Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot, Israel
Born in Cordoba, Argentina, Prof. Karina Yaniv immigrated to Israel in 1989. After a year working at a kibbutz, she enrolled in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning a BSc in chemistry and biology (1994) and an MSc in biological chemistry. She completed her PhD in developmental biology at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical School in 2004. She conducted postdoctoral research at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland. She joined the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2009 and became associate professor with tenure in 2016.
The Yaniv lab studies the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing the formation of blood and lymphatic vessels in the embryo, using the zebrafish as the main animal model. Our studies have been primarily recognized for their novel insights into the cellular origins of late forming vessels, including the lymphatic endothelium and organ-specific vessels, as well as for their contribution to the emerging link between lipid metabolism and endothelial cell behavior.
Among her academic and professional awards and honors are the Levinson Prize in Biology by the Weizmann institute Scientific Council (2017), the Wendy Chaite Leadership Award by the Lymphatic Education and Research Network (2016), the European Research Council (ERC) starting (2013) and consolidator (2018) grants, the Israel Cancer Research Foundation Career Development Award (2012), the Werner-Risau-Prize for outstanding research in vascular biology (2007), an EMBO postdoctoral fellowship (2005-2007), a Susan G. Komen Young Investigator Scholarship from the Lymphatic Research Foundation (2006), and a Golda Meir Foundation prize for excellence (2003).
Prof. Yaniv is the mother of three boys: Yotam, Nitay, and Eylon.