Cell & Developmental Biology

The Department of Cell and Developmental Biology carries out research and teaching on a broad spectrum of biological levels ranging from the molecule, cell, organ and system to the intact organism. The unifying research question of our department is how molecular and cellular mechanisms serve larger scale, integrative functions, such as the development and physiology of tissues and organ systems, sensation and behavior. This interdisciplinary approach is served by faculty members whose individual specialties span developmental biology, cell and tumor biology, epigenetics, physiology, endocrinology, neuroscience and tissue engineering. Research in the department aims at elucidating mechanisms involved in cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, chronic pain, gastrointestinal infections and lipid metabolism. Although most of the department's work is defined as basic science, some applied research is also carried out. Examples of such projects are the development of novel analgesic drugs, biomaterials (e.g. spider silk), artificial organs, differentiation factors, and treatment of diseases such as diabetes, obesity, HCV infection and atherosclerosis.

Prof. Aroeti in his lab
Cell Biology of Infectious Diseases
Membrane traffic in health and disease (endocytosis, exocytosis, transcytosis); Membrane domains; Epithelial cell polarity; Cell biology of enteric bacterial pathogens; Pathogenic bacteria – epithelial host interactions; Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis) 
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Preparing samples
Genetic Regulation of CNS Development & Neurodegenerative Diseases
Developmental Neuro-Genetics: the study of bHLH transcription factors regulating embryonic development, focusing on the nervous system. Characterization of the role and function of the transcription factors at the cellular and whole organism levels, utilizing chick embryos and knockout and transgenic mice. Revealing their molecular mode of action at various levels (transcription regulation of target genes, molecular interactions: DNA-protein, protein-protein etc.). We also study the involvement of transcription factors in human diseases (developmental, inherited and cancer).
Dr. Amnon Buxboim in his lab
Mechanobiology of Stem Cells and Nucleus
Biophysics Cell-matrix interactions in directing cell-fate decision making, Remodeling of the nuclear matrix of lamins and chromatin
Prof. Camhi
Neuroethology of Insects
My main research concerns neuroethology of insects, with special emphasis on the escape system of the cockroach. More recently, my research has been in the area of museology, focusing on educational methods for improving the impact of guided tours at nature museums.
Prof. Devor in his lab
Pain & Anesthesia Research Laboratory
Plasticity in the somatosensory system in mammals. Neural mechanisms whereby injury provokes sensory dysfunction and chronic pain. Pathophysiology of injured nerve and abnormal impulse generation. Synaptic reorganization in the brain and spinal cord after peripheral nerve injury. Regeneration and collateral sprouting of injured nerve fibers. Animal models of chronic pain states and pain relief. Heritability of chronic pain. Neural mechanisms of loss of pain response and of consciousness in general anesthesia.
Dr. Eden in his lab
Epigenetics, Chromatin & Cancer
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression. Cancer epigenetics.
Developmental Biology, Regeneration and Evolution of the Sea-Anemone Nematostella
A main subject in the lab is the gene expression changes underlying the process of whole-body regeneration (the remarkable ability of some animals to form their body again after dissection into pieces) in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. We are analyzing the molecular genetics at the base of this amazing regenerative ability and compare this process to embryonic development. In our research we have discovered a little-known gene family, which has a role in regeneration but is also notorious for being involved in the metastasis of cells in many aggressive cancers in man.
Cell Biology of Malignant Cells
The relation between cell adhesiveness and growth control in malignant lymphoma cells. Molecular mechanisms involved in the selection of non-malignant variant cells from malignant cell populations. Different approaches to reversal of multi-drug resistance of malignant cells. Growth regulation of malignant lymphoma. Metastasis of malignant lymphoma.
Prof. Mitrani in his lab
Tissue Engineering
Genes coding for factors involved in control of differentiation and development. Control of proliferation and differentiation in adult tissues. Epithelial mesenchymal interactions. Gene therapy, angiogenesis, ageing. Differentiation of stem cells. Cell therapy.
Professor Nahmias Yaakov's lab
Liver Tissue Engineering & Metabolism
1. Metabolic programing: nuclear reactors-based control of metabolism 2. Human embryonic stem cell differentiation to hepatocytes 3. Liver tissue engineering and liver regeneration 4. Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection
Different appearances of locust
Insect Physiology
Density-dependent phase polymorphism of locusts and the endocrine relations of such phase polymorphism. Interrelations between environmental physiology, neurohormones, diapause and life-cycle strategies of insects. Taxonomy, bionomics and general biology of grasshoppers (Tettigoniidae and Acrididae). Insect growth disruptors and Allergy to locusts.


