MEET THE TEAM
OUTSIDE THE LAB
Dr. David Gokhman
Uncovering what makes us human. Particularly interested in the gene regulatory changes that underlie human-specific traits and diseases. My focus is on our closest extinct (Neanderthal and Denisovan) and extant (chimp and bonobo) relatives.
Can never resist an opportunity to swim or kayak with whales. Love hiking, snorkeling, woodworking, gardening and cat/dog-raising.
Dr. Simon Fishilevich
I am fascinated with the human genome, specifically with discovering functional aspects of its non-coding regulatory parts, such as promoters and enhancers. I enjoy integrating and analyzing biomedical data to drive discovery in the fields of human genetics, evolution and gene regulation.
Proud and tired parent of two cute monsters, shower philosopher & Netflix fan. Love to travel and hang out with my family.
Dr. Amit Mary Philosoph
I have always been excited by genetics, especially the role of genetic variation in human disease. I enjoy combining experimental approaches with bioinformatics, to study the genetic changes that are associated with human-specific phenotypes and diseases.
I am a proud mother of two precious kids, enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Traveling, reading and furniture design are my favorite hobbies, and the rumor is that I am a good cook :)
I am interested in the world of genetics by the view of an animal scientist.
Alongside my work as a research assistant at the Gokhman lab, I also research the genetic mechanism of sex determination of fish at the faculty of agriculture.
I am a “dad” of dogs, a cat, a rabbit, and a hamster.
Love jogging, playing guitar, and watching Netflix with my lovely wife.
Studying the role of non-coding variation in archaic and modern human evolution, specifically regarding phenotypic divergence between the lineages. Co-advised by Prof. Nadav Ahituv (UCSF).
Some of my favorite things to do outside of the lab are climbing, sailing on San Francisco Bay, and playing strategy boardgames and videogames. Always looking for new passions/hobbies as well!
I am interested in the effect of regulatory elements on gene expression and phenotypes. Studying this subject in relation to modern human derived phenotypes is fascinating to me.
Love traveling, cooking, horseback riding and reading books by the sea. Would like to learn gardening so I will know how to take care of all the plants I’m trying to grow.
I am interested in the regulatory aspects of gene expression and how changes in gene regulation have shaped human evolution. Excited to combine computational and experimental approaches.
Love being in nature, whether it is hiking in the desert or surfing in the Mediterranean Sea. Passionate about food, especially when shared with friends.
I'm interested in how changes at the molecular level cause phenotypic changes along evolutionary processes, and understanding the mechanisms that enable evolution to happen in the first place.
I enjoy practicing Yoga, travelling the globe with my partner, and cooking delicious vegetarian food. I also volunteer as a content writer and editor at the non-profit HealthyHer – Feminist Medicine.
I’m interested in discovering the role of selection as a driving force for evolution. Excited to use and build statistical models to unravel hidden patterns.
I love watching Israeli football, going to concerts and practicing yoga. Trying to stay sane by reading when taking public transportation.
I'm passionate about the intersection of programming and biology, with a particular interest in genetic variations across animals and humans.
In my free time, I enjoy scuba diving, programming for fun, and taking care of my dog and cat. I also love to travel and explore new places.
My curiosity revolves around unraveling the nuanced interplay between genetic variations and the expression of observable traits throughout the course of evolution. More specifically, I enjoy closely examining the subtle differences in phenotypes between humans and chimpanzees.
Outside the lab, I love hiking and traveling around Israel and sometimes abroad, whether it's camping in Mitzpe Ramon canyon or hiking the trail in the Golan Heights. Most of my free time is spent running, training at the gym or hanging out with friends.