Dana Binyamin 2020-2021

Institution of PhD:
Bar-Ilan University
Academic Discipline of PhD:
PhD Advisor/s:
Dr. Omry Koren
Dissertation Topic:
The Fountain of Youth: How the Gut Microbiota Shapes Host Aging through the Epigenome
Present Institution:
Bar-Ilan University
Present Academic Position:
PhD student

Dana Binyamin was born and raised in Tiberias, where she now lives with her husband and their 2-year-old girl daughter Noya. Immediately after completing her National Service, Dana started her BSc at Bar-Ilan University in the Faculty of Life Sciences. During the third year of her degree, she became especially interested in microbiology and began studying antibiotic resistance in Helicobacter pylor in the bacteriology lab at Poria Hospital in Tiberias.


Dana pursued her MSc in Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, under the supervision of Dr. Avi Peretz and Dr. Omry Koren. She continued to explore the field of antibiotic resistance, now focusing on Clostridium difficile. She developed an interest in bacterial communities – the microbiome – and began looking at the microbiome of patients with Clostridium difficile infections. After graduating with honors, she decided to continue for a PhD in the lab of Dr. Omry Koren. Her research now focuses on the microbial changes occurring in the elderly and how these changes might influence the aging process.