מועד ומיקום Info
Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:00


Speaker: Prof. Gilad Haran, Department of Chemical and Biological Physics, Weizmann Institute of science

Title: How fast are conformational changes in protein machines?

Meeting ID: 917 9908 1561
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Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 12:00


Speaker: Dr. Ravid Straussman, Weizmann Institute

Title: The Tumor microbiome

Meeting ID: 917 9908 1561
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Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 12:00


Speaker: Dr. Michal Rivlin, Weizmann Institute

Title: Antagonistic Center-Surround Mechanisms for Direction Selectivity in the Retina

Meeting ID: 917 9908 1561
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Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 12:00


Speaker: Prof. Neta Erez, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University

Title: Stromal dynamic plasticity drives an inflammatory microenvironment in breast cancer metastasis

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Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Igor Ulitsky, Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of Science

Title: Long noncoding RNAs: what they do, and how, and when do they leave the nucleus?

Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Yaron Shav-Tal, Bar-Ilan University 

Title: Encounters of mRNAs with nuclear pores and splicing factors in living cells

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Amit Meir ,Yale University 

Title: Connecting the Dots: Understanding multiple-substrate recognition in bacterial type IV secretion systems through structural and molecular perspectives

Thursday, January 16, 2020 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Ruth Gabizon,Department of Neurology, Hadassah Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University

Title: The making of a smart food supplement: Bridging nature and science for the prevention of Neurodegenerative Diseases



מועד ומיקום Info
Thursday, December 26, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Nir Fluman,Stockholm University, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Title: In vivo gymnastics of unassembled membrane proteins

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Barak Raveh , School of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hebrew University

Title: Integrative modeling of dynamic biological systems - from atoms to cells through pores

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Prof. Valentin A. Pavlov, Center for Biomedical Science and Bioelectronic Medicine, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset, NY

Title: Neural cholinergic control of inflammation and metabolism

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Shai-Lee Yatziv, Marshall Devor's lab (Phd talk)

Title: Differential Neuronal Activity Patterns Observed Simultaneously in the Wake and Anesthetized States

Sunday, December 1, 2019 - 16:00

Becker Auditorium, Goodman Brain Sciences Bldg.

Speaker: Mr. Nadav Yayon (Phd talk)

Title: Local cholinergic networks in the mammalian cortex: Computational, neuroanatomical and transcriptomic insights

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Moran Shalev-Benami, Department of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science.

Title: Deadly Spiders & Scary Zombies NOT a Halloween Story - A Near Atomic Resolution Glance into the CNS

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Maayan Salton,Hadassah Medical School, HUJI

Title: Epigenetic regulation of alternative splicing

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Gabriela Moreno, Eden Lab

                Rachana Ramachandran, Aroeti Lab

                Mark Baron, Devor Lab

Title: Enhancer deregulation as the driving force in malignant rhabdoid tumors

         Enteropathogenic E.coli modulates MAPK signaling to promote infection in human intestines

          Anesthesia-like state in the absence of anesthetics


Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 12:00

Seminar room, 6th floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Rotem Rubinstein, Tel Aviv University

Title: Molecular basis of neuronal self avoidance

Thursday, October 31, 2019 - 12:00

6th Floor, Silberman Bldg.

