Phi - Philippos Papathanos (CV, Google Scholar)

Principle Investigator

Senior Lecturer, Department of Entomology, HUJI, 2018

Associate Professor, Centre of Functional Genomics, University of Perugia, 2018

PostDoc, Hay Lab, Caltech 2013

PhD, Genetics Crisanti Lab, Imperial College London 2009

Phi has a background in genetic engineering and bioinformatics. His interests include synthetic elements for controlling insects and to improve our methods, tools and ultimately understanding of insect biology.

Yoni - Yehonatan Alcalay (CV, Google Scholar)

Staff Scientist

PhD, Ovadia Lab, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2018
MSc, Ovadia Lab, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2014
BSc, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, 2012

Yoni has a background in population ecology, life-history and behavior of insects. He is now shifting to study engineering genetics and genetic control of mosquitoes and agricultural pests.

Doron Zaada (CV)

PhD Student

VP of Entomolgy R&D - Flying Spark, 2017-2018

MSc, B. Yuval and E. Jurkevitch, The Hebrew University, 2016
BSc, Agroecology , The Hebrew University
, 2013.

Doron comes with practical experience in tephritids mass rearing and an academic background in the field of insect-bacteria interactions. He is now focusing on the development of efficient mass production technologies for mosquito strains.

Flavia Krsticevic (CV, Google Scholar)

Postdoctoral Research Associate 


Adjunct professor - National Technological University, Argentina, 2019

PostDoc, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2012

PhD, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 2009
Msc, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), 2004 
BSc, National University of Misiones (UNaM), Argentina, 2001​

Flavia comes from a background in evolutionary genetics and genomics in Drosophila. She is interested in gene duplication events and family genes diversification which forms an essential basis of eukaryotic genomic evolutionary studies. As a postdoctoral researcher at Insect Genetics Group since February 2019, she is involved now on projects on insect sex chromosome evolution.

Israel ben Avraham
MSc Student

BSc, plant science, The Hebrew University, 2019
BA, psychology, The University of Colorado, Boulder, 2008

Israel has a background in plant science and practical experience working with plants. Now he is changing course to work on mosquitoes as a model organism for studying mechanisms in molecular biology and genetics.

Rotem Avraham

MSc Student

BSc, Animal Sciences, The Hebrew University, 2019

Rotem has a background in Animal sciences and experience in microbiology.

Lee Lamdan


BSc, Agroecology and Plant Health, The Hebrew University (ongoing)

Lee comes from a practical agricultural background and joined the lab on September 2019 as a lab research assistant. He supports work on mosquito projects working with the insects and setting up and analysing genetics experiments

Elad Yonah


BSc, Agroecology and Plant Health, The Hebrew University (ongoing)

Elad's Background is in Music and Sound Design. He is a second year student majoring in Agroecology and Plant Health, with a particular interest in insects and genetics. 


Chen Goh (Summer 2019)

Visiting Research Intern

Chen joined the group as a summer intern from Imperial College London. He focused his 10 weeks in the lab on the development of new genomics data for Ae. albopictus, the Asian Tiger Mosquito. He developed custom pipelines to assemble and quantify gene expression through mosquito development and compile it into a mosquito atlas. He left us to return to his final year in Imperial College London, and then - sky is the limit!

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