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

Bacteria are our indispensable partners. They are essential for nutrient cycling, atmospheric processes, and strongly impact upon the health of both plants and animals. They play important roles in geological processes, and their influence on human activities cannot be overstated. For example, we spend our working lives studying them and teaching about them.

Lab members

Prof. Edouard Jurkevitch
Contact Details:
Phone: +972 8 9489167
Fax: +972 8 9466794

Dr. Ofra Matan Lab manager.
Ofra oversees everything that is going on in the lab. She is the explorer, starting new projects, and the caretaker, making sure that everybody and everything is fine.
Tel. 08-9489235

Dr. Zohar Pasternak Research Associate.
Zohar does bioinformatics and biostatistics of environmental bacterial communities and devises novel approaches for comparing genomes.

Dr. Habteab Habtom Post Doc.
Habteab is an ecologist. The aim of his project is to characterize soil variability through the analysis of soil microbial diversity as related to environmental parameters.

Or Rotem Ph.D. candidate.
Or studies the first steps of the interaction between Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and its bacteria prey.

Michael Ben Yosef Ph.D. candidate.
Michael is examining the relationships between the olive fly Bactrocera oleae and its associated microbiota (in collaboration with Boaz Yuval)

Ofir Avidan Ph.D. candidate. 
Ofir studies Bdellovibrio responses when the predator encounters a prey (in collaboration with Shmuel Pietrokovski).

Yossi Cohen Ph.D. candidate.
Yossi examines Bdellovibrio and like organisms in wastewater treatment plants

Diana Rasoulouniriana Ph.D. candidate.
Diana studies the predator role of Bdellovibrio in aquaculture using zero-discharge system (in collaboration with  Prof. Jaap van Rijn)

Margarita Petrenko M.Sc. student.
Margarita studies the interactions of Bdellovibrio with prey bacteria in soil.

Chen Ziv M.Sc. student.
Chen examines the resolution of finger printing and high throughput sequencing methods on the soil microbiota

Doron Zaada M.Sc. student.
Doron studies bacterial effects on medfly larvae (in collaboration with Boaz Yuval)

Aineah Luchibia. M.Sc. student.
Aineah examines the effect of seasonal changes on soil bacterial populations using controlled microcosms.