Prof. Eliora Ron

מקרוביולוגיה מולקולרית אמריטוס
Prof. Eliora Ron
Phone: 03-6409379
Fax: 03-6414138
Office: Britannia-Porter, 419

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2000-2004     Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University

2000 - 2004   Vice President/President Elect of FEMS (Federation European Microbiological Societies)

2002 - 2004   Vice President/President Elect of FISEB (Federation of Israeli Societies of Experimental Biology)

2004 - 2007   President of FEMS (Federation European Microbiological Societies)

2005 -  2008   President of FISEB (Federation of Israeli Societies of Experimental Biology

2008 - 2011   Vice president/president elect of the BAM section (Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology) in IUMS (International Union of Microbiological Societies)

2011 - 2014   President of the BAM section (Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology) in IUMS (International Union of Microbiological Societies)

2011 -            Scientific director, MIGAL - Galilee Research Center

2014 -            President Elect of IUMS (International Union of Microbiological Societies)

 

 

 

 

Research Interests

Research interests include:

  • Regulation of gene expression:  We are interested in the molecular basis of bacterial gene expression. Our current focus is on the regulation of microbial response to environmental stress including a shift in temperature or exposure to organic pollutants and heavy metals.
  • Bacterial virulence: Although enteric bacteria, such as Escherichia coli are common inhabitants of our body, several strains are highly virulent and are often the cause of mortality and morbidity in man and animals. Weare interested in the genetic factors that determine the virulence of E. coli strains, and our specific interest is in these factors that determine the host specificity of the pathogens.
  • Use of bacteria to combat pollution: We have been studying bacteria that are potentially useful in bioremediation of organic pollution as well as pollution with heavy metals, especially cadmium. In addition to laboratory research, we have - in collaboration with Professor Eugene Rosenberg - carried out bioremediation of a number of oil-polluted sites, including the restoration of a beach heavily contaminated with crude oil north of Haifa.

 

Recent Publications

 

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Publications in refereed journals

 

Bekerman, R., G. Segal, E.Z. Ron, and E. Rosenberg. 2005. The AlnB protein of the bioemulsan alasan is a peroxiredoxin. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 66: 536-541

 

Gaspari, F., Y. Paitan, M. Mainini, D. Losi, E.Z. Ron, and F. Marinelli. 2005. Myxobacteria isolated in Israel as potential source of new anti-infectives. J Appl Microbiol 98: 429-439

 

Gur, E., C. Katz, and E.Z. Ron. 2005. All three J-domain proteins of the Escherichia coli DnaK chaperone machinery are DNA binding proteins. FEBS Lett 579: 1935-1939

 

Mokady, D., U. Gophna, and E.Z. Ron. 2005. Extensive gene diversity in septicemic Escherichia coli strains. J Clin Microbiol 43: 66-73

 

Gophna, U., E. Bapteste, W. F. Doolittle, D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2005. Evolutionary plasticity of methionine biosynthesis. Gene, 355:48-57

 

Cherny, I., L. Rockah,. O.. Levy-Nissenbaum, U Gophna, E. Z. Ron, and E. Gazit. 2005. The formation of Escherichia coli curli amyloid fibrils is mediated by prion-like peptide repeats. J Mol Biol 352:245-252

 

Ideses, D., D. Biran, U. Gophna, O. Levy-Nissenbaum, and E. Z. Ron. 2005. The lpf operon of invasive Escherichia coli. Int J Med Microbiol 295:227-236

 

Popovtzer, R., T. Neufeld, T., Biran, D., Ron, E. Z., Rishpon, J. and Shacham-Diamand, Y.. 2005. Novel integrated electrochemical nano-biochip for toxicity detection in water. Nano Let. 5. 1023-1027

 

Mokady, D., Gophna, U., and Ron, E.Z. (2005) Virulence Factors of Septicemic Escherichia coli strains. International Journal of Medical Microbiology 295:455-462

 

Ideses, D, Gophna, U., Levy-Nissenbaum, O., Paitan, Y. Chaudhuri, R.R., Pallen, M.J., and Ron, E.Z. (submitted for publication) A Degenerate Type-III Secretion System from Septicemic Escherichia coli Contributes to Pathogenesis.  J. Bact. 187: 8164 - 8171

 

Walzer, G. E. Rosenberg and E.Z. Ron. 2005. The Acinetobacter outer-membrane protein A (OmpA) is a secreted emulsifier. Env. Microbiology. 8:1026-1032

 

Ron,  E.Z. 2006. Host specificity of septicemic Escherichia coli: human and avian pathogens. Curr Opin Microbiol, 9:28-32

 

Ron, E.Z. 2006. Viable Methods of Treating Soil and Water Pollution: Monitoring, Protection and Remediation. In NATO Science Series, Series IV: vol 69. Earth and Environmental Sciences pp:523-532. Edited by Twardowska I, Allen HE, ggblom MHH: Springer

