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Asli Ali  

Ali Asli

Email: aliasli24'at'gmail.com


Ali graduated from the Technion with a BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences in 2010. He worked as a technician at the R&D unit in Protalix Biotherapeutics, until he started his MSc in Human Biology in the Kosloff lab at the University of Haifa in 2012. In 2014 he continued to a PhD degree, and he is now unraveling the secrets of specificity among RGS proteins, combining computational and experimental techniques.


Meirav Avital-Shacham  

Meirav Avital-Shacham (lab manager)

Email: mavitals'at'univ.haifa.ac.il

After graduating (cum laude) from the Technion's Faculty of Biology, Meirav joined Tamar Klienberger's lab at the Technion's Faculty of Medicine, where she worked on understanding the biochemical mechanism of the adenovirus E4ORF4 protein. After she finished her PhD and a postdoc at the Technion, Meirav moved to the University of Haifa. Meirav's dream ever since she can remember was to be a scientist and she enjoys the challenges of protein research very much, but her husband and adorable kids, Lihi, Omri and Yaeli, are the greatest loves of her life.


Anna Bakhman  

Anna Bakhman

Email: annabakhman'at'gmail.com

Anna joined the Kosloff lab in 2014 to gain experience in research that focuses on protein structure and function, as part of an undergraduate research project focusing on receptor tyrosine kinases. Anna graduated with a BSc in Biology and Medical Sciences from the University of Haifa in 2016, and continued working on the same subject towards an MSc in Human Biology.

Inbal Dagan  

Inbal Dagan

Email: inbaldagan'at'gmail.com

Inbal joined the Kosloff lab in 2016, during her studies towards a BSc in Biology and Medical Sciences in the University of Haifa. Her goal is to gain research experience in the field of structural bioinformatics, as part of an undergraduate research project focusing on the interactions and specificity of the GAP proteins that control the small G-protein Rab family. She hopes her work will contribute to better understanding of these intracellular transport regulators, eventually leading to the development of new drugs.


Shir Deshel - Navot  

Shir Deshel - Navot

Email: shir5488'at'gmail.com

Shir graduated with a BSc in Biotechnology Engineering from the Ort Braude college. Her MSc research in the Kosloff lab focuses on Gq interactions with multiple effectors, such as PLC and RGS proteins.



Dan Elran  

Dan (Dani) Elran

Email: danelran'at'gmail.com

Following a BSc (cum laude) in computer engineering from the Technion and an MBA (cum laude) from the University of Haifa, Dan spent most of the past 20 years working in the Israeli and American Hi Tech industries, mostly focusing on medical and computer vision systems. Now he is trying to quench his thirst for understanding of how things work in the human body and filling in missing gaps in his knowledge of Biology - towards an MSc in Human Biology. Of course, this is done only when he's not spending time with his lovely wife and 3 incredible kids...


Sabreen Higazi  

Sabreen Higazi

Email: sabreen-1993'at'gmail.com

Sabreen completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences at Hadassah College, Jerusalem in 2015. In 2016 she joined the Kosloff group for an MSc in Human Biology. Sabreen is motivated to understand protein-protein interactions better on the structural level. Her research focuses on characterizing the molecular basis for the function of molecular switches in G-protein coupled signaling networks by the RGS family.


Ran Israeli  

Ran Israeli

Email: ranisraeli1988'at'gmail.com


Ran completed his BSc in Biology and Environmental Sciences at Oranim in 2015, where he also worked on research regarding the proteasomal degradation system and quantification of sterols. At 2016 he joined the Kosloff group for an MSc in human biology. His research focuses on understanding the structural details governing specificity among RGS proteins when interacting with G-proteins.


Mohammad_Kasom  

Mohammad Kasom

Email: kasommohammad'at'gmail.com


Mohammad completed his BSc in Biotechnology Sciences at Hadassah College, Jerusalem in 2015, doing a final project in characterizing polyubiquitin chains at the Hadassah Medical Center. Later that year he joined the Kosloff group for an MSc in Human Biology. His MSc research focuses on how G-protein signaling interaction networks drive cellular communication.


