Research Groups

Ruth Ashery-Padan, PhD

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Investigating the molecular mechanisms that control the development of the visual system in mammals
Lab Website: http://asherypadan.medicine.mytau.org/
E-mail: ruthash@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6409331

Gil Ast, PhD

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Evaluate therapeutic agents in a mouse model for the autosomal recessive congenital neuropathy Familial Dysautonomia (FD); Investigate the role of IKAP in the development of the peripheral nervous system; Investigate signal transduction pathways involved in IKBKAP gene regulation.
Lab Website: http://astlab.tau.ac.il/index.php
E-mail: gilast@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406893

Karen Avraham, PhD

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Gene discovery for human hereditary deafness using deep sequencing; Transcriptomics and proteomics of the inner ear using RNA-Seq and MS; Using mouse models for human deafness to understand mechanisms leading to auditory dysfunction; Development and function of microRNAS in the inner ear; Functional analysis of auditory proteins; Planar cell polarity in the inner ear and link to deafness.
Lab Website: http://www.kbalab.com
E-mail: karena@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406642

Amir Ayali, PhD

Department of Zoology
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: A fly-neurons-in-model for nervous system development and pathology
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/~ayali/
E-mail: ayali@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6409820

Chen Luxenburg, PhD

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Investigating the roles of mechanical cues in epidermal development homeostasis and repair
Lab Website: http://www.luxenburglab.com/
E-mail: lux@post.tau.ac.il

Pablo Blinder, PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Research Topic: Investigating the functional and structural link between neurons and vasculature networks in the brain.
Email: pb@post.tau.ac.il
Lab Website: http://pblab.tau.ac.il/en/
Phone number: 03-640-9640

Eran Perlson, PhD

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler Faculty of Medicine
Research Topic: Studying the molecular communication mechanisms within the motoneuron subcellular compartments and between the motoneuron and it diverse extracellular environments that is vital for synapse formation and maintenance.
Email: eranpe@post.tau.ac.il
Lab Website: http://www6.tau.ac.il/medicine/perlson/
Phone number: 03-640-8743

Rina Rosin-Arbesfeld, PhD

Department: Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, Sackler School of Medicine
Research Topic: Wnt Signaling Pathways in development and cancer
Email: arina@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6408570

Carmit Levi, PhD

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Sackler School of Medicine
Research Topic: Investigating the Regulatory Functions of miRNAs in Development and Cancer
Email: carmitlevy@post.tau.ac.il
Lab Website: http://www.carmitlevylab.com/
Phone number: 03- 6409900

Dalit Ben-Yosef, PhD

Wolfe PGD-Stem cell Lab,
Racine IVF Unit, Lis Maternity Hospital, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center & Department of Cell and Developmental Biology Sackler Medical School, Tel-Aviv University
Research Topic: The lab focuses on studying issues related to early embryonic and developmental processes, genetic disorders and different aspects of cell therapy using our unique collection of PGD-derived human embryonic stem cells (hESCs).
Email: dalitb@tlvmc.gov.il
Lab Website: http://www.tasmc.org.il/sites/en/Research/Tech-Transfer/Pages/Stem-Cell-Research-laboratory.aspx
Phone number: 03-6925733

Daniel Offen, PhD

Head, The Neuroscience Laboratory,
Felsenstein Medical Research Center and member of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics:
  1. Induce differentiation of adult stem cells by genetic manipulation
  2. Cell/gene therapy in neurodegenerative diseases
  3. Neurogenesis in Alzheimer's diseases
  4. Peptide-base therapy in Parkinson's and Huntington diseases
  5. Applications of adult stem cells in models of Schizophrenia and Autism
Email: danioffen@gmail.com
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/medicine/felsenstein/neurosci.html
Phone number: 03-9376130

Limor Broday, PhD

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Functional analysis of the ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like pathways in developmental processes.
Lab Website: http://www2.tau.ac.il/Person/medicine/researcher.asp?id=aglikedil
E-mail: broday@post,tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406653

Daniel Chamovitz, PhD

Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: Developmental biology of Arabidopsis and Drosophila.
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/~chamd/lab.html
E-mail: dannyc@tauex.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406703

Benjamin Dekel, MD PhD

Department of Pediatric Stem Cell Research Institute, Sheba Medical Center
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: The questions we ask in the lab fall under three main categories: Do human kidneys harbor stem/progenitor cells and if so can we use these cells to regenerate kidney organs for people suffering from renal disease? Do human kidney cancers harbor cancer stem cells/tumor initiating cells and if so can we target these cells in a manner that would lead to tumor eradication? Why are children born with malformed kidneys? What is the genetic basis for these diseases and how do mutations functionally affect the renal stem/progenitor pool in development?
Lab Website: http://www.sheba.co.il/Research_and_Development/Pediatric_Stem_Cell/
E-mail: Binyamin.Dekel@sheba.health.gov.il
Phone number: 03-5302445

Yechiel Elkabetz, PhD

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Modeling development and pathogenesis of the human nervous system using human pluripotent stem cells.
Lab Website: www.elkabetzlab.com
E-mail: elkabetz@tauex.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406781

Yoav Gothilf, PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: "Circadian clock neuroendocrine control of reproduction.
Lab Website: http://ibis.tau.ac.il/twiki/bin/view/Neuro/Gothilf/WebHome
E-mail: yoavgothilf@gmail.com
Phone number: 03-6406329

Shai Izraeli, MD

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry; Institute of Childhood Leukemia Research, Sheba Medical Center.
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Molecular and Developmental Pathogenesis of childhood leukemia;
The cell cycle and centrosomal protein STIL (SIL) in development and cancer.

