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The hair follicle has become an important model system to study developmental processes, stem cell regulation and tissue morphogenesis for several reasons. First, it provides an excellent system to explore developmental mechanisms used to modify the same basic toolbox of interactions to regulate different developmental processes and to obtain distinct developmental outcomes. For example, epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in the embryo set up the scene for hair follicle specification and formation, and subsequently those same interactions are redeployed to execute the hair cycle in the adult. Second, the hair follicle provides an accessible system to study stem cells and their interactions with the immediate environment, often called the niche. As hair follicles undergo cycles of growth, destruction, quiescence and regeneration, different stem cell populations with distinct properties are required to repetitively execute these cycles. For this, the niche must provide and construct a unique milieu to regulate stem cell activity. Third, the hair follicle allows the study of development from the perspectives of multiple biological processes. The transitions between the different phases of the hair cycle involve dramatic morphological alterations and therefore require the coordination of multiple biological processes such as proliferation, apoptosis, cell migration, cellular communication and signal transduction.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Tel Aviv University

Jan 1995Jan 2002

Award Date: 1 Jan 2002

Bachelor, Tel Aviv University

Oct 1991Oct 1994

Award Date: 1 Oct 1994

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