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Curriculum vitae

Meir M. Barak

 

Current Position

Post Doctoral position in the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Evolution, in collaboration with Harvard University, Department of Human Evolutionary Biology

 

Education

2004-2009

Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Structural Biology (Professor Steve Weiner, Professor Ron Shahar from the Hebrew University).
Dissertation: "Mechanical behavior of whole rat bone: relative contributions of trabecular and cortical bone".

2004-2009

Teaching certificate in Biology.
Weizmann Institute of Science, Department of Science Teaching.

1999-2002

Doctor in Veterinary Medicine (DVM).
The Hebrew University, Koret Veterinary School.

1995-1998

Hon. B.Sc in Animal Science.
The Hebrew University, Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot.

 

Research Interests

  • Understanding locomotion through trabecular bone architecture
  • Origin of human bipedal locomotion
  • Trabecular contribution to bone biomechanical behavior
  • Bone biomechanical properties
  • Structure-function relation

 

Research Experience

2006-2007

Took part in experiments done at the Grenoble synchrotron (ESRF) and in the BESSY synchrotron (BESSY, Berlin Germany); collaborating with Dr. Paul Zaslansky (MPI of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany) and Dr. Yael Politi (Weizmann institute of science, Department of Structural Biology).

2002-2003

Working in the genetics laboratory in the Agriculture Faculty in the Hebrew University, Rehovot.
Topic: Genetic predisposition for Ascites in poultry.

1997-1998

Working in the biochemistry laboratory in the Agriculture Faculty in the Hebrew University, Rehovot.
Topic: The influence of Prolactin on ewe milk production.

 

Teaching Experience

2005-2007

Instructor for 4th year (final year) students in the Surgery department of the Koret vet School, the Hebrew university. During this period I was neutering and castrating dogs and cats with students.

2005

Mentoring prodigy school kids for their science undergraduate final-project.

2004-2005

Anatomy lab instructor for 1th year students in Koret vet School, the Hebrew university.

 

Professional Service

2007-Present

Reviewer for the VCOT journal (Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology).

2008-Present

Reviewer for RSC journals (Royal Society of Chemistry).

2009

Refereeing undergraduate vet students dissertations.

 

Work Experience

2007-Present

Writing and coordinating on the "Young at science" website of the Weizmann institute.

2003-2009

Working as a vet in several clinics, an animal shelter and on my own as a vet on call.

2003

Working at and managing a busy vet clinic.

2002

Penn State University, Pennsylvania USA. 4-week externship in hard tissue surgery and critical care medicine.

 

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