Research Area / Fields

  1. Physical chemistry of biomacromolecules in food, biotechnology and biomedicine.
  2. Alternative proteins: Plant and algae-based substitutes for animal-based foods
  3. Next-generation Prebiotics: Protein-containing prebiotics, selectively targeted to gut probiotics.
  4. Sweet Proteins as sugar substitutes
  5. Nature-inspired nano-delivery systems for nutraceuticals based mainly on proteins and polysaccharides.
  6. Multifunctional targeted anti-cancer drug delivery systems for oral or intravenous (IV) chemotherapy.

Short Bio

Prof. Yoav D. Livney from the Biotechnology and Food Engineering Department at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, is a well-known expert in physical chemistry of biopolymers in food and in nano-delivery systems for nutraceuticals and drugs.
Academic background: B.Sc. (Suma cum Laude, 1990) Food Engineering & Biotechnology, Technion Israel Institute of Technology; M.S. (1995) Food Engineering, UW Madison, Wisconsin, USA; PhD (2002) Food Engineering & Biotechnology Technion IIT; Post-Doc Food Science, University of Guelph, Canada.
Academic positions: 2004- Lecturer; 2007- Asst. Professor, 2012- Assoc. Prof.; 2015-6 Visiting Professor at Riddet Institute, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand, 2020- Full Professor. Livney has received many Honors & Awards including the President of Israel’s honor roll; Certificate of Excellence in Academic Studies granted by Israel’s Parliament- the Knesset; a Special Excellence Award from the Gutwirth Foundation; and the Goldberg Research Prize; and several Teaching Excellence Awards, including the prestigious “Yanai Prize”. Livney is a Certified Food Scientist (CFS)-among the inaugural class of recipients from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). Prof. Livney has authored >80 publications – cited more than 6216 times (H-index=35), 9 patents, and gave >50 invited & keynote talks at international conferences. Prof. Livney has mentored 16 M.Sc. and 10 Ph.D. students, and is an Editorial-Board Member in several reputed journals.