Dr. Yehonatan Sharabi

Senior Lecturer

I am an environmental microbiologist. The research in my lab mainly focus on the ecology of microbial pathogens, their interactions with other microorganisms in their natural environments and their impact on human health. We primarily study the ecology of waterborne pathogenic Legionella spp. within drinking water systems. For these ends, we are developing and utilizing bacterial risk assessment models in order to quantify the human health effects induced by their presence. In addition, we study the prevalence of pathogenic Brucella melitensis substrains in patients, comparing their virulence, resistance to different antibiotics and their implications on different populations. 

Academic Background

B.Sc. Biology, University of Haifa

M.Sc. Microbiology, University of Haifa

Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Haifa

Selected Publications

Sharaby, Y., Rodríguez-Martínez, S., Oks, O., Pecellin, M., Mizrahi, H., Peretz, A., Brettar, I., Höfle M. G. and Halpern, M. (2017) Temperature-dependent growth modeling of environmental and clinical Legionella pneumophila MLVA- genotypes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 83: e03295-16.

Sharaby, Y., Rodríguez-Martínez, S., Pecellin, M., Sela, R., Peretz, A., Höfle, M.G., Halpern, M. and Brettar, I. (2018) Virulence traits of environmental and clinical Legionella pneumophila MLVA genotypes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 84: e00429-18.

Sharaby, Y., Rodríguez-Martínez, S., Brettar, I., Höfle M. and Halpern, M. (2019) Quantitative microbial risk assessment of Legionella pneumophila in a drinking water supply system in Israel. Science of the Total Environment. 671:404-410.

Sharaby, Y., Nitzan, O., Brettar, I., Höfle M. Peretz, A. and Halpern, M. (2019) Antimicrobial agent susceptibilities of Legionella pneumophila MLVA-8 genotypes. Scientific Reports 9(1), 1-10.

Sharaby, Y., Rodríguez-Martínez, S., Izhaki, I. and Halpern, M. (2020) Global distribution of bacterial communities in tobacco tree floral nectar. Science of the Total Environment 749, 142305.


Mathematics: Infinitesimal calculus; Differential and Integral Calculus, Introduction to Microbiology

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