Dr. Illona Darlyuk-Saadon

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PhD

Principal Investigator

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Dr.Ilona Darlyuk-Saadon is a Senior Research Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. David Engelberg, MMID, SHARE in CREATE since 2015. She graduated with excellence and received her bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2005 from theIsrael Institute of Technology- Technion, Israel. She obtained her MSc inBiology and PhD in Medical sciences, both from the Technion. Her PhD research focused on signal transduction pathways, primarily the JNK cascade, using advanced molecular and biochemical techniques in the context of mammalian cells in culture. After her PhD, she worked for one year as a Research Fellow before moving with her family to Singapore. During the last 6 years. Dr. Ilona Saadon’s main interest is the MAP Kinase p38α, a close relative of JNK. She studies the involvement of this protein in inflammatory diseases using embryonics tem (ES) cells and transgenic mice, both systems established by her. As the lead-PI in the Intra-CREATE seed grant, Dr. Ilona Darlyuk-Saadon is leading the experiments with the two transgenic mouse systems focusing on the downstream molecular and biochemical analyses.