Daniel Kornitzer



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PhD: Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School, 1991

BSc: Hebrew University, 1985

Nano Main Field: Iron acquisition constitutes a key challenge for pathogenic organisms. Fungal pathogens have evolved the ability to extract iron from host hemoglobin via a family of heme-binding cell surface proteins. These proteins form a network that transfers heme from one molecule to the next until it is internalized into the cell. We study the mechanics of this nano-relay network at the level of structure and interactions of the components (proteins) involved. 

Research Interests:

1) Regulation and substrate specificity of phosphorylation-mediated ubiquitination;     

2) Molecular mechanisms of heme-iron acquisition in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans; 

3) Relation between cell cycle regulation and morphogenesis in C. albicans.