the Burdman Lab


The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Research in the lab

Research in our lab is in the area of plant-bacteria interactions. Plants are our main suppliers of food and fibers. In their environment, either natural or agricultural, plants interact with other organisms, including bacteria. The outcome of these interactions can be beneficial or detrimental. The basic understanding of both kinds of interactions is of fundamental importance for agriculture, to manage conditions for promotion of higher crop yields, while minimizing negative impacts on the environment.

The successful establishment of plant-associated bacteria in their host plants and their performance depends on complex processes that require the coordinated expression of a plethora of genes, whose identity and mode of action are largely unknown. In our lab we aim at enlarging our understanding of the mechanisms and features required by plant-associated bacteria in their interaction with plants. Major emphasis is being put on the investigation of plant pathogenic bacteria.

Current lab members

Saul Saul Burdman, Associate Professor
Ilona Ilona Wolfson, technician.
Ilona is in charge of the lab management and preparation of course laboratories.
daria Daria Makarovsky, postdoc fellow (in collab. with Prof. Edouard Jurkevitch).
Daria is investigating the function of antimicrobial metal NPs on plant pathogenic bacteria.
Noam Noam Levi, Ph.D. candidate.
Noam investigates type III secreted effectors of the plant pathogenic bacterium Acidovorax citrulli, causal agent of BFB disease of cucurbits. He is also leading the sequencing of the genome of M6, the A. citrulli model strain in the lab.
Tally Tally Rosenberg, Ph.D. candidate.
Tally is investigating the role of type IV pili in virulence of A. citrulli.
Reut Reut Shavit, Ph.D. candidate
(in collab. with Dr. Yael Helman, our Department).
Reut is investigating toxin-antitoxin systems in A. citrulli.
janak Janak Raj Joshi, Ph.D. candidate (in collab. with Dr. Iris Yedidia, Volcani Center).
Janak is investigating the effects of plant/bacterial small molecules in pathogenicity of the soft-rot causing bacterium Pectobacterium carotovorum.
pablo Pablo Cardenas, Ph.D. candidate (in collab. with Prof. Asaph Aharoni, Weizmann Institute).
Pablo is investigating the biosynthesis of alkaloids in tomato, and their effects on bacterial pathogens. .
Naama Naama Zimerman, M.Sc. student
(in collab. with Dr. Moshe Shenker, Department of Soil and Water Sciences, our Faculty).
Naama is investigating the effects of fertilization regimes on the severity of BFB disease on melon caused by A. citrulli.
hofit Hofit Schwartz, M.Sc. student.
Hofit is investigating the role of ax21 and ax21-related genes in virulence and other features of the tomato pathogen Xanthomonas euvesicatoria (X. campestris pv. vesicatoria).
salaam Salaam Bolaji Jide, Student from the Intl. M.Sc. Program.
In his research exercise, Salaam is screening for new A. citrulli genes associated with twitching motility.

lab members
Lab founders: Nadia, Tal, Dafna, Avital, Anu and Saul (2004)