The Team

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Dr. Natalia Freund

Head of Laboratory 

Dr. Natalia Freund received her PhD in 2012 from the Faculty of Life Science in Tel Aviv University, and did her postdoctoral training in The Rockefeller University in New York City. In October 2017, she joined the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University as a Faculty member heading the Lab for Human Antibody Responses, AKA: the Freund Lab.

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Dr. Lilach Abramovitz

Lab Manager

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Avia Watson

Ph.D. Student

Avia Watson completed her B.Sc at Tel-Aviv University and continued into a combined Masters-PhD program in the Freund Lab where she is researching the role of B cells and antibody response following Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection.

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Michael Mor

Ph.D. student

Michael Mor is a Ph.D. candidate studying the immune response of B cells towards SARS-CoV-2. Michael got his B.Sc & M.Sc. degrees at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel-Aviv University. During his M.Sc., Michael characterized the antibody response of vaccinated individuals towards the Influenza virus. Michael received the Rector’s Prize for his SARS-CoV-2 research.

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Noam Ben-Shalom

Ph.D. student

Noam is a Ph.D. student in the lab. He started his MSc in the lab in October 2018 after graduation from Biology studies at Tel-Aviv University. One year later, he was accepted to the direct Ph.D. program in the faculty. In his project, Noam is trying to understand how stress affects B cell responses following immunization using a mouse model and in vitro assays.  

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Ron Yefet

M.D.-Ph.D student

Ron is an MD student in our faculty. He joined the lab in July 2021 after completing his pre-clinical studies (B.Med.Sc degree).
In his Ph.D. project, Ron is utilizing naturally developing auto-antibodies in cancer to characterize new tumor antigens for use as biomarkers and tumor targets.

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Michal Navon

M.D.-Ph.D. student

Michal is an MD student in our faculty. She joined the lab in July 2020 after completing her pre-clinic studies (B.Med.Sc degree) magna cum laude. 

In her Ph.D. project, Michal is working on understanding the role of B cells in cancer by discovering and characterized naturally occurring auto-antibodies against tumor-associated antigens in cancer patients. 

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Ksenia Polonsky

Safra Program M.Sc. student

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Noy Krugliak

M.D. student

Noy is an MD student who joined our lab in April 2021 for her MD thesis project.

In her project, Noy is analyzing the antibody and B cell response of people with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases to the SARS-CoV-2 vaccination.

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Roy Shalit

M.D. student

Roy is an MD student at Tel Aviv University. 

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Rima Wattad

B.Sc. student

Rima is a B.Sc. student at Tel Aviv university on her 3rd year, She’s studying medical and life sciences. Rima joined the lab in November 2021 to complete her first project at Natalia’s lab. In her project she’s trying to understand the interaction between antibodies and SARS-Cov-2, by mapping the epitope of a specific neutralizing antibodies (TAU-1109).

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Hana Nachmani

Administration Manager

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