 

Chevrot, R., R. Rosen, E. Haudecoeur, A. Cirou, B. J. Shelp, E. Ron, and D. Faure. 2006. GABA controls the level of quorum-sensing signal in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 103:7460-7464

 

Neufeld, T., D. Biran, R. Popovtzer, T. Erez, E. Z. Ron, and J. Rishpon. 2006. Genetically engineered pfabA pfabR bacteria: An electrochemical whole cell biosensor for detection of water toxicity. Anal Chem 78:4952-4956

 

Mizrahi, I., D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2006. Requirement for the acetyl phosphate pathway in Escherichia coli ATP-dependent proteolysis. Mol Microbiol 62:201-11

 

Aronov, D., R. Rosen, E. Z. Ron, and G. Rosenman. 2006. Tunable hydroxyapatite wettability: Effect on adhesion of biological molecules. Process Biochemistry 41: 2367-2372

 

Vicente, M., J. Hodgson, O. Massidda, T. Tonjum, B. Henriques-Normark, and E. Z. Ron. 2006. The fallacies of hope: will we discover newantibiotics to combat pathogenic bacteria in time? FEMS Microbiol Rev  30:841-852

 

Knezevich, V., O. Koren, E. Z. Ron, and E. Rosenberg. 2006. Petroleum Bioremediation in Seawater Using Guano as the Fertilizer. Bioremediation Journal 10:83-91

 

Mizrahi, I., D.Biran, E. Gur, and E.Z. Ron, 2007 Tools for the study of protein quality control systems: use of truncated homoserine trans-succinylase as a model substrate for ATP-dependent proteolysis in Escherichia coli. J Microbiol Methods 70: 82-85

 

Rasouly, A., Y. Shenhar, and E.Z. Ron, 2007. Thermoregulation of Escherichia coli hchA transcript stability. J Bacteriol 189: 5779-5781

 

Ron, E.Z.2007. Biosensing environmental pollution. Curr Opin Biotechnol 18: 252-256

 

Mizrahi, I., M. Dagan, D. Biran, and E.Z. Ron, 2007. Toxic Thermolabile Proteins in the Study of Protein Quality Control. Appl Environ Microbiol  73:5951-5953

 

Aronov, D., R. Rosen, E. Z. Ron, and G. Rosenman. 2008. Electron-induced surface modification of hydroxyapatite-coated implant. Surface & Coatings Technology 202:2093-2102

 

Demuth, A., Y. Aharonowitz, T. T. Bachmann, G. Blum-Oehler, C. Buchrieser, A. Covacci, U. Dobrindt, L. Emody, A. van der Ende, J. Ewbank, L. A. Fernandez, M. Frosch, F. G. Portillo, M. S. Gilmore, P. Glaser, W. Goebel, S. E. Hasnain, J. Heesemann, K. Islam, T. Korhonen, M. Maiden, T. F. Meyer, C. Montecucco, E. Oswald, J. Parkhill, M. G. Pucciarelli, E. Ron, C. Svanborg, B. E. Uhlin, S. N. Wai, J. Wehland, and J. Hacker. 2008. Pathogenomics: An updated European Research Agenda. Infect Genet Evol 8:386-393

 

Katz, C., and E. Z. Ron. 2008. Dual role of FtsH in regulating lipopolysaccharide biosynthesis in Escherichia coli. J Bacteriol 190:7117-7122

 

Oberpichler, I., R. Rosen, A. Rasouly, M. Vugman, E. Z. Ron, and T. Lamparter. 2008. Light affects motility and infectivity of Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Environ Microbiol 10:2020-2029

 

Reshef, L., E. Ron, and E. Rosenberg. 2008. Genome analysis of the coral bleaching pathogen Vibrio shiloi. Arch Microbiol 190:185-194

 

Ron, E. Z. 2008. FEMS - Federation of European Microbiological Societies: past, present and future. Res Microbiol 159:49-50

 

Geffen, Y., E. Z. Ron, and E. Rosenberg. 2009. Regulation of release of antibacterials from stressed scleractinian corals. FEMS Microbiol Lett 295:103-109

 

Hempel, K., R. Rosen, D. Becher, K. Buttner, M. Hecker, and E. Z. Ron. 2009. Analysis of ultra acidic proteins by the use of anodic acidic gels. Analytical Biochemistry 385:208-214

 

Katz, C., A. Rasouly, E. Gur, Y. Shenhar, D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2009. Temperature-dependent proteolysis as a control element in Escherichia coli metabolism. Res Microbiol 160:684-686

 

Mizrahi, I., D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2009. Involvement of the Pta-AckA pathway in protein folding and aggregation. Res Microbiol 160:80-84

