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Biotechnology research is central to MIGAL. Many laboratories integrate basic and applied research that can be translated into applications in food, functional foods, agriculture, energy, pharma and medicine.

Research Groups

Directed enzyme evolution for the degradation of recalcitrant molecules

Dr. Livnat Afriat-Jurnou - Head

Plant Metabolism Laboratory

Plant molecular biology; sulfur metabolism; metabolism of amino acids; biology of pomegranates

Prof. Rachel Amir - Head
Dr. Yael Hacham - Associate Researcher

Molecular Genetics in Agriculture Laboratory

Prof. Martin Goldway - Head

Immunology Laboratory

Prof. Gideon Gross - Head

Development and Testing of Toxicology Models Laboratory

Histology; immunohistochemistry ; microscopy;  "electrolytic water; "ionized water"

Dr. Karen Jackson - Head

Plant Biology Laboratory

Double fertilization; Early seed-development; Environmental stresses; Abiotic stresses

Dr. Yehoram (Yori) Leshem - Head

Discovery and Screening of Anti-Cancer Agents Laboratory

Dr. Jamal Mahajna - Head

Animal Ecology and Biodiversity Laboratory

Agro-ecosystems; Animal-plant interactions; Animal self-medication; Ants; Honeybees

Dr. Jean-Jacque Itzhak Martinez - Head

Bioenergetics and Protein Design Laboratory

Solar Energy Conversion; Computational Protein Design; Light-Harvesting; Chlorophyll-Proteins; Light-Induced Charge Separation

Dr. Dror Noy - Head

Plant Quantitative and Population Genomics

Dr. Sariel Hübner - Head

Virology and Vaccine Development Laboratory

vaccine; tumor; virology; immunology; poultry

Prof. Jacob Pitcovski - Head

Molecular and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory

Dr. Chen Katz - Head

Oxidative Stress research Laboratory

Prof. Jacob Vaya - Head
Dr. Soliman Khatib - Associate Researcher

Microbial Metabolic Pathways Research Laboratory

Dr. Itamar Yadid - Head


Prof. (Emeritus) Gad Degani - Water and Agricultural Biotechnology
Dr. Doron Goldberg - Medical and Diagnostic Instruments Development
MSc Emma Kvitnitsky - Extraction of Natural Products
Prof. (Emeritus) Dan Levanon - Agricultural Biotechnology of Fungi
Prof. Segula Masaphy - Applied Mycology and Microbiology


Post-graduate and post-doctoral research training


Laboratories and research projects


Business opportunities and technology transfer