Branko Rihtman

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I joined the lab in October 2016. My project is focusing on exploring the synergistic effect that a combined bacteriophage and antibiotic treatment may have on developing resistance in a number of pathogenic E. coli strains. This work includes isolation of novel lytic bacteriophages from environmental samples, sequencing of the bacteriophages,  bacteriophage-, antibiotic-, and combined phage- and antibiotic-resistant E. coli mutants and infection of Galleria mellonela caterpillars by each of the WT and resistant mutants.

I have completed my PhD in Microbiology at the University of Warwick, UK in December 2016, my M.Sc in Plant Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2011, and my B.Sc in Biology and B.Sc in Environmental Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel in 2006.

List of Publications:

Perez Sepulveda, B., Redgwell, T., Rihtman, B., Pitt, F., Scanlan, DJ., Millard, AD. (2016). Marine phage genomics: the tip of the iceberg. FEMS Microbiology Letters 363 (15), fnw158

Rihtman, B., Meaden. S., Clokie, MJ., Koskella, B., Millard, AD. (2016) Assessing Illumina technology for the high-throughput sequencing of bacteriophage genomes. PeerJ 4:e2055

Puxty, RJ., Perez-Sepulveda, B., Rihtman, B., Evans, DJ., Millard, AD., Scanlan DJ. (2015). Spontaneous deletion of an “ORFanage” region facilitates host adaptation in a “photosynthetic” cyanophage.PloS one 10:e0132642.

Post, AF., Rihtman, B., Wang, Q. (2011) Decoupling of ammonium regulation and ntcA expression in the diazotrophic marine cyanobacterium Trichodesmium Sp. IMS101. ISME J. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2011.121.

Ionescu, D., Penno, S., Haimovich, M., Rihtman, B., Goodwin, A., Schwartz, D., Hazanov, L., Chernihovsky, M., Post, AF., Oren, A. (2009) Archaea in the Gulf of Aqaba. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 69(3):425-38.
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