Prof. Zeev Silverman

Prof. Zeev Silverman Profile


Department : Physiology and Cell Biology
Room : 319
בנין מעבדות מחקר רפואה ע"ש דייכמן - פלאם
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zinc transporters, zinc homeostasis, zinc


  • Ph.D. (Anatomy) The George Washington University B.A. (Studio Art) The University of Maryland, College Park, Md. B.A. 1975 - 1979 University of Maryland College Park, Md. Studio Art Ph.D. 1980 - 1985 The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Human Anatomy, with Honors Advisor: Prof. Raymond Walsh Thesis Title: "The Ontogeny of Specific Prolactin Binding Sites in the Rat Choroid Plexus and their Temporal Relation to the Prolactin Short-Loop Feedback System."

Research Interests

  • Neurobiology of zinc; Role of zinc in apoptosis; Development of neuronal phenotype;Trophic and intrinsic influences on neural connectivity

Research Projects

  • Induction of myelination of new connections in a spinal cord injury model of neural progenitor cell-mediated repair
  • Role and mechanism of extracellular zinc effects on Sertoli cell function

Research Topics

  • Zinc transporters and intracellular zinc homeostasis
  • Role of extracellular zinc on spermatogenesis
  • Regeneration in the CNS

Major expertise and techniques in the lab

  • Light and electron micrscope immunocytochemistry
  • Cell and tissue culture

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

  • Karol N, Brodski C, Hershfinkel M, Sekler I, Silverman WF. Zinc homeostatic proteins i the CNS are regulated by crosstalk between extracellular and intracellular zinc. J. Cell Phy 224: 567-574, 2010.