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Prof. Karen B. Avraham

Principal Investigator

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Professor Karen B. Avraham is Vice Dean at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University and holds the Drs. Sarah and Felix Dumont Chair for Research of Hearing Disorders. Karen Avraham is a member of the Department of Human Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry and of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics. Professor Avraham leads the effort in the discovery of disease genes and the use of models for therapy, with an emphasis on precision medicine. 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. On an international level, she is Chair of the Scientific Committee of the Foundation for Hearing, based in Paris, a board member of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), and is a member of the Lancet Commission on Global Hearing Loss. 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 the upcoming Human Genome Meeting in Tel Aviv in May 2022. Prof. Avraham recently began a Mentorship Program for Women Graduate Students and a Forum for Post-Doctoral Trainees. She is co-director of the Aufzien Family Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and the Taube-Koret Global Collaboration in Neurodegenerative Diseases. Dr. Avraham has over 150 publications in international journals and has mentored over 100 undergraduate, MSc, Ph.D., MD-PhD, and medical students and post-docs.


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