Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2018
    Senior Scientist (PI, equivalent to Assistant Professor), Department of Structural Biology, Faculty of Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

  • 2017 – 2018
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular & Cellular Physiology, Stanford University, USA

  • 2015 – 2017
    Postdoctoral Fellow*, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan, USA

  • 2013 – 2017
    Postdoctoral Fellow*, Department of Structural Biology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

    *joint affiliation


  • 2009 – 2013
    PhD Chemistry (Structural Biology), Technion Institute of Technology, Israel

  • 2006 – 2008
    MSc Biochemistry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. Magna cum laude

  • 2003 – 2006
    BA Molecular Biochemistry, Technion Institute of Technology, Israel. Cum laude

Selected publications

  • Matzov D, Taoka M, Nobe Y, Yamauchi Y, Halfon H, Assis N, Zimermann E, Rozenberg H, Bashan A, Bhushan S, Isobe T, Gray MW, Yonath A. and Shalev-Benami M. (2020). Cryo-EM structure of the atypical cytoplasmic ribosome of Euglena gracilis. Nucleic acids research. Accepted, in press.

  • *Sas-Chen A, *Thomas JM, *Matzov D, Taoka M, Nance KD, Nir R, Bryson KM, Shachar R, Liman GLS, Burkhart BW, Gamage ST, Nobe Y, Briney CA, Levy MJ, Fuchs RT, Robb GB, Hartmann J, Sharma S, Lin Q, Florens L, Washburn MP, Isobe T, Santangelo TJ, #Shalev-Benami M, #Meier JL and #Schwartz S. (2020). Dynamic RNA acetylation revealed by quantitative cross-evolutionary mapping. Nature. 583:638–643. #co-corresponding authors.

  • *Kumar KK, *Shalev-Benami M, Robertson MJ, Hu H, Banister SD, Hollingsworth SH, Latorraca NR, Kato HE, Hilger D, Maeda S, Weis WI, Farrens DL, Dror RO, Malhotra SV, Kobilka BK and Skiniotis G. (2019). Structure of a Signaling Cannabinoid Receptor 1-G Protein Complex. Cell. 176(3):448-458. *equal contribution.

  • *Li J, *Shalev-Benami M, Sando R, Jiang X, Kibrom E, Wang J, Leon K, Katanski C, Nazarko O, Lu YC, Südhof TC, Skiniotis G and Araç D. (2018). Structural Basis for Teneurin Function in Circuit Wiring: A Toxin Motif at the Synapse. Cell. 173(3): 735–748. *equal contribution.

  • Shalev-Benami M, Zhang Y, Rozenberg H, Nobe Y, Taoka M, Zimmerman E, Bashan A, Isobe T, Jaffe CL, Yonath A and Skiniotis G. (2017). Atomic Resolution Snapshot of Leishmania Ribosome Inhibition by the Aminoglycoside Paromomycin. Nature Communications. 8(1):1589.

  • Shalev-Benami M, Zhang Y, Matzov D, Halfon Y, Zackay A, Rozenberg H, Zimmerman E, Bashan A, Jaffe CL, Yonath A and Skiniotis G. (2016). 2.8-Å Cryo-EM Structure of the Large Ribosomal Subunit from the Eukaryotic Parasite Leishmania. Cell Reports. 16(2): 288-294.

  • Shalev M, Rozenberg H, Smolkin B, Nasereddin A, Kopelyanskiy D, Belakhov V, Schrepfer T, Schacht J, Jaffe CL, Adir N and Baasov T. (2015). Structural Basis for Selective Targeting of Leishmanial Ribosomes: Aminoglycoside Derivatives as Promising Therapeutics. Nucleic Acids Research. 43(17):8601-13.

  • Shalev M, Kondo J, Kopelyanskiy D, Jaffe CL, Adir N, and Baasov T. (2013). Identification of the Molecular Attributes Required for Aminoglycoside Activity Against Leishmania. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. 110(33):13333-8.


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