Dr. Meital Oren-Suissa
Dr. Meital Oren-Suissa is a new faculty member at the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Department of Neurobiology, having returned from a postdoctoral position at Columbia University. She studies how sexually dimorphic patterns (differences between the sexes of the same species) emerge, from synapse formation to animal behavior. Dr. Oren-Suissa’s lab uniquely addresses these questions by using the powerful genetic toolbox of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as an in vivo model system. Her research group uses cutting-edge techniques in synapse labeling, neuronal imaging, high-resolution live-imaging microscopy, optogenetics and behavior analysis. The potential clinical implications for research on the influence of sex in the nervous system are immense, as many of the genes associated with common neurological diseases display sexual dimorphism in disease development, pathological processes and recovery mechanisms.