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About Me

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing"-
Albert Einstein

I'm all into microbial ecology science, currently a student at the joint Biotechnology Ph.D./MBA program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. My PhD research is under the supervision of Dr. Eddie Cytryn (the Soil, Water and Environmental Science Institute, ARO) and Prof. Eduard Jurkevitz (HUJI, Hebrew University of Jerusalem). I focus on identifying novel antimicrobials-producing gene clusters in the root microbiota, using cutting-edge molecular biology and computational tools and pipelines. 
Alongside my academic research, I co-founded FaculTech, an entrepreneurship center at the Faculty of Agriculture, Environment and Food, Hebrew I. I co-managed the center for two years, building a vibrant community of undergrads and graduate students, as well as initating interactions with the surrounding Agtech and Foodtech industries.


Published Work

June 2019

Eddie Cytryn, Barak Dror and Max Kolton

March 2019

Shira Penner, Barak Dror , Iris Aviezer , Yamit Bar‐Lev , Ayelet Salman‐Minkov, Terezie Mandakova , Petr Šmarda, Itay Mayrose  and Yuval Sapir

High Levels of CO2 Induce Spoilage by Leuconostoc mesenteroides by Upregulating Dextran-Synthesis Genes

October 2018 (Applied and Environmental Microbiology)

Emergence of Leuconostoc mesenteroides as a causative agent of oozing in carrots stored under non-ventilated conditions

August 2017 (Microbial Biotechnology)

Yael Lampert, Barak Dror, Noa Sela, Paula Teper-Bamnolker, Avinoam Daus, Shlomo Sela and Dani Eshel 


Awards and Scholarships (Partial)


'Lily Teper' Scholarship for Excellence (3000$)


Data Scientist Intern, Indigo Agriculture, Boston, USA.


Rieger Foundation Fellowship (5000$)


The Greenstein Award (3000$)


'Nathan Yaffe' Scholarship for Excellence (3000$)


Smith Scholarship for Excellent PhD Students (13,000$)


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