Sammy Boussiba
French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research
BGU, Sede-Boqer Campus, 84990, Israel
Tel:  972-8-6596795, 6596796
Fax. 972-8-6596802

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Professor Emeritus, The Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, BGU

Research Interests:

Haematococcus - a model organism to study biotechnological approaches for the utilization of microalgae for products of high value 
Identifying the mechanisms sustaining the growth of the filamentous cyanobacterium Spirulina platensis under alkaline conditions  

N2-fixing cyanobacteria – Biotechnological and ecological potential
Green Solutions to Global Problems

1976-1981             Ph.D. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 
                            Advisor - Prof. A. Richmond.
Title of thesis:
The Biliprotein C-Phycocyanin: Its Possible Role and Influence of Environment Factors on Its Metabolism.

1973-1975             M.Sc. Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.       
                           Advisor - Prof. A. Richmond.


Title of thesis: The Involvement of Abscisic Acid in the Interrelationships between Various Stresses and Recovery.

1969-1972             B.Sc. Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Professional Activities:
2009            Scientific Director, Scientific Committee of the European Algae Biomass Association -Conference and general Assembly Meeting, Italy

2008            President of the International Society of Applied Algology.


Awards, Citations, Honors, Fellowships:

Honors, Citation Awards:

1987            Chaim Sheaba Award for Achievements in Desert Development.

1988            Exchange Program Award for Senior Scientist between Italy and Israel.

2000            Genius Biotech Award - International Business Plan Competition of Start-up Companies, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Transgenic cyanobacteria expressing combinations of genes for -endotoxin as pesticide-free alternatives for biological control of mosquitoes (with Ben-Dov, E. and Zaritsky A.).

2002            The Miles and Lillian Cahn Chair of Economic Botany in Arid Zones.

2003            Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of West Hungary.



1982-83        Rothschild Fellowship.

1982-83        Fullbright Scholarship, United States-Israel Educational Foundation.

1993             Member of the UNESCO-MCBN (Molecular and Cell Biology Network)