Yaniv Sela

Yaniv Sela, M.Sc.

PhD student at Dr. Yuval Nir‘s laboratory

Research title
The mechanism of the sensory disconnection during sleep.

Research project

From evolutionary point of view, a lack of responsiveness to external stimuli looks ridiculous, because of all the risks resulting from being unaware to our surrounding. However, not only that evolution didn't eliminate this feature of sleep, but preserved it across the entire animal kingdom. The unavoidable conclusion is the disconnection is vital for our survival and probably plays a crucial role in the function of sleep. In my research I am looking to understand the mechanisms underlying the sensory disconnection, and hopefully by doing so, to shed new light on the mystery of sleep itself.


  • 2014 – Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN), Eilat.

  • 2015 – FENS Featured Regional Meeting (FFRM), Thessaloniki.

  • 2015 – Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN), Eilat.

  • 2016 - International Scientific Conference on Sleep Spindling (ISCSS), Budapest.


  • Sela, Y., Vyazovskiy, V.V., Cirelli, C., Tononi, G. and Nir, Y. Responses in Rat Core Auditory Cortex are Preserved during Sleep Spindle Oscillations. SLEEP, 2016.


  • 2016 – Joining the Azrieli Fellowship Program.

  • 2015 – The David and Paulina Trotsky Foundation Award for excellence.

    2015 – The Adams Super Center for Brain Studies travel award.

    2015 – Master of [Neuro]Science (M.Sc.), Tel Aviv University: Magna Cum Laude.


Research Categories: System Neuroscience

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