Dr. Shlomi Mualem
Dr. Dalia Gordon
Itay Efraim Cohen
Dr. Moshe Goldsmith
Dr. Melanie Horev
Dr. Ida Rishal
I joined Mike’s group in January 2006 as a postdoctoral fellow, and after completing my postdoc in 2010 stayed in the group as a staff scientist. My work is focused on one of the most fundamental questions in cell biology - cell size determination. The understanding of the mechanism by which neuronal cells might determine the length of their axons can open new horizons in neuronal regeneration after injury. We proposed a new mechanism for axon length sensing (Rishal et al., 2012, Cell Reports), and I am currently involved in a number of projects aimed at elucidating the molecular basis of this mechanism. My M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies were done in Tel-Aviv University at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine. I worked under the supervision of Prof. Nathan Dascal who helped me a lot in my development as a scientist. In my Ph.D. thesis I explored the mechanism of basal activity of GIRK channels. In my private life I’m married and have two smart boys. I like to spend free time with my family.
Research Associates and Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Eitan Erez Zahavi
Dr. Kesava Phaneendra Cherukuri
Dr. Nitzan Samra
I did my M.Sc. in the Technion, Haifa working on the translation independent localization mechanisms of mRNA to the ER. My Ph.D. research aim is to uncover the molecular signature of growing axons, or in other words what are the molecular differences that make axons grow to different lengths?
I am focusing on mRNA localization and local translation of candidate length-regulating proteins in the growing axon and how they affect axon growth.
Dr. Agostina Di Pizio
Pierluigi Di Matteo
I joined Mike Fainzilber’s lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science in November 2016 as a doctoral student. I studied molecular biology at University of Pisa, in Italy. During my Master thesis, I worked under the supervision of Prof. Antonino Cattaneo, at the NEST Lab (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa), studying the specific endocytic pathways exploited by the neurotrophin NGF and its precursor form, proNGF. Currently I am studying the role of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) on the cell size sensing mechanism. Moreover, I am working on the regenerative potential of primary sensory neurons in response to different type of injury.
Didi Andreas Song
During my Master Thesis in Molecular Biology at the Vienna-Bio-Center (MFPL), I studied how somatic stem cells are regulated in the sponge Suberites domuncula.
To establish a functional assay to investigate stem cell capacities, in analogy to fundamental assays in other systems, I demonstrated how dividing cells can be ablated in Suberites using ionizing radiation (gamma radiation).
Addressing the functional capacity of possible stem cells, I performed rescue experiments on irradiated tissue. In addition, describing how Suberites natural pigmentation can be used to differentiate between host and donor cells from mixed tissue by spectral analyses.
Fascinated by the mechanisms of axon-soma communication in healthy and injured neurons, I joined Mike`s lab in April 2017 to realize my long-standing interest in investigating the signaling components in nerve regeneration and growth.
The focus of my work will be on RNA-binding proteins (RBPs), which are key regulators in transcription, translation and RNA degradation.