Dana Manuela Savulescu
  • Research scientist, National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Research focus
  • Immunology
  • Reproductive immunology; Immune tolerance; Cell biology; Human pregnancy; Molecular biology


PhD, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, 2013

Lab information

Dr. Melinda Suchard's lab; Centre for Vaccines and Immunology



• R. Nagler, D. Savulescu, M. Gavish. Cigarette Smoke-induced reduction in binding of the salivary translocator protein is not mediated by free radicals. Biochimie. 2016:121:1-4. Summary featured on World Biomedical Frontiers ISSN: 2328-0116, June 2016 Cancer Issue (
• R. Nagler, D. Savulescu, M. Gavish. Cigarette Smoke-induced reduction in binding of the salivary Translocator protein is not mediated by free radicals. Biochimie. 2016:121:1-4.
• E. Shahar, U. Attias, D. Savulescu, J. Genizin, M. Gavish, R. Nagler. Oxidative stress, metalloproteinase and LDH in children with intractable and non-intractable epilepsy as reflected in salivary analysis. Epilepsy Research. 2014:108(1):117-24.
• D. Savulescu, J. Feng, Y.S. Ping, O. Mai, U. Boehm, B. He, B.W. O’Malley, P. Melamed. Goandotropin-releasing hormone-regulated prohibitin mediates apoptosis of the gonadotrope cells. Molecular Endocrinology. 2013:27(11):1856-70.
• P. Melamed, D. Savulescu, S. Lim, A. Wijeweera, L. Zhuojuan, L. Min, L. Pnueli. Gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH)-signaling downstream of calmodulin. Journal of Neuroendocrinology. 2012:24(12):1463-75.
• Y. Ullmann, Y. Klein, D. Savulescu, I. Borovoi, D. Egozi, M. Gavish, R. Nagler. Salivary monitoring related to major surgery. European Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2010:40(12):1074-80.
• R. Nagler, S. Cohen, D. Savulescu, S. Leschiner, I. Otradnov, M. Gavish. Penicilamine as a potent protector against injurious effects of cigarette smoke in aerodigestive tract cancer. Oncology. 2010:78(1):12-9.
• R. Kremer, L.A. Best, D. Savulescu, M. Gavish, R.M. Nagler. Pleural fluid analysis of lung cancer vs. benign inflammatory disease patients. British Journal of Cancer. 2010:102(7):1180-4.
• R. Nagler, O. Ben-Izhak, D. Savulescu, E. Krayzler, S. Akrish, S. Leschiner, I. Otradnov, S. Zeno, L. Veenman, M. Gavish. Oral cancer, cigarette smoke and mitochondrial 18 kDa translocator protein (TSPO) – in vitro, in vivo, salivary analysis. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Molecular Basis of Disease. 2010:1802(5):545-61.
• R. Brik, I. Rosen, D. Savulescu, I. Borovoi, M. Gavish, R. Nagler. Salivary antioxidants and metalloproteinases in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Molecular Medicine. 2010:16(3-4):122-8).
• R. Nagler*, D. Savulescu*, E. Krayzler, S. Leschiner, L. Veenman, M. Gavish (*equal contribution). Cigarette smoke decreases salivary 18 kDa translocator protein binding affinity – in association with oxidative stress. Current Medicinal Chemistry. 2010: 17(23):2539-46.
• T. Shpitzer, Y. Hamzany, G. Bahar, R. Feinmesser, D. Savulescu, I. Borovoi. M. Gavish, R.M. Nagler. Salivary analysis of oral cancer biomarkers. British Journal of cancer. 2009:101(7):1194-8.