Dr Florina Uzefovsky

Haifa University Research Fellow

Florina is leading a joint project between the Autism Research Centre in Cambridge University and the Social Affective Neuroscience Lab (SANS) at Haifa University in Israel, led by Professor Simone Shamay-Tsoory. This project is investigating the role of the receptor genes for the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin, in both brain function and social cognition, in people with autism. She is also collaborating on the autism genetics study funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation and the Autism Research Trust. 

Florina completed her BA at the Hebrew University in an Honours program combining Psychology and Biology (Psychobiology). She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology and completed the Doctoral Program at the Hebrew University. Her PhD thesis investigated the biological basis of empathy, employing methods from the fields of social and developmental psychology, molecular genetics and neuroendocrinology. Upon completing her PhD, she conducted two postdoctoral research projects. The first is a longitudinal study that focused on the early development of empathy in infants. In the second project, she investigated gene by environment interaction effects on PTSD.

From August 2016 she will be Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.


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