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Eliora Ron
Tel-Aviv University
Tel Aviv
The International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS) recently elected TAU faculty member Prof. Eliora Ron as its new president. IUMS is a Union Member of the International Council of Science and promotes the international study of microbiological sciences. The goal of the organization is to facilitate and coordinate international cooperation in research. Through this promotion of research and the open exchange of information, IUMS seeks to advance the health and welfare of both humans and the environment. Prof. Eliora Ron received her MSc in Microbiology from Hebrew University and her PhD from Harvard University. She has been a professor in TAU's Faculty of Life Sciences since 1984 and was one of the founders of its Department of Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology. Recognized as a pioneer in the field of molecular biology in Israel, her research in the molecular genetics of bacteria has contributed greatly to global understanding of E.coli and the use of bacteria to fight pollution. Prof. Ron has held several prestigious positiions, including as former Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences at TAU and as President of the Israeli Society of Microbiology. She represented Israel in the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS), where she promoted Israel as one of the leaders in microbiological research. She also was an elected member fot he Academy of the American Society for Microbiology and the World Academy of Art and Science. She has been recognized for her pioneering achievements in the field with numerous awards and prizes, including the Sarov Prize of the Israeli Society for Microbiology. Prof. Ron's new position as president of IUMS is much-deserved and an exciting opportunity for her to further her dedication to international collaboration.
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World Congress on
Clinical and Medical Microbiology
Research Interests
Regulation of gene expression: We are interested in the molecular basis of bacterial gene expression. Our current focus is on the regulation of microbial response to environmental stress including a shift in temperature or exposure to organic pollutants and heavy metals. Bacterial virulence: Although enteric bacteria, such as Escherichia coli are common inhabitants of our body, several strains are highly virulent and are often the cause of mortality and morbidity in man and animals. Weare interested in the genetic factors that determine the virulence of E. coli strains, and our specific interest is in these factors that determine the host specificity of the pathogens. Use of bacteria to combat pollution: We have been studying bacteria that are potentially useful in bioremediation of organic pollution as well as pollution with heavy metals, especially cadmium. In addition to laboratory research, we have - in collaboration with Professor Eugene Rosenberg - carried out bioremediation of a number of oil-polluted sites, including the restoration of a beach heavily contaminated with crude oil north of Haifa.

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