Mickey Kosloff  

Mickey Kosloff (group leader)

Email: kosloff'at'sci.haifa.ac.il

Mickey Kosloff is a computational and experimental biologist. After graduating with a PhD in Structural and Molecular Biochemistry from the Hebrew University (under the mentorship of the late Prof. Zvi Selinger), he switched fields and learned how to be a proper computational biologist with Barry Honig at Columbia University. He then moved to Duke University Medical School (with Vadim Arshavsky), where he combined his experimental background with structural bioinformatics to figure out how RGS proteins selectively recognize G-proteins. He has been a faculty member at the University of Haifa since December 2011. When he is not wasting the time of other lab members, Mickey is busy chasing after his 2 very energetic daughters.


Isra Sadiya  

Isra Sadiya

Email: israsa3di'at'gmail.com

Isra completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the Technion in 2010. She graduated with an MSc in Human Biology from the Kosloff group in 2017 and continued to a PhD in the Kosloff lab. In her research she uses computational and experimental approaches to decipher the determinants of G protein-RGS interaction specificity. She is very interested in her research and hopes that it will help us to understand the mechanisms of disease processes as well as to develop novel treatment options.

Denise Salem  

Denise Salem

Email: dnssalem'at'gmail.com


Denise completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences at Hadassah College, Jerusalem in 2011. After working at the Bnai Zion Hospital, she found that research and discovery are her passions, and focused on a graduate degree. She is eager to understand how protein interaction networks drive cellular communication, and eventually to design drugs important for personalized medicine. She graduated with an MSc in Human Biology in 2017. She enjoys living life to the fullest - she loves new adventures and among other activities also loves baking cakes.


Avital Shushan  

Avital Shushan

Email: avitalshu88'at'gmail.com


Avital did her internship at the Kosloff lab on colicin-immunity protein interactions in 2013-2014, as part of her BSc in Biotechnology Engineering at Ort Braude college. She rejoined the lab in 2015 and continues to investigate the same subject in her MSc.


 

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Boris Boltyansky  

Boris Boltyansky

Email: boris'at'boltyansky.org

Boris graduated with a Computer Science and Biology BSc from the University of Haifa in 2014. While at the Kosloff lab, he worked on the lab's computational pipeline for structural analysis. He continued to an MSc in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Haifa.



Samia Gharra  

Samia Gharra

Email: samiagharra'at'gmail.com

Samia completed her BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences at the Technion in 2012, and joined the Kosloff group a year later. Her research focused on understanding how the "wiring together" of G-protein signaling interaction networks drives cellular communication. She graduated with an MSc in Human Biology in 2016 and moved to teaching young minds the wonders of science.


Inbal Mermershtain  

Inbal Mermershtain

Email: inbal.mermer'at'gmail.com

Inbal finished her PhD studies in the Structural Biology department at the Weizmann Institute. She returned from a postdoc in the University of Alberta, Canada and joined the Kosloff lab in 2014, where she used her strong structural biology background and deepened her knowledge of structure-based computational biology methods - focusing on protein-protein interactions relevant to pathogen modulation of host proteins. She continued to a research position in the Ministry of Health.


Diana Protopopova  

Diana Protopopova

Email: Diana.Proto'at'gmail.com


Diana graduated with a BSc of Computer Science and Biology from the University of Haifa in 2014. While at the Kosloff lab she worked on the computational pipeline for structural analysis and on the lab's webpage. She moved to a web engineering company in Tel Aviv.



Tal Wertheimer  

Tal Wertheimer

Email: werttal'at'gmail.com

Tal did a research project in the Kosloff lab in 2013-2014 on receptor tyrosine kinases, during her third year of an BSc in Biology and Mathematics. She continued to an MSc in Mathematics at the Tel Aviv University.


 

Lab Life
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Official opening of the new lab (June 2014):

(click on a picture to see a full-size version.)

Lab trip to the Galilee and Kinneret (September 2014)

Lab trip to Nahal Tavor (February 2015)

Lab trip to Yam Carmel / Ofer forest (July 2015)

Lab trip to Afek Nature Reserve (December 2015)

 

Lab trip to Nahal Mearot (April 2017)

 

 

Photographs are (c) Mickey Kosloff (2012-2017), all rights reserved.