Prof. Yonat Shemer-Avni

Prof. Yonat Shemer-Avni Profile

Associate Professor
Ph.D., 1989

Department : Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics
Center for Emerging Diseases, Tropical Diseases and AIDS (CEMTA)
Room : 348
M2 - בי"ח סורוקה (בנין פתולוגיה)
Phone : 972-8-6479962
Email :
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virology, molecular biology, infectious diseases, micro rna

Research Interests

  • Virology, Host-virus interactions Molecular biology and epidemiology of Hepatitis C virus; study of microRNA genes in viruses; molecular basis of virus-host cell interactions; molecular diagnosis and novel treatments for viral infections.

Research Topics

  • Viral encoded microRNAs.
  • MicroRNAs in host viral interactions.
  • Pathogens involved in respiratory infection iv. Molecular Diagnostics of viral infections

Major expertise and techniques in the lab

  • Molecular Biology and tissue culture
  • Virology

Publications and funding summary / representative publications and grants

  • Alona Kuzmina , Uzi Hadad , Koh Fujinaga , Ran Taube (2012) Functional characterization of a human cyclin T1 mutant reveals a different binding surface for Tat and HEXIM1. Virology, 152:152-161.
  • Avis Dafa -Berger, Hila Yitzhak- Asraf , Yonat Shemer-Avini and Ran Taube (2012) Modulation of Hepatitis C Virus Release by the Interferon-Induced Protein BST-2/ Tetherin . In press . Virology.

Existing collaborations

  • Klara Kedem and Michal Ziv-Ukelson , Dept. of Computer Science, BGU. Development of bioinformatics algorithms and tools for microRNA target prediction and for the discovery and analysis of small non-coding RNAs
  • Yakov Gopas and Ran Taube– miRNA role in establishment of viral persistence.