Welcome to the Berman Lab at Tel Aviv University

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How do organisms respond to their environments? This question drives our work.  Our studies focus on Candida albicans and Candida glabrata, two major fungal pathogens that cause superficial as well as invasive infections, which cause more than 400,000 deaths per year. We work to understand drug response mechanisms caused by genetic mutations, genomic copy number changes  as  well as other processes, some of which affect genetically identical cells differently.

We take an interdisciplinary approach using genetics, genomics and cell biology, combined with chemistry, bioinformatics, and computational biology. We are working to elucidate processes such as morphogenesis, chromosome stability, chromatin-mediated silencing, gene essentiality, as well as drug resistance.  Our most recent studies address the role of drug tolerance, the ability of some cells to grow  slowly in the presence of a drug that inhibits other cells in the same population. We are interested in how drug responses differ between cells in a single population, and how adaptive responses differ due to natural genetic variation between yeast isolates.
Latest News:

November 2020

Congratulations to Judy and Mark Ralser for being awarded a €10 million grant by the European Research Council (ERC) to study transient metabolic responses in fungal response to drug! Read more about it here and here.

October 1, 2020

Welcome to Nir Even as an MSc student in lab and Aviva Katz as senior researcher!

September 9, 2020

Congratulations to Qais Jaber, Maayan Bibi, Ewa Ksiezopolska, Toni Gabaldon and Micha Fridman on publication of our collaborative paper on the localization of fluorescent echinocandin probes and their ability to predict echinocandin resistant isolates. Read it here.

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