Prof. Eyal Kurzbaum

Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology lab
Research Interests
Selected Publications

Welcome to Prof. Eyal Kurzbaum's Environmental Biotechnology lab

Our research group, affiliated with the Shamir Research Institute, University of Haifa, explores a broad range of topics in environmental microbiology, focusing primarily on water treatment. Our current projects include the removal of micropollutants and disinfection by-products from water, identifying novel antimicrobials from microalgae and fungi for combating plant pathogens, and studying the Psilocybe fungi for its potential in developing psychoactive pharmaceuticals.


Research interests

  1. Biological removal of micro-pollutants from water
  2. Agricultural wastewater purification (dairy farms, fish ponds, olive mills)
  3. Removal of nitrogen compounds from water
  4. Immobilization and encapsulation of microbial biomass (bacteria and fungi)
  5. Characterization and application of antimicrobial compounds in microalgae and fungi against phytopathogens
  6. Removal of disinfection by-products from drinking water
  7. Exploring Psilocybe fungi grown in a bioreactor in yielding psychoactive biomolecules
LP-UV-Nano MgO2 Pretreated Catalysis Followed by Small Bioreactor Platform Capsules Treatment for Superior Kinetic Degradation Performance of 17α-Ethynylestradiol

Materials, 13(1), 83.

Vaddadi, L. P., Avisar, D., Vadivel, V. K., Menashe, O., Kurzbaum, E., Cohen-Yaniv, V., & Mamane, H.
Biodegradation of the Endocrine-Disrupting Chemical 17α-Ethynylestradiol (EE2) by Rhodococcus zopfii and Pseudomonas putida Encapsulated in Small Bioreactor Platform (SBP) Capsules.

Applied Sciences, 10, 336.

Ofir Menashe, Yasmin Raizner, Martin Esteban Kuc, Vered Cohen-Yaniv, Aviv Kaplan, Hadas Mamane, Dror Avisar, Eyal Kurzbaum

Martin Esteban Kuc

Lab manager. M.Sc Biotechnology, Faculty of medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Ben Shahar

PhD Studant, New antimicrobial compounds from microalgae The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Tsuf Doitel

M.Sc Studant, Water sciences disinfection by products removal from drinking water B.Sc. Environmental Sciences, Tel-Hai College, Israel

Sara Azerrad, Ph.D

Ph.D. Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Technion, Israel