Microbial Genomics

Rotem Sorek Prof. Rotem Sorek
Incumbent of the Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Career Development Chair

Office: Meyer Building, Room 210A
Department of Molecular Genetics
Weizmann Institute of Science
Rehovot 76100, Israel
Tel: +972-8-934-6342
Fax: +972-8-934-4108
E-mail: rotem.sorek@weizmann.ac.il


We combine computational genomics techniques, metagenomics, high-throughput sequencing technologies and experimental approaches to uncover new biological functions in prokaryotes. We are specifically interested in microbial warfare: how bacteria fight each other as part of their struggle for survival, and how they defend themselves against bacterial viruses (phages). Understanding this microbial "arms race" can lead to discovery of novel antibiotics and the development of new biotechnological tools.

Current research directions in the lab include: