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Department of Animal Sciences
The Robert H. Smith Faculty
of Agricultural, Food & Environment

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489119;
Fax: +972-(0)8-9465763;
Yael Lewitus, Department's Secretary
e-mail: yaellew@savion.huji.ac.il

Lab members

Technicians:

  • Ms. Miriam Barak

Ph.D. students:

  • Gilad Yamin, DSVM - Probiotic function of water in a zero-discharge recirculating fish culture system.
  • Michal Raz Bahat - The digestive system in corals and its adaptation to coral predation on particulate matter. (Joint supervision with B. Rinkevitch).

M.Sc students:

  • Assaf Lazarus- Development of a multi species coral nursery for coral reefs restoration. (Joint supervision with B. Rinkevitch).
  • Ayelet Ben-Natan - Physiological indicators for nitrate toxicity in fish
  • Ido Revel - Removal of Geosmin and 2-Methylisoborneol by Immobilized Bacteria in aquaculture systems. (Joint supervision with A. Nussinovitch).
  • Snir Azaria – Bioreactor development for removal of off-flavor compounds from recirculating systems.

Former students:

Master's degree students

  • 1990-1991 Wisenfeld-Kruse, C. Aerobic denitrifying and heterotrophic nitrifying bacteria in wastewater treatment systems.
    Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. Joint supervision with: J.G. Kuenen, N. Iversen, K. Hendriksen.
  • 1989-1991 Rivera, G. Nitrite accumulation during nitrification and denitrification in The treatment of aquaculture wastewater.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Oceanography.
  • 1991-1993 Arbiv, R. Studies on a denitrifying fluidized bed reactor used in a recirculated fish culture system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 1992-1994 Aboutboul, Y. Volatile fatty acid mediated denitrification.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • Zuckerman, U. Antifouling paints as an algicide in Mekoroth third line reservoirs.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 1994-1996 Dvir, O. Microbial transformation of nitrogen in an integrated system for the growth of marine fish and seaweed – nitrification and denitrification.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with: A. Neori.
  • 1994-1996 Alkalai, R. Microbial transformations of nitrogen in an intensive fish culture system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 1994-1996 Hurvitz, A. Streptococcal vaccine in rainbow trout (Oncorchynchus mykiss, Walbaum): Evaluation of efficiency with different adjuvants and under chronic ammonia stress.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with: H. Bercovier.
  • 1995-1997 Barak,Y. Factors mediating nitrite accumulation during denitrification by Pseudomonas sp. and Ochrobactrum anthropi.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 1996-1999 Zahira, G. Performance of nitrifying filters operated in an intensive aquaculture system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 1998 Shnel, N.† Studies on water purification processes in a semi-commercial, closed fish culture system with emphasis on the anaerobic water purification stage.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 2000 Even-Chen, Z. Degradation of organic matter in an intensive marine aquaculture system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 2000-2002 Gelfand, Y. Study on nutrient transformations in a zero-discharge mariculture recirculating system with emphasis on sulfide oxidation system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 2002-2005 Guttman, L. Off-flavor causing actinomycetes in recirculating fish culture systems.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 2002-2007 Koch, L. Shifts in the ammonia-oxidizing community structure in a trickling filter of an aquaculture recirculating system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with D. Minz.
  • 2005-2007 Sher, Y. Influence of sulfide on nitrate reduction in the anaerobic treatment stage of a zero-discharge system.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 2007-2009 Almog, Oshri. Mass culture of the freshwater rotifer Branchionus calysiflorus.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with E. Lubzens.
  • 2008-2011 Nachum, Ortal. An examination of prokaryote predatory in the treatment steps of a zero discharge aquaculture system.
    Joint supervision with E. Jurkovitch.
  • 2008-2012 Fertig, Tamar. Removal of nitrogen by heterotrophic bacteria transformed with anammox-encoding plasmids.

Doctoral degree students:

  • 1995-2001 Tal, Y. (formerly Aboutboul). Studying and improving denitrification processes in hydrocolloid immobilization systems.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with: A. Nussinovitch.
  • 1997-2002 Barak, Y. Phosphate removal in recirculating aquaculture systems.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture.
  • 2000-2005 Cytryn, E. Sulfur cycling in a closed-system, marine intensive aquaculture unit.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with: D. Minz (Volcani Institute).
  • 2001-2008 Shafir, S. Agricultural and biological aspects of inland cultivation of corals.
    The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture. Joint supervision with: B. Rinkevitch.
  • 2003–2009 Yehezkel, E. Anaerobic ammonia oxidation (anammox) by bacterial isolates from aquaculture systems.
  • 2005 - 2012 Guttman, Lior. Production and reduction of the off-flavor compounds, geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol, in recirculating aquaculture systems.

Post-doctoral fellows:

  • 2005–2006 Schneider, H.K. Tracing carbon cycling in a marine zero-discharge fish culture system by means of stable isotope geochemistry.