Azrieli Faculty of Medicine Newsletter #30 (Nov. 23 - Dec 6, 2020)

לניוזלטרים בעברית, לחץ כאן.

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Hanuka - Coming Soon!
Hanuka: Coming Soon!

Congratulations to PhD Recipients

Seventeen students received their PhD degrees in the biomedical and health sciences at a Zoom conferment ceremony on November 25, 2020. We are proud of you! Pictures can be seen here.




Nehora Amar

Prof. Moshe Ben Ami, Dr. Miri Bentwich

Examining the Use of Debates in Medical Ethics Teaching of Medical Students

Pooja Anil Shah*

Dr. Michael Blank

The Regulatory role of Smurf2 on the transcriptional co-repressor KAP1

Efrat Avigad Laron

Dr. David Enshell-Seijffers

The Mesenchymal Niche of the Hair Follicle Induces Regeneration by Unleashing Primed Progenitors from the Inhibitory Effects of Quiescent Stem Cells

Moti Ben Shabat

Dr. Shifra Sela, Dr. Bella Gross

The Effect of Hypertension on Neurodegenerative Processes in the Rat Brain

Netta Blondheim Shraga

Dr. Abraham Samson

Incorporating Cancer Patients’ Metastatic Spread and Immune Surveillance in Patient-Derived Xenograft Anti-Cancer Therapeutics Mode

Shani Carmi

Prof. Jamal Zidan

Developing New Indications for Rarely Effective Drugs Using Cancer Pharmacogenomics

Sivan Eliyahu

Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy

High resolution characterization of HCV-specific B cell immunity reveals unique antibodies associated with infection outcome

Shiri Elmedvi Baran

Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy

Development and Characterization of Unique Hepatitis C Virus-Neutralizing Antibodies Associated with Infection Outcome

Natasa Ilic*

Dr. Michael Blank

Elucidation and Characterization of Regulatory Roles of Tumor Suppressive E3 Ubiquitin Ligase SMURF2 on Poly (ADP-RIBOSE) Polymerase 1 (PARP1)

Felix Kaplan

Dr. Orly Avni, Dr. Miri Bentwich

How Does the Ethno-cultural Background of Formal Caregivers in Nursing Homes Affect Their Coping with Aspects of Human Dignity and Autonomy in the Daily Care of Patients with Dementia?

Nava Kesner

Prof. Shaul Atar

The in-vitro and in-vivo effect of therapeutic ultrasound on clot lysis and angiogenesis

Nikola Lukicz*

Dr. Hava Gil-Henn

Pyk2 as a Modulator of Cell Motility

Dhanoop Manikoth*

Dr. Michael Blank

Investigation of tumor suppressive E3 ubiquitin ligase Smurf2 in human cancer

Etedal Morad Khaldy

Prof. Jamal Zidan

Incidence and Clinical Features Associated-Molecular Differences in Breast and Lung Cancer Tissues in Arab Patients as Compared to Jewish Patients

Hadas Sibony Benyamini

Dr. David Enshell-Seijffers

HDAC1 and HDAC2 activity in the mesenchymal niche of the hair follicle is required for niche integrity and functionality during the hair cycle

Shams Twafra

Dr. Hava Gil-Henn, Dr. Moseh Dessau

Structural and Molecular Interactions Between PYK2 and Cortactin and its Role in Cell Invasiveness

Michal Werbner

Dr. Orly Avni

Social Stress-Responsive Microbiota
Becomes Violent and Jeopardizes Self-Tolerance

* International students

Research Grants Meital Gal-Tanamy

Congratulations to Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy upon receipt of an ISF (Israel Science Foundation) research grant, 
KillCorona - Curbing coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Research Program.


  • PhD Seminar: Design principles of protein evolution and metagenomics (Gon Carmi supervised by Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern)
  • Special Seminar: Bridging Cancer Immunology and Autoimmunity via Checkpoint Molecules (Dr. Yochai Wolf hosted by Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy)

Visit of Israel Nat’l Defense CollegeNatl security college

On December 1, 2020, students from the National Defense College visited the Faculty of Medicine. The students are high ranking members of the defense community - the IDF, Israel Security Agency (Shabak), Mossad and various government ministries.

The Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Karl Skorecki, and the Administrative Head, Mr. Noam David Reshelbach, acquainted them with the Faculty and explained the health challenges prevalent in the north of Israel.

The visit concluded with a Q&A session attended by Prof. Skorecki; Dr. Bashara Basharat, Director General of the EMMS (Scottish) Hospital in Nazareth; Dr. Anan Abassi, Deputy Director of Ziv Medical Center in Safed; and Dr. Shlomi Bitterman, an ENT doctor in charge of Macabbi Health Insurance Fund community clinics in the Golan.

The visit was led by one of the students, Col. Dr. Olga Polyakov - the Home Front Command's medical officer. Major General Itay Virov thanked the faculty management for the instructive and enriching hospitality.

BIU Excellent Employee Award: Ilana Bar Sabag

Congratulations to Ilana Bar-Sabag on being voted one of Bar-Ilan University’s most excellent administrative employees. Ilana Bar-Sabag

Ms. Bar Sabag is Coordinator Financing and Acquisitions. She deserves the accolade!

Mazal Tov 

  • To Prof. Eric Shinwell, on the birth of a granddaughter
  • To Moshe Chen, on the birth of a son.

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Reminder that publications by Azrieli faculty are generally posted in chronological order based on publication date, per PubMed listings.

  • Wisam Sbeit, Amir Mari, Tawfik Khoury: Bleeding peptic ulcer disease: over or through the scope clipping? (Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol .)
  • Bodhisattwa Banerjee, David Karasik: Genome-wide identification of novel long non-coding RNAs and their possible roles in hypoxic zebrafish brain (Genomics . )
  • Lee S Izhaki-Tavor, Moshe Dessau: ATP-dependent RNA helicase domain of the ZC3H41 protein from Trypanosoma brucei: expression, purification and crystallization (Acta Crystallogr F Struct Biol Commun .)
  • Enav Yefet, Abeer Suleiman: Relationship between patient ethnicity and prevalence of anemia during pregnancy and the puerperium period and compliance with healthcare recommendations - implications for targeted health policy (Isr J Health Policy Res) 
  • Amir Mari, Tawfik Khoury, Mahmud Mahamid: The Yield of Ileoscopy: Does Indication Matter? (Isr Med Assoc J .)
  • David Karasik: A meta-analysis of the transferability of bone mineral density genetic loci associations from European to African ancestry populations (J Bone Miner Res.)
  • Keren Aviel-Shekler, Yara Hamshawi, Worood Sirhan, Dmitriy Getselter, Kolluru D Srikanth, Assaf Malka, Ron Piran, Evan Elliott: Gestational diabetes induces behavioral and brain gene transcription dysregulation in adult offspring (Transl Psychiatry . )

Faculty News  

Media Exposure

Times of Israel: Expert: 6 vaccine hurdles mean we’re ‘nowhere near’ Israel-wide immunity in 2021

Image Gallery/Photo Albums 

Pictures from the November 25, 2020 PhD graduation ceremony via Zoom, here.


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