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 Tel Aviv University , 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. 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". In 2019, she obtained her PhD degree. Her project involved examining the mechanisms for transgenerational effects on gene expression and behavior, and is currently managing the IGS lab and a lecturer at university of Haifa. 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.

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.

Konstantin Andrianov, M.A student (with Prof. Irit Akirav)

Kostya obtained a BA in psychology at The Open University of Israel in 2018. He is currently in his second year in MA studies at Haifa University in brain and psychopathology. His project, in collaboration with Prof. Irit Akirav, examines the effects of stress and the endocannabinoid system on behavior and neuroimmune markers. In his spare time, he loves to spend time with friends and family, watch movies and read a variety of books.

Guy Nahardiya, Lab Technician

Guy obtained a BA in biology and medical sciences from Haifa University, and is currently working at the lab as a technician during her MA studies at Haifa University in brain and psychopathology. Guy is responsible for everything mice-related: from breeding cages and experiment cages to genotyping each and every mouse. (In general, she's Hiba's right-hand and assist with the lab management, especially by filling Hiba's office with tiny anime-styled drawings). In her spare time, she enjoys Bouldering and Karate, reading books and comics, and pretending she still knows how to play her guitar.

Mohammad Khmaisy, Lab Technician

Mohammad received his B.Sc in Biology and Medical Sciences at the University of Haifa 2019, and is currently beginning his graduate studies in Prof. Kobi Rosenblum's lab. In our lab, Mohammed is responsible for immunofluorescence studies examining gene expression in neurons and astrocytes.

In his free time, he likes to read and play video games.

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)

Lior Heffetz Giterman

Sergiy Chornyy

Reut Cohen

Amit Gross