Nir Ohad

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Prof. Nir Ohad received his B.Sc. in Biology and Earth sciences and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Genetics from Hebrew University.  Since 1998, Prof. Ohad has been a member of The School of Plant Sciences and Food Security at Tel-Aviv University.
Prof. Ohad is studying the role of DNA and Histone methylation as part of epigenetic regulation during plant reproduction and development. His findings are published in leading scientific journals. He is also an author and editor of the Book, “Epigenetics Memory and Control in Plants”. Prof. Ohad together with his colleague Prof. Yalosvky were among the first to adopt the Biomolecular fluorescence complementation assay (BiFC), to study protein-protein interactions in plants.

Prof. Nir Ohad was appointed in 2014 as the head of The Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security (MCPFSS) at Tel Aviv University. The Manna Center Program was established to realize Tel Aviv University’s (TAU’s) vision of leveraging its expertise as a leader in scientific and technological innovation toward solving some of the most pressing issues affecting both the local and global needs for sufficient and nutritious food. The Manna Center Program operates to achieve the goals, employing Research, Education, and Outreach programs. To this end, the Program brings together scholars and scientists from TAU and around the world, to prepare the next generation of scientists and policymakers to guide global food security issues in the years to come.

Research Interest:
Dr. Nir Ohad, research aimed at understanding the role of epigenetic mechanisms, including Histone and DNA methylation in regulating plant reproduction and development. To this end his group using the model organisms Arabidopsis as a representative of flowering plants and the moss Physcomitrella patens, a representative of early terrestrial plants, to understand how such mechanisms function and how they have evolved during land plant evolution.