huji Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Yuval Gottlieb-Dror, Ph.D.

Arthropod symbiosis research

Office Address:
P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Koret School of Veterinary Medicine,
The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489633
Fax: +972-(0)8-9467940
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Special interests

Arthropods symbiosis, Veterinary entomology, Microbial ecology, Microbial interactions, Vector ecology, Reproductive manipulators and sex determination mechanisms.


Veterinary entomology (65836; 65726),
Scientific writing (65748),
DVM thesis seminars (65783),
Arthropod symbiosis (71953).



We study various aspects of microbial tenants, both transient (pathogenic agents) and enduring (bacterial symbionts), in relation to environmental factors in medically important vectors and pests. As well as taxonomy and ecology of animal ectoparasites. Major projects include the interaction between symbiotic tenants and Hard ticks of the genera Rhipicephalus and Hyalomma, the symbionts of Culicoides biting midges and their vector ecology, the ecology filth flies in dairy farms.



Head of DVM thesis committee.


International interests

Arthropods symbiosis, Vector-borne-diseases, Zoonoses.


Membership in Scientific organizations

- International society of symbiosis
- Entomological society of Israel
- Israel society of microbiology
- COST AF1404
- American society for microbiology
- Society of vector ecology


Selected Recent Publications

Morag, N., Saroya, Y., Braverman, Y., Klement, E., and Gottlieb, Y. (2012) Molecular identification, phylogenetic status and geographic distribution of Culicoides oxystoma (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in Israel. PLoS One 7(3): e33610.

Lalzar I., Harrus, S., Mumchugulo, K.Y., and Gottlieb, Y. (2012) Composition and seasonal variation of Rhipicephalus turanicus and Rhipicephalus sanguineus bacterial communities. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78: 4110-4116.

Morag, N., Klement, E., Saroya, Y., Lensky, I., and Gottlieb, Y. (2012) Prevalence of Candidatus Cardinium hertigii (group C) in sympatric Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) vector species is associated with land surface temperature. FASEB J. 26: 4025-4034.

Gottlieb, Y., Lavy, E., Kaufman, M., Markovics, M., Ghanim, M., and Aroch, I. (2012) A novel bacterial symbiont in the nematode Spirocerca lupi. BMC Microbiol. 12: 133.

Strunov, A., Kiseleva, E., Gottlieb, Y. (2013) Spatial and temporal distribution of pathogenic Wolbachia strain wMelPop in Drosophila melanogaster central nervous system under different temperature conditions. J. Invert. Pathol. 114: 22-30.

Morag, N., Mullens, B.A., Gottlieb, Y. (2013) Assessment of survival and body size variation in Culicoides imicola (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) as a function of Cardinium (Bacteriodetes) infection status. 79: 6260-63. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 79: 6260-6263.

Lalzar, I., Friedman, Y., Gottlieb, Y. (2014) Tissue tropism and quantification of Coxiella endosymbiont of Rhipicephalus turanicus and R. sanguineus. Environ. Microbiol. 16: 3657–3668.

Gottlieb, Y., Klement, E., Aroch, I., Lavy, E., Kaufman, M., Samish, M., Markovics, A. 2014. Temporal association of ambient temperature and relative humidity with Spirocerca lupi infection of Onthophagus sellatus: a 14-year longitudinal study. Vet. Parasitol. 204: 238–242.

Gutiérrez, R., Cohen, L., Morick, D., Mumcuoglu, K.M., Harrus, S., Gottlieb, Y. (2014) Identification of different Bartonella species in cattle tail louse (Haematopinus quadripertusus) and in cattle blood. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80: 5477-5483.

Gutiérrez, R., Krasnov, B., Morick, D., Gottlieb, Y., Khokhlova, I.S., Harrus, S. (2015) Bartonella infection in rodents and their flea ectoparasites – An overview. Vector-Borne Zoonot. 15: 27-39.

Gottlieb, Y., Lalzar, I., Klasson, L. (2015) Distinctive genome reduction rates revealed by genomic analyses of two Coxiella-like endosymbionts in ticks. Genome Biol. Evol. 7: 1779-1796.

Shpigel, N., Pasternak, Z., Factor, G. Gottlieb, Y. (2015) Diversity of bacterial biofilm communities on sprinklers from dairy farm cooling systems in Israel. PLoS One. In Press.




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