctoral Fellowship for Outstanding Researcher in STEM supported by BGU, Israel. 

2016 - Reuben Foundation Post-Doctoral Award.

2010 - Negev Scholarship for outstanding PhD students.

2009 - Honour prize for undergraduate project in Department of Materials Engineering, BGU, Israel