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”

Mihal Blaschkauer

(Ph.D candidate)

Mihal‘s Ph.D research will focus on the effects of static and gradient pressure in RO biofilm structure and metabolomics. In her Masters, she researched the relationship between astaxanthin producing micro-algae and symbiotic bacteria.Outside the lab, Mihal enjoys rock climbing, hockey, dancing, carpentry, drawing, baking fancy desserts, science experiments with her kids and reading too many fantasy books.

Anne Bogler

(Ph.D candidate)

Ph.D student, 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

In her Ph.D research Anne is focusing on the spacer-biofouling aspect of wastewater reclamation with membrane systems. She is investigating and comparing the impact and interaction of spacers and biofouling on the two membrane technologies forward osmosis and membrane distillation. The development and validation of a model describing the effects of the biofilm on the different transport mechanisms of the technologies is a first step towards fundamental understanding of these effects. A further step will be to extend the model to the development of the biofilm on the membrane influenced by a spacer. The final goal is to use the insights gained from the modeling for designing innovative cleaning approaches for the efficient operation of forward osmosis and membrane distillation in wastewater reclamation applications.

Outside the Lab Anne enjoys outdoors activities, such as swimming and hiking, yoga, trying to read books in Hebrew and tending to her tiny garden.


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

Eyal Geisler

(M.Sc student)

B.Sc. Environmental Science, Faculty of Sciences and Technologies, Tel Hai Academic College.

Eyal  is a M.Sc student, co-advised by by Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev (BGU) and Dr. Eyal Rahav (IOLR). Eyal is currently focusing on the association between heterotrophic diazotrophs and bioaggregates in aquatic environments. Previously, Eyal was studying and working on the impact of the wastewater on the bacterial communities, currently he is expanding his horizons into aquatic environments via the research. In his spare time Eyal enjoys to draw and take creative pictures of nature, especially landscapes

Josh Brooks

(M.Sc student)

B.Sc Geology, Queens College, NY

Josh is a M.Sc student in Ben Gurion University co advised by Dr. Edo Bar-Zeev and Noam Weisbrod. Josh is currently synthesizing hydrology into his geological background by focusing on new innovative methods to advance and expedite Soil Aquifer Treatment during the wastewater treatment process at the Shafdan Wastewater Treatment facility in Central Israel.

In his spare time Josh enjoys traveling, skiing, scuba diving, surfing, hiking and exploring all the natural world has to offer.

Ashesh Mahto

(Exchange Ph.D student)

Ph.D. Student at AcSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India

M.Sc. Department of Chemistry, Delhi University, Delhi, India

B.Sc.  Kirorimal College, Delhi University, Delhi, India

Ph.D. research work revolves around wastewater mitigation using various methods including membrane based processes viz. Forward Osmosis (FO) & Reverse Osmosis (RO), development of multi-contaminant adsorbents from seaweed based biomass and value-addition to end industrial wastes. Currently working at an intersection of diverse processes with the end goal of achieving zero-waste disposal.

Future prospective includes development of hybrid processes for the treatment of industrial wastewater and concomitant generation of value added products and reusable water.

Other interests outside of the lab include trekking & hiking, reading and collecting novels and other books. An avid lover of long motorbike rides.

Eilon Atia

(Lab technician)