Research Labs

Research at Sackler Faculty of Medicine is multidisciplinary, as scientists and clinicians combine efforts in basic and translational research. Research is conducted in the laboratories on the TAU campus, and in the clinical facilities at affiliated medical centers. Our researchers also further the work of several research institutes, which are directly affiliated with our Faculty.


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Cancer & Molecular Therapies



Dr. Yaron Carmi, Ph.D.

Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Antigen-Restricted Rumor Immunity

Dr. Neta Erez, Ph.D.

Cancer Related Inflammation in Tumor Progression and Metastasis

Prof. Zvi Fishelson, Ph.D.

Molecular Analysis of Cancer Immunoresistance

Dr. Tamar Geiger, Ph.D.

Cancer Proteomics

Prof. Shai Izraeli, M.D.

Basic and Translational and Research of Childhood Malignancies and Leukemia

Prof. Yona Keisari, Ph.D.

Development of Cancer Treatments Integrating Radiotherapy or Electrochemical Ablation and Immunotherapy

Prof. Rafi Korenstein, Ph.D.

Interaction of Nanomaterials and Electromagnetic Fields with Cells

Prof. Rina Rosin-Arbesfeld, Ph.D.

The Wnt Signaling Pathway and Colorectal Cancer

Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro, Ph.D.

Angiogenic Switch Using Rationally-Designed
Theranostic Nanomedicines

Prof. Yosef Shiloh, Ph.D.

The ATM-Mediated DNA Damage Response

Prof. Ilan Tsarfaty, Ph.D.

Met Proto-Oncogene and its Ligand, HGF/SF and Breast Cancer


Cardiovascular Research and Diseases



Prof. Bernard Attali, Ph.D.

Normal and Diseased Potassium Channels in Human Brain and Heart

Prof. Nathan Dascal, Ph.D.

Signal Transduction by Neurotransmitters in Brain and Heart in Health and Disease

Dr. Michal Katz-Leurer, Ph.D.

Investigating the Cardiac Autonomic System Among Brain Damaged Patients

Prof. Daniel Khananshvili, Ph.D.

Mechanisms, Regulation and Pharmacology of Calcium Transporting NCX Proteins

Prof. Jonathan Leor, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine and Targeting of Inflammation and Fibrosis

Dental Health & Medicine



Prof. Tamar Brosh, Ph.D.

Biochemical Aspects of Dental Restorations and Orthodontic Tooth Movement

Prof. Ilana Eli, D.M.D.

Behavioral Sciences in Dentistry

Dr. Rachel Sarig, Ph.D., D.M.D.

Facial and Dental Anthropology: Evolutionary Aspects in Physiological and Pathological Processes in Human Dentition

Diabetes, Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases



Prof. Shimon Efrat, Ph.D.

Cell Replacement Therapy for Diabetes

Prof. Koret Hirschberg, Ph.D.

Intracellular Membrane Trafficking

Dr. Limor Landsman, Ph.D.

Pancreas Development and Function: the Role of Microenvironmental Cues

Prof. Drorit Neumann, Ph.D.

Erythropoietin and Its Receptor in Health and Disease – Basic and Clinical Aspects

Prof. Edgar Pick, M.D., Ph.D.

Assembly of the Superoxide-Generating NADPH Oxidase Complex in Health and Disease

Prof. Haim Werner, Ph.D.

Molecular Biology of the Insulin-Like Growth Factor System

Prof. Efrat Wertheimer, MD., PhD.

Role of the Insulin Receptor in Skin and Implications to Diabetes

Genomics and Personalized Medicine



Prof. Gil Ast, Ph.D.

Alternative Splicing Generates Transcriptomic Diversity in Genetic Disorders & Cancer

Prof. Karen B. Avraham, Ph.D.

Genomic Analysis of Hereditary Hearing Loss

Dr. Ran Elkon, Ph.D.

Genomic-scale Bioinfomatics Exploration of Gene Regulation

Dr. David Gurwitz, Ph.D.

Genomic Biomarkers for CNS Drug Response

Dr. Carmit Levy, Ph.D.

microRNA and DICER in Differentiation and Malignant Transformation of Melanocytes

Prof. Zvi (Gregory) Livshits, Ph.D.

Genetic and Metabolic Research of Age-Dependent Chronic Degenerative Disease

Dr. Noam Shomron, Ph.D.

