Prof. Asaph AharoniThe Plant Metabolome in Action
- We study how the enormous structural diversity of plant metabolites is generated and regulated in time and space.
- The lab combines diverse expertise and infrastructure from molecular genetics to analytical chemistry, computational and microbial biology.
- Metabolic engineering, genome editing and a combination of ‘OMICS’ tools are developed and employed for gene and pathway discovery to establish the role of plant secondary / specialized metabolites in plants.
- We investigate the plant ‘chemical language’ mediated by specialized metabolites and its role in plant interaction with other organisms below and above ground (i.e. bacteria, fungi and insects).
- We follow the ‘nature will tell us’ approach in which edited plants are grown and phenotyped outdoors in either natural or agricultural settings.
- A significant portion of our discoveries are translated to commercial applications in industry and agriculture.
Dr. Ilana RogachevAssociate Staff Scientist
Dr. Shlomy AravaPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Paula BermanPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Jianghua CaiPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Ana Rita CavacoPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Luis Alejandro De HaroPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Shany Gefen-TrevesPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Sachin Ashruba GharatPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Dongqi LiPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Mark PolikovskyPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Andrii VainerPostdoctoral fellow
Omri GilharPhD student
Yosef Guy KerenPhD student
Zoe PinkasPhD student
Hadas PricePhD student
Yitzchak GrundmanMSc student
Chen OchayonMSc student
Victoria PoltorakMSc student
Matan VidavskiMSc student
Dr. Gabriel LichtensteinConsultant
Dr. Bekele TuffaConsultant
Dr. Ron VunshConsultant
Amit AdiriLab Technician
Neomi AdmoniLab Technician
Eden AmzallagLab Technician
Eden ArbaLab Technician
Elinor AvivPhD student,Representative to Scientific Council
Tamar BaruchLab Technician
Gal ElbazLab Technician
Aya Even DarLab Technician
Dr. Feiguelman GilResearch Associate
Janka Isabella Hoefer
Reem HusseinLab Technician
Anita IzmailovLab Technician
Dr. Adam JozwiakResearch Associate
Dr. Sagit MeirLab Technician
Gil OvadiaLab Technician
Dr. Sayantan PandaVisiting Scientist
Aviv RodmanLab Technician
Dr. Nir ShachafResearch Associate
Dr. Daniel DarPhenotypic Plasticity and Gene Regulation in Microbial Collectives
- Spatiotemporal gene regulation: our lab uses multiplexed imaging to study the intracellular architecture of bacterial transcriptomes and the activation of microscale genetic programs within developing multicellular biofilms.
- Local interactions in the plant microbiome: we are charting the biogeography of plant-associated communities to extract new insights about community organization and function.
- Environmental microbiology: our group is interested in understanding the dynamics of natural crop and soil-associated communities in the field.
Prof. Marvin Edelman, Emeritus
Prof. Yuval EshedGrowth Regulation of Plant Organs
- Plant meristems maintain a wide range of developmental potentials
- We use the vegetative-to-floral transition of apical tomato meristems to understand how meristem cells sustain their state or rapidly change
- To that end, expression dynamics and in planta gene functions are used to generate testable hypotheses
Dr. Camila Pinto Da CunhaPostdoctoral fellow
Michael LachPhD student
Ehud BinoMSc student
Ziva AmsellemLab Technician
Matar AzrielLab Technician
Chaim FainshteinLab Technician
Roni HasmanLab Technician
Guy IlanLab Technician
Dr. Grace LhaineikimVisiting Scientist
Reut ProtisLab Technician
Prof. Moshe Feldman, Emeritus
Prof. Robert Fluhr
Dr. Amit Kumar ChaturvediPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Assaf GalAlgal Biomineraliztion
We are studying morphogenesis of biological materials. Our models systems are unicellular algae that produce nanostructured cell walls made of inorganic materials.
Our research is directed into these themes:
- in situ structural and chemical observations using advanced electron microscopy.
- Using genetic, environmental, and chemical perturbations to gain mechanistic understanding.
- Creating bio-inspired in vitro systems that control mineral formation.
Emanuel AvrahamiPhD student
Oz Ben JosephPhD student
Diede De HaanPhD student
Rebecca LeghzielPhD student
Ms. Olivia LuciannoMSc student
Dr. Gal Mor KhalifaConsultant
Dr. Lior AramSenior Intern
Dr. Zipora LanskyResearch Associate
Saar MordehayLab Technician
Prof. Gad Galili
Prof. Jonathan Gressel, Emeritus
Dr. Tamir KleinTree Eco-physiology in motion
- Tree eco-physiology: How Trees adapt with rapid changes in the environment. We focus on photosynthetic adaptation, tree species distributions, and forest regeneration.
- Tree roots of multiple species interact with microbial partners, such as mycorrhizal fungi and soil bacteria. We study these symbiotic interactions, and their influence on tree and forest health.
- Tree water transport is a major component in drought resistance, but it is also sensitive to drought. We focus on the dynamics of xylem embolism, a key process in tree hydraulics under drought.
