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  • Prof. Hassan Azaizeh
  • Associate Professor
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Biotechnology - B.Sc. Program
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    • Environmental Biotechnology
    • Wastewater Treatment
    • Natural compounds
    • Alternative Energy
  • Prof. Hassan Azaizeh - Senior Researcher at the Institute of Applied Research, Galilee Society, Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Departmentof Environmental Studies at Tel Hai College
    I am an alumnus of The the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Faculty of Agriculture, Rehovot, Israel with a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture - Plant Pathology and a Masters of Science from the same institute specializing in Microbiology and Plant Pathology and have a PhD from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas A&M, USA from the Department of Microbiology specializing in Toxicology. During my studies, I engaged in a number of studies and research projects related to a variety of fields such as microbiology, chemistry, soil sciences, biochemistry, environmental biotechnology, water and waste treatment, renewable energy and toxicology, and others. Since 1995, I have served as an active member of the Galilee Society and a senior researcher for its Institute of Applied Research in subjects concentrating on the production of natural plant extracts for the treatment of various illnesses, biological pest and worm control as well as various studies pertaining to water and wastewater treatment through the use of a variety of biotechnological methods. The list of my published articles since my appointment as a senior lecturer include articles related to environmental biotechnology, water and waste treatment, plant extract production for the treatment of various illnesses and pests, and microbiological biodegration of Xenobiotic substances in the soil as well as advanced production of unique biological substances from what is considered waste products such as olive mill wastewater (OMW) or olive mill solid waste(OMSW).Additionally I have attended dozens of national and international conferences during which I have lectured and written a number of abstracts pertaining to the relevant fields.

  • a.    The Utilization of Constructed Wetlands and UV Systems for the Removal of Pathogens from Wastewater.
    b.    The Use of Olive Mill Solid Wastes as a Biological Filter to Remove Pollutants from Road Runoffs.
    c.    Combined Treatment of Agricultural Waste and their Recycling to Produce Biogas.
    d.    The Production of Natural Extracts from Local Plants to Inhibit Laying of Nematode Eggs and Biological Pest Control of Worms and Nematodes in Animals.
    e.    Algae Cultivation in Olive Mill Waste Water for the Production of Alternative Energy. 
    f.    Sustainable Treatment of Brine and Micro-Pollutants during Waste Treatment Utilizing a Reverse Osmosis Process.
    g.     Removing Hormones and Steroids from Domestic and Agricultural Wastewater.
    h.    Producing Bioethanol from Lignocellulose Waste.
    i.    The Production of Natural Extracts from the Pistacia lentiscus for Biological Pest Control of Worms and Nematodes in Animals.
    j.    The Production of Biotechnological Products from Olive Mill Waste.
    k.    Production of Natural Extracts from Olive Mill Wastewater for Use in the Biological Control of Storage Diseases.


  • Since 2005 -            Tel Hai College, Teaching courses: 
    a) Treatment of dangerous and toxic wastes.  

    b)  Technologies of treating water and wastewater.

    c)  Seminar – First and Advanced Seminar in Environmental Sciences.  

    d) Biotechnology of fermentation and bioreactors. 

    e)  Laboratory course of biotechnology of fermentation and bioreactors. 

  • March 2012            IWA – WWPR 2012, Heraklion, Crete, Greece.    Title of Presentation: Constructed Wetlands and UV Systems for Removal of Enteric Pathogens and Wastewater Contaminants

    March 2012            INCO – Innovation, Murcia, Spain.    Title of Presentation: Mobile Integrated Sustainable System for Treatment of Organic Wastewater (MISSTOW, EU, project).

    September 2012     Phytotechnology, 9th  International conference, Hasselt University, Belgium . Title of Presentation: Removal of pathogens and organic contaminants from wastewater using constructed wetlands and UV systems.

    October 2012   COST Action meeting, Lisbon, Portugal . Title of Presentation: Fortification of tomatoes and basil plants with selenium for food consumption.

    June 2013    The 13th World conference on Anaerobic Digestion,    Santiago De Compestela, Spain.  Title of Presentation: “Anaerobic digestion of organic agricultural wastewater for biogas production “.

    October 2013  The 41th Israel Society of Ecology & Environ Sciences, Rehovot, Israel.  Title of Presentation: Development of a mobile integrated system (MISSTOW) for treatment of olive mill wastewater and other organic wastewater.

    *March  2014  COST Action meeting, Antalya, Turkey . Title of Presentation:  Phyto-mediated biostimulation of the autochthonous microbial community for the depletion of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in contaminated sediments.

    *June 2014            INCO – Innovation, Murcia, Spain.    Title of Presentation: Anaerobic digestion of Organic Agricultural Wastewater (MISSTOW, EU, project).

    *June 2014            Hadad Village, PA.  Title of Presentation: Olive waste treatments & Anaerobic digestion of OMW for biogas production.

    *July 2014            The Plants Production and Marketing Board, Yahoud, Israel.  Title of Presentation: Olive waste treatments & Anaerobic digestion of OMW for biogas production.

    *November 2014  COST Action meeting & Total Food Conference -  Norwich, UK . Title of Presentation:  Development of a mobile integrated system for treatment of agricultural organic wastewater and biogas production.

    *March  2015  COST Action meeting – Semmering, Austria. Title of Presentation:  The potential of a platform small-bioreactor technology to treat whey.