Affiliated TAU Researchers

We are proud to be affiliated with the TAU researchers listed below and welcome any faculty member or graduate student at Tel Aviv University to be affiliated with the Food Security and Safety Program. Affiliation entails a connection to research in some aspect of food Security and Safety research, in its broadest definition, and a willingness to be affiliated with the program through teaching, mentoring, seminars, courses, etc. 

Affiliated members are eligible for funding through the Manna Center.

 

Engineering

Prof. Yossi Shacham

Email

yosish@eng.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Electrical Engineering

Research Interest

Remote sensors for use in agriculture and food industry

Website

http://www.eng.tau.ac.il/research/laboratories/shacham-grp/

 

Dr. Amit Gefen

Email

gefen@eng.tau.ac.il

Role

PI

Department

Biomedical Engineering

Research Interest

Works with experimental and computational analysis of the mechanical behavior of hard and soft biological tissues, role of the mechanical stress distribution within tissues in development of diseases, analysis of the kinematic and dynamic behavior of musculoskeletal structures and development of methodologies for computer planning, simulation and enhancement of medical treatments and surgical procedures

Website

https://www.eng.tau.ac.il/~gefen/ 

 

Dr. Hadas Mamane

Email

hadasmg@tauex.tau.ac.il

Role

PI 

Department

Environmental Engineering

Research Interest

One of the major challenges faced by the world today is the availability of safe drinking water. Our group focuses on developing water-treatment processes and technologies by introducing natural and induced photons, radicals, reactive species and nano-particles into the water.

Website

http://www.hadasmamane.tau.ac.il/

 

Exact Sciences

Prof. Doron Shabat

Email

chdoron@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Chemistry

Research Interest

Organic Synthesis, Catalytic Antibodies, agrochemical activation, Self-Immolative Dendritic and polymeric systems.

Website

http://www1.tau.ac.il/~shabat/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=14&Itemid=28

 

Prof. Eytan Rupin

Email

ruppin@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Computer Sciences

Research Interest

Metabolic modeling

Website

http://www.cs.tau.ac.il/~ruppin/

 

Humanities

Prof. Eyal Ben Dor

Email

bendor@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Department of Geography and Human Environment

Research Interest

Eyal Ben-Dor is a the director of The Department of Geography and Human Environment and head of the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) within this department. He  has experience in remote sensing of the earth with a special emphasis on hyperspectral remote sensing (HSR), soil spectroscopy (passive and active) and environmental issues. He is a pioneer in many fields, such as  urban, soil and atmosphere mapping from HSR technology, and has the ability to see one step ahead. He has adopted HSR technology for ground and indoor applications and is the author of three commercial patents.

 

Website

http://geography.tau.ac.il/remote_sensing​

 

 

Dr. Dafna Langgut

Email

langgut@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Archaeology

Research Interest

Botanical archaeology, reconstruction of ancient environments.

Website

http://archaeology.tau.ac.il/?page_id=1811

 

Dr. Orit Rozin

Email

oritr@post.tau.ac.il​

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

History

Research Interest

My research focuses on the cultural, social and legal aspects of Israel's Austerity regime in the 1950s. I am looking at how women's roles were molded by shortages; I am interested in the role children played in shaping public discourse about shortages, and how law breaking was justified.  Human nutrition is not only constructed by physiological needs but also by cultural  needs. I therefore study the social capital attached to the most desired item of food at that time - meat. Since in the 1950s,  one was thought to be what one ate (or could not afford to eat), I also study the impact of shortages on national identity.

 

Website

http://www.oritrozin.com/​

 

 

Prof. Galia Sabar

Email

gsafrica@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

African Studies

Research Interest

My research focuses on African labor migrants and asylum seekers in Israel. Lately the research has been expanded to include return migration. Questions of sustainability, changing gender role and social capital amongst migrants are at the focus of my research.

