We study the molecular basis of chronic diseases, focusing on the function of microRNAs, short RNA molecules that regulate gene expression and are involved in a variety of biological pathways. MicroRNAs may act as a functional link between different chronic diseases, and hold promise as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets. Specifically, we are interested in:
1. MicroRNAs as a mechanistic link between metabolic disease and cancer
2. Discovery of microRNA-based biomarkers in body fluids
We study the molecular basis of chronic diseases, focusing on the function of microRNAs.
Ph.D. 2009, Department of Biological Chemistry Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel.
M.Sc. 2004, Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel.
Academic and research positions
2013-present, Head of Molecular Biology of Chronic Diseases laboratory, Migal
2017-present, Tel Chai Academic College, Kiryat Shmona. Developmental Genetics course (plan)
2015-present, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Visiting Researcher
2009-2013, Postdoctoral Fellow at NIH/NIDDK (Phoenix), Arizona, USA
Honors and awards
2015-2017, Type 2 diabetes research grant, D-Cure/CSO-MOH
2013-2015, Gesher Award, Israel Cancer Research Fund/MOST
2015, Visiting Professorship, Danish Diabetes Academy (Novo Nordisk Foundation)
2014, Travel Award, The Daniel Turnberg UK/Middle East Travel Fellowship Scheme
2013, Travel Award, Copenhagen Bioscience Conferences (Novo Nordisk Foundation)
2011, NIDDK Nancy Nossal Fellowship Award (intramural grant competition)