Prof. Shimon Gepstein


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Prof. Shimon Gepstein



Main energy field:

Alternative Fuels


Ph.D. 1979, Tel-Aviv University, Plant Physiology.
M.Sc. 1973, Tel-Aviv University, Plant Physiology.
B.Sc. 1969, Tel-Aviv University, Biology.
Post-Doc UC Santa-Cruz, US, Plant hormones.

Prof. Gepstein served as the Dean of the Faculty of Biology and also served as the Head of the Center for Pre-University Education Center at the Technion.
President of the Israeli Association of Plant Sciences.
H.Rich award for innovations.

Research Area in Energy:

Biomass-Based Fuels – Production of water saving plants that are more efficient in terms of biomass yield for biodiesel or bioethanol extraction and can be grown in marginal non-agricultural regions.

Research Interests:

Biomass-Based Fuels.

Selected Publications:

Mukherjee,A Carp, M-J Zuchman, R Ziv, T, . Horwitz B, Gepstein S (2009) Proteomics of the response of Arabidopsis thaliana to infection with Alternaria brassicicola 2009 J.of Proteomics Oct 2009.

Portnoy V, Benyamini Y, Bar E, Harel-Beja R, Gepstein S, Giovannoni JJ,Schaffer AA, Burger J, Tadmor Y, Lewinsohn E, Katzir N. (2008). The molecular and biochemical basis for varietal variation in sesquiterpene content in melon (Cucumis melo L.) rinds. Plant Mol Biol. 66(6):647-6.

Rivero, R A. Gepstein, H. Sakakibara, R Mittler, S. Gepstein and E.Blumwald (2007). Delayed leaf senescence induces extreme drought tolerance in a flowering plant. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 104(49):19631-.

Carp M-J and Gepstein S (2006) Genomics and Proteomics of leaf senescence In: Senescence processes in plants ed. Susheng Gan. (Blackwel Publishers).

Gepstein,S Grover,A and Blumwald ,E (2005) Producing Biopharmaceutical in the desert:: Building an abiotic stress tolerance in plants for salt ,heat and drought In: J.Knablein (ed) “Modrn Biopharmaceuticals” (dedicated to Francis Crick) Wiley-VCH publishers Vol:3 967-990.

Gepstein, S. (2004) Leaf senescence – not just a “wear and tear” phenomenon Genome Biology.5: 212-215.

Degani, O., Gepstein, S. and Dosoretz, C.G. (2004) A new method for measuring scouring efficiency of natural fibers based on the cellulose-binding domain- β-glucuronidase fused protein. J. of Biotechnology 107: 265-273.

Gepstein S., Sabihi G., Carp, M-J., Hajouj, T., Falah, M., Nesher, O., Yariv, I., Dor, C. and Bassani, M. (2003) Large scale identification of leaf senescence- associated genes. The Plant Journal 36: 629-642.

Guterman, A., Hajouj, T. and Gepstein, S. (2003) Senescence-associated mRNAs that may participate in signal transduction and protein trafficking. Physiol Plant 118: 439- 446.

Hajouj T.,  Michelis R. and Gepstein,S (2000) Cloning and characterization of a receptor-like proteinkinase gene associated with senescence. Plant Physiol 124: 1305-1314.

Michelis R. and Gepstein ,S. (2000) Identification and characterization of a heat-induced isoform of aldolase in oat chloroplast Plant.Mol.Biol. Plant Mol Biol 44:487-.