Department: Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants
Faculty: Life Sciences
Tel Aviv University

Prof. Ohad Nir

Prof. Nir Ohad received his B.Sc. in Biology and Earth sciences and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Genetics from Hebrew University.  Since 1998, Prof. Ohad has been a member of The School of Plant Sciences and Food Security at Tel-Aviv University.

Prof. Ohad is studying the role of DNA and Histone methylation as part of epigenetic regulation during plant reproduction and development. His findings were published in leading scientific journals. He is also an author and editor of the Book, “Epigenetics Memory and Control in Plants”. Prof. Ohad together with his colleague Prof. Yalosvky were among the first to adopt the Bimolecular fluorescence complementation assay (BiFC), to study protein-protein interactions in plants. Prof. Ohad teaches introductory class on plant biology as well as advanced classes on epigenetics and genetics of plant reproduction and development.

The Manna Center Program for Food safty and Security (

Prof. Nir Ohad was appointed on 2014 as the head of The Manna Center Program for Food Safety and Security (MCPFSS) at Tel Aviv University.

The Manna Center Program was established to realize Tel Aviv University’s (TAU’s) vision of leveraging its expertise as a leader in scientific and technological innovation toward solving some of the most pressing issues affecting both the local and global needs for sufficient and nutritious food. In view of the expected need to feed over 10 billion by 2050, we will need to ensure a secure supply of nutritional and healthy food in a sustainable manner. Long-term solutions require advances in the biological sciences and agriculture, as well as a top-to-bottom re-evaluation of food policies as they relates to economic, law and business practices. Interdisciplinary and international cooperation is essential for successfully tackling these complex issues.

The Manna Center Program operates to achieve the above goals, employing Research, Education and Outreach programs. To this end, the Program brings together scholars and scientists from TAU and around the world, to prepare the next generation of scientists and policymakers to guide global food security issues in the years to come.

Phone: 03-6407641
Office: Britannia-Porter, 406

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