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. Paula BermanPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Jianghua CaiPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Ana Rita CavacoPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Shany Gefen-TrevesPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Sachin Ashruba GharatPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Dongqi LiPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Mark PolikovskyPostdoctoral fellow
Yosef Guy KerenPhD student
Dvir MeiriPhD student
Zoe PinkasPhD student
Hadas PricePhD student
Yitzchak GrundmanMSc student
Herschel MehlmanMSc student
Victoria PoltorakMSc student
Dr. Ron VunshConsultant
Neomi AdmoniLab Technician
Elinor AvivPhD student,Representative to Scientific Council
Shoval Ben GalLab Technician
Dan BenbenistiLab Technician
Rivka BriefLab Technician
Aya Even DarLab Technician
Dr. Feiguelman GilResearch Associate
Rahel Dvora HadarLab Technician
Janka Isabella Hoefer
Reem HusseinLab Technician
Anita IzmailovLab Technician
Dr. Adam JozwiakResearch Associate
Dr. Sagit MeirLab Technician
Rony PeledLab Technician
Aviv RodmanLab Technician
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.
Sapir NutkewitzPhD student
Yedidya Ben EliyahuMSc student
Yuval BergerMSc student
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
Gili ValinskyPhD student
Maayan GuetaMSc student
Ziva AmsellemLab Technician
Matar AzrielLab Technician
Tal GoldbergLab Technician
Prof. Moshe Feldman, Emeritus
Prof. Robert Fluhr
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.
Protap BiswasPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Debojit PaulPostdoctoral fellow
Emanuel AvrahamiPhD student
Oz Ben JosephPhD student
Diede De HaanPhD student
Rebecca LeghzielPhD student
Ehud BinoMSc student
Yuval PivenMSc student
Razi SafadiMSc student
Dr. Lior AramSenior Intern
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. Yael GrunwaldPostdoctoral fellow
Petar JovanovicPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Stav Livne LuzonPostdoctoral fellow
Hagar FoxPhD student
David LernerPhD student
Sophie ObersteinerPhD student
Laura RezPhD student
Yael WagnerPhD student
Ms. Rebeca Gonzalez RolfeMSc student
Alon Ephraim RapaportMSc student
Achinoam ShohamMSc student
Assaf YaakobiMSc student
Inon AizikLab Technician
Rachel EcksteinLab Technician
Aviad KarmazynLab Technician
Adi KorenLab Technician
Mor LernerGeneral Worker
Uri Benjamin MoranBio Numbers Project Content Administrant
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. Noga Glanz IdanPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Fabrizio MafessoniPostdoctoral fellow
Daniela Ben TovPhD student
Amit CucuyPhD student
Tal DahanPhD student
Omer BaruchMSc student
Guy TadmorMSc student
Dolev AravLab Technician
Dr. Cathy BessudoSenior Staff Scientist
Barak CohenLab Technician
Rinat KaplanLab Technician
Dr. Ira MartonResearch Associate
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
Dr. Yinon Moise Bar-OnPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Tasneem BareiaPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Benoit De PinsPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Yuval RosenbergPostdoctoral fellow
Dr. Ron SenderPostdoctoral fellow
Roee Ben NissanPhD student
Lior GreenspoonPhD student
Eliya MilshteinPhD student
Or ShimoniMSc student
Hadas YungMSc student
Klil HaleviLab Technician
Samuel LovatLab Technician
Yuval MoskovitchLab Technician
Shoshana RonLab Technician
Michelle Testa HasanLab Technician
Erez WeisbergLab Technician
Hilit YehezkelLab 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.
Dr. Francesco GrecoPostdoctoral fellow
Julia Eva FortmuellerPhD student
Ofir Aharon KupermanPhD student
Melina ShamshoomPhD student
Zane StepkaPhD student
David KenigsbergerMSc student
Sapir Korman ShadmiLab Technician
Neta MassadLab Technician
Gon NigalLab Technician
Shabtai NofarLab Technician
Neraz ShaiLab Technician
Prof. Avigdor Scherz, Emeritus
Dr. Yaniv CohenConsultant
Dr. Alexandra GozConsultant
Dr. David KainConsultant
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
Dr. Martin SperfeldPostdoctoral fellow
Roni BeiralasPhD student
Yemima Duchin RappPhD student
Or EliasonPhD student
Valeria LipsmanPhD student
Shira Ben AsherMSc student
Dor MatsliyahMSc student
Noy OzerMSc student
Ms. Olesia ShlakhterMSc student
Bar CohenLab Technician
Prof. Assaf VardiCell Signaling and Microbial Interactions in the Marine Environment
- Understanding the cellular mechanisms that govern host-pathogen interactions at sea
- Elucidating the cell signaling pathways that regulate cell fate decisions
- Uncover the chemical signals (infochemicals) involved in the complex microbial interactions in the oceans
Dr. Daniella SchatzAssociate Staff Scientist
Dr. Lars-Erik PetersenPostdoctoral fellow
Amir FrommPhD student
Nir JoffePhD student
Ben LabbelPhD student
Avia MizrachiPhD student
Eliran SofferPhD student
Ari IsbiMSc student
Mai SadehMSc student
Talia Sima ShalerMSc student
Marharyta SkovorodkaMSc student
Dr. Adva ShemiConsultant
Nadia Samira Ahlers
Dr. David ZeeviAdaptation and resilience of environmental microbes to human intervention
- The Zeevi Lab studies how microbial ecosystems are affected by human-made artifacts. The insights learned from these microbes are used to find new ways to protect the environment, with two complementary approaches:
- The lab uses metagenomic and metabolomic assays, combined with AI, to find new genes that microbes use to metabolize pollutants. Validation of the findings is done using high-throughput screening and automation.
- The lab studies the stability of microbial ecosystems and how it is affected by human-made perturbations, in order to predict and prevent ecosystem collapses. This is achieved using simple experiments, sampling of natural microbial populations, and machine learning models.
Shai Duchin RappPhD student
Alfredo Antonio Lopez CastilloPhD student
Or AmarMSc student
Tomer AntmanMSc student
Shai Anne TamariMSc student
Tamir YerushalmiMSc student
Nechama SassonLab Technician
Alla Usyskin TonneResearch Associate
Asaf ZehaviLab Technician