Shai-lee Yatziv-Schenk is a PhD student in Prof Marshall Devor's lab at the Life Sciences Institute of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She obtained her first degree of Physiotherapy (BPT) at 2011 from Tel-Aviv University. Following her work in the Pain and Neurological rehabilitation departments at the Sheba hospital in Tel Hashomer, she perused scientific answers to unanswered questions in the neurological field, and chose to do research work at the Devor lab in the Hebrew University. Her PhD thesis is "Functional architecture of a brainstem locus for transitioning between wake and unconsciousness". The research aims at defining the functional connections between the MPTA (mesopontine tegmental anesthesia area), and its CNS projections. MPTA is a recently identified bilateral brainstem arousal nucleus, which is part of a flip-flop mechanism that switches between two stable brain states: wake and unconsciousness (reversible coma). One possible benefit that might stem from this research is a more specific, low dose pain free surgical anesthesia.
Shai-lee is a recipient of this year's prestigious Teva National Network of Excellence in Neuroscience scholarship.