Yehu Moran (PI)
yehu.moran at mail.huji.ac.il
Yehu studied from 2001-2010 in Tel Aviv University where he obtained a BSc in Life Sciences, MSc in Biochemistry and PhD working on sea anemone toxins. Then he moved to the lab of Ulrich Technau at the University of Vienna to study the evolution of post-transcriptional regulation by small RNAs. Since January 2014 he is an assistant professor (officially called in the Israeli academic system "senior lecturer") at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Reuven Aharoni (Lab Manager)
reuven.Aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il
Rubi obtained his MSc in Biomedical Studies and his PhD from the Institute of Dental Sciences of the Hebrew University. He was working in the lab of Doron Steinberg on bacterial biofilm. He is our lab manager and is responsible for everything running smoothly. In addition he is currently studying the evolution of Argonaute proteins and their function in Cnidaria.
Maayan Agron (PhD student)
maayan.agron at mail.huji.ac.il
Maayan joined our group in June 2015. She obtained her BSc in Animal Science from the Agriculture Faculty of the Hebrew University. She received her MSc in Marine Biology from the Marine Sciences School of Haifa University where she worked with Tamar Lotan on the effects of heavy metals on gene expression in Nematostella. In our lab she is working on the evolution of the biolgenesis of miRNAs and the roles of the microprocessor and dicers in Cnidaria.
Vengamanaidu Modepalli (postdoc)
mvengamanaidu at yahoo.com
Venky obtained his Bachelor degree in Biotechnology from SRM University in India. He later joined the lab of Kevin Nicholas at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) where he studied the roles of lactation in the development of marsupials. After obtaining his master degree in biotechnology and PhD from Deakin he joined our lab as a postdoc in July 2015. At Jerusalem he studies the roles of small RNA methylation in cnidarians.
Keren Cohen (guest scientist)
kerencohe at gmail.com
Keren received her PhD from the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University where she worked in the lab of Osnat Ashur-Fabian on characterizing the roles of integrins in cancer and their effects on death mechanisms and DNA damage response. She has joined our lab as a guest scientist on August 2016 and she works on the heterologous expression of peptides in Nematostella stinging cells. This project is performed in collaboration with Monterey Bay Labs, an Israeli biotech company .
shir.singer at mail.huji.ac.il
Shir graduated with a BSc in Life Sciences from Bar Ilan University and joined our group on October 2016. She is studying the function of toxin-like proteins from early Nematostella embryos and eggs.
Yaara Shenker (PhD student)
yshenkar at gmail.com
Yaara obtained her BSc in Marine Sciences from the Ruppin Academic Center (Michmoret campus). She studied the phylogeny of ticks in the lab of Yuval Gottlieb-Dror at the Hebrew University's Faculty of Agriculture where she obtained her MSc. She joined our group in April 2014 as a PhD student and her research focus is the function and evolution of Nematostella toxins.
Kartik Sunagar (guest scientist)
anaturalist at gmail.com
Kartik did his BSc (Genetics, Chemistry and Zoology) and MSc (Genetics and Molecular Biology) studies at Karnatak University in India. He performed his PhD research in the group of Agostinho Antunes at the Univeristy of Porto in Portugal where he was studying the molecular evolution of venom . He has numerous publications in this field with an emphasis on snake venom. He has joined our group on June 2014 and he works on the molecular evolution of sea anemone venom. Kartik is an awardee of the prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship.
Maria Sachkova (postdoc)
mariasachkova at gmail.com
Maria received her MSc in Biochemistry from Moscow State University in 2009. Then she worked with Dr. Alexander Vassilevski at the Shemykin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry at Moscow where she obtained her PhD. She worked there on the evolution and biochemistry of spider toxins. Maria joined our group on Septemebr 2015 and she works on the biochemistry and evolutionary ecology of Nematostella venom in a joint BSF-NSF project between our group and the Reitzel group at UNC Charlotte.
Arie Fridrich (PhD student)
ari.levtov at gmail.com
Arie joined our lab as a PhD student on November 2015. Before joining our group he obtained his MSc in Biotechnology from Bar Ilan University. He worked there with Prof. Yaron Shav-Tal on the transcriptional activity of single cells by applying live imaging. In our group Arie works on the roles of nematocyte-specific miRNAs and on the function of toxin-like genes expressed in the early development of Nematostella.
Andres Tuszyner (anemone faciliy caretaker)
andres.tuszyner at mail.huji.ac.il
Andres is a computer sciences BSc student who joined our lab in July 2016. He carries the pivotal everyday role of maintaining our Nematostella culture.
Nadya Gutkovitch (PhD student)
Nadya worked on her PhD research in our lab until March 2016
Yoav Tal (MSc student)
yoav.tal at hotmail.com
Yoav did his BSc at the Ruppin Academic Center (Michmoret campus). He did his master degree in our lab and graduated in December 2016. He worked on the evolution of RIG-I domain proteins. He is an avid surfer.
Einat Tauber (anemone facility caretaker)
Einat was our anemone caretaker until July 2016.