Vice Dean, Resource Development

Prof. Omry Koren

פרופ' מן המניין Professor
Vice Dean, Resource Development
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Academic field
Research field
The Microbiome in Health and Disease
Research Center
Bar-Ilan University Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Safed

    Omry Koren is a Professor at the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine and Vice Dean Resource Development. His principle field of research is the human microbiome. Prof. Koren received his MSc and his PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. At that time, he was involved with the innovative paper The Coral Probiotic Hypothesis which has now been expanded to The Hologenome Theory of Evolution. His team’s research aims to better understand the interactions between microbiota and the host endocrine system, host behaviour, and host development, in health and in disease states. He has received the prestigious Minerva Award for Research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science, the Alon Fellowship for outstanding young scientists and was also recently awarded an ERC consolidator grant to study the microbiome and social behavior. For the past five years Prof. Koren has also been part of the world’s highly cited researchers (top 0.1%).




    1. Pinto Y*, Frishman S*, Koren OFirst Trimester Gut Microbiome Induces Inflammation-Dependent Gestational Diabetes Phenotype in Mice. (Under revisions in Gut).
    2. Eshel A*, Sharon I*,  Koren O*, and Shouval R*. (2022) Origins of Bloodstream Infections Following Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: A Strain-Level AnalysisBlood Adv. 6 (2): 568–573.
    3. Grinberg M, Koren O. (2022) Antibiotics Increase Aggression Behavior and Aggression-Related Pheromones and Receptors in Drosophila melanogasteriScience. 25(6):104371.
    4. Hiltunen H*, Hanani H*,  Koren O*, and Rautava S*. (2021) Preterm Infant Meconium Microbiota Transplant Induces Growth Failure, Inflammatory Activation, and Metabolic Disturbances in Germ-Free MiceCell Rep Med. 2(11):100447.
    5. Uzan-Yulzari A*, Turta O*,  Koren O*(2021) Neonatal Antibiotic Exposure Impairs Child Growth During the First Six Years of Life by Perturbing Intestinal Microbial ColonizationNat Commun. 26;12(1):1-2.
    6. Kennedy KM. et al. (2021) Over-Celling Fetal Microbial ExposureCell. 184(24):5839-41.
    7. Baruch EN, et alFecal Microbiota Transplant Promotes Response in Immunotherapy-Refractory Melanoma Patients. (2020) Science. 371(6529):602-9.
    8. Goldberg MR*, Mor H*,  Koren O*. (2020) Microbial Signature in IgE-Mediated Food AllergiesGenome Med. 12(1):1-8.
    9. Binyamin D,  Koren O(2020) The Aging Mouse Microbiome Has Obesogenic CharacteristicsGenome Med. 12;12(1):87. 
    10. Shouval R,  Koren O(2020) Patterns of Salivary Microbiota Injury and Oral Mucositis in Recipients of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation. Blood Adv. 4(13):2912-2917.
    11. van der Giessen J*, Binyamin D*,  Koren O*, and Fuhler GM*. (2019) Modulation of Cytokine Patterns and Microbiome During Pregnancy in IBDGut. 69(3):473-486. *These authors contributed equally.
    12. Nuriel-Ohayon M,  Koren O. (2019) Progesterone Increases Bifidobacterium Relative Abundance during Late PregnancyCell Rep. 27(3):730-736.e3.
    13. Neuman H,  Koren O. (2019) Helminth-Based Product and the Microbiome of Mice with LupusmSystems. 4(1).
    14. Neuman H,  Koren O*Antibiotics in Early Life: Dysbiosis and the Damage Done. (2018) FEMS Microbiol Rev. 42(4): 489-499. *These authors contributed equally.
    15. Nunberg M*, Werbner N*,  Koren O. (2018) IL-1α Deficient Mice Have an Altered Gut Microbiota Leading to Protection from DSS-Induced ColitismSystems3:e00213-17. *These authors contributed equally. Editor’s Choice and Cover Image.
    16. Neuman H,   Koren O. (2015) Microbial Endocrinology: The Interplay Between Microbiota and the Endocrine SystemFEMS Microbiol Rev. 39(4): 509-521.
    17. Koren O, Ley RE. (2012) Host Remodeling of the Gut Microbiome and Metabolic Changes During PregnancyCell. 150(3), 470-480.

    Last Updated Date : 23/07/2023