People

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

2016-: Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, New York University School of Medicine
2014-2015: Fellow, 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
2002: PhD in Bioinformatics, Boston University
1997: Bachelor of Sciences (Computer Engineering) and Arts (Philosophy of Science), Boston University

TH.jpgDr. Tamar Hashimshony, Research Scientist
thashimi@technion.ac.il
I graduated from the Technion’s Biology Faculty in 1996. I later received MSc and PhD degrees from the Hebrew University’s medical school under the guidance of Prof. Howard Cedar. My post-doctoral work as a HFSP fellow was done in the lab of Prof. Harinder Singh at the University of Chicago. I am interested in transcriptional control, and how it is involved in cell fate choices. In Dr. Yanai’s lab, in addition to managing the lab, I am working on how the transcriptional profile changes across developmental and evolutionary time in specific cell lineages, in order to understand how transcriptional networks that promote differentiation evolve.

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Dr. Marta Chiodin, Research Scientist 

Marta.Chiodin@nyumc.org

I am a molecular biologist, I obtained a M.Sc from the University of Padua and a Ph.D from the University of Barcelona. During my scientific career I have been studying the developmental processes that underlie the evolution of animals. At the Institute of Molecular Medicine, in addition to managing Dr. Yanai’s lab, I will apply evolutionary thinking to study disease.


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Dr. Gustavo S. França, Postdoctoral Fellow
Gustavo.StarvaggiFranca@nyumc.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 under evolutionary perspectives.

 

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Gal Avital, PhD student
Gal.Avital@nyumc.org

I am a PhD student in Dr. Itai Yanai’s lab, studying non-coding RNA during embryonic development. I received my B.Sc. in Life Sciences from Ben Gurion University in 2010. In my M.Sc I investigated mitochondrial genetics at Prof. Dan Mishmar’s lab in Life Sciences at the Ben Gurion University.

 

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Harel Zalts, PhD student
harelzalts@gmail.com
I did my B.Sc and M.Sc in Tel-aviv university. I am mostly interested in molecular biology, particularly evolution and development, gene networking and the role of non-coding RNA in cellular processes.

 

 

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Maayan Baron, PhD student
Maayan.Baron@nyumc.org
I’m a PhD student studying cancer evolution in Zebrafish at a single-cell resolution. I’m interested in creating a gene expression time-course for tumor progression. I received my B.Sc and M.Sc in Biotechnology engineering from Ben-Gurion University investigating bacteriophage-bacteria interactions and co-evolution.

 

 

Picture1.jpgBo Xia, PhD student
Bo.Xia@nyumc.org
I did my undergraduate studies of biological sciences in China Agricultural University. Before joining the graduate program of Sackler Institute at NYU School of Medicine in 2015, I spent nearly three years in Dr. Chengqi Yi’s lab in Peking University, working on developing chemical tools for genome-wide analysis of DNA epigenetic modifications. I joined Dr. Itai Yanai’s lab in the summer of 2016, soon after he moved to NYU, and I will be co-advised by Dr. Jef Boeke. I’m interested in developing and using novel high-throughput tools to study the fascinating nature of genome and transcriptome. In Dr. Yanai’s lab, I will work on exploring the regulatory roles of chromatin-associated non-coding RNAs across developmental stages.

 

schraink-tobias-yearbook-picture-20152Tobias Schraink, PhD student
Tobias.Schraink@nyumc.org
I got my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology in 2015 from Jacobs University Bremen and have since been learning to program. In the Yanai lab I would like to integrate both computational and experimental approaches to study pathogen-pathogen-host interactions in infection competition scenarios as well as potential benefits from latent infections.

 

ReubenPhotoReuben Moncada, PhD student
Reuben.Moncada@nyumc.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.

 

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Felicia Kuperwaser, PhD student
Felicia.Kuperwaser@nyumc.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.

 

picAngelina Volkova, PhD student
Angelina.Volkova@nyumc.org
I am a PhD student mainly interested in human microbiome. I received my undergraduate degree in Chemistry with Bioinformatics concentration from Hunter College, CUNY in 2016. I hope to use my computational skills to develop new methods and tools for microbiome data analysis, as well as to investigate how microbiome impacts health and disease.

 

 

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Yun Yan, Computational research associate
yy1533@nyu.edu
In 2013 I got my Master degree in molecular biology studying RNA alternative splicing under supervision of Prof. Xiang-dong Fu at Wuhan University, China. As a Master student majoring in computer science at NYU Tandon School of Engineering since 2015, I am excited to explore unprecedentedly high-dimensional dataset generated by single-cell sequencing.

ALUMNI

PhD students: 

Vladislav Grishkevich
Michal Levin

Masters students:
Shay Ben-Elazar
Florian Wagner
Avital Polsky
Leon Anavy
Sally Khair
Natalya Mostov
Martin Feder
Naftalie Senderovich

Project students:
Rachelly Normand
Katya Kovalev
Dafna Yaron Gurevich
David Silver
Ronny Beer

Postdocs and Research Associates:
Dr. Alison G. Cole
Dr. Noa Sher
Dr. Itai Sharon
Dr. Eitan Winter
Dr. Dov Hershkovitz

Images of members of the Yanai Lab at the Technion

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