 

Rasouly, A., and E. Z. Ron. 2009. Interplay between the heat shock response and translation in Escherichia coli. Res Microbiol 160:288-296

 

Rasouly, A., M. Schonbrun, Y. Shenhar, and E. Z. Ron. 2009. YbeY, a heat shock protein involved in translation in Escherichia coli. J Bacteriol 191:2649-2655

 

Ron, E. Z. 2009. Editorial: an update on the bacterial stress response. Res Microbiol160:180

 

Ron, E. Z. 2009. Distribution and evolution of virulence factors in septicemic E. coli. IJMM 6:367-370

 

Ron, E. Z. 2009. The avenue to systemic infections - genomics and beyond. Nova Acta Leopoldina 98:49-52

 

Shenhar, Y., A. Rasouly, D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2009. Adaptation of Escherichi coli to elevated temperatures involves a change in stability of heat shock gene transcripts. Environ Microbiol 11:2989-2997

 

Sørensen, J., M. H. Nicolaisen, E. Ron, and P. Simonet. 2009. Molecular tools in rhizosphere microbiology - from single-cell to whole-community analysis. Plant and Soil 321:483-513

 

Walzer, G., E. Rosenberg, and E. Z. Ron. 2009. Identification of outer membrane proteins with emulsifying activity by prediction of beta-barrel regions. J Microbiol Methods 76:52-57

 

Brzuszkiewicz, E., Gottschalk, G., Ron, E., Hacker, J. & Dobrindt, U. 2009. Adaptation of Pathogenic E. coli to Various Niches: Genome Flexibility is the Key. Genome Dyn 6, 110-125

 

Cohen-Or, I., Y. Shenhar, D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2010. CspC regulates rpoS transcript levels and complements hfq deletions. Res Microbiol. 161:694-700

 

Lakretz, A., E. Z. Ron, and H. Mamane. 2010. Biofouling control in water by various UVC wavelengths and doses. Biofouling 26:257-267

 

Aronov, D., R. Rosen, E. Z. Ron, and G.  Rosenman. 2008. Electron-induced surface modification of hydroxyapatite-coated implant. Surface & Coatings Technology 202:2093-2102

 

Ron, E. Z. & Rishpon, J. (2010) Electrochemical cell-based sensors. Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol 117, 77-84

 

Rosenberg, E. et al. 2010 The phage-driven microbial loop in petroleum bioremediation. Microb. Biotechnol 3, 467-472

 

Rasouly, A., C. Davidovich, and E. Z. Ron. 2010. The heat shock protein YbeY is required for optimal activity of the 30S ribosomal subunit. J Bacteriol 192:4592-4596

 

Katz, C., I. Cohen-Or, U. Gophna, and E. Z. Ron. 2010. The ubiquitous conserved glycopeptidase Gcp prevents accumulation of toxic glycated proteins. MBio 1:195-210

 

Lakretz, A., Ron, E. Z. & Mamane, H. 2011. Biofilm control in water by a UV-based advanced oxidation process. Biofouling 27, 295-307

 

Friedrich, T. S. Rahmann, W. Weigel, W. Rabsch, A. Fruth, E. Ron, F. Gunzer, T. Dandekar, J. Hacker, T. Muller and U. Dobrindt.  2011. High-throughput microarray technology in diagnostics of enterobacteria based on genome-wide probe selection and regression analysis. BMC Genomics 11, 591

 

Zdziarski, J., E.Brzuszkiewicz, B.Wullt, H. Liesegang, D. Biran, B. Voigt, J.Gronberg-Hernandez, B.Ragnarsdottir, M. Hecker, E. Z. Ron, R. Daniel, G. Gottschalk, J. Hacker, C. Svanborg and U. Dobrindt. 2011. Host imprints on bacterial genomes--rapid, divergent evolution in individual patients. PLoS Pathog 6 e1001078.

 

Cohen-Or, I., Katz, C. & Ron, E. Z. 2011. AGEs Secreted by bacteria are involved in the Inflammatory Response. PLoS One 6, e17974.

 

Rosen, R. & Ron, E. Z. 2011. Proteomics of a plant pathogen: Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Proteomics 11, 3134-42

 

Lakretz, A., Ron, E. Z., Harif, T. & Mamane, H. 2011. Biofilm control in water by advanced oxidation process (AOP) pre-treatment: effect of natural organic matter (NOM). Water Sci Technol 64, 1876-84

 

Eliaz, N. et al. 2011. The effect of surface treatments on the adhesion of electrochemically deposited hydroxyapatite coating to titanium and on its interaction with cells and bacteria. J Mater Sci Mater Med 22, 1741-52

 

Gur, E., Biran, D. & Ron, E. Z. 2011. Regulated proteolysis in Gram-negative bacteria - how and when? Nat Rev Microbiol 9, 839-48

 

Lenz, G., A. Doron-Faigenboim, E. Z. Ron, T. Tuller, and U. Gophna. 2011. Sequence Features of E. coli mRNAs Affect Their Degradation. Plos One 6.

