Prof. Karen B. Avraham

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Avraham is Full Professor at the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry and Vice Dean at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Born in Canada and raised in the US, Prof. Avraham received her B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and then went on to perform her Ph.D. at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Her doctoral thesis focused on the development of a model for Down syndrome. She performed her postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, USA in mammalian genetics.

Prof Avraham is the incumbent of the Drs. Sarah and Felix Dumont Chair for Research of Hearing Disorders at Tel Aviv University. She has supervised 52 students toward Masters, PhD and MD-PhD degrees. She has published 102 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 37 reviews and 17 book chapters. Dr. Avraham was awarded the Bruno Memorial Prize, the TEVA Prize for Groundbreaking Research in the Field of Rare Diseases, and the Teva Founders Prize on Breakthroughs. She is President of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation for Hearing, based in Paris, and of the Israel Society for Auditory Research. She is a board member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) and of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). She runs the Single Cell Genomes Core at the Faculty of Medicine, directs the TAU Summer Research Program in the Sciences for international undergraduate students and coordinates international workshops and conferences, including at the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, USA, the Human Genome Organization Meeting in Seoul, S Korea and the EMBO at BASEL LIFE Conference in Switzerland in recent years.