Website

http://humanities.tau.ac.il/segel/gsafrica/​

 

Prof. Amy Singer

Email

asinger@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Middle Eastern & African History

Research Interest

Historical research into institutions that distribute free meals and the socio-cultural logic inspires these institutions. Ottoman (1300-1923) public kitchens (imaret). My current project includes a study of the kitchens of Edirne/Adrianople to understand how multiple kitchens, and other institutions distributing free meals, operated in a major Ottoman city.

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/~mideast/faculty/amy_eng.htm

 

Law

Prof. Aeyal Gross

Email

agross@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Law

Research Interest

Research on Social Economic Rights. Conducting research on the right to food and food security, looking at the role of human rights in this field. My first forthcoming article looks at food security in the context of the Gaza closure, and further research will consider other issues of food security and other ways in which law influences "what's on the plate".

Website

www.aeyalgross.com

 

Dr. Yofi Tirosh

Email

ytirosh@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Law

Research Interest

Food law

Website

http://www.law.tau.ac.il/Eng/?CategoryID=242&ArticleID=331

Management

Dr. Aliza Inbal

Email

alizabel@tau.ac.il

Role

Researcher

Department

Coller School of Management

Research Interest

I want to feed the world.

Website

 

Medicine

Prof. Daniel (Dani) Cohen

Email

dancohen@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head, Director of School of Public Health

Department

Public Health

Research Interest

Epidemiology of infectious diseases; Vaccinology; Risk and protective host factors associated with enteric diseases and in particular shigellosis; Development of enteric vaccines; Study of the association between selected infectious agents (e.g. Helicobacter pylori, Human Papilloma Virus) and cancer.

 

Ofra Kalter – Leibovici, M.D.

Email

OfraL@gertner.health.gov.il

Role

Director - Unit of Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Department

Gertner Institute for Epidemiology & Health Policy Research

Research Interest

Epidemiology of heart and blood vessel diseases, and of the risk factors associated with these diseases (Diabetes, hypertension, etc).

 

Life Sciences

Prof. Avigdor Abelson

Email

avigdor@tauex.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Zoology

Research Interest

Marine ecology, Sustainable mari-culture, Human impact on marine ecosystems

Website

http://en-lifesci.tau.ac.il/profile/avigdor

 

 

Prof. Yossi Leshem

Email

yleshem@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI

Department

Zoology

Research Interest

Yossi Leshem studies various aspects of bird migration: radar, motorized glider, network of ground observers, and satellite transmitters (PTT’S). His work includes: applied research for Israeli Air Force and civilian aviation; the ecology of wintering bird populations in Israel; applied research to solve conflicts between birds and farmers; barn owls and kestrels as pest-control agents in agriculture; and educational aspects and eco-tourism in ornithology.

Website

https://en-lifesci.tau.ac.il/profile/yossile

 

 

Prof. Adi Avni

Email

lpavni@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants

Research Interest

Biotic Stress, Induction of Innate Immunity

Website

http://en-lifesci.tau.ac.il/profile/lpavni​

 

Prof. Eran Bacharach

Email

eranbac@post.tau.ac.il 

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Cell Research and Immunology

Research Interest

I am interested in RNA viruses, including ones that attack poultry, and the identification of yet unrecognized new fish virus (which infects and kill tilapia in industrial tilapia farming).

We are interested in molecular aspects of replication of such viruses,including their cloning and generation of attenuated strains for future vaccination attempts.

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/cell_r/members/bacharach/bacharach.html

 

Prof. Adina Breiman

Email

adina@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular biology and ecology of plants

Research Interest

Response of plants to biotic stress  mainly heat stress.
Improvement of wheat by classical and molecular approaches

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/breiman/breiman.html

 

Prof. Daniel Chamovitz

Email

dannyc@tauex.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular biology and ecology of plants

Research Interests

Integrative food security policy; molecular plant genetics.

Website

http://www.danielchamovitz.com/

 

 

Dr. Assaf Distelfeld

Email

adistel@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants / Insititute for Cereal Crop Improvement

Research Interest

My laboratory is focused on improving yield and quality of crop plants, especially wheat, through the exploitation of beneficial traits from wild germplasm. I believe that an integrated system approach, combining physiological, genetic, genomic and transgenic tools, is required to dissect complex traits and reduce the gap between phenotype and genotype.