Lab Website: http://eng.sheba.co.il/Research_and_Development/Research_Center_of_Leukemia/
E-mail: sizraeli@sheba.health.gov.il
Phone number: 052-6666360

Limor Landsman, PhD

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Our lab studies pancreas development and function, in health and diabetes, using transgenic mouse models. We focus on the role of mesenchymal cells, a key component of the embryonic and adult pancreas microenvironment, in these processes. We research the mesenchymal signals that guide the development of insulin-producing beta-cells in the embryo and maintain their differentiated state in the adult.
Lab Website: www.tau.ac.il/~limorl
E-mail: limor@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 052-3668201

Ariel Munitz, PhD

Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Developmental pathways regulating eosinophil hematopoiesis and the functional physiological consequences of targeting eosinophil development in disease states.
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/~arielm/Ariel_Munitz,_PhD/Welcome.html
E-mail: arielm@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6407635

Iftach Nachman, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: Cell fate decisions during reprogramming and differentiation.
Reprogramming somatic cells to pluripotency; Differentiation of ES cells to cardiomyocites in embryoid bodies.
Lab Website: www.tau.ac.il/~iftachn
E-mail: iftachn@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6405900

Nir Ohad , PhD

Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: Epigenetic regulation of plant development.
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/ohad/ohad.html
E-mail: Niro@tauex.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6407641

Oded Rechavi, PhD

Department of Neurobiology
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: We will use simple and genetically tractable organisms and model systems to discover novel biological principles by which RNA affects formation of memory and inheritance of complex traits. Specifically, we recently found a molecular mechanism that allows an heretic phenomena to take place - transgenerational inheritance of acquired traits. The mechanism that allows this phenomenon to occur is transgenerational transmission of small RNAs, which mediate RNA interference (RNAi). Our studies showed that antiviral RNAs (viRNAs), which protect the C.elegans nematodes from viral propagation, can be transmitted from the soma to the germline and pass down to many ensuing generations in a non-Mendelian manner, in the absence of their DNA template, and thus protect (“vaccinate”) RNAi-deficient progeny from viral propagation (Rechavi et al, Cell 2011).
Lab Website: http://www.odedrechavilab.com/
E-mail: odedrechavi@gmail.com
Phone number: 0523-831831

Ronit Sagi-Eisenberg, PhD

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Mast cell exocytosis as a paradigm for the evolution of organismal host defense mechanisms.
Lab Website: http://asherypadan.medicine.mytau.org/
E-mail: histol3@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6409500

Ruth Shalgi, PhD

Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Our research focuses on Reproductive Physiology in animal models and in humans. The current research directions investigated in the laboratory are:
  • The role of Fyn kinase, member of the Src family kinases, during meiosis and early events of oocyte activation, as well as in cancer cells .
  • Fertility preservation - the signaling pathway leading to apoptosis in aging oocytes and in oocytes exposed to chemotherapeutic treatments and potential protectants.
  • Regulation of angiogenesis in reproductive organs by Pigment epithelium derived factor (PEDF) and treatment of reproductive angiogenic-related pathologies.
  • The role of Interleukin-1alpha in reproductive aging and in chemotherapy-induced exhaustion of ovarian follicular pool.
Lab Website: www2.tau.ac.il/Person/medicine/researcher.asp?id=abfdfkcgh
E-mail: shalgir@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406526

Shimon Efrat , PhD

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry
Faculty of Medicine
Research Topics: Generation of human surrogate insulin-producing cells for cell therapy of diabetes. The two main approaches being pursued are ex-vivo expansion of functional beta cells from human donors, and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells derived from human beta cells.
E-mail: sefrat@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6407701

David Sprinzak, PhD

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics:
  1. The biophysics of intercellular signaling.
  2. Mechanisms of planar cell polarity.
  3. Interplay between cell mechanics and cell-cell signaling.
  4. Development of the mammalian inner ear.
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/~davidsp/
E-mail: davidsp@post.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6405218

Miguel Weil, PhD

Department of Cell Research and Immunology
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: Developmental neurobiology; Human stem cells platforms high content analysis screening of drugs for rare diseases.
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/cell_r/members/weil/weil.html
E-mail: miguelw@tauex.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6406981

Shaul Yalovsky , PhD

Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants
Faculty of Life Science
Research Topics: Modulation of axin-regulated pattern formation in plants by RHO family small G proteins and Ca2+ sensors; Regulation of plant vascular tissues differentiation and cell wall formation by RHO small G proteins; The function of RHO family small G proteins in coordination of of developmental and pathogen response signalling pathways in plants; How post-translational lipid modifications affect the regulation of cell polarity by plant RHO family G proteins.
Lab Website: http://www.tau.ac.il/lifesci/departments/plant_s/members/yalovsky/yalovsky.html
E-mail: shauly@tauex.tau.ac.il
Phone number: 03-6405268