Advisory Board

Dr. Oren Froy

Oren Froy, Ph.D. is Senior Lecturer, Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, Faculty of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Quality, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot.
His research interests are:

  • Molecular analysis of the biological clock in mammals
  • The relationship between the biological clock and nutrition
  • Control of the biological clock over the innate immunity
  • Regulation of mammalian defensin expression.
  • Structure/function of mammalian defensins
  • Defensin and Toll-like receptor expression in diabetes
  • Molecular evolution of defensins
Oren coauthored Identification of Structural Elements of a Scorpion α-Neurotoxin Important for Receptor Site Recognition. Membrane potential modulators: a thread of scarlet from plants to humans, Arthropod and mollusk defensins — evolution by exon-shuffling, Redox Potential Differential Roles in dCRY and mCRY1 Functions, Dissection of the Functional Surface of an Anti-insect Excitatory Toxin Illuminates a Putative “Hot Spot” Common to All Scorpion {beta}-Toxins Affecting Na+ Channels, and Connecting the Navigational Clock to Sun Compass Input in Monarch Butterfly Brain. Read the full list of his publications!
Oren earned his BSc in 1994 and his MSc in 1995 both at Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Life Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. from Tel-Aviv University with the thesis “Scorpion neurotoxins: structure-activity relationship, evolution, and potential application” in 1999. He did his post doctorate work in neurosciences at Harvard Medical School and University of Massachusetts Medical School from 2000 to 2003.
Watch his SENS 3 presentation The relationship between calorie restriction and the biological clock: lessons from long-lived transgenic mice.