Dr. Itai Sharon

Dr. Itai Sharon
Principal Investigator
Principal Investigator
Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor)
Ph.D., 2010, Technion, Israel
Microbiome Bioinformatics
Research interests:


1. Plant-microbiome interactions

2. The diversity of the human-associated microbiome

3. Designing computational methods for metagenomics analysis

We are studying the microbiome of different environments. The lab utilizes molecular biology techniques along with advanced computational methods and data science approaches to generate and analyze metagenomics and other data. Currently, research in the lab is focused on human-associated microbes and plant-microbiome interactions.



Ph.D. Computer Science. Dissertation title: Computational methods for metagenomic analysis, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

M.Sc. Computer Science. Research focus: similarity detection for low complexity and remotely related proteins, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

B.Sc. Computer Science, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

 Academic positions

2015 – present: Principal Investigator, MIGAL – Galilee Research Institute. Research focuses on the study of plant- and human-associated microbial communities.
2015 – present: Senior Lecturer, the Computer Science Department, Tel-Hai College. Teaches basic and advanced courses in programming, data science, and bioinformatics.
2010 – 2015: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Earth and Planetary Science, University of California, Berkeley. Research focus: dynamics and structure of microbial communities across different environments.

For a complete list of publications please check Dr. Sharon's Google scholar page

Scientific Publications

Post-antibiotic gut mucosal microbiome reconstitution is impaired by probiotics and improved by autologous FMT

Suez, J., Zmora, N., Zilberman-Schapira, G., Mor, U., Dori-Bachash, M., Bashiardes, S., Zur, M., Regev-Lehavi, D., Ben-Zeev Brik, R., Federici, S., Horn, M., Cohen, Y., Moor, A.E., Zeevi, D., Korem, T., Kotler, E., Harmelin, A., Itzkovitz, S., Maharshak, N., Shibolet, O., Pevsner-Fischer, M., Shapiro, H., Sharon, I., Halpern, Z., Segal, S. and Elinav, E.

Personalized gut mucosal colonization resistance to empiric probiotics is associated with unique host and microbiome features

Zmora, N., Zilberman-Schapira, G., Suez, J., Mor, U., Dori-Bachash, M., Bashiardes, S., Kotler, E., Zur, M., Regev-Lehavi, D., Ben-Zeev Brik, R., Federici, S., Cohen, Y., Linevsky, R., Rothschild, D., Moor, A.E., Ben-Moshe, S., Harmelin, A., Itzkovitz, S., Maharshak, N., Shibolet, O., Shapiro, H., Pevsner-Fischer, M., Sharon, I., Halpern, Z., Segal, E. and Elinav, E.

Critical biogeochemical functions in the subsurface are associated with bacteria from new phyla and little studied lineages.

Hug, L.A., Thomas, B.C., Sharon, I., Brown, C.T., Sharma, R., Hettich, R.L., Wilkins, M.J., Williams, K.H., Singh, A., Banfield, J.F.
Environ Microbiol. 2016 Volume 18 Issue 1 Pages 159-173

Evidence for persistent and shared bacterial strains against a background of largely unique gut colonization in hospitalized premature infants.

Raveh-Sadka, T., Firek, B., Sharon, I., Baker, R., Brown, C.T., Thomas, B.C., Morowitz, M.J., Banfield, J.F.
ISME J. 2016

Genomic resolution of a cold subsurface aquifer community provides metabolic insights for novel microbes adapted to high CO2 concentrations.

Probst, A.J., Castelle, C.J., Singh, A., Brown, C.T., Anantharaman, K., Sharon, I., Hug, L.A., Burstein, D., Emerson, J.B., Thomas, B.C., Banfield, J.F.
Eviron Microbiol. 2016