Chemical Ecologist and Research Associate
Organization: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Department of Entomology - Israel
Osnat Malka completed her Ph.D studies in the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University and obtained a M.Sc. in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Ben Gurion University after graduating from the Department of Chemistry at Ben Gurion University. Using functional and evolutionary genomics, she studies insect-plant interactions and more specifically how plant secondary metabolites affect the herbivores resistance mechanisms. One of her objectives is to develop genomic, metabolomic and behavioral experimental approaches to understand how B. tabaci overcomes the plant's defense system. She is also exploring the evolution of social behaviors of honeybees using an integrative approach encompassing genomics and analytical chemistry. She collaborates with researchers from various disciplines with an emphasis on plant insect interactions.