Alon Chen
Alon Chen
Principal investigator
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Alon is the current Head of the Department of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel and the Managing Director of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Germany. Alon did his PhD at the Weizmann Institute and his postdoctoral studies at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, California, US. Alon’s research and scientific interest focuses on the neurobiology of stress, particularly the mechanisms by which the brain is regulating the response to stressful challenges and how this response is linked to psychiatric disorders.
Heike Junkert
Heike Junkert
Personal assistant
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Heike is the personal assistant to Alon at MPIP.
 
Daniela Harbich
Daniela Harbich
Lab manager
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Daniela is one of two lab managers at MPIP. She is a research technician with experience in various lab techniques and animal work.
Claudia Kühne
Claudia Kühne
Lab manager
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Claudia is one of the two lab managers at MPIP, with expertise in various lab techniques.
Hagar Naim
Hagar Naim
Lab manager
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Hagar did her BSc in marine biology. She is in charge of the day-to-day maintenance and management of the WIS lab.
Alec Dick
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Alec Dick
Postdoctoral fellow
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Alec is a neurobiologist interested in neuroepigenetic mechanisms underpinning stress-related psychopathologies, with particular focus on stress-induced changes in the neuronal methylome and the role of circulating microRNAs within the brain.
 
Andrea Parl
Andrea Parl
Technician
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Andrea is a research technician specializing in DISH, mirISH, NGS and cryo / vibratome slicing.
Andrea Ressle
Andrea Ressle
Technician
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Andrea is a research technician specializing in different in-situ protocols, histology, perfusion, dissection, genotyping, and single-cell techniques.
Aron Kos
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Aron Kos
Postdoctoral fellow
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Aron is a neurobiologist interested in understanding the molecular and cellular underpinnings of psychiatric disorders with a particular focus on microRNAs.
 
 
Asaf Benjamin
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Asaf Benjamin
MSc student
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Asaf did his BSc in computer science and philosophy and is a joint student with the Yizhar lab at WIS. He is interested in the neural mechanisms and computations underlying complex social behavior and stress.
Batya Bejar
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Metabolism and Eating Disorders
Batya Bejar
MSc student
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Batya studied biology and psychology and now is on her way to becoming a neuroscientist. She is interested in the relationship between the body and the mind as well as in the way stress affects different body functions, such as metabolism, and vice-versa.
Bianca Schmid
Bianca Schmid
Technician
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Bianca is a technician specializing in the field of CLARITY. She is also experienced in different lab techniques and animal work (e.g. stereotaxic surgery.)
Carola Eggert
Carola Eggert
Technician
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Carola is a research technician specializing in western blot, immunohistochemistry, ISH, cloning, perfusion and genotyping.
Cornelia Flachskamm
Cornelia Flachskamm
Technician
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Cornelia is a research technician specializing in the PhenoWorld system, telemetry and sleep experiments, including surgery and data analysis.
Elena Brivio
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Elena Brivio
PhD student
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Elena joined the lab in September 2017 for her PhD. She is a biotechnologist interested in how gender influences stress response and related neuropsychopathologies.
 
 
Erez Romi
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Erez Romi
Postdoctoral fellow
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Erez is a molecular neurobiologist investigating the role of alternative polyadenylation in the regulation of stress. He is also interested in identification of organ-specific signaling molecules that are secreted during the stress response.
 
Evan Paul
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Evan Paul
Postdoctoral fellow
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Evan is a neuroscientist investigating the role of synaptic microRNAs in stress, olfaction, and complex emotional states.
Fabian Stamp
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Fabian Stamp
PhD student
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Fabian is a neuroscientist investigating the involvement of RNA-modifications in regulating the central stress response in health and stress-related psychopathology.
 
 
Franck Touboul
Franck Touboul
Software engineer
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Franck is a software engineer in charge of developing and maintaining the lab's experimental data gathering and processing system.
Juan Pablo Lopez
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Juan Pablo Lopez
Postdoctoral fellow
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Pablo obtained his PhD at McGill University, Canada and joined the lab in June 2016. He is a molecular geneticist interested in dissecting the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of stress and antidepressant response, using single-cell transcriptomics.
Julia Sulger
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Julia Sulger
PhD student
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Julia is a neurobiologist interested in stress-related neuronal circuits.
 
 
Julien Dine
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Julien Dine
Postdoctoral fellow
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Julien is an electrophysiologist interested in dissecting stress-related neuronal networks in physiological and pathological conditions, and cellular mechanisms underlying such pathological modifications.
 
