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Movie Our research on archaic gene regulation is on youtube! A narration accompanied by whiteboard animation.

MovieHUJI researchers had participated in a cooking event, with the chef Anat Lesem from Sartaki at the Mahane Yehuda market. We got to do the molecular Sorbet. Watch!
scholarshipOur lab received the ICRF Acceleration Grant, jointly with Prof. Ruth Sperling. The focus of the project is to study the role of nuclear microRNA, and fragments thereof, in cancer.

conferenceLiran Carmel gave a talk at the Evolution 2015 conference in Guarujį, Brazil. The talk was part of an invited symposium, sponsored by the SSE.

new paper New paper in the Journal of Medical Genetics, describing a work done jointly with Ephrat Levy-Lahad and David Zangen from Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

A. Weinberg-Shukron, A. Abu-Libdeh, F. Zahdeh, L. Carmel, A. Kogot-Levin, L. Kamal, M. Kanaan, S. Zeligson, P. Renbaum, E. Levy-Lahad and D. Zangen, Combined mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid deficiency is caused by a novel founder nicotinamide nucleotide transhydrogenase mutation that alters mitochondrial morphology and increases oxidative stress, Journal of Medical Genetics (2015).

In this work, we have been looking at whole exomes of a family with combined mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid deficiency, and identified the causative mutation in the NNT gene. See publication #40 for more details.

Research Interests:
Our lab deals with a host of topics in the general fields of molecular evolution and genetics. Among the topics that are currently actively pursued are:
  • Recent human evolution. Recent advances in ancient DNA sequencing yielded complete high-coverage genomes of the Neandertal and the Denisovan. We devise algorithms that predict the DNA methylation along ancient DNA, and identifies genes that are differently activated in present-day humans.
  • Gene architecture. We study conservation of gene architecture by means of intronic positional conservation. This is an extension of the more "standard" sequence and structure evolutionary conservation modes. We are interested in the quantification of this conservation, and in studying its implication on our understanding of intronic functions.
    We also study the evolutionary forces that have led to the wealth of gene architectures seen across the eukaryotic domain. This includes the identification of evolutionary trends, and the study of mechanisms of intron gain and loss.
  • Splicing. We study the functional roles of splicing in general, and of alternative splicing in particular. We develop a tool to estimate the effect of splicing on normal splicing patterns, and its connection to human diseases.
  • Massive parallel sequencing. We are involved in a number of projects that involve the analysis of next-generation sequencing data. Among these are identifying human disease-causing mutations, and studying the mutational spectrum of meiosis in yeast. We mainly use resequencing and RNA-seq analysis.
  • Nonsense mediated decay (NMD). We are interested in the mechanism that recognizes a premature termination codon in mammals, and its relationship with introns in the 3'UTR.
  • Phylogenetics. We are interested in various aspects of rooting phylogenetic trees.
  • Systems biology. We characterize the dynamics of gene architecture in individual genes, and are interested in studying the connections between this dynamics and other genic features.
  • Multivariate data analysis. My lab is also active in some fields of applied mathematics: multivariate analysis, statistical pattern recognition, data visualization, and machine learning.
Contact Information:
Room 2-342
Department of Genetics, The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, Faculty of Science,
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat Ram, Jerusalem 91904, Israel
telephone +972 (2) 658-5103
fax +972 (2) 658-4856
email carmell @
The Hebrew University
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