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.
Prof. Edouard Jurkevitch
Phone: +972 8 9489167
Fax: +972 8 9466794
Dr. Ofra Matan (the Boss)
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.
Dr. Zohar Pasternak Zohar does bioinformatics and biostatistics of environmental bacterial communities and devises novel approaches for comparing genomes.
Dr. Habteab Habtom 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 Or studies the first steps of the interaction between Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus and its bacteria prey.
Ofir Avidan Ofir studies Bdellovibrio responses when the predator encounters a prey (in collaboration with Shmuel Pietrokovski).
Yossi Cohen Yossi examines Bdellovibrio and like organisms in wastewater treatment plants
Margarita Petrenko Margarita studies the interactions of Bdellovibrio with prey bacteria in soil.
Tahl Paran Tahl examines the effects of bacteria on fitness parameters in the Olive fly (in collaboration with Boaz Yuval)
Chen ZivChen examines the resolution of finger printing and high throughput sequencing methods on the soil microbiota
Doron Zaada Doron studies bacterial effects on medfly larvae (in collaboration with Boaz Yuval)
Keren Pritsker is a third year B.Sc. student. Her project is to examine deleterious effects of selected groups of bacteria on the medfly.