Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of Israel’s leading research universities and among the world leaders in many fields. It has around 20,000 students and 4,000 faculty members in the Faculties of Engineering Sciences; Health Sciences; Natural Sciences; the Pinchas Sapir Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management; the Joyce and Irving Goldman School of Medicine; the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies; and the Albert Katz International School for Desert Studies. More than 100,000 alumni play important roles in all areas of research and development, industry, health care, the economy, society, culture and education in Israel.
As a multi-disciplinary research University of international stature, Ben-Gurion University strives for excellence in research and teaching, scientific innovation, cross-disciplinary collaboration and applied research that impact people's lives wherever they are. The University is committed to social and environmental responsibility and is actively engaged in developing the Negev, Israel and the world.
BGU attracts excellent researchers and students with original and innovative perspectives, alongside a social conscience and commitment to community engagement.
It is ranked 46th in the world rankings of universities with sustainable policies, and operates programs to promote awareness of environmental protection, a reduction in the use of
resources, energy efficiency, promotion of research and wide-ranging educational and community activities.
Ben-Gurion University is a major attraction for students and researchers due to its pluralistic and inter-disciplinary approach. The impressive achievements of its researchers, students and alumni, both academically and in the labor market, are the result of its excellent research, teaching and study infrastructure. The open and friendly atmosphere, combined with an innovative and original way of thinking, encourages the students and researchers to advance science, culture and society and to break through barriers in research.
The BGU researchers participating  in 3D'omics are affiliated with BGU’s Department of Life Sciences. With about 40 active research groups, department researchers conduct cutting edge research across all scales of life, from the determination of protein structures at atomic level resolution to the examination of single-celled organisms and multi-cellular systems to the study of whole animals and communities. Department researchers rely on a wide variety of experimental systems, including bacteria, archaea, yeast, plants, insects, fish and other forms of marine life, rodents, and mammals in their research.

The Mizrahi Group at BGU is focused on the ecological and
evolutionary forces that shape microbial communities in nature, and specifically in gut environments.
For this purpose, the group uses state of the art tools, such as deep sequencing, big data analysis, metabolomics, fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), high-performance microscopy and classical aerobic and anaerobic microbiology approaches. This knowledge is, in turn, used to understand and to influence the role of microbial communities in agricultural systems. Understanding these forces enables us to predict and modulate the composition of the microbiome towards optimized functionality and find new applications by tuning the animal microbiome to decrease its environmental impact and increase
available food resources for mankind.

Role in the project
BGU will contribute to in vitro model development (WP3), the swine nutrition challenge analysis (WP7), 3D’omics-based microbiota manipulation (WP8) and the International interaction networking (WP2).