Rivka Ofir, PhD
Rivka Ofir, PhD has been part of the Central Arava Branch of the Dead Sea & Arava Science Center for two decades. Her projects there include looking at desert plants as source for bioactive compounds. This involves High Throughput Screening (HTS) of the library of desert plant extracts against human disease models (cancer, cancer stem cells and neurodegenerative diseases). Ofir also works on screening of active extracts/compounds against whole animals-zebrafish and c. elegans models for human diseases.
In 2008 she joined the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her projects there include researching induced pluripotent stem cells from inherited diseases as "disease in a dish" models for studying disease mechanism and for drug discovery.