Prof. Shira Knafo (She/Her)

Head of the Molecular Cognition Laboratory, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
  • Israel

About Prof. Shira Knafo

Prof. Shira Knafo, a neuroscientist holding both an MD and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Ben-Gurion University, currently leads the Molecular Cognition Laboratory. For more insights into her research, visit Her lab employs an integrative approach to unravel the molecular and cellular foundations of various cognitive challenges.

With a remarkable publication record in esteemed scientific journals including Nature Neuroscience, Nature Communications, and PLoS Biology, Professor Knafo has significantly advanced our understanding of neuroscience. In 2016, her groundbreaking work in Nature Neuroscience unveiled a previously unexplored mechanism contributing to memory decline in Alzheimer's disease. Another pivotal study, featured in prominent publications such as Nature and AlzForum, was published in PLoS Biology in 2012, focusing on pharmacologically-enhanced cognition.

Dr. Knafo's outstanding contributions have earned her prestigious accolades, including the Sieratzki Prize for Advances in Neuroscience and the title of Woman of the Year in Medicine from Women magazine. Actively engaged in the scientific community, she has served on committees such as the Spanish Panel for Neuro-Enhancement and the Council of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS). Additionally, she assumed the role of editor for the book "Cognitive Enhancement," published by Elsevier.


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