Yoav Livneh 2010-2011

Institution of PhD:
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Academic Discipline of PhD:
PhD Advisor/s:
Prof. Adi Mizrahi
Dissertation Topic:
Adult Neurogenesis: From Synapse Formation, Through Sensory Coding to Animal Behavior
Year Awarded PhD:
Institution of Postdoc:
Harvard Medical School
Present Institution:
Weizmann Institute of Science
Present Academic Position:
Principle Investigator
Links to Recent Publications:
Publication 1

Yoav Livneh is a principal investigator at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Yoav studied Psychology and Biology for his BSc at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He initially planned to be a psychotherapist, but soon fell in love with Neurobiology. He then continued to do his PhD in Neurobiology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel with Prof. Adi Mizrahi. During his PhD he investigated the development and plasticity of olfactory adult-born neurons. His studies ranged from single synapses to sensory physiology. He was supported by the Adams Fellowship throughout his PhD.

For his postdoctoral research, Yoav joined the labs of Profs. Mark Andermann and Brad Lowell at the Endocrinology Department of BIDMC of Harvard Medical School. There he investigated interoception of physiological needs such as hunger and thirst, and how they bias our perception of sensory cues in our environment. To do so, he developed a novel approach for cellular imaging of the interoceptive insular cortex, and combined it with circuit-mapping, circuit-specific manipulations, and manipulations of peripheral physiology.

Yoav started his research group at the Weizmann Institute in Israel in 2020. His lab focuses on brain-body communication. They are establishing experimental approaches to link computational analyses of cortical activity patterns with changes in gastrointestinal and cardiovascular physiology. This way, they aim to better understand the role of the brain-body loop in maintaining physiological homeostasis, and in guiding behavior. Yoav is a FENS-Kavli Network of Excellence Scholar. His research is supported by the European Research Council and the Israel Science Foundation.