Nir completed his MD studies at Ben Gurion University with distinction. He then worked for 18 months as a resident in the Oncology Institute at Sheba Medical Center prior to commencing his PhD studies at our laboratory. Nir has extensive clinical background, knowledge on theraputic protocols, and comes with novel ideas on how to advance cancer diagnostics and prognostics using small RNAs. During his PhD Nir will tackle these questions and lead to new perspectives in cancer treatment. Nir received the prestigous Colton Fellowship Award in June 2015, the same month as his first daughter, Noga, was born. Nir won The Djerassi Cancer Technology Innovation Award in January 2017. Nir received the Faculty of Medicine distinction for his Ph.D. work.
Henni studied Microbiology and Dance at the University of California in Santa Barbara from where she graduated with highest honors. After working in the Pharma-Biotech industry for a number of years she returned to Israel and to academia in pursuit of her PhD at TAU. In the process she has completed her MSc in Virology, and is currently investigating the genetic variation and within-host evolution of HIV-1 as a method to infer incidence, and improve treatment, vaccine development and prevention. She has received scholarships throughout her studies based on personal achievements and excellence.
Hadas is a Bioinformatics Bsc student performing project support in our lab. Hadas is proficient in programming languages such as Python and C. Hadas brings her experience as a low level developer in the IDF.
Maya is a computer science student performing project support in our lab. Maya is proficient in programming languages such as Python, JAVA, SQL, C# and AngularJS. Maya brings years of experience as a web developer in the IDF.
Tal is a Medical student running projects in our lab associated to microRNAs and splicing. He brings his expertise in combining deep biological knowledge, clinical perspective and bioinformatics capabilities. Tal adds novel perspectives to any of our projects.
Adi is a Medical student running small projects in our lab and assisting programming tasks. Adi also studied Physics and Philosophy during her Bachelors degree.
Linor is currently an MD student at our faculty after she completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Open University reaching a Deans' Distinguished award. Prior to this Linor graduated with distinction an IDF software course where she then spent 5 years at. In the past two years Linor head a programming team at the Israeli National Center for Cyber Security.
Liron completed her Bachelors degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Computer Science – Computational Biology, and her Masters degree at Tel Aviv University in Computer Science under the Bioinformatics track. She worked in 'Google' and 'Microsoft' before joining our laboratory to pursue her PhD. Liron gave birth to her first daughter Omer on December 2011, and her first son on Itamar on Januray 2014. Liron is an Edmond J. Safra center for Bioinformatics fellow (2012) and an Eshkol fellow (2014) from the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology, and Space also Liron is the recipient of the 2017 Na'amat Biomedical Award (2017).
Avital completed her Bachelors and Masters degree at the Hebrew University both with distinction. She worked three years at Rosetta Genomics prior to commencing her PhD studies at our laboratory. During her PhD Avital searches for mechanisms of miRNA regulation overlapping with caner pathways. Avital is an I-Core Center of Excellence fellow (2012 and 2013) and was awarded the Yehudit Segal prize for cancer research (2011) and the Kalina prize for excellence (2014). Avital gave birth to her first son Nadav in November 2011 and had her second son, Amir in January 2015. Avital has won the Marian Gertner Institute for Medical Nanosystems – Excellence Award (2017). Avital has received the 'Distinguished Student Paper Award of the Faculty of Medicine'(2017). Avital completed her degree in October 2017.
Keren is a Postdoc student under co-supervision of Dr. David Gurwitz. Keren completed her B.Sc is the joint Life Science and Medical faculty program at Tel Aviv University and continued to a Masters degree at the Medical Faculty. After one year in her Masters degree Keren was admitted to the direct PhD program. Keren focuses on the effect of miRNAs on pharmacogenomics, specifically on their control of mood disorder drugs. Keren is an I-Core Center of Excellence fellow (2012) and received the Yosef Sagol Neuroscience Fellowship (2013), the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies Sieratzki Prize for Students in Neuroscience (2014) and the Buchmann Fellowship Prize 2014. Keren completed her degree in October 2017.
Daphna graduated from the Department of Human Genetics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA where she subsequently did her first post-doc and served as a teaching assistance, partially supported by the NHGRI. Prior to this, in Israel, she completed courses at the Open University in Bioinformatics, Genetics and Genome Analysis and a Bachelors in Science degree, Magna Cum Laude, at the Life Science and Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. Daphna published 20 papers, some in prestigious journals such as Journal of Clinical Investigation and Nature. Daphna recevieved the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and fellowship and the Safra center for Bioinformatics fellowship. Daphna completed her degree in October 2017.
