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Department of Animal Sciences
The Robert H. Smith Faculty
of Agricultural, Food & Environment

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489119;
Fax: +972-(0)8-9465763;
Yael Lewitus, Department's Secretary
e-mail: yaellew@savion.huji.ac.il

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Professional Experience:

  • 2013 to date- Full Professor, Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.
  • 2006-2013 - Associate Professor, Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.
  • 2001 to date - Adjunct Professor Faculty Member, Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA
  • 2001-2006 - Senior Lecturer Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.
  • 1995-2000 - Lecturer, Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.
  • 1993-1995 - Postdoctoral, Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Hebrew University.
  • 1992-1993 - Postdoctoral at Cornell Veterinary College, Ithaca, NY, USA.
  • 1988-1991 - Ph.D. in Animal Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1985-1987 - M.Sc. in Animal Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1981-1984 - B.Sc. in Biology, Haifa University.

Major Awards and Grants:

  • The Israeli ministry of agriculture, "the use of organic trace minerals in breeder flocks and in broilers: absorption, utilization, improved hatchability, hatchlings quality, broiler performance and environmental quality, (2014-2017).
  • The Israel Science Foundation (ISF), "Bitter Taste Perception in Chicken – a computational, molecular, and behavioral study", Masha Niv and Zehava Uni, (2012-2016).
  • Cobb-Vantress Inc., “The effect of in-ovo nutrition on the structural and mechanical characteristics of the skeleton in Cobb birds”, Zehava Uni and Ron Shahar (2010-2011).
  • Israel-US Bi-national Agriculture Research and Development Foundation (BARD), “Nutrition of the developing embryo: nutrient uptake systems of the yolk sac membrane and embryonic intestine”, Zehava Uni and Prof. Eric Wong (Department of Animal Science, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA (2008–2011).
  • Alltech Inc., “Effect of mannanoligosaccharide (MOS) on mucin dynamic, gut immune response, enterocyte functionality and microbiota, in germ-free and conventionally reared chicken”, Zehava Uni and Andrew Van Kessel ,Saskatoon University, Canada (2007- 2009).
  • Israel-US Bi-national Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD), “Improve broiler production efficiency by developing in-ovo nutrients for mass delivery to broiler chickens”, Zehava Uni /Avian Tech Ltd. (a HU-Yissum company) and Embrex Inc. (2005-2007).
  • Gumat Inc. (Israel) and StarLab Inc. (US), “Effect of PrimaLac on bacterial ecology in the chicken intestine (2005).
  • Alltech Inc., “Effect of BioMos on mucin dynamics and bacterial ecology in the chicken intestine”, (2005).
  • Israel-US Bi-national Agriculture Research and Development Foundation (BARD), “Enhancement of development of poultry by in-ovo feeding”, Zehava Uni and Dr. Ferket R. Peter (Department of Poultry Science, North Carolina State University, NC, USA (2002-2005).
  • The Kaye Innovation Award for Applied Research, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005).
  • Award for "Outstanding publication in nutrition that uses an avian species." American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Milton L. Sunde prize (2001).

Most cited papers:

Posthatch development of mucosal function in the broiler small intestine
Author(s): Uni, Z; Ganot, S; Sklan, D
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 77 Issue: 1 Pages: 75-82 Published: JAN 1998

Posthatch changes in morphology and function of the small intestine in heavy-strain and light-strain chicks
Author(s): Uni, Z; Noy, Y; Sklan, D
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 74 Issue: 10 Pages: 1622-1629 Published: OCT 1995

Posthatch development of small intestinal function in the poult
Author(s): Uni, Z; Noy, Y; Sklan, D
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 78 Issue: 2 Pages: 215-222 Published: FEB 1999

Microflora ecology of the chicken intestine using 16S ribosomal DNA primers
Author(s): Amit-Romach, E; Sklan, D, Uni, Z
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 83 Issue: 7 Pages: 1093-1098 Published: JUL 2004

Enterocyte dynamics and mucosal development in the posthatch chick
Author(s): Geyra, A ; Uni, Z; Sklan, D
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 80 Issue: 6 Pages: 776-782 Published: JUN 2001

Methods for early nutrition and their potential
Author(s): Uni, Z; Ferket, RP
Source: WORLDS POULTRY SCIENCE JOURNAL Volume: 60 Issue: 1 Pages: 101-111 Published: MAR 2004

Cell proliferation in chicken intestinal epithelium occurs both in the crypt and along the villus
Author(s): Uni, Z; Platin, R; Sklan, D
Source: JOURNAL OF COMPARATIVE PHYSIOLOGY B-BIOCHEMICAL SYSTEMIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSIOLOGY Volume: 168 Issue: 4 Pages: 241-247 Published: MAY 1998

In ovo feeding improves energy status of late-term chicken embryos
Author(s): Uni, Z; Ferket, PR; Tako, E; et al.
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 84 Issue: 5 Pages: 764-770 Published: MAY 2005

Morphological, molecular, and functional changes in the chicken small intestine of the late-term embryo
Author(s): Uni, Z; Tako, E; Gal-Garber, O; et al.
Source: POULTRY SCIENCE Volume: 82 Issue: 11 Pages: 1747-1754 Published: NOV 2003

Mucin dynamics and microbial populations in chicken small intestine are changed by dietary probiotic and antibiotic growth promoter supplementation
Author(s): Smirnov, A; Perez, R; Amit-Romach, E; et al.
Source: JOURNAL OF NUTRITION Volume: 135 Issue: 2 Pages: 187-192 Published: FEB 2005

Mucin dynamics in the chick small intestine are altered by starvation
Author(s): Smirnov, A; Sklan, D; Uni, Z
Source: JOURNAL OF NUTRITION Volume: 134 Issue: 4 Pages: 736-742 Published: APR 2004