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Our Team​

Dr. Avner Cnaani
Principal Investigator

2014-2020   Department head.

2006-2007   Postdoctoral training, Virginia Tech. 

2003-2006   Postdoctoral training, University of New Hampshire.

2004            Ph.D., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1999            M.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

1996            B.Sc., The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Tali Nitzan 
Lab manager

2010   M.Sc., Haifa University.

2006   B.Sc., Tel-Aviv University.

Dr. Aurora Campo

Aurora joined our group after completing her B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Barcelona, and Ph.D. at Sorbonne University (Paris 6). Her research focuse on genomic variation as a mechanism of environmental adaptation. 

Pazit Con
Ph.D. candidate

Pazit joined our group after completing her B.Sc. at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. 

She received her M.Sc., with the highest distinction, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 2015. Her research focuse on intestinal transporters activity in tilapia.


We always look for bright, curious and enthusiastic students. 
Interested students are welcome to contact us to discuss research opportunities
Dr. Fotini Kokou
Post-doctoral researcher, 2014-2019

Fotini joined our group after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Crete, and working at the Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Greece.

Her work focused on the fish gut microbiome

Currently she is an Assistance Professor at Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands.

Ynon Deutsch
M.Sc. 2017

Thesis title: "Gnotobiotic Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) as a research tool for nutritional studies fish".

Ynon joined our group after completing his B.Sc. at the Ruppin Academic Center, and received his M.Sc. from Bar-Ilan University on 2017. 

Currently he is a Ph.D. student in Dr. David Ezra lab, at the Agricultural Research Organization.

Eyal Hallali 
M.Sc. 2016

Thesis title: "Research of parameters affecting food digestibility in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus)".

Eyal joined our group after completing his B.Sc. at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and received his M.Sc. from Bar-Ilan University on 2016. 

Dr. Tapan Kumar Chourasia
Post-doctoral researcher, 2014-2016

Tapan joined our group after completing his Ph.D. at Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, and a post-doc research at the Marine Science Institute, University of Texas - Austin.

His work focused on salinity effect on intestinal transporters. 

Dana Ronkin
M.Sc., Cum Laude, 2015

Thesis title: "A comparative transcriptome analysis of the intestinal salinity adaptation of Oreochromis niloticus and O. mossambicus".

Dana joined our group after completing her B.Sc. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and received her M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 2015. 

She currently works for a biotechnology company.

Dr. Enbal Ben-Tal Cohen
Post-doctoral researcher, 2012-2013

Enbal joined our group after completing her Ph.D. at Tel-Aviv University. Her work focused on tilapia's cation transporters. 

She is currently a Research Engineer in Dr. Yuval Cinnamon lab, at the Agricultural Research Organization.

Shahar Malamud
M.Sc., 2013

Thesis title: "Salinity and pH effects on growth and osmoregulation in the white grouper (Epinephelus aeneus)".

Shahar joined our group after completing his B.Sc. at the Ruppin Academic Center, and received his M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 2013.

He currently works at Tel-Aviv University.

Ariel Velan
M.Sc., 2011

Thesis title: "Examining aspects of salinity tolerance in Oreochromis mossambicus and O. niloticus".

Ariel joined our group after completing his B.Sc. at Tel Aviv University and received his M.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on 2011.

He currently works for a biotechnology company.


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