Shira graduated from the Technion, Israel's Institute of Technology with a B.Sc. then moved onto Tel Aviv University to complete her M.Sc mastering in virology. She works on miRNAs expressed from viral genomes and the interplay with host miRNAs and genes. Shira was awarded the Kalina research prize (2010). Shira gave birth to Alon, brother to Romi, on September 2012.
Eyal carried out his B.Sc. in Ben-Gurion University and his M.Sc. at Tel-Aviv University. Eyal started working on miRNAs during his M.Sc. research and continues to do so, currently, in his Ph.D. work. Eyal focuses on the role of miRNAs during cellular stress response following LPS activation and teratogen exposure. Eyal was awarded the Buchman Fellowship (2011-2012), the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies paper of the year prize (2012), the Presidential fellowship of the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Program for brain research (2012), the Tel Aviv University Life Science faculty travel scholarship (2010), the Switzerland Institute for Developmental Biology travel award (2012), the Constaintiner Travel award (2012) and the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies Travel award (2010, 2012).
Ofer is an MD student currently pursuing his PhD in computational biology. Ofer works on using Deep Sequencing data to decipher genetic diseases. In this capacity he uses available software in addition to developing his own methods for data acquisition, integration and interpretation. Ofer is an Edmond J. Safra center for Bioinformatics fellow (2010-2012), a Foulkes fellow, England (2012) and a Colton fellow (2012). Ofer has also received the Kalina research prize (2012).
Yaron completed his Bachelors degree in electrical engineering at the Technion in Haifa where he was listed in the distinguished Dean's list three consecutive years. During his studies he specialized in digital and signal processing, computers and communication. He spent a summer semester in Babson College in Boston where he combined academic and hands-on entrepreneurship experience. Prior to joining the lab for a Masters degree Yaron worked for almost two years in Qualcomm as a verification engineer. Yaron's thesis focuses on developing computational methods to analyze and parse human genome sequences. Yaron was a final runner up of the Ramon-Sungularity University innovation competition, he received the Deans' Distinction award, and a fellowship to pursue Bioinformatics for 3 months at Maryland University.
Amir completed with distinction his Bachelors degree at Tel Aviv University studying both Physics and Computer science. He then joined the Medical faculty Masters program here at Tel Aviv University and completed his courses with top grades. Amir works on deciphering viral genomic polymorphism in a given population based on myriad amounts of deep sequencing derived data.
Gershon completed his undergraduate studies in Molecular Biotechnology at the Technion and then a Masters degree in Bioinformatics and Genomics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Masters thesis focused on the study of flexible protein-DNA interactions using computational methods to investigate DNA recognition processes, docking, and protein flexibility during its encounter with DNA. Gershon participated in the Oscar Getz research program at the Weizmann institute under the supervision of Prof. Doron Lancet and was part of the GeneCards project (an integrated database of human genes). Subsequently, Gershon was employed as a Bioinformatics developer at the Life Science Faculty at Tel Aviv University where he devloped tools for molecular evolution and structural biology.
Elena is a Postdoc student under co-supervision of Dr. David Gurwitz. has completed her Bachelors and Master degree in Medical Biotechnology at the Faculty of Medicine of Brescia, Italy. During her PhD at Brescia Molecular and Translational Medicine Department and at the Clinical Research Center S. Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli Elena’s research focuses on peripheral biomarkers associated with mood disorders and drug response and the identification of new genetic pathways linked to Fronto Temporal Lobar Degeneration. Elena is a Shabbetai Donnolo I-Core Center of Excellence fellow (2013-2014) Elena gave birth to her first daughter Marta on May, 2010.
Dubi Eldor (Msc) Marie Perrone (Project; an MIT Bachelor graduate) Dr Liat Edry (Post-doc) Naama Volk (MSc) Adam Weinstock (Project) David Golan (Project) Judit Kovarsky (Programmer) Adi Givati (Project; Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering student) Sharon Ben-Zvi (Project; Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering student) Jakob Rukov (visiting PhD student from Denmark) Dr Raquel Catarino (MD/PhD; visiting summer researcher) Dana Braff (Project; an MIT Bachelors degree summer student) Harel Zalts (MSc) Zlata Lerner (Project; 3nd year Medical student) Roni Wilentzik (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student) Omer Ramote (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student) Didi Amar (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student) Shahar Kidron (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student) David Zeevi (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student) Maya Genel (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student) Ori Arditi (Project; Bachelor in Bioinformatics student)