- Carbon storage enables trees to survive at times when photosynthesis is limited. We decipher the metabolism of starch in wood and the ways it is being regulated at the molecular level.
Dr. Olga GolanAssociate Staff Scientist
Dr. Andre Carvalho LimaPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Stav Livne LuzonPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Rafat QubajaPostdoctoral fellow
Ido RogPostdoctoral fellow
Hagar FoxPhD student
David LernerPhD student
Sophie ObersteinerPhD student
Yael WagnerPhD student
Alon Ephraim RapaportMSc student
Mila VolkovMSc student
Inon AizikLab Technician
Achiya AlexanderLab Technician
Shir BernsteinLab Technician
Rachel EcksteinLab Technician
Itamar KaffmanLab Technician
Aviad KarmazynLab Technician
Mor LernerGeneral Worker
Uri Benjamin MoranBio Numbers Project Content Administrant
Dr. Yaara Oppenheimer-ShaananLab Technician
Dr. Yaara Oppenheimer-ShaananResearch Associate
Guy PerriLab Technician
Yaniv SavilleLab Technician
Prof. Avraham LevyThe Dynamic Plant Genome
- Genome evolution - We study the mechanisms that affect genome evolution and shape biodiversity in plants. These include DNA mutagenesis and repair, DNA recombination, transposons, hybridization, and polyploidy.
- Biodiversity - characterization and conservation for food security - Wheat, a staple food of humanity, is native of the fertile crescent. We carried a long term study of a wild wheat population to assess the impact of climate change on biodiversity.
- Form DNA repair to precise Genome engineering - We are harnessing DNA double stranded break repair pathways to achieve precise engineering of plant genomes, developing methods for targeted gene knockout, targeted recombination and gene targeting.
Dr. Fabrizio MafessoniPostdoctoral fellow
Daniela Ben TovPhD student
Amit CucuyPhD student
Tal DahanPhD student
Guy TadmorMSc student
Dr. Cathy BessudoSenior Staff Scientist
Barak CohenLab Technician
Saar EmmanuelGeneral Worker
Maayan GuetaLab Technician
Ilan HadadLab Technician
Rinat KaplanLab Technician
Dr. Ira MartonResearch Associate
Prof Wojciech PawlowskiVisiting Scientist
Margarita PlinerLab Technician
Ori RudichLab Technician
Prof. Ron MiloOptimality in Carbon Metabolism
- Enhancing carbon fixation. Combining synthetic biology with metabolic modeling we design and implement novel carbon fixation pathways in E. coli, that can convert atmospheric CO2 into food, fuels and fine chemicals.
- Quantifying the nthropocene. We perform a global census of the biosphere biomass with a focus on wild-mammals, arthropods and plants, enabling us to portray the effects of humanity.
- Environmental potential of dietary choices. We compute the environmental burdens associated with animal- and plant-based items, giving a rigorous approach to minimizing the ecological footprint associated with our food.
- Cell biology & Sustainability by numbers. We are open for challenges
Dr. Elad NoorAssociate Staff Scientist
Tasneem BarelaPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Benoit De PinsPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Yuval RosenbergPostdoctoral fellow
Yinon Moise Bar-OnPhD student
Roee Ben NissanPhD student
Lior GreenspoonPhD student
Eliya MilshteinPhD student
Ron SenderPhD student
Ido CohenLab Technician
Eyal KriegerLab Technician
Yuval MoskovitchLab Technician
Dr. Filipe NatalioPlant Biodesign
- Our lab combines plant biochemistry and synthetic chemistry to create hybrid systems in whole organisms with tailored and unusual properties.
- Material farming aims to design new, green, and sustainable materials with a particular focus on cotton.
- Sustainable food aims to design green and specific synthetic compounds transported to target tissues in the plants and change their properties.
Julia Eva FortmuellerPhD student
Ofir Aharon KupermanPhD student
Prof. Avigdor Scherz, Emeritus
Dr. Alexandra GozConsultant
Dr. David KainConsultant
Dr. Natalia KoudinovaConsultant
Dr. Arie MarcovichConsultant
Dr. Dina PreiseConsultant
Dr. Igal ShpuntConsultant
Dr. Lilach AgemyResearch Associate
Dr. Varda BelkinLab Technician
Dr. Rachel HamriResearch Associate
Raz RobasLab Technician
Dr. Einat SegevA Bio and Geo Journey Through Microbial Interactions
Microorganisms never live alone. Throughout the history of our planet, microorganisms had to interact; cooperate and compete. The Segev group is passionate about microbial interactions- why did they evolve? What ‘language’ is used for interacting? And how did such interactions influence the environment in the past, at present, and under future scenarios of climate change.
We develop simplified laboratory systems to study microbial interactions at various levels of ecological complexity. By implementing knowledge and approaches both from Microbiology and the Earth Sciences, we uncover mechanisms underlying microbial interactions, and understand the roles that they play in global biogeochemical cycles.
Dr. Delia NarvaezPostdoctoral fellow