Understanding the neurobiology of stress-related disorders, using animal models.
Long-term alterations in brain areas associated with processing of emotions and emotional memories, such as the hippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex. The effects of stressful experiences in early life on cognitive and emotional abilities in adulthood.
Mechanisms of stress resilience, and how these can be enhanced.
Individual differences in response to stress and trauma, and their implications to personalized medicine.
The Israeli Council for Higher Education “ALON” Fellowship 1995-1997.
“TEVA Pharmaceutics” award for excellent young scientists 1996.
The Israeli Association for Biological Psychiatry prize for a lifetime excellence in
mentoring of young researchers in basic science 2013.
Chinese Academy of Science Visiting Professorship 2014.
Chinese Academy of Science President’s Fellowship for distinguished scientists
The William Evans Visiting Fellow award, University of Otago, New Zealand
Chinese Academy of Science President’s Fellowship 2019.