RGI Israel

RGI-Israel was established in order to support local Israeli patients with rare genetic diseases of unknown origin, based on the same model of RGI-USA. In fact RGI-Israel works in close collaboration and under the guidance of RGI-USA. The Israeli population is combined of a unique genetic pool. Thus, the combined USA-Israel teams can leverage this collection of genomes together with current knowledge and tools to better understand the cause of rare genetic diseases.

Our Team



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Dr. Noam Shomron

Dr. Noam Shomron is the Director of RGI-Israel. In addition, Dr Shomron heads a research team which focuses on the analysis of genomic sequences and gene expression in order to understanding human diseases. Dr Shomron trained at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA) where he combined high-throughput methods with computational analysis. He joined Tel Aviv University’s Medical School in October 2008. Dr Shomron is highly skilled in deep (next generation) sequencing technologies, in addition to parsing and processing the sequencing output. Dr Shomron’s overall interest and goals are seeking a better understanding of the mechanisms leading to disease development. His team establishes innovative solutions to generate a significant impact through translating ideas into clinical reality. Dr Shomron is also co-founder and Scientific Director of the Functional Genomics Laboratory at Tel Aviv University; Editor-in-Chief of ‘Genetics Research’ (published by Cambridge University Press); Editor of ‘Deep Sequencing Data Analysis’ (a ‘Methods in Molecular Biology’ book series published by Springer/Humana Press), and Academic Director of BioAbroad.

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Dr. Shay Ben-Shachar

Dr. Shay Ben-Shachar is a Board certified geneticist at the Genetic Institute at Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Israel. Dr Ben-Shachar practiced paediatrics in Tel Aviv and clinical genetics in Houston, TX, USA. He runs the neurogenetic clinic at Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and his research is focused on genotype-phenotype correlations in both monogenetic and complex disorders.

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Prof. Lina Basel-Vanagaite

Prof. Lina Basel-Vanagaite is the Director of Pediatric Genetic Services at Schneider Children’s Medical Center and Raphael Recanati Genetic Institute at Rabin Medical Center, Israel. In addition, Prof Basel-Vanagaite is a senior lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, a scientific advisor at the Tel Aviv University Medical faculty Human Genetics Department and a National Coordinator of Orphanet-Israel. Her research focuses on the identification of genes causing intellectual disability, neurogenetic diseases and other genetic diseases.

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Dr. Hagit Baris

Dr. Hagit Baris is the Director of the Genetics Institute at the Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa, Israel. Dr. Baris graduated her Pediatric residency from Sapir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel and her Medical Genetics residency from Harvard Medical School Genetics Training Program, Boston, MA, USA. Her research focuses on Gaucher disease, the identification of genes involved in cardiovascular conditions among other genetic diseases.

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Dr. Dorit Levi

Dr Dorit Levi is the Director of the Genetic Institute and the Co-Director of the Metabolic- Neuro-Genetic (Magen) service at the Wolfson Medical Center, Israel. In addition, Dr. Levi is a senior lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics at the Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses mainly on the delineation and identification of genes causing neurogenetic diseases and neuromuscular disorders and other genetic conditions especially mitochondrial disorders.

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