Scholars 2011

2011 Future - Ageing, Facing the Challenge

Barak Boaz

Boaz Barak

Tel Aviv University, Department of Neurobiology

“Elucidating the Involvement of Synaptic Proteins in Synaptic Plasticity Processes”


I earned my Ph.D. in Neurosciences from the direct program for excellent students in Neurosciences in Tel Aviv University, focusing on the molecular mechanism underlying learning and memory and synaptic plasticity. 

Currently I am a postdoctoral fellow in the McGovern institute at MIT, and a fellow member of the Simons Center for the Social Brain. I study autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and social behavior. Social interaction deficit is a hallmark symptom of ASDs, although only little is known about the neural circuitry mechanisms responsible for that deficit. Combining neurogenetics, optogenetics, electrophysiological and behavioral approaches, I plan to define the brain regions and neural circuits responsible for social interactions using conditional knockout mice that present social abnormalities.

Update December 2016

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Awarded the following fellowships:

  • Autism Science Foundation postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Simons postdoctoral fellowship

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