Hebrew University of Jerusalem B.A. Mathematics & Computer Sciences 1980
Hebrew University of Jerusalem M.Sc. Biological Psychology 1983
UCLA, Dept. of Psychology Ph.D. Physiological Psychology 1986
UCLA, Depts. of Anat. & Psychiatry Post-doc Neuroimmunology 1990
UCLA, Brain Research Institute Post-doc Endocrinology of Reproduction 1991
Tel Aviv University, Dept. of Psychology Senior Lecturer 1993-1998
Tel Aviv University, Dept. of Psychology Associate Professor 1998-2003
Tel Aviv University, Dept. of Psychology Full Professor 2003-
I am a neuroscientist specializing in Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI). The field of PNI studies interactions between the central nervous system (CNS), the endocrine system, and the immune system. Bidirectional influences between these systems affect susceptibility to diseases, cognition, mood, and behavior. Within the realm of PNI, my main research interests are the impacts of surgery and stress (and their associated bioactive substances) on cell-mediated immunity (specifically NK cells) and on resistance to tumor metastasis and tumor progression.
My studies are conducted using animal models, human subjects and patients, and aim at understanding underlying mechanisms in view of clinical implications. Among current and future research plans, are clinical studies of prophylactic measures against the immunosuppressive and metastasis-promoting effects of surgery in cancer patients. These studies are based, among other things, on findings from our ongoing animal and human studies.