Dr. Haim Trebes

Dr. Haim Trebes

Guest Scientist
Department 2 (Stitt)
System Regulation
+49 331 567-8609

Curriculum Vitae

Personal Scientific Creed

Over the course of my scientific work, I've always been curious about the processes and mechanisms that shape our biological environment. Of particular interest are questions such as "what determines who is there?" and the spatial and temporal abundance of specific organisms, which is of fundamental importance in biology/ecology. Based on findings unraveled during my earlier studies, I've come to learn more about the central role played by metabolic regulation in integrating and controlling growth and interspecies signaling and interactions.

Today, I am trying to implement a systems biology-oriented eco-physiology approach. I aim to harness the eco-physiology and photosynthesis background and affinity I obtained during my PhD with the strong systems-approach I'm developing today especially in the field of flux-metabolomics to address questions like what limits the growth of photosynthetic cells? What makes some grow faster than others? And how can we use the answers to these questions for an improved crop yield and sustainability?



2011-2017 - Direct Ph.D track, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Supervisor: Prof. Aaron Kaplan. Date of award: 12.07.2017.

2010-2011 - Master of Science (M.Sc) Student, Inter-Faculty Biotechnology Program, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

2006-2009 - Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Marine Sciences and Environment Program - Marine Biology, Environment and Oceanography - The Israeli Marine College, Michmoret. Summa cum laude.



2018-2021 - Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) for Postdoctoral Researchers for 36 months research residency at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

2020 - EPPN2020 - European Plant Phenotyping Network - full funding for algal phenotyping project, in INRA/Bordeaux.

2018-2020 - Humboldt Research Fellowship Programme for Postdoctoral Researchers for 24 months research residency at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

2017-2019 - Minerva fellowship/Minerva Stiftung for 24 months research residency at the Max-Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology

2017 - Ashner Prize for innovative PhD work, Israeli Society for Microbiology (ISM)

2017 - Tzvi Sachs Prize for excellent PhD work, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2016 - Yair Goreon Fellowship, Central and Northern Arava R&D.

2015 - BARD - US-Israel Binational Agricultural R&D fellowship for short-term internship in Carnegie institute, Stanford University.

2014 - Rieger Foundation Marshall Tulin fellowship in Environmental Studies - 2nd consecutive fellowship.

2013 - Rieger Foundation Marshall Tulin fellowship in Environmental Studies

2012 - "Levi Eshkol" Fellowship, Ministry of Science and Technology.

2012 - "Gazit-Globe" Fellowship and annual Scholarship.

2012 - "Alan Brown" prize in Environmental Studies.

2011-2012 - Faculty of Natural Sciences Dean's excellence list

2010-2012 - “Zvulun Hammer” scholarship for excellent academic achievements.

2010-2011 - Hebrew University Biotechnology program excellent student.

2006-2009 - Ruppin Academic Center President outstanding student prize/fellowship (Ranked 1st) - 3 years.


1. Treves, H., Siemiatkowska, B., Luzarowska, U., Murik, O., Fernandez Pozo, N., Alexandre Moraes, T., Erban, A., Armbruster, U., Brotman, Y., Kopka, J., Rensing, S., Szymanski, J., and Stitt, M. (2020). Multi-omics analysis uncovers mechanisms of complete resistance to extreme illumination levels. Nature Plants. In press.

2. Treves, H., Murik O., Kedem, I., Eisenstadt, D., Meir, S., Rogachev, I., Szymanski, J., Keren, N., Orf, I., Tiburcio, A. F., Alcázar, R., Aharoni, A., Kopka, J. and Kaplan, A. (2017). Metabolic efficiency underpins growth capabilities of the fastest growing alga. Current Biology. 27:2559-2567.

3. Murik, O., Oren N., Shotland Y., Raanan, H., Treves, H., Kedem, I., M., Hagemann M., Pade, N., and Kaplan, A. (2016). What distinguishes cyanobacteria able to resurrect after desiccation from those that cannot: The genome aspect. Environmental Microbiology. 19:535-550.

