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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yaara Columbus-Shenkar (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 venom and toxins.

Yaara Columbus-Shenkar (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 venom and toxins.

Arie Fridrich (PhD student) arie.fridrich at mail.huji.ac.il 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 functional divergence of Argonaute proteins in Nematostella.

Arie Fridrich (PhD student) arie.fridrich at mail.huji.ac.il

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 functional divergence of Argonaute proteins in Nematostella.

Vengamanaidu Modepalli (postdoc) vengaman.modepali at mail.huji.ac.il 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.

Vengamanaidu Modepalli (postdoc)

vengaman.modepali at mail.huji.ac.il

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.

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.

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.

Shir Singer (MSc student)  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.  

Shir Singer (MSc student) 

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.

 

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.

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.