Leah Houri-Ze’evi is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Leslie Vosshall at the Rockefeller University. She received her Ph.D. and M.S. from the department of neurobiology at Tel Aviv University, under the supervision of Dr. Oded Rechavi. Her graduate work focused on understanding the rules of transgenerational inheritance of non-DNA-based information.
Houri-Ze’evi is interested in new and untraditional memory systems and the molecular basis that underlies them. Using the relatively simple brain of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and their incredible behavioral repertoire, Houri-Ze’evi tries to understand how molecular machineries that originated as antiviral immunity systems have evolved into allowing the host with endogenous and novel memory capacities.