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Gal  Haimovich

Gal Haimovich


Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology, Technion- Israeli institute of technology, 2011

Current position

Postdoctoral fellow, Dept. Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel (2014-present)
Advisor: Prof. Jeffrey Gerst; in collaboration with (and as a continuation of my postdoctoral research at) the lab of Prof. Robert H. Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Using single molecule imaging in fixed & live cells to track mRNA localization in mammalian cells.
Operates the blog Green Fluorescent blog http://greenfluorescentblog.wordpress.com


  1. Haimovich, G., Zabezhinsky, D., Haas, B., Slobodin, B., Purushothaman, P., Fan, L., Levin, J. Z., Nusbaum, C. and Gerst, J. E. (2016). Use of the MS2 aptamer and coat protein for RNA localization in yeast: A response to "MS2 coat proteins bound to yeast mRNAs block 5' to 3' degradation and trap mRNA decay products: implications for the localization of mRNAs by MS2-MCP system". RNA 22(5): 660-666.
  2. Haimovich, G., Cohen-Zontag, O. and Gerst, J. E. (2016). A role for mRNA trafficking and localized translation in peroxisome biogenesis and function? Biochim Biophys Acta 1863(5): 911-921.
  3. Buxbaum, A. R.*, Haimovich, G.* and Singer, R. H. (2015). In the right place at the right time: visualizing and understanding mRNA localization. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 16(2): 95-109. (*Equal contribution)
  4. Somekh, J., Haimovich, G., Guterman, A., Dori, D. and Choder, M. (2014). Conceptual modeling of mRNA decay provokes new hypotheses. PLoS One 9(9): e107085.
  5. Haimovich, G., Medina, D. A., Causse, S. Z., Garber, M., Millan-Zambrano, G., Barkai, O., Chavez, S., Perez-Ortin, J. E., Darzacq, X. and Choder, M. (2013). Gene expression is circular: factors for mRNA degradation also foster mRNA synthesis. Cell 153(5): 1000-1011.
  6. Haimovich, G., Choder, M., Singer, R. H. and Trcek, T. (2013). The fate of the messenger is pre-determined: a new model for regulation of gene expression. Biochim Biophys Acta 1829(6-7): 643-653.
  7. Harel-Sharvit, L., Eldad, N., Haimovich, G., Barkai, O., Duek, L. and Choder, M. (2010). RNA polymerase II subunits link transcription and mRNA decay to translation. Cell 143(4): 552-563.
  8. Goler-Baron, V., Selitrennik, M., Barkai, O., Haimovich, G., Lotan, R. and Choder, M. (2008). Transcription in the nucleus and mRNA decay in the cytoplasm are coupled processes. Genes Dev 22(15): 2022-2027.
  9. Lotan, R., Goler-Baron, V., Duek, L., Haimovich, G. and Choder, M. (2007). The Rpb7p subunit of yeast RNA polymerase II plays roles in the two major cytoplasmic mRNA decay mechanisms. J Cell Biol 178(7): 1133-1143.
  10. Kamer, I., Sarig, R., Zaltsman, Y., Niv, H., Oberkovitz, G., Regev, L., Haimovich, G., Lerenthal, Y., Marcellus, R. C. and Gross, A. (2005). Proapoptotic BID is an ATM effector in the DNA-damage response. Cell 122(4): 593-603.
  11. Weiss, M., Haimovich, G. and Pick, U. (2001). Phosphate and Sulfate uptake in the halotolerant alga Dunaliella are driven by Na+-symport mechanism. J Plant Physiology 158:1519-1525.