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Name: Moshe Shemesh, Ph.D. (Researcher)
Units: Postharvest and Food SciencesFood Quality and Safety
Research Interests / Job description  
Tel:  03-9683868 03-9683702 03-9683420
Cell: 050-6220364
Email:    moshesh@agri.gov.il
Office location:Department of Food Quality and Safety, the building of Soil, Water and Environmental Sciences, Room 106.
Address:Department of Food Quality and Safety
Agricultural Research Organization The Volcani Center
Derech Hamacabim,POB 15159, Rishon LeZion 7528809, Israel


Research Scientist


Research Interests / Job description
Molecular mechanisms of bacterial adaptation to dairy-associated environments
Bacterial biofilms - colonization onto surfaces and development of complex microbial communities.
Psychrotrophic bacteria and their survival mechanisms
Development of novel antimicrobial approaches
Food associated thermo-acidophilic bacteria
Developing novel means to improve the microbial quality of dairy food
Investigating microbiome of milk and its products
Positive microbiology - probiotics and prebiotics



2010  Postdoc at Harvard University

2008  Ph.D. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2001  M.Sc. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1997  B.Sc. at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Recent publications

Duanis-Assaf D., Duanis-Assaf T., Zeng G., Meyer R.L., Reches M., Steinberg D., Shemesh M. (2018). Cell wall associated protein TasA provides an initial binding component to extracellular polysaccharides in dual-species biofilm. Sci. Rep. 8:9350. 

Yahav S. , Berkovich Z., Ostrov I., Reifen R., Shemesh M. (2018). Encapsulation of beneficial probiotic bacteria in extracellular matrix from biofilm-forming Bacillus subtilis. Artif. Cells Nanomed. Biotechnol. 27:1-9.                                                         

Boguslavsky Y., Shemesh M., Friedlander A., Rutenberg R., Molad-Filossof A., Buslovich A., Poverenov E. (2018). Eliminating the Need for Biocidal Agents in Anti-Biofouling Polymers by Applying Grafted Nanosilica Instead. ACS Omega 3:12437-12445.

Ben Ishay N., Oknin H., Steinberg D., Berkovich Z., Reifen R., Shemesh M. (2017). Enrichment of milk with magnesium provides healthier and safer dairy products. npj Biofilms and Microbiomes. 3:24.

Gingichashvili S., Duanis-Assaf D., Shemesh M., Featherstone J., Feuerstein O., Steinberg D. (2017). Bacillus subtilis Biofilm Development - a Computerized Study of Morphology and Kinetics. Front. Microbiol. 8:2072.

Habib C., Yu Y., Gozzi K., Ching C., Shemesh M., Chai Y. (2017). Characterization of the regulation of a plant polysaccharide utilization operon and its role in biofilm formation in Bacillus subtilis. PLoS One. 12(6):e0179761.

Ostrov I., Harel A., Bernstein S., Steinberg D., Shemesh M. (2016). Development of a method to determine the effectiveness of cleaning agents in removal of biofilm derived spores in milking system. Front. Microbiol. 7:1498.

Duanis-Assaf D. ,Steinberg D., Chai Y. , Shemesh M. (2016).  The LuxS based quorum sensing governs lactose induced biofilm formation by Bacillus subtilis. Front. Microbiol. 6:1517.

Ogiy S., Chen Y., Pasvolsky R., Weinberg Z.G., Shemesh M. (2016). High resolution melt analysis to confirm the establishment of Lactobacillus plantarum and Enterococcus faecium from silage inoculants during ensiling of wheat. Grassl. Sci. 62:23-36.


Oknin H., Steinberg D., Shemesh M. (2015). Magnesium ions mitigate biofilm formation of Bacillus species via downregulation of matrix genes expression. Front. Microbiol. 6:907.

Ostrov I., Sela N., Freed M., Khateb N., Kott-Gutkowski M., Inbar D., Shemesh M.  (2015). Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus licheniformis S127 Isolated from Sheep Udder Clinical Infection. Genome Announc. 3(5).

Khaskin E., Fadida T., Kroupitski Y., Shemesh M., Cristaldi D.A., Gulino A., Poverenov E. (2015). A contact active bactericidal stainless steel via a sustainable process utilizing electrodeposition and covalent attachment in water. Green Chem. 17:2344-2347.

Pechook S., Sudakov K., Polishchuk I., Ostrov I., Zakin V., Pokroy B., Shemesh M. (2015). Bioinspired passive anti-biofouling surfaces preventing biofilm formation. J. Materials Chem. B. 3:1371-1378.

Assaf D., Steinberg D., Shemesh M. (2015). Lactose triggers biofilm formation by Streptococcus mutans. Int. Dairy J. 42:51-57.

Shemesh M., Pasvolsky R., Zakin V. (2014). External pH is a cue for the behavioral switch that determines surface motility and biofilm formation of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris. J. Food Prot. 8:1252-1440.

Pasvolsky R., Zakin V., Ostrova I., Shemesh M. (2014). Butyric acid released during milk lipolysis triggers biofilm formation of Bacillus species. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 181C:19-27.

Shemesh M., Pasvolsky R., Sela N., Green S.J., Zakin V. (2013) Draft genome sequence of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris strain ATCC 49025. Genome Announc. 1(5).

Poverenov E., Shemesh M., Gulino A., Cristaldi D.A., Zakin V., Tatiana Yefremov T., Granit R. (2013). Durable Contact Active Antimicrobial Materials Formed by a One-Step Covalent Modification of Polyvinyl Alcohol, Cellulose and Glass Surfaces. Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces. 112C:356-361.

Shemesh M., Chai Y. (2013) A combination of glycerol and manganese promotes biofilm formation in Bacillus subtilis via the histidine kinase KinD signaling. J. Bacteriol. 195:2747-2754.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Biochemistry and Food Science.
•Biofilms in the Food Industry

Lab members

Yulia Kroupitski (Research engineer)

Danielle Assaf (Ph.D. student)

Ievgeniia Ostrov (Ph.D. student)

Hilla Oknin (Ph.D. student)

Hadar Kimelman (M.Sc. student)

Carmel Hutchings (M.Sc. student)

Alon Friedlander (M.Sc. student)

Keren Demishtein (Postdoc)

Bat-chen Cohen (Postdoc)

Tali Paz (Research engineer)

Yana Beizman (Ph.D. student)

Chen Raz (Ph.D. student)

Former lab members

Solange Bernstein (Technician)

Ronit Pasvolsky (Postdoctoral fellow)

Svetlana Oggie (M.Sc.)

Noa Itamar (B.Sc. student)

Bat-El Dukarker (B.Sc. student)

Varda Zakin (Technician)

Dana Inbar (M.Sc.)

Hilla Ben-Amy (B.Sc. student)

Noa Ben-Ishay (M.Sc.)

Sagit Yahav (M.Sc.)

Ronen Bustan (M.Sc.)

Or Haim (B.Sc. student)

Yulia Gololobova (Technician)

Ygal Achmon (Postdoc)

Yael Hanoch (M.Sc. student)

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