Levitan, Orly

Name: Levitan, Orly
Title: Research Professor
Department / Research Program: Environmental Biophysics and Molecular Ecology Laboratory & Department of Plant Biology and Pathology
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Phone: 848-932-3421
Detailed Profile: https://marine.rutgers.edu/main/orly-levitan
Research Areas: biofuels, algae, plant, photosynthesis, intermediate metabolism
Energy Research Focus: My research addresses biological questions centered on the cycling of elements by microorganisms in relationship to contemporary environmental concerns.Recently, I have been studying the cellular allocation of photosynthetically fixed carbon, and the molecular and metabolic interactions between the central carbon and nitrogen pathways in algae. Applying my understanding of the intermediate metabolism of diatom, an algal taxon, I have managed to use genetic engineering to obtain algal strains with enhanced lipid accumulation that can be used as biofuel.    I now move forward to understand what are the basic signaling mechanism in eukaryotic algal cells.

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