Ph.D. 2001 Hebrew University
Lecturer 2003; Senior Lecturer 2007; Associate Professor 2012


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Curriculum Vitae

1988-1991 B.Sc., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Medicine.

1992-1995 M.Sc., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Pathogen-Vector-Interaction, Supervisor: Prof. Hanokh Czosnek.

1995-2000 Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Pathogen-Vector-Interaction, Supervisor: Prof. Hanokh Czosnek.

2000-2003 Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Department of Entomology Genetics and Ecology of Insecticide Resistance. Host: Prof. Bruce Tabashnik.

General

The laboratory's research interests are in ecological and evolutionary genetics, as they relate specifically to insect-plant and insect-environment interactions. We combine ecological and genomic tools in order to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying insect adaptation to biotic and a-biotic environmental constrains: synthetic insecticides, plant defensive chemistry and more recently, climate changes.

RESEARCH INTERESTS AND ACTIVITY

Evolution of polyphagy in the whitefly Bemisia tabaci

Developing insect proof plants

Climate change effects and herbivorous insect population outbreaks

Teaching

Biometry and Experimental Analysis (M.Sc. and Ph.D.)

Course aims:

Learning the principles and practice of statistics in biological research

Introduction to Molecular Biology (B.Sc.-2nd year)

Course aims:

The course goal is to provide the students with basic knowledge in molecular biology, genomics and genetic engineering. The knowledge will allow the reading of up-to-date literature and detailed understanding of topics in advanced courses in future studies.

Introduction to Pest Control in Agriculture (B.Sc.-3rd year)

Course aims:

Understand pest population dynamics: migration, natural selection and adaptation. Be familiar with methods for pest population control: the integrated pest management theory.