Jonathan Friedman (CVGoogle Scholar,                                      )

Principal Investigator

Postdoc Center for Physics of Living Systems, MIT, 2017 (Mentor: Jeff Gore)

PhD Computational and Systems Biology, MIT, 2013 (Mentors: Eric Alm & Daniel Rothman)

BSc Physics and Biology, Tel-Aviv University (2007)

Jonathan has a background in bioinformatics, mathematical biology, and experimental microbiology. His main area of interest and expertise is microbial community dynamics.

Nesli Tovi 

Research Scientist

PhD Environmental Microbiology, Hebrew University & Volcani center, 2019 

MSc Microbiology, Bar Ilan University, 2012
BSc  Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, 2010

Nesli's research interests are bacteria-bacteria interaction and horizontal gene transfer. She has experience in molecular biology, plants, and confocal laser scanning microscopy.

Nittay Meroz

PhD student in Agroecology

MSc  Microbiology, Bar Ilan University, 2018. 

Nittay studies long-term co-evolutionary dynamics of competing bacterial species and their predictability.

Gal Toledano

MSc student in Computational Biology

BSc Computer Science and Computational Biology, Hebrew University, 2020.


Gal is interested in the evolution of interspecies interacations.

Amichai Baichman-Kass

MSc student in Agroecology

BSc Agroecology & Biotechnology, Hebrew University, 2019.

Amichai's research is focused on metabolic exchange in interspecific bacterial networks.

Yael Sorokin

Lab technician

BSc Nutrition Science, Hebrew University, 2019.

Yael supports all the experimental project in the lab.

Tingting Song

Visitng Research Fellow

PhD Agro-grassland science,  Northeast Agricultural University (China), 2020 (expected)

MSc Botany,  Northeast Agricultural University (China), 2017.

Tingting’s research aims at identifying novel antimicrobials using high-throughput screening.

Einat Nestor

Undergraduate researcher

BSc  Computational Biology, Hebrew University, 2021 (expected).

Einat uses machine learning to predict how microbes interact.

Hildah Amutuhaire

PhD student in Agroecology
(co-advised by Eddie Cytryn, ARO)

MSc  Agroecology, Hebrew University University, 2020. 

Hildah is bioprospecting for novel bacterial antifungal secondary metabolites for plant protection.

Damilola Olaewe

MSc project student in Plant Sciences

B. Tech  Crop production and soil sciences (Nigeria), 2018.

Dami’s research focuses on characterizing bacterial isolates for biocontrol of plant-pathogenic microbes.


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Former lab members

Graduate students
  • Yaron Goldberg, Masters student 2018-2020 (with distinction); currently: PhD student at Tel-Aviv University.


Visiting students

  • Joshua Derrick, visiting undergraduate student (MIT) 2019; currently: PhD student at John Hopkins University.

  • Aswin Krishna,  visiting undergraduate student (IIT Patna) 2019; currently: Masters student at ETH.