Genomics and Gene Regulation by Small RNAs

Hearing, Language & Speech Sciences and Disorders



Dr. Noam Amir, D.Sc.

Paralinguistic Communication, Phonetics and Psychoacoustics

Prof. Ofer Amir, Ph.D.

Voice, Speaking Rate, Stuttering and Fluency Disorders

Dr. Daphne Ari-Even Roth, Ph.D.

Learning and Plasticity and Early Detection of Hearing Loss – Clinical Implications

Dr. Katy Borodkin, Ph.D.

Language Processing in Healthy and Brain Damaged Bilingual Speakers

Dr. Yael Henkin, Ph.D.

Auditory Processing in the Normal and Impaired Auditory System

Prof. Minka Hildesheimer, Ph.D.

Hearing Science and Clinical Audiology

Prof. Liat Kishon-Rabin, Ph.D.

‘Bottom-Up’ and ‘Top-Down’ Processes in Human Auditory Perception and Recognition

Prof. Tova Most, Ph.D.

Speech and Hearing Sciences and Rehabilitative Audiology

Prof. Chava Muchnik, Ph.D.

Hearing Science and Clinical Audiology

Prof. Dorit Ravid, Ph.D.

Language Acquisition and Development of Linguistic Literacy

Infectious Diseases



Dr. Natalia T. Freund, Ph.D.  Human Antibody Responses in Health and Disease

Prof. Fuad Iraqi, Ph.D.

Genetic Bases of Host Response to Infections and Chronic Diseases

Dr. Oren Kobiler, M.D., Ph.D.

Investigating Viral Genetic Diversity

Prof. Nir Osherov, Ph.D.

Human Mold Infections

Prof. Udi Qimron, Ph.D.

Host-Virus Interactions in Bacterial Systems

Dr. Dor Salomon, Ph.D.

Bacterial Protein Secretion Systems and Toxins

Dr. Ella Sklan, Ph.D.

Viral Host Interactions of RNA Viruses

Inflammatory & Autoimmune Diseases



Prof. Ariel Munitz, Ph.D.

Regulatory Mechanisms in Mucosal Inflammation

Dr. Mordechay (Motti) Gerlic, Ph.D.

Cell Death and Immune Response: the Role of Necroptosis and Pyroptosis in Inflammation

Prof. Ronit Sagi-Eisenberg, Ph.D.

Molecular Basis of Allergic Diseases: Genomic and Functional Analyses

Medical Education & Ethics



Prof. Yechiel Michael Barilan, M.D., M.A.

Bioethics, Biolaw and Medical Humanities

Dr. Orit Karnieli-Miller, Ph.D.

Studying Doctor-Patient Relationships, Communication and Medical Professionalism

Nervous System & Brain Disorders



Prof. Ruth Ashery-Padan, Ph.D.

Investigating the Molecular Basis of Visual System Development

Prof. Hagit Eldar-Finkelman, Ph.D.

GSK-3 Signaling in Health and Disease

Dr. Jason Friedman, Ph.D.

Models and Rehabilitation of Grasping

Prof. Illana Gozes, Ph.D.

Neuronal Plasticity and Nerve Cell Protection in Disease

Dr. Yoni Haitin, Ph.D.

The Molecular Basis of the Regulation of Immune and Cancer Cells by Ion Channels

Prof. Talma Hendler, M.D., Ph.D.

Brain Mechanisms of Human Emotion Generation & Regulation

Prof. Dario G. Liebermann, Ph.D.

Computational Motor Control and Clinical Applications to Upper-Limb Rehabilitation

Prof. Ilana Lotan, Ph.D.

Role of Potassium Channels in Neurotransmitter and Insulin Release in Diabetes

Dr. Yuval Nir, Ph.D.

Sleep and Its Relation to Cognition

Dr. Moshe Parnas, Ph.D.

Neural Circuits and Olfactory Perception in Drosophila

Dr. Eran Perlson, Ph.D.

Molecular Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Prof. Chaim G. (Chagi) Pick, Ph.D.

Brain Injuries: Cognitive, Behavioral and Cellular Outcome

Prof. Moshe Rehavi, Ph.D.

Molecular Mechanisms of Drugs for Neuropsychiatric Disorders

Dr. Moran Rubinstein, Ph.D.

The Molecular Basis of Epileptic Encephalopathies and Autism

Prof. Naphtali Savion, Ph.D.

