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Fatima graduated her B.Sc degree in pharmacy from Petra University (Amman, Jordan) and worked as a pharmacist. In 2018, Fatima completed her Master's studies at Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University on "treatments of Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity in mouse models". In 2019, Fatima joined our lab. Fatima spends her spare time with the family. She also likes travelling and sport.


Fatima Sarsour, Ph.D student

Tamar Gordon, Ph.D student

Tamar graduated with her B.Sc with honors from the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University in 2021. In 2023, she completed her M.Sc at Sagol with recognition for her academic excellence, in investigating biomarkers for alcohol and drug addiction. Tamar joined our lab as a Ph.D. student later that year. Outside of her research pursuits, she enjoys hiking, practicing yoga, running, and spending quality time with family and friends.

Hasan Ishtayeh, Ph.D student


Hasan Graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and went on to do a Master's in Genetics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, graduating in 2021. During his graduate studies, he investigated “Long intergenic non-coding RNA Roles in the Germline” and presented his project in a poster at the Eilanit conference in Eilat in 2020. During this conference, he attended a lecture by Dr. Ashkenazi and became interested in the Ashkenazi Lab at TAU.

In his free time, Hasan enjoys cycling, reading fantasy books and playing tedious and overly complicated video games.

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Dr. Avraham Ashkenazi, Principal Investigator

Dr. Ashkenazi performed his Ph.D. studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel and was awarded The Elchanan E. Bondi Memorial Prize for his Ph.D. In 2013, Dr. Ashkenazi joined the laboratory of Prof. David Rubinsztein at University of Cambridge, UK as a Postdoctoral Fellow supported by the FEBS Long Term Fellowship. In 2017, he received the FEBS Distinguished Young Investigator Award. He joined the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Israel as a Senior Lecturer in July 2018. Avraham also likes to cycle, do art drawing and spend time with the family.


Dr. Yevgeny Berdichevsky, Senior Research Associate, and Lab Manager

Dr. Berdichevsky graduated his B. Sc., M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees at the Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, Israel.  Yevgeny performed his Ph.D. studies in the field of Biotechnology and Antibody engineering. Yevgeny worked as a senior research associate at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University as well as a project leader in Israeli biotech startup companies in the field of CAR-T cell therapy and CRISPR. Yevgeny also likes reading books, combat training and photography


Stav Cohen-Adiv, P.hD. student

Stav graduated with her B.Sc. in Biology and Life Science from Tel Aviv University in 2018. In her M.Sc., Stav graduated in the honors program of Clinical Neuroscience at Sagol School and investigated “the influence of mitochondrial activity on excitotoxicity in A-T”. In 2020, Stav joined the lab as a Ph.D. student supported by a scholarship from The Aufzien Family Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Stav loves to spend time with her family and friends, play squash and travel.

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