4. Raanan, H., Oren N., Treves, H., Keren, N., Ohad, I., Berkowicz, S., M., Hagemann M., Koch, M., Shotland Y., and Kaplan, A. (2016). Towards clarifying what distinguishes cyanobacteria able to resurrect after desiccation from those that cannot: The photosynthetic aspect. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics. 1857:715-722.

5.  Raanan, H., Oren N., Treves, H., Berkowicz, S.M., Hagemann M., Keren, N., Kaplan, A (2015) Simulated soil crust conditions in a chamber system provide new insights on cyanobacterial acclimation to desiccation. Environmental Microbiology. 18:414-426

6. Treves, H., Raanan, H., Kedem, I., Murik, O., Keren, N., Ohad, I., Zer, H., Berkowicz, S., Giordano, M., Norici, A., Shotland Y., Ohad, I., and Kaplan, A. (2016) The mechanisms whereby the green alga Chlorella ohadii, isolated from desert soil crust, exhibits unparalleled photodamage resistance New Phytologist. 210:1229-1243.

Chosen as Science Editor's Choice, 18 March 2016, Vol. 351, issue 6279 (http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6279/twil?utm_campaign=email-sci-toc&et_rid=34987052&et_cid=346984), and recommended by Faculty of 1000\F1000 (http://f1000.com/prime/726132524?subscriptioncode=e38144c1-96b7-4a15-892a-c4b0e432273b).

7. Raanan H., Felde J. M. N. L.V., Peth S., Drahorad S., Ionescu D., Eshkol G., Treves H., Felix-Henningsen P., Berkowicz S.M., Keren N., Horn R., Hagemann M., Kaplan A. (2015) Three-dimensional structure and cyanobacterial activity within a desert biological soil crust. Environmental Microbiology. 18:372-383

8. Treves, H., Raanan H., Finkel O., Berkowicz S., Keren, N., Kaplan, A. (2013) A newly isolated Chlorella sp. from desert sand crusts exhibits a unique resistance to excess light intensity. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 86(3):373-80.


9. Rilov, G., Treves, H. (2010) Climate change effects on marine ecological communities. In: Alvaro, I., Einav, R., Seckbach, J. Seaweeds and their role in globally changing environments. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 51-68.

10. Rilov, G., Treves, H. (2010) Climate change effects on marine ecological communities: Global perspectives and implications in Israel marine environment. Ecology & Environment, 1:57-65.


Submitted/in preparation Manuscripts

1. Treves, H., Arrivault, S., Ishihara, H., Hoppe, I., Erban, A., Hoehne, M., Moraes, T.A., Kopka, J., Szymanski, J., Nikoloski, Z. and Stitt, M., (2020) Global analysis of fluxes in photosynthesis and central metabolism across algae, C3 and C4 plants. In preparation.

2. Treves, H., Kedem, I., Shotland, Y., Judith-Vinocur, B., Rimon-Knopf, R., Rensing, S., Kaplan, A and Murik, O., Imprints of the unparalleled performance of Chlorella ohadii in its genome. In preparation.


Organization of International meetings

2018 - Organizing committee - Einstein Foundation Workshop. Humboldt University Berlin/MPIMP-Potsdam - Photoreceptors and their role in the acclimation of photosynthetic organisms to an ever-changing environment - October 2018.

2017 - Session organizer - 8th ILANIT/FISEB Conference - Eilat, Israel. February 2017 - Session title: What makes a racehorse fast - a cross domain symposium on what controls the dynamics of growth

2013 - Organizing committee - COST Action ES1104: Negev Training School. The University of Greenwich - March 2013.


Teaching\Mentoring experience

2012-2017 - Chief Teaching assistant in “Introduction to Plant Science” course, in charge of 5 teaching assistants\120 students per academic year

2014-2017 - Teaching assistant in “Plant Physiology and Biochemistry” course

2011-2017 - Mentored and supervised 4 undergraduate students, all of which continued to master and doctoral degrees.

2019-2020 - Mentor and supervised a master students.

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