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/Distelfeld/Distelfeld.html

 

Dr. Marcello Ehrlich

Email

marceloe@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Cell Research and Immunology

Research Interest

The Ehrlich laboratory studies the interaction of cells with viruses that attack farm animals. Our research has centered on Orbiviruses such as the Bluetongue virus and the Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease virus, which pose a significant threat to the ovine and bovine farm industries in Israel and Europe. We employ advanced techniques such as quantitative live- and fixed- cell confocal microscopy, reverse genetics, RNAi interference and other cell biology approaches. Our aims are to identify determinants of virulence, characterize cellular processes induced by these viruses and generate clones and reagents for the employment of such knowledge in the design of modified viral clones.

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/cell_r/members/ehrlichm/ehrlichm.html

 

Prof. Marcelo Sternberg

Email

marcelos@tauex.tau.ac.il

Role

PI

Department

Ecology

Research Interest

He is an experimental ecologist interested on the effects of global changes on natural plant communities. Within this topic he addresses questions spanning plant community ecology, plant population ecology, evolution and ecosystem functioning. The list of keywords describing his work includes: soil seed bank, dynamic grazing effects on natural systems, global climate change, climatic gradients, species diversity, plant invasion.

Website

http://botanic.tau.ac.il/?page_id=829&lang=en

 

Prof. Hillel Fromm

Email

hillelf@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular Biology & Ecology of Plants

Research Interest

Genes controlling plant - water interactions, water-use-efficiency, root architecture, drought resistance, crop improvement

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/~hillelf/

 

Prof. Uri Gophna

Email

 urigo@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI

Department

Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology

Research Interest

Broadly, our research interests revolve around two related topics: 1. The role of lateral (horizontal) gene transfer in the evolution of microorganisms and 2. The study of host-microbe interaction, with particular focus on the human gut microbiome in health and disease. We are interested in fundamental questions in microbial ecology and evolution: What are the factors that drive or limit gene flow between prokaryotic species? Which microbial species can cause chronic diseases?

Website

https://en-lifesci.tau.ac.il/profile/urigo

 

Dr. Itay Mayrose

Email            

itaymay@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Plant Sciences

Research Interest

Plant domestication processes. Using a combination of computational tools with large scale genomics data we hope to gain novel insights into the evolutionary consequences of plant domestication and the evolutionary selection forces that shaped their genomes. By identifying unique patterns of selection acting on certain genes, we aim to reveal common genomics characteristics of plant crops that are important for human consumption

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/~itaymay/

 

Dr. Dror Avisar

Email

droravi@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI

Department

Hydro-chemisty 

Research Interest

He has established a unique and world-leading hydrochemistry research group and laboratory studying the chemical-physical and transport of various nano-micro contaminants within the aquatic environments. Additionally, the hydrochemistry group is developing an innovative based AOP technologies for the removal and breakdown of these contaminants.

Website

http://www.hydrochem.tau.ac.il/

 

 

Prof. Nir Ohad

Email

niro@tauex.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants

Research Interest

Epigenetic regulation of Reproductive development and adaptation to environmental stress

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/ohad/ohad.html

 

Dr. Yuval Sapir

Email

sapiry@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants

Research Interest

GMO safety, Agro-ecology

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/sapir/sapir.html

 

Prof. Aviah Zilberstein

Email

aviah@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI / Lab Head

Department

Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants

Research Interest    

Increasing stress tolerance of crop plants

Website

http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/zilberstein/zilberstien.html

 

Social Sciences

Dr. Ram Fishman

Email

ramf@post.tau.ac.il

Role

PI 

Department

Public Policy

Research Interest

Dr. Ram Fishman is working on the ground, in developing countries in Asia and Africa, to understand how smallholder farmers are affected by drought, climate change and water scarcity and how new technologies can enable them to practice more prosperous and sustainable agriculture.

Website

https://en-social-sciences.tau.ac.il/profile/ramf

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