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​Lab Members

Alexander Botvinnik

Dr. Alexander Botvinnik

Lab Manager
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).
She has been trained as a molecular geneticist and her research interests focus on different aspects of human genetic dismargin-bottom:3em; margin-bottom:3em; orders.
Or Carmel

Or Carmel

Ph.D. student
Or received his bachelor's degree in animal sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His master's degree focused on diagnostics and treatment of genetic diseases in purebred working dogs and was received from the Veterinary\Animal science faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His Ph.D. research focuses on combining synthetic biology with cellular immunotherapies.
Outside the lab: father, husband, rock climbing, hiking, photography, and guitar
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" 
Keren Roas

Keren Roas

M.Sc. Student
Keren received her B.Sc. in Mind/Brain Sciences, Bar-Ilan University. 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."
Natella Buketov

Natella Buketov

M.Sc. Student
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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. "
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"
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"
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."
Chaja Katzman

Chaja Katzman

B.Sc. Student
Chaja is a B.Sc. student 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".
Masha Zaitsev

Masha Zaitsev

B.Sc student
Masha is an undergraduate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in biomedical sciences. She is interested in the medical applications of synthetic biology and its impact on cancer research.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking, videogames, dance, and traveling

Alumni

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".
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