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.




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. She began her M.Sc studies in Bioinformatics and continued in the direct Ph.D. track.
Her research is aimed at employing computational applications to modelling evolutionary processes based on molecular data, as alternatives for the conservative, time-consuming, statistical approaches.
Shiran's work is supported by fellowships from the Ariane de Rothschild foundation and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.




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.




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)

Keren joined the lab in March 2017. She received her B.Sc in Bioinformatics in 2017 from Tel-Aviv university and is currently pursuing her M.Sc studies in Bioinformatics.
Keren is interested in the dynamics between categorical phenotypes and selective patterns in coding sequences, and specifically means to detect association between the evolution of phenotypes and changes in selective pressure at coding level.
Keren's work is supported by a fellowship from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel-Aviv university.




Anat Shafir (M.Sc student)

Anat joined the lab in October 2017. She received her B.Sc in Bioinformatics in 2017 from Tel- Aviv university, and now she is pursuing her M.Sc studies.
Anat's M.Sc project focuses on investigating the effect of asymmetric rates of sequence evolution on the detection of trait- dependent diversification rates.




Michal Drory (Lab Programmer)

Michal joined the lab in May 2015.
Since then she has developed several computational pipelines and maintained our lab servers.
Michal holds a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering.










Lior Glick

Lior completed his M.Sc studies at the Mayrose lab in 2015 and rejoined the lab in 2018.
His current research, in collaboration with NRGene, is focused on genomics and pan genomics of the tomato clade and gene families dynamics and evolution.











Former lab members:






Eli Levy Karin (former 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.




Ayelet Salman Minkov (former Post-Doctoral Fellow)

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.




Gal Hyams (former M.Sc student)

Gal joined the lab in September 2014 as a lab programmer and since October 2015 he is pursuing 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.




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.




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.