 
Keren Shoshani
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Keren Shoshani
MSc student
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Keren is a neuroscientist interested in the biological mechanisms of genes related to PTSD and their effect on complex behaviors.
Lisa Tietze
Lisa Tietze
Technician
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Lisa is a research technician specializing in primary cell culture, radioimmunoassay, different ISH protocols, histology, perfusion, dissection, animal work and genotyping.
Mareen Engel
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Mareen Engel
PhD student
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Mareen is a molecular biologist uncovering the role of epitranscriptomic mechanisms in stress response and psychopathology.
 
Maria Holzapfel
Maria Holzapfel
Technician
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Maria is a technician specializing in the field of virus production. She is also responsible for the S2 lab.
Markus Nussbaumer
Markus Nussbaumer
Technician
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Markus is a research technician in the social lab. His area of expertise is in all behavioral and technical aspects of the social boxes.
Maya Amitai
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Maya Amitai
MD/PhD student
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Maya is a psychiatrist (adults, children and adolescents) working at Schneider Hospital, interested in epigenetic mechanisms involved in response to SSRI treatment in children and adolescents
 
Maya Lebow
Gene X Stress Interaction: Epigenetic Mechanisms
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Maya Lebow
Consultant
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Maya obtained her PhD at the Weizmann Institute. She is a neuroscientist interested in biomarkers in post-traumtic stress disorder and other psychopathologies. She also really likes the BNST.
Michaela Filiou
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Michaela Filiou
Consultant
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Michaela is a biochemist looking for molecular signatures of psychopathologies and stress responses using multi-omics approaches.
 
Noa Eren
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Noa Eren
PhD student
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Noa is a neurobiologist interested in the mechanisms underlying social behaviors and disorders of sociability.
 
Oren Forkosh
Oren Forkosh
Consultant
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Oren is a physicist investigating social interactions in a group. He works on computational approaches for group behavior as well as in inter-individual differences. He works in collaboration with Iain Couzin at the Max-Planck for Ornithology.
Rainer Stoffel
Rainer Stoffel
Technician
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Rainer is a research technician with experience in various lab techniques (e.g. radioimmunoassay, western blot) and animal work (touch screen chambers).
Rosa Eva Hüttl
Rosa Eva Hüttl
Staff scientist
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Rosa is a neurobiologist specializing in stereotaxic surgery and microscopy.
Sergey Anpilov
Sergey Anpilov
PhD student
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Sergey is a neurobiologist trying to understand the neuronal mechanisms of social behavior through analysis of social dynamics in groups of mice.
 
Stoyo Karamihalev
Stress Linked Psychopathologies
Stoyo Karamihalev
PhD student
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Stoyo is a neuroscientist interested in individual differences, social behavior, and metabolism, as well as how all these interact with stress.
Yair Ben-Efraim
Early Life Stress
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Yair Ben-Efraim
Postdoctoral fellow
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Yair received his PhD at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. He uses systems neuroscience approaches to dissect behavioral roles of the CRF system, and the role of early postnatal experience in priming adulthood stress responses.
Yair Shemesh
Stress Circuitry and Regulation
Yair Shemesh
Staff scientist
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Yair obtained his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a neurobiologist interested in the mechanisms underlying complex behaviors in mice and their translational value to psychiatric disorders in humans.
 

Former Lab Members

Adi Neufeld-Cohen
PhD
Orna Issler
PhD
Ifat Musseri
MSc
Marloes Henckens
Postdoctoral fellow
Dmitriy Getselter
Research assistant
Yael Kuperman
PhD
Eran Gershon
PhD
Dana Galili
MSc
Sharon (Haramati) Rodrig
PhD
Dorin Holzman-Karniel
MSc
Chen Eitan
MSc
Evan Elliott
PhD
Eli Ezrielev
MSc
Amichai Hareven
MD internship
Diana Rashkovan
MSc
Yona Greenman
Visiting scientist
Limor Regev
PhD
Hezi Szteinberg
PhD
Inbal Navon
MSc
Michael Tsoory
PhD
Uri Shamgar
MSc
Yonat Drori
PhD
Tamar Polacheck
MSc
Katy Staikin
MSc
Mariana Schroeder
Postdoctoral fellow
Meira Weiss
MSc
Naama Volk
PhD
Shosh Gil
Lab manager
Jakob Biran
Postdoctoral fellow
Orit Furman
Postdoctoral fellow
Elaine Adler
Postdoctoral fellow
Alon Richter Levin
MSc
Nofar Amrosi
Research assistant
Assaf Ramot
PhD
Gili Ezra
PhD
Stella Koutsouli
MSc
Maayan Tahor
PhD
Tali Nahum
MSc
Carine Dournes
PhD
Tamar Shlapoberksy
PhD
Weizmann Institute Branch
Arison Neurobiology Building
Room 312, 7610001
Rehovot, Israel
Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry Branch
Kraepelinstr.
2-10, 80804.
München, Germany