The main focus of the group is the study of metabolism in complex systems. Up to date, metabolic-driven analyses probably provide the most informative approach for integrating large-scale discrete information (genomic/transcriptomic/metabolomic) into a system-level description of cellular activity.
At my research, I've applied metabolic-driven approaches to explore the division of tasks within complex systems. That includes the division of metabolic functions between animals' cells, promoting the specialization of cell-types and tissues. Similarly, division of metabolic tasks is also observed within bacterial communities. My recent research concerns understanding how cooperation and competition, both described systematically through the use of metabolic modeling, shape bacterial communities.
In the lab we will use metabolic driven analyses to continue the construction of interaction models in bacterial communities. We will also work together with other groups at Newe-Ya'ar to explore metabolic aspects of intra-population diversity in crop.