Affiliated Faculty

We are proud to be affiliated with the faculty members listed below and welcome any faculty member or graduate student at Tel Aviv University to be affiliated with the SCAN@TAU Center and the Animal MRI Unit. 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof. Yoram Cohen

School of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences and Sagol School of Neurosciences

 

 

 

Development of new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methodologies for studying microstructures and pathologies of the central nervous system. Development of magnetic nanoparticles for cellular and molecular MRI of the CNS. 

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Yaniv Assaf

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Measuring in-vivo brain micro-structure and neuroplasticity with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in humans and rodents. 

 


 

 

 

Prof. Gil Navon

School of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences

 

 

 

 

Develop chemical and medical applications of NMR and MRI: Chemical Exchange Saturation Transfer (CEST) MRI of glucose analogues will obtain images of cancerous tumors (that reflect their morphology and metabolic activity) with distinction between benign, malignant and metastatic tumors without using radioactivity and radiation (used in PET/CT). Development of a new imaging method based on magnetization exchange (MEX), which is sensitive to semi-solid tissue components such as collagen fibrils.

 


 

 

 

 

Dr. Uri Nevo

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Diffusion MRI, Cellular Biophysics, Study of the displacement of Water molecules and solutes in Neurons, Mechanical and Hydrodynamic understanding of neuronal activation and of axonal transport, functional Diffusion Weighted Imaging.

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Illana Gozes

Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Multi-level approach to the study of brain function, behavior, memory and drug discovery, from molecules to cures. We study the mechanism of neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in Alzheimer’s disease and related neurodegeneration: from gene to cell to behavior,  Schizophrenia and autism in relation to the nerve cell architecture and transport mechanism,  Novel biomarkers, drug discovery and development.

 


 

 

 

 

Dr. Yossi Yovel

Department of Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Active sensing, sensory perception and cognition from the field through the lab and into the brain. I use the echolocating bat – a “champion” in active sensing to study these behaviors.

 


 

 

 

 

Dr. Pablo Blinder  

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Understanding the physiology and structure of the neurovascular interface under normal and pathological conditions.

 


 

 

 

 

Dr. Moran Anan  

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Studying how ensembles of neurons from different nuclei of the brain (both cortical and sub-cortical) collaboratively process taste information to drive behavior, and how experience adaptively change their activity.

 


 

 

 

 

Dr. Segev Barak

School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Neurobiology and psychobiology of drug and alcohol Addiction. Projects in the lab include: Erasure of drug-related memories to prevent relapse to drug seeking and consumption, Molecular mechanisms and role of growth factors in learning and memory processes in addiction, Epigenetic processes in the development of drug addiction and relapse and in other psychopathologies, Role of the translational machinery in addiction, Selected gene expression in addiction, Role of PARP1, a DNA-repairing protein, in addiction processes, Detecting Changes in Brain Structure and Connectivity due to Formation, Extinction and Reconsolidation of Alcohol-related Memories.

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Amir Ayali

Department of Zoology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Study neural plasticity and behavior: from neuronal networks to behaving animals; Invertebrate models in neuroscience. 

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Ari Barzilai

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Analyzing the effects of mal-functioning DNA damage response on the functionality of the neuro-glio-vascular units in brain diseases. Molecular mechanisms of optic nerve degeneration and regeneration.

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Reuven Stein

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) focusing on microglia and astrocytes; The role of microenvironment (microglia) on brain tumors; Cognitive decline after brain irradiation; Mechanism of cell death and survival.

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Yoel Kloog

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Ras and small GTPases signaling in the control of normal and diseased cells and tissues. Design and preparation of Ras inhibitors to inhibit cancer and autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis and diabetes.

 


 

 

 

 

Dr. Dan Frenkel

Department of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Investigating the role of glial cell in neuroprotection at different neurological diseases such as Neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease), Stress condition (stroke),  Autoimmune disease (Multiple sclerosis).

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Bernard Attali

Department of Physiology-Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neurosciences

 

 

 

Studying the structure, biophysics and physiology of normal and diseased potassium channels in the brain and heart. Our methods include electrophysiology (voltage- and current-clamp modes of the patch-clamp technique), simultaneous optical and electrophysiological recording (FRET spectral analysis and voltage-clamp), hippocampal slice recording, TIRF imaging and various biochemical methods (pull-down and SPR).

 


 

 
 

 

Prof. Arieh S. Solomon, MD

Eye Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience.

Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer

 

 

Elucidating the degenerative and regenerative process of optic nerve following trauma, ischemia and disease. The research results will be applicable in same conditions that take place in the brain. 

 


 

 
 

 

Prof. Ina Weiner

School of Psychological Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Translational models of schizophrenia and depression as tools for understanding their development and prevention.

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro

Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Sackler School of Medicine

 

 

 

Our research interests include investigations related to tumor biology, tumor dormancy, mechanism of action of angiogenesis inhibitors, self-assembly of polymeric architectures and novel approaches to target cancer.

 


 

 

 

Prof. Orna Elroy-Stein

Department of Cell Research and Immunology, Faculty of Life Sciences and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Elucidating the molecular mechanisms of myelin formation and maintenance in the CNS using a mouse model for Vanishing White Matter (VWM) disease; Differentiation of stem cells to the neuronal lineage; Translational control in learning and memory; Translational Control of Gene Expression in Health and Disease.

 


 

 

 

 

Prof. Chaim Pick

Dept. of Anatomy and Anthropology, Sackler School of Medicine and Sagol School of Neuroscience

 

 

 

Cognitive and behavioral alterations following traumatic brain injury (both blunt- and blast- induced), and various other aspects of sub-threshold brain pathologies.

 


 

 

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