Novel Antioxidant and Stem Cells for Treatment of Degenerative Diseases

Prof. Inna Slutsky, Ph.D.

Regulation of Hippocampal Plasticity: Single Synapses to Alzheimer’s Disease

Prof. Arieh S. Solomon, M.D., Ph.D.

Basic and Applicative Research of Eye Physiology, Diseases and Function

Dr. Eran Stark, M.D., Ph.D.

Spiking Network Mechanisms Underlying Cognition

Dr. Ido Tavor, Ph.D. Functional and Structural Brain Connectivity using MRI
Nursing, Occupational and Physical Therapy



Dr. Tami Bar-Shalita, Ph.D., O.T.

Investigating Sensory Modulation Disorder (SMD) Over Life Span

Prof. Sivia Barnoy, R.N., Ph.D.

Nursing Genetics and Information Technologies

Dr. Orit Bart, Ph.D., OTR

Co-Morbidity of Sensory-Motor and Cognitive Dysfunction and Psychosocial Problems

Prof. Ruth Defrin, Ph.D.

Investigating Pain Perception and Mechanisms of Chronic Pain

Dr. Michal Itzhaki, R.N., Ph.D.

Emotional Management, Cultural Competence and Decision-Making

Dr. Ilya Kagan, R.N., Ph.D.

Quality of Care and Patient Safety

Dr. Alon Kalron, Ph.D., P.T.

Physical activity, gait and posture in people with neurological diseases

Prof. Silvia Koton, Ph.D., M.Occ.H., R.N.

Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Diseases & Risk Factors

Dr. Lena Lipskaya-Velikovsky, Ph.D., O.T.

Participation in Everyday Life and Occupational Therapy Practice for People with Psychiatric Disorders

Dr. Youssef Masharawi, Ph.D., B.P.T.

Spinal Form and Function

Dr. Semyon Melnikov, R.N. Ph.D.

Determinants of the Adherence to Immunosuppressive Medications

Dr. Sigal Portnoy, Ph.D.

Computational Biomechanics in Motor Rehabilitation

Dr. Debbie Rand, Ph.D., O.T.

Gaming for Rehabilitation of Neurological and Geriatric Populations

Prof. Navah Z. Ratzon, Ph.D., O.T.

Investigating the Ergonomics of Occupational Tasks and Driving Rehabilitation

Dr. Angela Ruban, Ph.D.

The Role of Glutamate Excitotoxicity in Neurodegenerative and Malignant Diseases

Dr. Miriam Theilla, Ph.D.

The Effect of Fish Oil Enriched Diet on Wound Healing Processes in ICU Patients

Public Health



Prof. Daniel I. Cohen, Ph.D.

Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

Prof. Jiska Cohen-Mansfield, Ph.D.

Aging and End of Life

Prof. Yariv Gerber, Ph.D.

Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology

Dr. Khitam Muhsen, Ph.D.

Helicobacter pylori, Enteric Infections and Their Role in Health and Disease

Dr. Chava Peretz, Ph.D.

Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease and Environmental Epidemiology

Dr. Laura (Leah) J. Rosen, Ph. D.

Improving Public Health, and Control Tobacco Use and Exposure

Reproduction, Development and Evolution



Dr. Limor Broday, Ph.D.

Molecular Analysis of Ubiquitin and SUMO Pathways in the C. Elegans Model

Dr. Yankel Gabet, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Genetic and Hormonal Regulation of Bone Metabolism

Prof. Israel Hershkovitz, Ph.D.

Evolutionary Medicine, Paleopathology and Bio-history

Prof. Michael M. Kozlov, Ph.D.

Theoretical Biophysics of Membranes and Cytoskeleton

Dr. Hila May, Ph.D.

Laboratory for Bio-History and Evolutionary Medicine

Prof. Ruth Shalgi, Ph.D.

Reproduction in Animal Models and in Humans

Prof. Ronen Zaidel Bar, Ph.D.

Cellular Mechanics and Tissue Morphogenesis

Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine



Prof. Dafna Benayahu, Ph.D.

Musculoskeletal – Stem cells and Nanotechnology

Dr. Chen Luxenburg, Ph.D.

The Mechanobiology of Tissue Development Homeostasis and Disease

Dr. Michael Milyavsky, Ph.D.

DNA Damage Response in Normal and Leukemia Hematopoietic Stem Cells

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