Itay Mayrose (Principal Investigator)

I joined the Department of Molecular Biology and Ecology of Plants and The Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics in 2011. Before that, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Beaty Biodiversity Centre at Vancouver (with Sally Otto and Loren Rieseberg), and performed my graduate studies at Tel-Aviv University – the M.Sc with Dan Graur and the Ph.D. with Tal Pupko.
I am interested in various aspects of plant evolution and with the development of novel bioinformatics tools for genome analyses. Visit the research page to learn more about what we’re currently doing.




Ayelet Salman Minkov (PhD)

Ayelet holds a PhD in plant molecular biology from Ben-Gurion University.
In her research she investigates the association between polyploidy and domestication of crop species.




Anna Rice (Ph.D. Student)

Anna joined the lab in August 2012. She received her B.Sc in Medical Sciences and Biology and her M.Sc in Theoretical and Mathematical Biology from Tel-Aviv University. In her research Anna is interested in the possible association between polyploidy and eco-geographical attributes. Anna's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics and the Manna Program in Food Safety and Security at Tel-Aviv university.




Shiran Abadi (Ph.D. student)

Shiran joined the lab in July 2013 and started her M.Sc studies in Bioinformatics in October 2014 and then switched to the direct Ph.D. track.
Shiran is interested in inferring the evolutionary relationships between species and gene families from the similarities between the corresponding genomic sequences.
Shiran's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.




Eli Levy Karin (Ph.D. student)

Eli joined the lab in November 2015.
She's a PhD student in co-supervision with Prof. Tal Pupko.
Eli is interested in phenotype-genotype dynamics and in various aspects of the impact of multiple sequence alignments on downstream analyses.
Eli's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.
Visit Eli's homepage.




Dana Azouri (Ph.D. student)

Dana joined the lab in October 2016.
She received her B.Sc in Biotechnology in 2015 from Tel-Aviv University and started the Fast & Direct Ph.D track in March 2016.
Dana is devising a system that optimizes phylogenies reconstruction, aiming to augment its accuracy without making the assumptions of model choice based methods.
Dana's work is supported by a fellowship from the Fast & Direct Ph.D Program for Outstanding Students.




Gal Hyams (M.Sc student)

Gal joined the lab in September 2014 as a lab programmer and since October 2015 he is persuing his M.Sc. studies in bioinformatics.
He received his B.Sc at bioinformatics at Tel Aviv university.
His research interests are developing novel bioinformatics tools and find a way to slow down aging.
Gal's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.




Nomi Hadar (M.Sc student)

Nomi joined the lab in december 2015 and is currently persuing her M.Sc. studies in bioinformatics. .
She received her B.Sc in bioinformatics from Bar Ilan university.




Keren Halabi (M.Sc student)




Ofer Chay (Lab Programmer)

Ofer joined the lab in Jan 2014.
His main task is developing the lab's web servers.
Ofer has a B.Sc. in computer science.




Michal Drory (Lab Programmer)






Hila Tsfadia (Lab Programmer)















Former lab members:


Niv Sabath (former Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Niv earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Houston with Professor Dan Graur. His research interests are in evolutionary biology, genetics, and comparative genomics. Niv's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.




Naama Kopelman (former Post-Doctoral Fellow)

Naama completed her Ph.D. in Human population genetics at the University of Tel Aviv and Stanford University (joint supervision). Her research interests are in evolutionary biology and genetics, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics. Naama's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.




Lior Glick (former M.Sc student)

Lior joined the lab in November 2012 as the Lab Bioinformatician.
He started his Master studies in theoretical and mathematical biology in October 2013.
His main research interests are polyploidy and it's correlates, specifically the correlated evolution of polyploidy and sexual dimorphism in flowering plants.
Lior's work is supported by a fellowship from the Manna Program in Food Safety and Security at Tel-Aviv university.




Moshe Einhorn (former M.Sc Student)

Moshe joined the lab in February 2012. Before joining the lab Moshe received a B.Sc in computer Science from Bar-Ilan University and spent few years working as a software engineer. In his research Moshe is interested to combine phylogenetic methodologies for studying the evolutionary consequences of polyploidy in plants.