Prof. Irena Manov is an associate professor at the University of Haifa’s Institute of Evolution. She holds a PhD from the Institute of Influenza, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, St. Petersburg, USSR and an MD from Ural State Medical Academy of Yekaterinburg, USSR.
Prior to taking her position at the University of Haifa, Prof. Manov has held senior academic positions at the Technion-Israel Institute of Science, Faculty of Medicine; the Department of Microbiology, Ural Agricultural Academy, Yekaterinburg, Russia; the Ural Medical Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Research Center, Yekaterinburg, USSR; and the Department of Microbiology, Virology and Immunology, Ural State Medical Academy of Yekaterinburg (former Sverdlovsk), USSR.
Prof. Manov is a member of the European Association for Cancer Research, the European Cell Death Organization, the Israel Society for Microscopy, and the International Cell Senescence Association. She has served on the editorial board of the World Journal of Pharmacology and as referee for scientific journals including Cell Death and Differentiation; International Journal of Cancer; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics; Chemico-Biological Interactions; Hepatology International; Basic and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology; and Acta Pharmacologica Sinica. She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and abstracts.
Her current research interests lie in the mechanisms of cancer resistance in the hypoxia-tolerant mole-rat, Spalax; the role of the cancer microenvironment and mesenchymal stem cells; exploring the unique mechanisms of cellular senescence in the stress-tolerant and long-lived Spalax; and the role of the anti-inflammatory network in life span.