Edo Bar-Zeev

(Principal Investigator)

Senior Lecture at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University


Personal statement: “The best solution to overcoming any biologically related problem should ultimately be biology”


(Lab manager)

M.Sc. Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research, BGU, Israel
B.Sc. The George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, TAU, Israel

After working in the pharmaceutical industry, Adva began her way in the ZIWR as a grad student. In 2018 she began to work in the group as a lab manager, guiding students and responsible for the lab’s equipment. Adva took part in various projects, amongst them: characterization of intake water as well as pre-treated water in desalination plant; bacterial community structure changes in desalination systems as a result of sewage outburst (paper in progress); and WHONDRS project – checking bacterial abundance in samples taken around the globe. 

Anne Bogler

(Postdoctoral Fellow)

Ph.D. Department of Environmental Hydrology and Microbiology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
M.Sc. ETH Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
B.Sc. ETH Environmental Engineering, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

During her PhD Anne investigated the impact of biofilm formation in forward osmosis and membrane distillation systems. In her postdoc she is now investigating the effect of bacteriophage infection on the mechanical properties of biofilms. In a second project she is exploring biofilm formation on metal nano layers that can be used to convert wave energy into electricity. She is also co-supervising and participating in research on a recirculating aquaculture system. This project examines the beneficial role of microorganisms in the micro-aerophilic assimilation bioreactor as well as the impact of biofouling on the subsequent micro filtration membrane.


Bogler, A. and Meierhofer, R. “The Challenge of Producing and Marketing Colloidal Silver Water Filters in Nepal”, 2015, Water 7: 3599-3612. http://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/7/7/3599/htm

jOY nnebuo

(M.Sc student)

Nnebuo joy is a M.Sc student at the Zuckerberg Institute of Water Research, Department of Environmental hydrology and Microbiology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
Her research focuses on the impact of seawater conditions on large scale desalination operations.

Oshrat (Osher) adler

(M.Sc student)

Oshrat Adler is currently perusing her master’s degree at the Zuckerberg Institute for Water Research, Ben-Gurion University, supervised by Dr. Edo Bar Zeev and Prof. Noam Weisbrod. The research focuses on the soil aquifer treatment (SAT) at the Shafdan wastewater treatment plant.
She has a bachelor’s degree (Bs.c) in environmental science from Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. During her studies, she worked for the Water Authority on a research conducted by Dr. Yaacov Livshitz.
In her spare time Oshrat enjoys hiking, scuba diving and Yoga.


  • Hila Frank (M.Sc 2015-2017)
  • Ashesh Mahto (Ph.D exchange student 2017-2018)
  • Shiju Abraham (Postdoctoral fellow, 2018-2019)
  • Andreas Kastl (Ph.D exchange student, 2019)
  • Josh Brooks (M.Sc, 2017-2019)
  • Anne Bogler (Ph.D and Postdoctoral fellow, 2016-2021)
  • Eyal Geisler (M.Sc and Ph.D, 2016-2022)