Meet the team

Team leaders

Amit Tirosh, M.D.
Head, Neuroendocrine Tumors Clinic & Endocrine Cancer Genomics Lab

Amit Tirosh, MD | Director, ENTIRE Center

Alona Telerman, Ph.D. 
Senior Research Associate

Alona Telerman, PhD | Senior Research Associate, ENTIRE Center

Prof. Tirosh specialized in hereditary endocrine cancer and cancer bioinformatics at the National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, Maryland). His works on endocrine cancer genomics were published in the highest-tier journals. Dr. Tirosh has an exceptional reputation in hereditary endocrine cancer syndromes, is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, and has been awarded grants in Europe and the U.S., including the prestigious VHL Alliance research grant (2021). Dr. Tirosh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University and a Member, of the International Clinical Council, VHL Alliance, Boston, MA

Dr. Telerman is in charge of the in vitro and in vivo studies in ENTIRE. Alona graduated B.Sc in Biology, M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Technion, Israel) and an additional postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute. Together with her previous experience in the laboratory of Prof. Isaac Witz, at Tel Aviv University, Dr. Telerman is considered an expert in performing cancer-related in vivo studies, and in molecular characterization of the tumor microenvironment.  

Liat Arnon, M.Sc.

Clinical Case Manager

Liat Arnon, MSc | Clinical Case Manager, ENTIRE Center

Ms. Arnon graduated M.Sc. in Biology at the Bar-llan University in 2015 and gained clinical research experience as a research assistant in the Gertner Institute of Epidemiology (2015-2018). Ms. Arnon joined the ENTIRE Center in 2019, serving as a Clinical Case Manager and the point-of-contact of the VHL Clinical Care Center. Together with Dr. Tirosh, Liat established our collaborative clinics and the advanced radionuclide therapeutic service (PRRT) at Sheba MC. With all these on her shoulders, Ms. Arnon is an integral part of the research activities at ENTIRE.

Clinical

Reut Halperin, M.D. Ph.D. 
Senior Clinical Associate

Reut Halperin, MD PhD | Senior Clinical Associate

Maya Laron Hirsh

Dietitian, B.Sc

Maya Laron Hirsh, BSc | Dietitian, ENTIRE Center

Dr. Halperin is a senior physician in Internal Medicine department D and a Fellow in Endocrinology at Sheba Medical Center. She has a Ph.D. in Zoology at Tel Aviv University at the Eilam laboratory in Exploratory behavior and formation of a cognitive map.

Dr. Halperin is  a fellow in Endocrinology, with a special interest in neuroendocrine tumors and the genetic background of endocrine disorders and syndromes. She is fascinated by the covert mechanisms leading to the development of such conditions and believe that uncovering them will lead to better understanding and treatment options. Her current research focuses on pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors.

Ms. Laron Hirsch is a registered dietitian, and the team leader of Diabetes & Metabolism nutrition at Sheba MC. She specializes in the nutritional management of endocrine diseases including diabetes and endocrine cancer. Maya's goals of nutritional therapy in patients with neuroendocrine tumors are to improve the patient's quality of life, relieve any symptoms caused by the disease or by the interventions, and maintain proper nutritional status.

As part of the treatment, Maya  diagnoses the risk factors for malnutrition, and constructs a customized treatment plan for each patient according to his/her needs and desires.

Omer Shaked, MA, MSW, PhD candidate 

Mr. Shaked is a leading expert in the management of medical-related social and psychological challenges. With his warm, humane, sensitive, and compassionate approach he is assisting our patients to overcome the daily challenges. Omer serves as a Lecturer at the Social Work Central School of the Ministry of Social Services at Bar-Ilan University.

Scientific

Sapir Nasirov, B.Sc.

Scientific Coordinator

Sapir Nasirov | Scientific Coordinator, ENTIRE Center

Adiel Chmelnik, B.Sc.

M.Sc. Student

Adiel Chmelnik, BSc | MSc Student, ENTIRE Center

Sapir is at the final phase of her Bachelor's degree in life sciences. Joining the team for a short project (initially planned), Sapir became the scientific coordinator of the lab and a major force in the translational research team. Sapir is in charge of the tumor samples processing and of the DNA/RNA flow for various sequencing types. Furthermore, Sapir is involved in most of the projects dealing with tissue culture techniques. 

Adiel is an M.Sc. student, conducting a mainly computational project, focusing on immune microenvironment characterization of VHL-related neoplasms compared with their sporadic counterparts.

 

Adiel has B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Food Sciences (2020) from the  Faculty for Agriculture, Food and Environment, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Liav Sela, B.Med.
Student

Liav Sela, BMed | Student, ENTIRE Center

Liav is a 3rd-year medical student at Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. Liav starts his 2nd year as an Arrow Project student at our lab. In his project, Liav studies the impact of recurrent, but yet unstudied, somatic mutations in NET, on the tumor neoplastic potential. As part of his internship at the Arow project, Liav mentors a high-school student at our lab.