Elected members of the new steering committee2019-06-19T08:44:16+00:00

The elected members of the new steering committee, which will begin its term in October 1st, 2019

Oren Schuldiner is an associate professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Oren performed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the Hebrew University in the lab of Nissim Benvenisty. He then switched topics and model organism for his postdoctoral training with Liqun Luo at Stanford University, where he focused on the molecular mechanisms that regulate developmental neuronal remodeling in Drosophila. In July 2008, Oren moved to the Weizmann Institute as an independent investigator. His lab investigates the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying developmental remodeling of neuronal circuits. While initially only focusing on axon pruning, the lab is now also very much interested in developmental regrowth that occurs following pruning and how it relates to axon regeneration, as well as axon targeting and circuit formation. The main model organism used in his lab is the Drosophila.

Tom Schultheiss is an associate professor at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Genetics and Developmental Biology. Tom completed the MD and PhD degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. His PhD, on the subject of myofibrillogenesis in differentiating cardiac and skeletal muscle cells, was performed under the direction of Howard Holtzer. He completed a postdoc in the lab of Andrew Lassar at Harvard Medical School, on the subject of specification of heart tissue in the early embryo, and he completed a medical residency in Pathology, also at Harvard Medical School. In 1998, Tom started his own lab at the Beth Israel Medical Center at Harvard, and in 2007 he moved to the Technion. Current efforts in the lab focus on tissue morphogenesis and integration between molecular, cellular and tissue levels of organization during development. Processes under investigation include specification of the embryonic midline and formation of midline structures such as the aorta, the gut mesenteries, and liver; folding of the body; and establishment and maintenance of body symmetry. The lab primarily uses the chick embryo model system.

Hila Toledano is a senior lecturer and principle investigator in the Human Biology Department at the University of Haifa, since 2012. Hila received her BSc in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, her MSc in Physical Chemistry from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology, and performed her PhD in Molecular Biology under the supervision of Ari Elson at the Weizmann Institute. Hila carried out her post-doctoral research at the Salk Institute (San Diego CA), with Leanne D Jones, following a short post-doc period at the Weizmann Institute with Talila Volk. Today, she heads the laboratory of Adult stem cells and her research focuses mainly on germline stem cell and niche interactions in the adult regenerative testis tissue of Drosophila. She has a particular interest in the molecular mechanisms of stem cell aging and she is keenly interested in understanding how stem and niche cells talk to one another to promote normal regeneration, and how these interactions go awry during aging.

Chen Luxenburg is a senior lecturer at the Tel Aviv University. Chen received his academic degrees from the Ben-Gurion University (B.Sc.), Technion (M.Sc.), and the Weizmann Institute (Ph.D.). In 2008, he moved to the Rockefeller University for his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Elaine Fuchs. In October 2013, he started his lab at the Sackler faculty of medicine, Tel Aviv University. His lab uses the mouse skin as a model system to study the roles of the actin cytoskeleton in cell differentiation and tissue morphogenesis.