Lab Members

Inna Gaisler-Salomon, PhD

Principle Investigator

Inna Gaisler-Salomon received her BA in Biology and Music Performance from the University of California, San Diego. She did her PhD in Psychobiology at TAU, and her post-doctoral fellowship at Columbia University Department of Neuroscience. She is interested in the molecular basis of psychopathology, particularly in molecular and epigenetic mechanisms underlying cognitive dysfunction that characterizes schizophrenia and related disorders.


Hiba Zaidan, PhD. student (with Prof. Micah Leshem) & Lab manager

Hiba obtained a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Haifa in 2008, and an M.A from the University of Haifa in behavioral neuroscience. Her thesis title is "Epigenetic contributions to the transgenerational effects of maternal stress: The role of RNA editing". She is currently finishing her last year of PhD studies. Her project involves examining the mechanisms for transgenerational effects on gene expression and behavior. Outside the lab, her hobbies are picking horribly noisy ringtones to annoy fellow lab members, and planning huge family weddings. When she can do neither, she likes to watch movies and quote them, and read a variety of books.

Sharon Lander PhD student

Sharon was born in uruguay and pursued her academic formation in Israel. She has a BA in psychology and criminology from Bar Ilan university and is currently a student in the direct PhD program. Her project focus on glutamate-based models of schizophrenia pathology and hippocampal dysfunction in mice. In her free time, she enjoys doing yoga, zumba and walking her dog. She also enjoys beach & lab, when they balance each other.

Sergiy Chornyy Postdoc student

Sergiy obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from the Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, Kyiv Ukraine. His PhD thesis was focused on understanding of the molecular mechanisms of apoptosis induced by thiamine antagonists in nerve cells. Prior coming to the Lab, he has worked at the Technion (Faculty of Biology, Haifa) for 1 year where he discovered a novel marker of the mossy fibers in the Dentate Gyrus region of the mouse brain. Sergiy is using his knowledge in molecular biology and neuroscience to uncover molecular mechanisms that trigger the development of psychological disorders. The overarching objective of his project is to retrospectively map adolescent chromosomal loop formations surrounding the GAD1 gene using mouse models of schizophrenia, and to correlate them with neuropsychiatric phenotypes in adult animals. In his free time, he likes to do scientific 3D modeling and play with his little daughter.

Lior Heffetz Giterman M.A. student

Lior obtained a B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Ariel in 2014, and is currently in the middle of her second year of M.A. Her project examines the developmental effect of neonatal NMDA receptor blockade on behavioral and molecular phenotyping of genetically-modified mice with glutamate abnormalities.

Outside the lab, her hobbies are diving, going to the beach in the summer and afternoon walking in the kibutz with her family.

Amit Gros Research Assistant

Amit is currently in his third year of B.A., studying psychology and biology at the university of haifa. At the lab he's responsible for breeding and genotyping of mice colonies, and takes part in different lab projects. In his spare time he likes playing music and having fun with his friends and pets.

Reut Cohen Research Assistant

Reut is third year B.A. student in psychology and biology program at the university of Haifa. Since joining the IGS lab in 2015, Her projects focus on pharmacological targeting of glutamate recycling as a novel treatment venue for schizophrenia . Outside the lab, she likes reading, thinking, traveling and being with her friends and family.

Hagar Bauminger, PhD student (with Prof. Irit Akirav)

Hagar obtained a BA in psychology at Tel-Hai Academic College and is currently a student in the direct PhD program. Her project examines whether enhancing the endocannabinoid system’s activity could offer an innovative treatment for negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

In her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with family and friends and practice yoga.

Kfir Asraf, M.A. student

Kfir received his BA in psychology and criminology from YVC in 2017, and segue into his MA studies at Haifa University. His thesis focuses on the role of adolescence-induced stress in symptoms of schizophrenia in mice. When he is not at the university, he teaches and manages the bio-psychological lab at YVC. In his spare time, he likes to read, watch TV, and fix computers.

Sharbel Safyi, M.A. student (with Dr. Oded Klavir)

Sharbel Safyi received his B.A in psychology and sociology at Bar-Ilan university, and an M.A in clinical psychology at Amman university. He is currently a clinical psychology intern in a mental health clinic, and an M.A student at Haifa university. his project examines the role of the Hipp-Str-VTA pathway on salience attribution in a glutamate-based model of schizophrenia.

In his free time he plays basketball, swim, read and watch Netflix.

Past lab members:

Donna Linder (currently Med student in Technion)

Liran Hazan (currently PhD student in Technion)

Noa Eilat (currently MSc student at Weizmann)

Waleed Minzel‏ (currently PhD student at Hebrew U)