Pathogens use variety of means to infect hosts, including direct or indirect physical contact, airborne transmission or via different agents (vectors). Thus, factors that might affect the spatial location of pathogens, hosts or vectors, can potentially affect also the spatial dynamics of an emerging infectious disease. This is where spatial epidemiology comes into play. Spatial epidemiology is a scientific discipline focusing on understanding the relationships between landscape properties and the spread of diseases. This understanding can lead to developing frameworks for sustainable disease control that will enable analyzing and predicting spatial and temporal dynamics of disease progress in variety of spatial scales.
In the Spatial Epidemiology Lab we use various approaches to study the spread of pathogens, including simulation modeling, statistical modeling, spatial pattern analyses, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems and species distribution modeling.
April 2019 We have a new paper out in Nature Plants
February 2019 Congratulations to Nitzan Birger on successfully defending his MSc thesis!
November 2018 Dr. Amber Hill, our new postdoc, has won a scholarship from the Ministry of Science. Congratulation Amber!
June 2018 Interview with Benjy, in ASPB newsletter, on our late blight work.
March 2018 Benjy won the top award (and $250,000!) in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2018, for his mathematical model that uses disease data to predict the spread of late blight.
December 2017 Dr. Miri Ben-Hamo is joining our lab. Welcome Miri!
October 2017 Gal Rozenberg is our new MSc student. Good luck Gal!
September 2017 Roni Gafni is our new PhD student. Roni was selected to receive a PhD scholarship, from the Volcani Center, awarded to outstanding students. Congratulation Roni!
August 2017 Benjy was awarded the Davidson Fellow scholarship for his project- Modeling the spatio-temporal dynamics of Phytophthora infestans at a regional scale!
April 2017 Welcome to Lera Vakel, undergraduate student that will work on pests in almond orchards
March 2017 Benjy won the 3rd place award in the Plant Sciences category in the New York City Science and Engineering Fair (NYCSEF) on his summer project on validating our late blight model!
September 2016 Israel's Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Agriculture decides to fund our project on "Developing spatio-temporal model for Amaranthus species".
September 2016 Dr. Helena Krasnov is joining our group as a Posdoc. Welcome!
June 2016 Nitzan won the IWSC (International Weed Science) travel award and will present his work in the coming meeting in Prague.
We always like to hear from strong and motivated students who would like to join our team. Please send us your CV if you are interested.
We are looking for a motivated postdoc. Please send us your publication list and CV.