Food Science 2021

Nurit Argov-Argaman

Associate Professor , The Hebrew University Of Jerusalem, Israel

Biography

Nurit Argov-Argaman is a senior lecturer at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her field of expertise is lactation physiology and milk quality, topics she’s been researching for the last 14 years. Her academic focus is on the metabolic regulation of milk composition, with the aim of increasing the production efficiency of milk solids and product quality in terms of a positive health effect on people. Nurit completed her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Animal Sciences at HU’s Faculty of Agriculture, and did her post-doctoral research at the University of California, Davis.

Reaearch Interest

BioMilk was founded in 2018 based on 10 years of research that Nurit and her Hebrew University colleague Prof. Maggie Levy conducted into the milk production process. The company has patents on laboratory production processes that mimic the milk of multiple farm animals and is capable of producing milk in laboratory settings. BioMilk is also working on replicating human milk under laboratory conditions. Breast milk contains some 2,500 components and is the most suitable food for human babies. Formula differs significantly from it and raises the child’s risk for metabolic conditions throughout their life, such as developing Type 2 diabetes or being overweight.