Dr. Oded Liran

Dr. Oded Liran
Research Group Leader
Research Interests:
  • Remote sensing of Photosynthesis
  • Chemometrics and multivariate statistics
  • Physiology of photosynthetic microorganisms
  • Carbon Concentrating Mechanism of marine and fresh water phytoplankton

Modern agriculture faces an ultimatum – to feed the ever growing world population which is predicted to bypass the nine billion planet inhabitant mark by the year of 2050. Crops perform photosynthesis and provide us not only with food but also with fibers and fuel, rendering photosynthesis as the single most important mechanism that is beneficial to understand and explore. The research led by the group is of an applicative nature, where fundamental knowledge regarding photosynthesis and its effect on plant physiology is sought for, and where smart and innovative technologies are developed based on that knowledge.

Main research topics:
Chlorophyll fluorescence, Gas exchange, Remote sensing, Precision agriculture, Data science


University Education

2004-2008          B.Sc., (Cum Laude), Department of Biology, Technion- Israeli Institute of Technology Haifa, Israel. 

2008-2013          Ph.D., (direct track), Leon Charney School for Marine Sciences.

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel. Dissertation: "Dynamics of the CO2 transporters within the Carbon Concentrating Mechanism of Cyanobacteria sp. PCC6803 with respect to light and pH stress".

Supervisor: Prof. Dan Tchernov. 

2013-2016           Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Molecular Biology & Ecology 
of Plants, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel. 

2016-2018           Postdoctoral Fellow at MIGAL Galilee Research Institute, Israel.

Posters in Conferences & Invited Talks in Conferences and Webinars

1. "Remote sensing of plant physiology - sensing the heartbeats of crops with fine resolution spectral acquisition". Pitch talk at the ZIM AgriPhotonics Virtual Workshop. Organized by OptecBB eV (BMBF) & Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), 2020.

2. "Elucidating Photosynthesis Physiology on multiple scales (Spatial, Spectral & Temporal)". Talk at the Agri-tech Online Conference. Organized by the Israeli Innovation Authority, 2020.

3.”Implementation of sun induced fluorescence into smart decision support systems”. Talk     at the Environmental and Ecological Plant Physiology session at the international     conference of the American Society of Plant Biologists, San-Jose, USA, 2019.

4. “Development of tools for optimal nutrient and irrigation management based on remote      sensing of chlorophyll fluorescence”. Poster at the international conference of the       American Society of Plant Biologists, San-Jose, USA, 2019.

4. “Development of tools for optimal nutrient management based on remote sensing of     chlorophyll a fluorescence in Z. mays”. Poster at the international conference: 1st     European conference in Photosynthesis, Uppsala, Sweden, 2017. 

5. “A rapid screening method for testing modifications to correctly assembled photosystem I’s reducing end by reconstitution with recombinant expressed protein subunits”. Short talk in national conference in Tel-Aviv: The 4th conference of the Israeli society for biotechnology, Tel-Aviv, 2017.

Editorial Responsibilities

Journal of Bioresources and Bioprocessing. Reviewer, 2018- present.

Journal of Remote Sensing. Reviewer, 2018- present.

Journal of Plant Science. Reviewer, 2019- present.

Journal of Geosciences. Reviewer, 2020.


EU COST Action – CA18113 – Understanding and exploiting the impacts of low pH on micro-organisms. Official Member on behalf of the Israeli ministry of Science, Space and Technology.

EU COST Action - CA16106 - Ammonia and Greenhouse Gases Emissions from Animal Production Buildings. Official Substitute Member on behalf of the Israeli ministry of Science, Space and Technology.

Awards and Honors
Early Stage Researcher, ITN From light to HARVEST (PITN-GA-2009-238017), FP7 Marie-Sklodowska Curie actions. June 2010- December 2012.

1. Two hundred thousand dollars, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development fund per 3 year, 2020 (PI).

2. Three hundred thousand dollars, BARD US-Israel Agricultural Research and Development fund per 3 years, 2020 (Co-I).

3. Five hundred thousand dollars, Russell-Berrie grant per 2 years, 2018 (PI).

Scientific Publications

Random Forest Algorithm Improves Detection of Physiological Activity Embedded within Reflectance Spectra Using Stomatal Conductance as a Test Case

Snir Vitrack-Tamam,Lilach Holtzman,Reut Dagan,Shai Levi,Yuval Tadmor,Tamir Azizi,Onn Rabinovitz,Amos Naor Oded Liran*
Journal of Remote Sensing

Novel Remote Sensing Index of Electron Transport Rate Predicts Primary Production and Crop Health in L. sativa and Z. mays

Oded Liran, Ofer M. Shir, Shai Levy, Ariel Grunfeld, Yuval Shelly
Journal of Remote Sensing

Comparative study of leaf antioxidant activity as a possible mechanism for frost tolerance in ‘Hass’ and ‘Ettinger’ avocado cultivars

A. Weil, C. Sofer-Arad, Y. Bar-Noy, O. Liran, L. Rubinovich

Investigation into the CO2 concentrating step rates within the carbon concentrating mechanism of Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 at various pH and light intensities reveal novel mechanistic properties

O. Liran, E. Shemesh, D. Tchernov
Journal of Algal Research

A myovirus encoding both photosystem-I and II proteins enhances cyclic electron flow in infected Prochlorococcus cells

Fridman, S., Flores-Uribe, J., Larom, S., Alalouf, O., Liran, O., Yacoby, I., Salama, F., Bailleul, B., Rappaport, F., Ziv, T., Sharon, I., Cornejo-Castillo, F.M., Philosof, A., Dupont, C.L., Sanchez, P., Acinas, S.G., Rohwer, F., Lindell, D. and Beja, O
Nature Microbiology

Microoxic niches within the thylakoid stroma of air-grown C. reinhardtii protect [FeFe]-hydrogenase

Liran, O., Semyatich, R., Milrad, Y., Eilenberg, H., Weiner, I., & Yacoby, I. (2016).
Journal of Plant Physiology

The dual effect of a ferredoxin-hydrogenase fusion protein in vivo: successful divergence of the photosynthetic electron flux towards hydrogen production and elevated oxygen tolerance

H. Eilenberg, I. Weiner, O. Ben-Zvi, C. Pundak, A. Marmari, O. Liran, M.S. Wecker, Y. Milrad, I. Yacoby
Biotechnology for Biofuels