Reut Sorek Abramovich PhD
My research is mainly on charcarization of microbial communities in extreme environments on planet Earth. I sampled and worked on high salinity littoral areas, and high temperature-low Radon radiation levels of spring waters in Western and South Australia. I also worked on ice cores form Antarctica and microbially isolated a few cyanobacteria species from these environments. During 2013-2016 I did some research on the marine cyanobacteria Trichodesmium Erythreum – toxin production and genetic mechanism under replete conditions.I have been active in the Israeli space industry and science education in recent years. I am currently the chairperson of the Israeli Mars Society, director of Science and tech division in D-MARS (Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station), I lecture in summer space program of the International Space University and I manage and teach at the Young Israeli Astronaut Academy program in the Davidson Institute for Science Education, at the Weizmann Institute.
Additional research areas for me are microgravity influences on biofilm formation by halophilic archaea in anaerobic conditions, and also non-contaminated sampling and DNA extraction methods for extra-terrestrial science missions looking for life signs.
- Abramovich, R. S., F. Pomati, A. D. Jungblut, M. Guglielmin, B. A. J. P. Neilan and P. Processes (2012). “T‐RFLP Fingerprinting Analysis of Bacterial Communities in Debris Cones, Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica.” 23(3): 244-248.
- Abramovich, R.S., Visioning our future in space, The 13th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference. January 2018, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Abramovich, R.S., Astrobiology core lecturer for Summer Space Program 2016, 2017 and Astrobiology workshop at SSP18, International Space University (ISU).
- Abramovich, R.S., Astrobiology. Tel Aviv University Astronomy club, Israel.
- Abramovich, R.S., Astrobiology. 2017 & 2018 “scientist night” public lecture series, Israel.
- Abramovich, R.S., Carmeli, S., Berman-Frank, I. Curacin-like gene expression and toxin production in Trichodesmium Erythreum. Marine Microbiome – Discovery & Innovation Conference. June 2016, Berlin, Germany.
- Abramovich, R.S., Carmeli, S., Berman-Frank, I. Curacin-like genes expression under nitrate repletion conditions in Trichodesmium Erythreum. The 12th Annual Conference of the Israeli Association of Aquatic Studies. May 2015, Tel Aviv, Israel
- Abramovich, R.S., Gehringer, M.M., and Neilan, B.A. Biodiversity of Potential Diazotrophs
- in Microbial Communities of a Radon Hot Spring in the Flinders Ranges and Stromatolites at Shark Bay. The 8th International Congress on Extremophiles. 12-14th, September 2010, Azores, Portugal.
- 2018 February – Ramonaut – Second in command and science officer, at D-MARS01 the first mission of Desert Mars Analog Ramon Station. The first ever Israeli analog mission, in Mitzpeh Ramon.
- 2015 – Participant. Biogeochemistry of Nutrients in The Open Oceans, Eilat, Israel. Course director: Dr. Yeala Shaked, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IUI.
- 2013 – Participant. Microbial Diversity Course, Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA, USA. Course directors: Dan Buckley, Cornell University, Steve Zinder, Cornell University.
- 2009 – Microbiology PhD student in a NASA Spaceward Bound Field Expedition, South Australia. Expedition leader: Dr. Christopher P. McKay, NASA Ames Research Center.
- 2009 – Microbiology PhD student in a field expedition to Shark Bay, Western Australia.