Prof. Lotan is a co-founder of The Marine Biology Department, at the Leon Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa, serving as Head of the department at 2018-2022. Within the field of fish parasitology, her main interests are parasite-host interaction, focusing on myxozoan development, evolution and adaption to the changing environment. She founded two companies in the fields of health care and drug delivery, both based on cnidarian biology. In 2009, she joined the Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciences to lay the foundations of the evolving Marine Biology Department. Between 2008 and 2020, she was a board member at the Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee and, currently, she serves as a member of the General Assembly of the College. In 2011-2015, she was a board member at The Israeli Association of Aquatic Studies (IAAS) and in 2015-2022, she was a board member at The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI). She holds a BSc and an MSc in biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in genetics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.