STEP Faculty

ORNA AMSTER-CHODER, PH.D. and
SAHAR MELAMED, PH.D.

Hebrew University

 ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE and RNA : The Melamed and Amster-Choder labs are elucidating mechanisms about how genes in bacterial pathogens function on a biochemical level. Their insights promote development of new generations of antibiotics to counteract antibiotic resistance that is now widespread and compromises medical practice on both sides of the Israel-Palestine border and globally.

RAMI AQUEILAN, PH.D.

Hebrew University

CANCER: Dr. Aqueilan is investigating the molecular basis of cancer with special interest in genome stability.

ANAT FLORENTIN, PH.D.

MALARIA AND PARASITIC DISEASES: The Florentine lab studies how parasites function. Their particular focus is on the malaria parasite, seeking to find treatment to combat malaria, a disease that effects half the world’s population.

 

 

 

OSNAT GILLOR, PH.D.

Ben Gurion University

I explore the microbial world in diverse environments, from desert soils to water filtration systems and aquatic farms. My research spans the spectrum, from unlocking the secrets behind everyday phenomena like the scent of rain, to monitoring waterborne pathogens and cultivating innovative aquatic crops.

 

 

 

MOSHE HERZBERG, PH.D.

Ben Gurion University

Professor Herzberg researches methods to extend function for water purification and desalination process that are crucial in the water-starved Middle East.

 

 

 

MAHMOUD HULEIHEL, PH.D.

Ben Gurion University

MALE INFERTILITY: Infertility is a problem in all societies with male infertility a particularly sensitive issue. The Huleihel group is discovering genes that may be involved in male infertility. Furthermore, their studies include the development of sperm from stem cells. With new techniques of genetics, they seek to devise ways to avoid infertility problems in the future.

 

 

DAN RABINOWITZ, PH.D.

Tel Aviv University

CLIMATE CHANGE :The Rabinowitz group identifies challenges posed to Israel, Palestinian and Bedouin cattle herders and farmers due to ecological change and sociological barriers. They formulate scientifically and culturally sensitive solutions to these challenges to affect government policy.

 

 

DROR SHARON, PH.D.

Hebrew University

RETINAL DISEASE: The Sharon Lab focuses on identification of genes and mutations that cause inherited eye  diseases, such as blinding retinal degeneration, that occur in the Israeli and Palestinian populations.

 

 

YEHUDA TZFATI, PH.D.

Hebrew University

Researches the genetics and biology of inherited diseases characterized by immunodeficiency and developmental defects.