 

Oberpichler, I., A. J. Pierik, J. Wesslowski, R. Pokorny, R. Rosen, M. Vugman, F. Zhang, O. Neubauer, E. Z. Ron, A. Batschauer, and T. Lamparter. 2011. A Photolyase-Like Protein from Agrobacterium tumefaciens with an Iron-Sulfur Cluster. Plos One 6.

 

Shenhar, Y., D. Biran, and E. Z. Ron. 2012. Resistance to environmental stress requires the RNA chaperones CspC and CspE. Env Microbiol Rep 4:532-539.

 

Karch, H., E. Denamur, U. Dobrindt, B. B. Finlay, R. Hengge, L. Johannes, E. Z. Ron, T. Tonjum, P. J. Sansonetti, and M. Vicente. 2012. The enemy within us: lessons from the 2011 European Escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak. Embo Mol Med 4:841-848.

 

Grinwald M and E.Z. Ron (2013) The Escherichia coli Translation-Associated Heat Shock Protein YbeY Is Involved in rRNA Transcription Antitermination. Plos One 8.

 

Rotem O., D. Biran and E.Z. Ron (2013) Methionine biosynthesis in Agrobacterium tumefaciens: study of the first enzyme. Res Microbiol 164: 12-16.

 

Lenz G and E.Z. Ron (2013) Novel interactions between the major bacterial heat shock chaperone (GroESL) and an RNA chaperone (CspC). JMB 426: 460-6

 

Huja, S., Y. Oren, D. Biran., S. Meyer., U. Dobrindt, J. Bernhard., D. Becher, M. Hecker, R. Sorek and E. Z. Ron (2014) Fur is the Master Regulator in ExPEC (Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli) Response to Serum. mBio 5: e01460-14

 

Oren, Y., Smith, M. B., Johns, N. I., Kaplan Zeevi, M., Biran, D., Ron, E. Z., Corander, J., Wang, H. H., Alm, E. J. & Pupko, T. (2014). Transfer of noncoding DNA drives regulatory rewiring in bacteria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 111:16112-7

 

Ron, E.Z. and Rosenberg, E. (2014) Enhanced bioremediation of oil spills in the sea. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 27: 191-194

 

Huja, S., Oren, Y., Trost, E., Brzuszkiewicz, E., Biran, D., Blom, J., Goesmann, A., Gottschalk, G., Hacker, J., Ron, E. Z. & Dobrindt, U. (2015). Genomic avenue to avian colisepticemia. Mbio 6. 01681-14

 

 

Chapters in Books

 

Ron, E.Z. 2000. Microbial Life on Petroleum. In: Journey to Diverse Microbial Worlds, pp. 303-305. Kluwer Academic Publishers. The Netherlands.

 

Ron, E. Z. 2006. Bacterial stress response, p. 1012-1027. In M. Dworkin (ed.), Prokaryotes, vol. 2. Springer

 

Ron, E., and E. Rosenberg. 2010. Role of Fertilizers: Biostimulation, p. 2502-2504. In K. Timmis (ed.), Handbook of hydrocarbon and lipid microbiology. Springer

 

Ron, E. Z., and J. Rishpon. 2010. Electrochemical cell-based sensors, p. 77-85. In S. Belkin and M. B. Gu (ed.), Whole cell sensing systems I. Springer.

 

Ron, E. Z., and E. Rosenberg. 2010. Role of Biosurfactants, p. 2516-2519. In K. Timmis (ed.), Handbook of hydrocarbon and lipid microbiology. Springer.

 

Ron, E. Z., and E. Rosenberg. 2010. Bioremeidation/biomitigation, p. 2461-2464. In K. Timmis (ed.), Handbook of hydrocarbon and lipid microbiology. Springer.

 

Ron, E. Z., and E. Rosenberg. 2010. Protein emulsifiers, p. 2302-2305. In K. Timmis (ed.),  Handbook of hydrocarbon and lipid microbiology. Springer

 

Ron, E. Z., and E. Rosenberg. 2010. Acinetobacter and Alkanindiges, p. 1800 - 1802. In K. Timmis (ed.), Hydrocarbon and lipids microbiology. Springer

 

Books

 

Ron, E.Z. and S. Rottem. Microbial Surface Components and Toxins in Relation to Pathogenesis. 1990. Plenum Press, London.

 

Ron, E.Z. and P. Hugenholtz. Environmental biotechnology. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, vol. 18. 2007. Elsevier, Amsterdam.  

 

 

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