, HUJI, School of Medicine - IMRIC, School of Pharmacy- Institute for Drug Research
Nucleic acid chemistry and drug delivery
Dr. Eylon Yavin http://research.ekmd.huji.ac.il/researchers.asp?id=279
The Institute for Drug Research, School of Pharmacy, The Faculty of Medicine
Research interests include:
Antigene and antisense based therapies
Drug delivery of peptides to mitochondria
Novel Molecular Beacons as probes for early detection of cancer
siRNA synthesis and delivery
Applicative side of the research capabilities include:
Development of artificial restriction enzymes (biotechnology)
Development of oligonucleotides as antisense/antigene or siRNA molecules for selective gene silencing (therapeutics)
Development of oligonucleotides and oligo mimics (e.g. PNA) for diagnostics
Development of a platform for mitochondrial targeting of peptides and drugs (drug delivery)
Our laboratory has the experience and facilities to synthesize modified oligonucleotides. These modifications include (1) the introduction of modified sugars and bases and (2) the introduction of a variety of molecules (e.g. amino acids or dyes) at the 3' and/or 5'-end of the oligonucleotide.
Our laboratory is focused mostly in the field of nucleic acids. We have several projects that aim to develop novel approaches for achieving site-specific DNA cleavage. In addition, we are now highly interested in the field of siRNA both at the synthesis and delivery levels. Furthermore, we are exploiting PNA molecules in order to develop novel molecular beacons as means to detect cancer at early stages of development. Finally, we are exploiting are experience in peptide chemistry in order to develop peptide conjugates that are targeted to mitochondria as means of selectively killing cancer cells.
Researcher and Research Interests
Dr. Eylon Yavin
Research interests are in the fields of nucleic acid chemistry and drug delivery.
Dr. Eylon Yavin, email@example.com, Tel: 972-2-6758692, Cell: 972-54-2343270
Previous experience and work with industry
Currently initiating two projects related to siRNA with Roche as well as a Magnet program on siRNA/microRNA with QBI (Quark Pharmaceuticals).