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Oshra Ilan Saphier, PhD
I have graduated as Bsc, Msc and PhD in biophysical chemistry at Ben-Gurion University, Israel
I have been a Lecturer of chemistry at Shamoon's college of engineering since 2001. As part of my role and because I was among the first lecturers in my department, I've instituted and developed a variety of chemistry courses, while utilizing innovative instruction technologies. During that period, I've taught introductory courses in chemistry, courses in general chemistry and advanced general chemistry, as well as courses in analytical chemistry
Throughout my lecturing career I've received more than six accolades and prizes for in the college of engineering and the Ben-Gurion University, for being an excellent lecturer
My research deals primarily with anti-oxidant levels and oxidative stress in biological systems in vitro. This research deals primarily with infant diet, breastmilk and substitutes for milk that's consumed by infants. Additionally, I deal with research involving the shelf-life of foodstuffs that are sensitive to oxidation processes, being rich in unsaturated fatty acids. The systems being researched are physiological systems involving states of oxidative stress
Moreover, I'm a member of a research group that has researched the anti-bacterial properties of monovalent copper for seven years. This research has members who are micro-biologists from the college of engineering, a chemist from the chemical industry, a practicing plastic surgeon from Soroka hospital. The idea is to achieve formulations that can cure chronic wounds. This research has been applied as a provisional patent is expected to be accepted in the following months
1996 Ph.D in Chemistry. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Thesis: “The reduction of a nitroxide spin label as a probe of human blood antioxidant properties.” Guided by: Prof Dan Meyerstein, Prof. Naomi Meyerstein and Prof Gerts Lichtenstein. The work focused on healthy pregnant women in their third trimester of pregnancy, and pregnant women with Preeclampsia.
1994 M.Sc in Chemistry. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Magna cum laude.
Thesis: “The influence of Cu2+ on Red blood cells” Guided by: Prof. Dan Meyerstein and Prof. Naomi Meyerstein
1991 B.Sc in Biophysical Chemistry. Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Magna cum laude
Oxidative stress studies, using spectroscopic and kinetic techniques.
Trace elements measurement in the Follicular fluid, using the ICP-MS techniques.
Characterization and analytical studies of antioxidants in biological media, using spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques.
Two internal grants awarded by Sami Shamoon College of Engineering .
1. Introduction to Chemistry
2. General Chemistry
3. Advanced General Chemistry
4. Thermo Chemistry and the Kinetic theory of gases
5. Organic Chemistry
6. Application of computer programs" Excel, Power Point ,W ord and Isis Draw.
7. Analytical Chemistry.