the team

Prof. Segev Barak

Principle Investigator, Associate Professor School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

Segev received his Ph.D. in Psychology (Psychobiology) from Tel-Aviv University in 2009.
He then completed his postdoctoral training in the Gallo Research Center at the University
of California, San Francisco, and specialized in the research of drug and alcohol addiction.
Segev joined the School of Psychological Sciences and the Sagol School of Neuroscience
as a Faculty member in 2012.

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Nofar Rahamim

Ph.D. candidate, the Sagol School of Neuroscience

Nofar completed her M.Sc. in neuroscience in 2018 in Tel Aviv University. Her M.Sc. research project, conducted in the Barak lab, focused on the effect of nicotine-related memories from adolescence on alcohol drinking in adulthood. In her current project, as a PhD candidate, she aims to decipher the role of FKBP5, an important modulator of the HPA axis, in alcohol addiction and specifically in processes related to relapse and to the formation and reconsolidation of alcohol memories.

Mirit Liran

Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Neurobiology, Faculty of Life Sciences

Mirit completed her B.Sc. in the interdisciplinary Biology and Philosophy study
of consciousness at TAU and proceeded to M.Sc. in Neurobiology and
Biotechnology, where she explored the field of antibodies engineering for
neurodegenerative diseases. Mirit joined the Barak lab as a Ph.D. candidate,
and currently, she is working on the molecular and cellular effects of
chronic alcohol consumption on myelin formation and oligodendrocytes
and their role in alcohol-drinking behaviors.

Rani Gera

Ph.D. candidate , the Sagol School of Neuroscience

Rani is a PhD student in the Sagol School of Neuroscience. He obtained his B.A. in
behavioral sciences from The College of Management Academic Studies and his MS.c.
in neurobiology from Tel Aviv University. During his MS.c. Rani led a translational study
where we developed a human procedure to alter appetitive memories by employing
counterconditioning during memory reconsolidation. In his PhD Rani focuses on the
neurobehavioral formation and manifestation of habits in humans and in particular on
the transition from goal directed to habitual action control. He is using behavioral,
psychophysiological and multi modal neuroimaging methods to characterize habit
learning at both the group and individual levels.

Anat Leibovici

MA candidate. School of Psychological Sciences

Anat received her B.A. in Psychology from Tel-Aviv University in 2017.  After
graduation, she worked in a medical cannabis pharmaceutical companies in
Israel. Anat's research focuses on characterizing the role of the endo-
cannabinoids system in alcohol use disorder, and in the reconsolidation of alcohol-
associated memories.

Yael Prilutski

MSc candidate, the Sagol School of Neuroscience

Yael completed her B.Sc. in Psychobiology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and joined the Segev Barak lab in 2018, as an M.Sc. student.
Yael’s research is focused on identification of the neural networks related to alcohol relapse. In her work, Yael identifies and manipulates specific neural ensembles that are involved in alcohol-related memory reconsolidation in a rat model, as a part of an BSF-funded project in collaboration with Bruce Hope from NIDA-NIH.

Khalil Donia

MA candidate, School of Psychological Sciences

Donia completed her B.A in Psychology and Biology in 2018 at Tel Aviv University, and proceeded to MA degree in Psychobiology. She is studying the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie the transition from goal-directed to habitual behavior in alcohol addiction.

Coral Aronovici

Undergrad Student, the Sagol School of Neuroscienc

Coral is a third year B.Sc. student, at the Sagol School of Neuroscience. She is a part of
a team studying the mechanisms of transition from goal-directed to habitual behavior in
addiction. Upon graduation, Coral plans to continue studying the neurobiological
mechanisms of brain psychpathology.

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