Research in the lab involves developing methods and theory in statistical and population genetics, with applications to medicine, biology, and history, in particular in the context of the Jewish population. Current research is focused on the following projects.
Open positions We are looking for talented and motivated students to join exciting research projects. Positions are available for MSc and PhD students, as well as for a post-doc. Projects are available across the wide spectrum of statistical, population, and medical genetics. Day-to-day work ranges between hands-on medical data analysis and probabilistic modeling, and could therefore fit students with diverse backgrounds such as physics, math, statistics, computer science, biology, and medicine.
Ashkenazi Jewish genetics
B. Baskovich, S. Hiraki, K. Upadhyay, P. Meyer, S. Carmi, N. Barzilai, A. Darvasi, K. Offit, S. Bressman, L. Ozelius, I. Peter, J. Cho, G. Atzmon, L. Clark, T. Lencz, I. Pe’er, H. Ostrer, and C. Oddoux. Expanded Genetic Screening Panel for the Ashkenazi Jewish Population. Genet. Med. 18, 522 (2016).
, K. Y. Hui, E. Kochav, X. Liu, J. Xue, F. Grady, S. Guha, K. Upadhyay, D. Ben-Avraham, S. Mukherjee, B. M. Bowen, T. Thomas, J. Vijai, M. Cruts, G. Froyen, D. Lambrechts, S. Plaisance, C. Van Broeckhoven, P. Van Damme, H. Van Marck, N. Barzilai, A. Darvasi, K. Offit, S. Bressman, L. J. Ozelius, I. Peter, J. H. Cho, H. Ostrer, G. Atzmon, L. N. Clark, T. Lencz, and I. Pe’er. Sequencing an Ashkenazi reference panel supports population-targeted personal genomics and illuminates Jewish and European origins
. Nat. Commun.
5, 4835 (2014).
Statistical and population genetics
Selected recent publications in computational biology
RNA and DNA editing
Trypanosoma brucei RNA processing
2011-2015 Post-doctoral scientist, Department of Computer Science, Columbia University. Mentor: Prof. Itsik Pe’er.
2010-2011 Post-doctoral fellow, Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Mentor: Dr. Erez Levanon.
2005-2010 M.Sc. and Ph.D., Physics , Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Advisor: Prof. Shlomo Havlin.
2002-2005 B.Sc., Physics and Computer Science, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
Bar-Ilan dean’s list (4x), rector’s list
Wolf foundation (2x)
Human Frontier Science Program Post-doctoral Fellowship
Alon fellowship (declined)
TheMarker Magazine 40 most promising under 40 (link
Past research interests
RNA and DNA editing
RNA processing in Trypanosoma brucei
Modeling transport processes on random networks