I come from Israel, where I studied at the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Programme for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University. Before focusing on immunological research, I studied Philosophy and Psychology. I obtained my M.Sc. in Neuroscience after conducting a research in the Neuroimmunology lab at the Sagol School of Neuroscience.
I am a cellular and molecular biologist with expertise on immune response to central nervous system (CNS) inflammatory conditions, such as brain tumors. My previous research project studied the capabilities of Astrocytes, the most abundant glial cells in the CNS, to support immunosuppression in the microenvironment of the Glioblastoma, a fatal primary brain tumor. Most of my work focused on characterizing immune response, i.e. immune cells’ state of activation, protein and transcriptional profile in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro. Specifically, I studied Astrocytes, Microglia, Macrophages and T-cells.
My technical skills are: In vivo imaging – Fluorescence and Bioluminescence, Molecular biology techniques – PCR, qPCR, Molecular Cloning, Viral Vectors construction, Lentiviral and retroviral production and infection, Gel Electrophoresis, Bacteria transformation and Plasmids editing, WB, IF, Histology, FACS, and the utilization of transgenic mice as model to modulation of protein expression in vivo.