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Mailing Address:
The Robert H. Smith Institute of
Plant Sciences and Genetics
in Agriculture
Herzl 229, Rehovot 7610001, Israel

Administrator: Neomi Maimon 
Tel: 972-8-948-9251,
Fax: 972-8-948-9899,

Secretary of teaching program:
Ms. Iris Izenshtadt
Tel: 972-8-9489333

Director: Prof. David Weiss
Tel: 972-8-948-9436
Fax: 972-8-948-9899




1. Skaliter, O., Livneh, Y., Agron, S., Shafir, S. and Vainstein, A. (2022). A whiff of the future: functions of phenylalanine-derived aroma compounds and advances in their industrial production. Plant Biotech. Journal.

2. Yanlei Z., Cui1, Y., Song, M., Vainstein, A., Chen, S. and Huiqin Ma, H. (2021). Papain-like cysteine protease gene family in fig (Ficus Carica L.): genome-wide analysis and expression patterns. Front. Plant Sci. 12:681801. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2021.681801.


Carotenoid-associated proteins useful for high carotenoid accumulation and production in plants and other organisms.

Method for enhancing plant scent.

Plant viral expression vectors and use of same for generating genotypic variations in plant genomes.

Generating genotypic variations in plant genomes by direct gamete infection.

Engineering Saccharomyces Cerevisiae for the production of terpenoids: mitochondrial subcellular localization of terpene synthases.

Former Group Members

Former Students and Associates

Ronit Sharon, Photosynthetic apparatus in corollas of petunia and carnation M.Sc. 

Galil Tzuri, M.Sc. in collaboration with Prof. J. Hillel

Morly Fisher, M.Sc. in collaboration with Prof. M. Ziv

Iris Smirra, M.Sc. in collaboration with Prof. A. Halevy

Vered Canaan, Transgenic plants resistant to crown gall, MSc

Shamir Tznuert, Transformation system for Gypsophila, MSc


Intro to molecular biology 71065; BSc

Seminar 71187/8, MSc

Basic methods in molecular biology 71024, BSc

Research workshop in horticulture 71950, MSc

Classical and molecular approaches in plant breeding 71021, BSc

Biological membranes, 71978, MSc


Curriculum Vitae


Born 1957     Tbilisi, Georgia

1976 B.Sc.    State University of Tbilisi, USSR

1984 Ph.D.   The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

1986-1988    Postdoctorate, University of California at Los Angeles, USA


Employment history

1988-1993  Lecturer Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, HUJ

1994-1999  Senior Lecturer, Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, HUJ


Prof. Alexander Vainstein

Wolfson Family Chair in Floriculture
Phone: +972-(0)8-9489082/0
Identification of novel aroma genes, Metabolic engineering of plants and yeast, Site-specific genome modification and genetic engineering in plants.