About Prof. Joseph Kost

Joseph Kost D.Sc. is University Distinguished Professor and Senior Advisor to the President on International Research Strategies, holder of The Abraham and Bessie Zacks Chair in Biomedical Engineering and the past Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the Ben-Gurion University of The Negev.  He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Chemical Engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology before earning a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering at the same institution and Post-Doctoral training at University of Washington, MIT and Harvard Medical School. Kost went on to earn an M.B.A. at the Ben-Gurion University School of Management.  Kost was the founder and first President of the Israeli Society of Controlled Delivery of Bioactive Materials. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the President of the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Academy of Engineering in Poland. Honorary Fellow of the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers. Member of the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows and Member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. 

 

Academic Degrees

2002 - 2004     M.B.A. School of Management, Ben-Gurion University, Israel.      

1977 - 1981     D.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

1973 - 1975     M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

1969 - 1973     B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

 

Academic Positions and Professional Experience

2016-present Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

2011-2017     Dean, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the     Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel

2010-2011    Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

1996-2016    Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

1998-2002    Chief Scientific Officer, Sontra Medical Corp., Franklin MA. USA. 

1990-1996    Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of  the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

1985-1990    Senior Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

1987-1988    Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Mass. Institute of  Technology, (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA.

1984-1985    Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

1983-1984    Visiting Scientist, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.

1982-1984    Research Associate, Department of Applied Biological Sciences, Mass. Institute of Technology, (MIT), Cambridge, MA, and Children's Hospital Medical Center, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, USA.

1981- 1982   Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemical Engineering, (Bioengineering), University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA.

1978 -1981   Engineer, Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, "Rambam" Medical Center, Haifa, Israel.

1977 -1981   Instructor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

1975 -1977   Research Engineer, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

1973 -1975   Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

 

Memberships in Professional Societies

Polish Academy of Engineers (Foreign Member 2014-).

United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE). (Foreign Member 2007-).

American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (Fellow 1997 - ).

Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers. (President 2007- 2011).

American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

The Society for Biomaterials (USA).

Israel Society for Medical and Biological Engineers (Board of Governors 1989 - 1996).

Controlled Release Society (USA) (College of Fellows 2014-).

Israel Polymer and Plastics Society.

Israel Society for Controlled Delivery of Bio-Materials(Founder and President 1996-1997).

American Diabetes Association Professional Section (by invitation).

 

Prizes and Honors

1996     Juludan Prize for Outstanding Scientific Research Achievements, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

1996     President of the Israel Society for Controlled Delivery of Bio-Materials and the Israeli Chapter of the Controlled Release Society (1996-1998)   

1998    Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

1998        Clemson Award for Applied Research in Recognition of the Outstanding Contributions to Applied Biomaterials Research, Society for Biomaterials

1998      Founding member of the Journal Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics.

2001      Joel G Hardman Student-Invited Pharmacology Forum (Vanderblit University)

2004      Popular Science announced SonoPrep as the best new product for "personal health". (SonoPrep technology has been invented and developed by Kost and coworkers). 

2005          Jacqueline Seroussi 2005 Award for Cancer Research in recognition of the project entitled: Ultrasound for efficient non-viral sustained gene therapy of breast cancer.

2006          Second Place Winner (Highlights of Student Poster Session), “Wolloch, L., and Kost, J., Approaches for Sonophoretic Flux Optimization,”  33rd Annual Meeting of the Controlled Release Society, Vienna.

2007      Outstanding Student Poster Award 3rd Prize;  Shroeder A.,, Barenholz Y, Kost, J., Controlled Release of Drugs from Liposomes by Low-Frequency Ultrasound The 6th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Chapter of the Controlled Release Society, Advances In Drug Delivery, New Carriers, Devices and Therapies Caesarea.

2007         President of the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers.

2007      Elected a Foreign Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering (NAE). For discoveries that led to ultrasonic drug release and self-regulated drug delivery systems.

2007      Sustaining Correspondent, NAS/NAE/IOM Committee on Human Rights

2008      TevaTech Lecturer (Ben-Gurion University)

2008      2nd place in the posters competition; Wolloch, L., A. Azaguri, Traitel, T R. Goldbart, R., Shmilovitch, D., Hallak, M., and Kost, J. “Ultrasound For Non-Invasive Detection of Amniotic Fluid”, The Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers (IICHE) 44th Annual Convention, Tel-Aviv.

2008      President’s Prize for Outstanding Scientific Achievements, Ben-Gurion University

2010      1st Place in the posters competition; Azaguri, A.,. Wolloch, L., Traitel, T., Goldbart, R., D.  Shmilovitch, D., Hallak, M., and Kost, J. “Use of Chemical Enhancers and ultrasound for Non-Invasive Detection of Amniotic Fluid”, The Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers (IICHE) 46th Annual Convention, Haifa.

2010      First Place Winner (Highlights of Student Presentations Session), Perets, E., Rudich, A., and Kost, J. “Controlled delivery system to elicit anti-cancerous properties of the HIV protease inhibitor Nelfinavir” The 7th Annual Meeting of the Israeli Chapter of the Controlled Release Society, Haifa.

2010      Incumbent of the The Abraham and Bessie Zacks Chair in Biomedical Engineering.

2012      Honorary Fellow of the Israel Institute of Chemical Engineers.

2014      Elected a Foreign Member of the Polish Academy of Engineers

2014      Induction into the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows

2015      Elected a Member of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2016      Ben-Gurion University Distinguished Professor

2016      The Israeli Chapter of the Controlled Release Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drug Delivery, in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of Ultrasound-Based Drug Delivery Systems

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