Kobi Rosenblum is the head of the Department of Neurobiology and Ethology. He is an expert in molecular and cellular mechanisms of learning and synaptic plasticity. He pioneered the research of how taste sensory information is encoded and maintained in the cortex.
Haifa University is the youngest university in Israel with 17,000 students. In the 4-year-old Department for Neurobiology and Ethology, there are 8 independent research groups with 50 graduate students. Work in the Department of Neurobiology and Ethology is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cognitive functions. All research groups are committed to reveal the biological process underlying behaviour, mainly learning and memory.
Main Tasks in this Project: The main task of this project partner is the generation and analysis of new genetic tools based on shRNA and viral vectors tools as rodent models of mental retardation, memory disruption and schizophrenia. In addition, the group will aim to rescue the phenotype of mice mutant models produced by other member in the Consortium, using the viral vectors. The group has an extensive track record in the functional analysis of molecular mechanisms underlying memory formation and consolidation using state-of-the-art biochemical, electrophysiological (in vivo in the BLA-IC and in vitro in hippocampal slices), behavioural, mouse genetic methods and viral vectors with shRNA and fluorescent markers