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Microbial Metabolic Pathways Research laboratory

Dr. Itamar Yadid

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Bacteria can rapidly adapt to the constantly changing environment by the acquisition and evolution of new metabolic pathways. Research in the lab is aimed at understanding and characterizing this outstanding ability at the molecular level. We would like to apply the acquired knowledge to various fields, from understanding the complex interactions between a pathogen and its host to the engineering of microorganisms for the production of renewable energy. We use knowledge and methods from the fields of microbiology, biochemistry, protein engineering and evolution to understand the processes and to apply them in the most efficient and environmental friendly way.



Ph.D. 2009, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel,
M.Sc. 2004, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Academic positions
2013- Head of Molecular and Environmental Microbiology Laboratory, MIGAL– Galilee Research institute.
2010-2013 Post-doctoral Research fellow, lab of Prof. Shelley D. Copley at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Selected Publications

Sequestration of a highly reactive intermediate in an evolving pathway for degradation of pentachlorophenol

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2013 Volume 110 Issue 24 Pages E2182-90 I. Yadid; J. Rudolph; K. Hlouchova; S. D. Copley Read online

Functional beta-propeller lectins by tandem duplications of repetitive units

Protein Eng Des Sel 2011 Volume 24 Issue 01-ינו Pages 185-95 I. Yadid; D. S. Tawfik Read online

Metamorphic proteins mediate evolutionary transitions of structure

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2010 Volume 107 Issue 16 Pages 7287-92 I. Yadid; N. Kirshenbaum; M. Sharon; O. Dym; D. S. Tawfik Read online

Reconstruction of functional beta-propeller lectins via homo-oligomeric assembly of shorter fragments

J Mol Biol 2007 Volume 365 Issue 1 Pages 06-אוק I. Yadid; D. S. Tawfik Read online


Post-graduate and post-doctoral research training


Laboratories and research projects


Business opportunities and technology transfer