Sagol Department of Neurobiology

Neuroscience research at the Sagol Department of Neurobiology of the University of Haifa is a unique enterprise, focusing on the interface between behavior and its neural substrates.

Each of our research groups, ranging across diverse neuroscience disciplines and model systems, focuses on particular behaviors and seek to unveil their underlying mechanisms. These explorations are conducted on multiple levels, from the molecular and cellular mechanisms to the study of whole neuronal systems.

The methods employed by our faculty include molecular and cellular biology, genetic manipulations, microscopy, in-vitro and in-vivo electrophysiology and human functional imaging. Together, we illuminate topics in learning and memory, and cognitive processes in health and disease from diverse angles, ultimately aiming at understanding the neuronal processes yielding complex behaviors. 

Recent Publications

Assouline, A., Mendelsohn, A., & Reshef, A. (2022). Memory-directed acupuncture as a neuromodulatory treatment for PTSD: Theory, clinical model and case studies. Translational Psychiatry

Lavenda-Grosberg, D., Lalzar, M., Leser, N., Yaseen, A., Malik A., Maroun, M., Barki-Harrington, L., & Wagner, S. (2021). Acute social isolation and regrouping cause short- and long-term molecular changes in the rat medial amygdala. Molecular Psychiatry.  

Vasu, S.O. & Kaphzan, H (2021). The role of sodium channels in direct current stimulation - axonal perspectve. Cell Reports

Taha, E., Patil, S.,... Rosenblum, K, (2020).eEF2/eEF2K Pathway in the Mature Dentate Gyrus Determines Neurogenesis Level and Cognition.Current Biology. 

Gould, N. L., Elkobi, A., Edry, E., Daume, J., & Rosenblum, K. (2020). Muscarinic-Dependent miR-182 and QR2 Expression Regulation in the Anterior Insula Enables Novel Taste LearningEneuro.

Koltun, B., Ironi, S., Gershoni-Emek, N., Barrera, I., Hleihil, M., Nanguneri, S., ... & Rosenblum, K. (2020). Measuring mRNA translation in neuronal processes and somata by tRNA-FRET. Nucleic acids research48(6), e32-e32.

Kfir, A., Awasthi, R., Ghosh, S., Kundu, S., Paul, B., Lamprecht, R., & Barkai, E. (2020). A cellular Mechanism of Learning-induced enhancement of Synaptic inhibition: pKc-Dependent Upregulation of KCC2 ActivationScientific Reports10(1), 1-11.