Prof. Malka Halpern
In my lab, at the Department of Biology and Environment, University of Haifa – Oranim, we study Environmental Microbiology. Our main interests are; (i) The ecology of waterborne pathogens and in particular Vibrio cholerae, Aeromonas and Legionella; (ii) Chironomids (Diptera; Chironomidae), fish and waterbirds as the natural reservoirs of V. cholerae; (iii) The role of chironomid microbiota in maintaining homeostasis under stress conditions; (iv) Plant bacteria interactions; floral nectar microbiota, flower pollinators and flower visitors and their role in plant fitness; (v) Bacterial taxonomy (novel species isolated from chironomid egg masses, raw milk and floral nectar)
B.Sc. Biology, The Hebrew University
M.Sc. Zoology, Tel Aviv University
Ph.D. Biology, University of Haifa
Laviad-Shitrit, S., Izhaki, I. and Halpern, M. (2019) Accumulating evidence suggests that some waterbird species are potential vectors of Vibrio cholerae. PLoS Pathogens. 15: e1007814.
Rodriguez-Martinez, S., Sharaby, Y., Brettar, I., Pecellin, M., Höfle, M. and Halpern, M. (2015) Spatial distribution of Legionella pneumophila MLVA-genotypes in a drinking water system. Water research 77: 119-132.
Senderovich, Y. and Halpern, M. (2013) The protective role of endogenous bacterial communities in chironomid egg masses and larvae. ISME Journal 7: 2147-2158
Fridman S., Izhaki, I., Gerchman Y. and Halpern M. (2012) Bacterial communities in floral nectar. Environmental Microbiology Reports 4: 97-104.
Senderovich, Y., Izhaki, I. and Halpern, M. (2010) Fish as reservoirs and vectors of Vibrio cholerae. PLoS ONE. 5: e8607. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008607.
Broza, M. and Halpern, M. (2001) Chironomid egg masses and Vibrio cholerae. Nature 412: 40
Introduction to Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Workshop in Environmental Microbiology, Medical Microbiology