Raz Bar-Ziv is a postdoctoral researcher in the Molecular and Cell Biology department at UC Berkeley, USA. He received his undergraduate with honors degree from Tel Aviv University in Israel.
During Dr. Bar-Ziv’s graduate training in Professor Naama Barkai’s lab at the Weizmann Institute of Science, he was intrigued by gene expression and chromatin changes that occur during DNA replication. He combined multiple high-throughput sequencing-based methods, and uncovered the mechanism of gene expression homeostasis during DNA replication. Furthermore, he discovered a wave of histone acetylation that occurs in front of the replication fork, presumably opening up the chromatin to allow smooth replication progression.
As a post-doctoral fellow (from 2018) in Professor Andrew Dillin’s lab at UC Berkeley, he studies how the chromatin landscape in specific glial cells is able to control organismal protein homeostasis and regulate longevity, using nematodes and mice as model organisms.
Dr. Bar-Ziv received a long-term fellowship from The European Molecular Biology Organization, and a postdoctoral fellowship from The Larry L. Hillblom Foundation. His research program encompasses using nematodes and mice, to discover the regulation of longevity and stress resistance.