Speaker: Dr. Yotam Drier, Lautenberg center for immunology and cancer research, Hadassa medical school, Hebrew University 

Title: How genetic, epigenetic and topological alterations rewire enhancer regulation to drive cancer

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Prof. Tal Burstyn-Cohen,Institute for Dental Sciences, Faculty of Dental Medicine, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Title: Tumor-microenvironment interactions:Two opposing functions for one Protein S
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Rachana P Ramachandran, Prof. Aroeti's lab
Title: Enteropathogenic E.coli modulates MAP-Kinase signaling to promote infection of the human intestines
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Prof. Oren Froy,ssociate Professor of Neuroendocrinology and Metabolism, Director of the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Title: Timing of macronutrient intake:underlying mechanisms and endocrine outcomes
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Smadar Ben Tabou De Leon ,Department of Marine Biology, the Charney School of Marine Sciences, University of Haifa 
Title: Possible co-option of a VEGF-driven tubulogenesis program for biomineralization in echinoderms
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Prof. Ron Milo, Department of Plant & Environmental Sciences,Weizmann Institute
Title: Biomass distribution on Earth
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Nissim Lior, The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada, The Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School
Title: Synthetic gene circuits for cancer immunotherapy
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Prof. Peleg Hasson,Laboratory of Tissue Development, The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion
Title: Bridging the gap – the making of seamless junctions in the muscular system
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 10:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Prof. Benny Elbaz,Department of Neurology, University of Chicago
Title: Phosphorylation State of ZFP24 Controls Oligodendrocyte Differentiation
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Ramon Birnbaum Department of Life Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Title: The role of gene regulatory elements in human diseases
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty Club, Silberman Bldg.
Speaker: Prof. Lital Alfonta,Departments of Life Sciences and Chemistry and Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale science and technology,  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Title: Expansion of the Genetic code of redox enzymes and proteins in different microorganisms
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty club, Silberman bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Ronen Hazan,The Hebrew University, Hadassah School of Dental Medicine
Title: Phage therapy as a promising solution to the antibiotic resistance crisis
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty club, Silberman bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Dan Bracha, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University 
Title: Optogenetic protein droplets: Mapping and moving through intracellular phase space 
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:00

Faculty club, Silberman bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Tali Ilovitsh, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Stanford University
Title: Medical ultrasound: advanced imaging  and targeted therapy


מועד ומיקום Info
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 12:00

Faculty club, Silberman bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Nitzan Gonen Stem Cell Biology & Developmental Genetics lab, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Title: How to enhance sex?
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:00

Faculty club, Silberman bldg.
Speaker: Dr. Michael Klutstein, Institute of Dental Sciences, Faculty of Dental Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Title: Analysis of spermatogenesis using new molecular methods - Mouse today, human tomorrow? 
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Prof. Aroeti Prof. Benjamin Aroeti

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Prof. Nissim Ben-Arie Prof. Nissim Ben-Arie

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Ms. Avital Ben-Simon

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Dr. Amnon Buxboim Dr. Amnon Buxboim

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Prof. Emeritus Jeff Camhi Prof. (Emeritus) Jeff Camhi

Dr. Merav Cohen

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Prof. Marshall Devor Prof. (Emeritus) Marshall Devor

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Dr. Amir Eden Dr. Amir Eden

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Ms. Yelena Fishman

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Dr. Uri Gat Dr. Uri Gat

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Prof. Jacob Hochman Prof. (Emeritus) Jacob Hochman

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Dr. Anne Minert - Fatal

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Prof. Eduardo Mitrani Prof. (Emeritus) Eduardo Mitrani

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Professor Nahmias Yaakov Prof. Yaakov Nahmias

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Mr. Aaron Olender

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Prof. Meir Pener Prof. (Emeritus) Meir Paul Pener

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Ms. Miriam Revivo

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Ms. Naama Srebnik

Mr. Oren Wintner

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