Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Bar Ilan University, Israel and Associate Scientist, Hebrew SeniorLife (Boston, MA)
Dr. Karasik holds a PhD degree in Anatomy and Anthropology (Tel Aviv University, Israel). Dr. Karasik’s research focuses on genetic mechanisms of aging-related diseases, such as osteoporosis, fractures, and muscle loss, studying both human populations and animal models. He was a founding member of the GEFOS and CHARGE consortia and is actively involved in the TopMED Initiative (USA). His recent efforts have focused on fine-mapping (by targeted sequencing) and functional follow-up of the GWAS-identified loci. The lab uses molecular biology techniques in vitro and the zebrafish (Danio rerio, ZF) as an in vivo model for functional follow-up of the human associations.