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Itai Yanai, PI
Director, Institute for Computational Medicine
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
New York University, School of Medicine
Itai.Yanai@nyumc.org

 

2016-Present: Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, New York University School of Medicine
2014-2015: Sabbatical, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
2008-2016: Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, Technion Israel Institute of Technology
2004-2008: Postdoctoral fellow, Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, Harvard University
2002-2004: Koshland Scholar, Molecular Genetics Department, Weizmann Institute of Science
1998-2002: PhD in Bioinformatics, Boston University
1997-1998: Post-bac in the Institute Pasteur, Paris
1993-1997: Bachelor of Sciences (Computer Engineering) and Arts (Philosophy of Science), Boston University


APAndrew Pountain, Postdoctoral Fellow
Andrew.Pountain@nyulangone.org
I joined the Yanai lab in the summer of 2020 and I am a postdoctoral fellow applying single cell transcriptomics approaches to study infectious processes. I have a background in microbiology, studying parasite drug resistance for my PhD at the University of Glasgow, followed by postdoctoral work in fungal pathogenesis at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. I received my undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from the University of Oxford.


Anjali Rao, Postdoctoral Fellow
Anjali.Rao@nyulangone.org
I am a post doctoral fellow in the Yanai lab using single cell genomics to study the role of transcriptionally heterogeneous cancer states driving tumor progression. During my PhD at Northwestern University, I studied the epigenetic regulation of maintenance of pluripotency of neural crest stem cells in the lab of  Dr. Carole LaBonne.
I got my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology from SASTRA University in India.


gustavoGustavo S. França, Postdoctoral Fellow
Gustavo.StarvaggiFranca@nyulangone.org
I joined Dr. Yanai’s lab in the summer of 2016. I did my undergraduate studies in Biology and obtained M.Sc and PhD degrees in Molecular Biology from the University of Sao Paulo – Brazil. I have been using bioinformatics approaches to understand the transcriptome complexity through evolutionary perspectives.


Maayan Pour, Postdoctoral Fellow
Maayan.Pour@nyulangone.org

I joined Dr. Yanai’s lab, as a postdoctoral fellow, in the fall of 2019. I’m interested in studying cell state transitions in development and disease, at the single-cell level. I did my Ph.D. at Tel Aviv University, focusing on cell fate decisions during stem cell differentiation.
I received my BSc in Biotechnology engineering from Ben-Gurion University.


Bo Xia, PhD studentPicture1.jpg
Bo.Xia@nyulangone.org

I’m fascinated by the genetic codes underlying human development, diseases and evolution. I did my undergraduate study in biological science in China Agricultural University. Before joining the graduate program at NYU School of Medicine in 2015, I worked with Dr. Chengqi Yi in Peking University and developed chemical tools for genome-wide analysis of DNA epigenetic modifications. At NYU, I’m fortunate to be co-mentored by Drs. Itai Yanai and Jef Boeke, allowing me to think broadly about our genome and its evolution. I’m combining both experimental approaches and computational tools to understand the genome evolution by point mutations and transposable elements. Ultimately, I hope to understand how integrated genetic changes modulate human development, behavior and evolution.


Reuben Moncada, PhD studentReubenPhoto
Reuben.Moncada@nyulangone.org
Before joining the Yanai lab as a PhD student in the Summer of 2017, I received my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Vassar College. In the Yanai lab, I am interested in applying spatially resolved transcriptomic methods to understand the diseased state in different tissues.


feliciaFelicia Kuperwaser, PhD student
Felicia.Kuperwaser@nyulangone.org
I’m a graduate student in the Yanai lab interested in temporal dynamics of the immune response in inflammatory disease and infection. I graduated from Brandeis University with a BSc in neuroscience in 2013. Before starting grad school, I worked for three years in Dr. Andrew Lichtman’s lab at Brigham and Women’s Hospital investigating T lymphocyte responses in cardiovascular disease.


Version 2Dalia Barkley, MD/PhD Student
Dalia.Barkley@nyulangone.org
I am an PhD student in the Yanai lab and am interested in studying cancer evolution at the single-cell level. Before joining the MD/PhD program at NYU, I obtained my undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and my master’s in Computational Biology from the University of Cambridge.


Alumni

Dr. Tamar Hashimshony, Lab Manager
thashimi@technion.ac.il
Tamar served as our amazing lab manager at the Technion. She graduated from the Technion’s Biology Faculty in 1996 and later received her MSc and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University’s medical school under the guidance of Prof. Howard Cedar. Her post-doctoral work as a HFSP fellow was done in the lab of Prof. Harinder Singh at the University of Chicago.

PhD students: 

Dr. Gal Avital
Dr. Maayan Baron
Dr. Vladislav Grishkevich
Dr. Michal Levin
Dr. Harel Zalts

Masters students:

Shay Ben-Elazar
Dr. Florian Wagner
Avital Polsky
Dr. Leon Anavy
Sally Khair
Natalya Mostov
Martin Feder
Naftalie Senderovich

Undergraduate students:

Yun Yan
Rachelly Normand
Katya Kovalev
Dafna Yaron Gurevich
David Silver
Ronny Beer

Postdocs and Research Associates:

Dr. Gal Avital (both PhD student and Postdoc in the lab)
Dr. Florian Wagner (both MSc student and Postdoc in the lab)
Dr. Marta Chiodin, Lab Manager
Dr. Alison G. Cole
Dr. Noa Sher
Dr. Itai Sharon
Dr. Eitan Winter
Dr. Dov Hershkovitz

The Yanai lab began in Israel in 2008 at the Department of Biology in the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. The lab moved to NYU in 2016. Below are images of members of the Yanai Lab at the Technion.

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