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The Team

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Tal Laviv


Tal graduated from Tel Aviv University where he obtained his  PhD working with Dr. Inna Slutsky. His PhD research utilized FRET and functional imaging to uncover GPCR regulation of vesicle release at single synapses. He then went to perform my postdoc in the lab of Dr. Ryohei Yasuda at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. There he developed an experimental system to monitor activity dependent signaling in the awake mouse brain. He started his lab in Tel Aviv University at July 2020. 


Yossi Levy 

Lab manger

Yossi obtained his PhD from Tel Aviv University, working on MET tyrosine kinase receptor and interleukin 6 (IL-6) as targets for ovarian cancer personalized therapy. 

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Sharbel Eid

MD/PhD student 

Sharbel is an MD/PhD student in the faculty of medicine in Tel Aviv University. He is interested in studying how MeCP2, an important epigenetic factor, regulates brain function and dysfunction. To accomplish this, he is developing new FRET biosensors to dynamically visualize MeCP2 activity in the living brain. In his free time, he loves to read literature books, watch documentaries and spend time with his family and friends.


Tomer Kagan

MD/PhD student 

Tomer is an MD/PhD student at Tel Aviv University. Tomer is interested in developing novel biosensors, and using them to visualize and understand neural protein signalling, activity and development. Tomer loves to play the piano, watch films, works as an animator and is also pursuing a PhD in Memeology.

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Nikol Malchenko

PhD student 

Nikol is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, with a keen interest in exploring the molecular signaling pathways associated with various brain disorders and neurodevelopmental diseases. Currently, she is engaged in the development of a novel biosensor designed to detect mTOR activity, aiming to promote the understanding of the role of this signaling network in autophagy and autism. In her free time, Nikol enjoys outdoor pursuits such as hiking and scuba diving.


Aviv Zaid Or

MSc student at Sagol School of Neuroscience

Aviv is an MSc student at Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. She is interested in studying the function of the MeCP2 gene in regulating brain function and neuronal activity, and a fan of Maccabi Haifa Football Club. Cohead of shenanigans. 


Emanuela (Emma) Perah Break

MSc student at Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. 

She is studying signaling dynamics in neurons in relation to neuronal autophagy. Head of shenanigans.

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Maya Maman

MSc student at Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. 

Maya Is a B.A. student majoring in biology and Psychology at the Open University of Israel. She is working on neuronal autophagy research and the development of autophagy biosensors. Outside the lab, Maya is a triathlete and personal trainer spatializing in rehabilitation.


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