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​Lab Members

Gillian Kay

Dr. Gillian Kay

Lab Manager
Gillian received her PhD in Pharmacology from the University of London and did her post-doctoral research at the Hebrew University. She has worked as a lab manager in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology for 26 years. She lives in Aderet, a moshav near Bet Shemesh, with her husband, two of their four adult kids, a cat, and 5 hens in the back garden.
"I love acting - most summers I can be found in Blumfield Park in Jerusalem performing Shakespeare - and travelling, in particular sailing with my husband and friends"
Shira Shalev

Shira Shalev

Abisch-Frenkel direct Ph.D. student
Shira received her B.sc in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Currently in the Abisch-Frenkel direct Ph/D. Program. Her project focuses on implementing synthetic biology to generate practical solutions to cancer immunotherapy.
"In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching movies and traveling"
Masha Zaitsev

Masha Zaitsev

Abisch-Frenkel direct Ph.D. student
Masha received her B.sc in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Currently in the Abisch-Frenkel direct Ph/D. Program. She is developing synthetic logical gene circuits that execute complex functions in mammalian cells.
"In her free time, she enjoys cooking, videogames, dance, and traveling"
Chaja Katzman

Chaja Katzman

Abisch-Frenkel direct Ph.D. student
Chaja received her B.Sc. for biomedical sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is developing a high-throughput screening platform for Synthetic Promoters with Enhanced Cancer Specificity (SPECS).
"Interested in photographing, reading and listening to music"
Mark Kournos

Mark Kournos

M.D./Ph.D. student
Mark received his B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His projects focus on developing computational methodologies and machine learning algorithms to analyze our experimental data. He is also involved in developing synthetic biology platforms for personalized medicine.
"In my spare time, I like to swim, play football and read books"
Keren Roas

Keren Roas

Ph.D. student in the Bio-Engineering program
Keren received her B.Sc. in Mind/Brain Sciences from Bar-Ilan University, and her M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is developing synthetic gene circuits for cancer immunotherapy.
"In my spare time, I enjoy painting, drawing, writing, traveling, and most of all I love spending time with my family and friends"
Sharon Matusevich

Sharon Matusevich

M.Sc. student.
Sharon received her B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Hadassah academic college in Jerusalem. Her master's project focuses on enhanced immune therapies.
"In my spare time in enjoy cooking and traveling abroad"
Tzlil Yair

Tzlil Yair

M.Sc. Student
Tzlil received her B.sc in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Her master's project is about finding and optimizing synthetic promoters, with cancer specificity in melanoma cells. Her additional role is to develop computational methodologies for the research group's various projects.
"I like to play tennis, listen to music, and to travel with my family"
Adham Slameh

Adham Slameh

M.Sc. Student
Adham received his B.Sc. in brain science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During his undergraduate studies, he researched the relations between iron accumulation in the brain and schizophrenia under the guidance of Dr. Amit Lotan. His Master's degree focuses on developing synthetic biology multifunctional platforms for cancer immunotherapy.
Tehila Ernst

Tehila Ernst

M.Sc. Student
Tehila received her B.sc in Biomedical Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Currently in the excellence M.Sc. Program. She is developing synthetic gene circuits that enable rapid and efficient discovery of anti-viral drugs.

Alumni

Yakov Krelin

Yakov Krelin

Senior Scientist
Yakov was a senior scientist in our lab. He got his Ph.D. from the Ben-Gurion University. He has previous experience as a postdoc in the Weizmann Institute. Yakov also has experience as a senior researcher in the Sourasky Medical Center and the National Institute of Biotechnology in the Negev. His interests are cancer biology, tumor immunology, the tumor microenvironment, tumor histopathology, cancer stem cells, cancer metabolism, and metabolic diseases.
"I like to spend my free time listening to classical music, lectures in physics and movies with Jason Statham".
Alexander Botvinnik

Dr. Alexander Botvinnik

Alex lives in Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D .degree in neurobiology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and performed postdoctoral research in an immunology lab. His scientific interests are practical solutions for human therapeutics using synthetic biology. Currently working on developing a synthetic biology platform that would enable focused, rapid and simple screen for antiviral drugs with high therapeutic potential.
"Love traveling and good movies"
Inbal Gazy

Dr. Inbal Gazy

Senior researcher
Inbal earned her Ph.D. in Human Genetics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She did a short postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tel Aviv after which she joined the National Institutes of Health as a postdoctoral fellow. Before joining the Nissim lab she moved to Durban, South Africa, and worked at the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP).
Hind Adem

Hind Adem

M.Sc. Student
Hind lives in Beit Safafa, a small quiet village right next to Jerusalem. She received her B.Med.Lab.Sc. degree from the Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. Her scientific interests are bioengineering and biomedical applications of synthetic biology. Currently working on developing advanced technologies for the construction of tumor-targeting synthetic gene circuits.
"Love culinary tasting experiences" 
Natella Buketov

Natella Buketov

M.Sc. Student
Natella received her B.Med.Lab.Sc degree from the Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem. In her M.Sc. studies, she works on "A high-throughput screening platform for Synthetic Promoters with Enhanced Cancer Specificity (SPECS)". Her additional scientific interests are genetic engineering, the evolution of species, aging (mostly telomeres), and fertility.
"Can't live without music, books, and rain. In my free time, I like cooking, pastry baking, and traveling with my family. I also collect postcards from all over the World, you are welcome to send me one. "
Shlomi Edri

Shlomi Edri

M.Sc. Student
Shlomi received his B.Med.Lab.Sc. from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. His master project focuses on developing synthetic genetic circuits for cancer immunotherapy and synthetic gene circuits that enable rapid and efficient screening of anti SARS-CoV-2 drugs.
"Addicted to coffee, love music and sleep"
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