huji Koret School of Veterinary Medicine

Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment,
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Ph.D

Senior Lecture
Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, The Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Environment, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Office Address:
P.O. Box 12, Rehovot 76100, Israel
Phone: 08 -9489888
Fax: 08-9467940
Email Address:

Special interests

Evolution, co-evolution host-pathogen, domestication and conservation genetics


Veterinary Virology
New Technologies in research and conservation of cultural heritage in Israel
Plant and animal domestication



Molecular Evolution, ancient DNA, Conservation genetics,



Head of DVM/Ph.D committee , Member of Final thesis DVM students committee


Membership in Scientific organizations

The American Genetic Association;
The Zoological Society of Israel;
Society of Wildlife Forensic Science;


Selected Recent Publications

Roca, A.L. *, G. Kahila Bar-Gal*, E. Eizirik, M. S. Springer, K.M. Helgen, R. Maria, S.J. O’Brien and W. J. Murphy. 2004. Mesozoic origin for West Indian insectivores. Nature 429, 649-651.
(*These authors contributed equally).

Hershkovitz, I., H.D. Donoghue, D.E. Minnikin, G.S. Besra, O.Lee, A.M. Gernaey C, E.Galili, V. Eshed, C.L. Greenblatt, E. Lemma, G. Kahila Bar-Gal, M. Spigelman. 2008. Detection and Molecular Characterization of 9000-Year- Old Mycobacterium tuberculosis from a Neolithic Settlement in the Eastern Mediterranean. PLoS ONE. 3(10): e3426.

Driscoll, C.A., N. Yamaguchi1, G. Kahila Bar-Gal, A.L. Roca, S. Luo, D.W. Macdonald, S.J. O’Brien. 2009. Mitochondrial Phylogeography Illuminates the Origin of the Extinct Caspian Tiger and Its Relationship to the Amur Tiger. PLoS ONE. 4(1): e4125.

Polani, S.*, A.L. Roca*, B.B. Rosensteel , S.O. Kolokotronis and G. Kahila Bar-Gal. 2010. Evolutionary dynamics of endogenous feline leukemia virus proliferation among species of the domestic cat lineage. Virology 405: 397-407.

Hermon, D., R. Gafny, A. Zamir , Lia Hadas , M. Faerman and G. Kahila Bar-Gal. 2011. The genetic signature of a shrunken head. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 3:223-228.

Gila Kahila Bar-Gal, Myeung Ju Kim, Athalia Klein, Dong Hoon Shin , Chang Seok Oh, Kim Jong Wan, Tae-Hyun Kim, Seok Bae Kim, Paul Robert Grant, Orit Pappo, Mark Spigelman and Daniel Shouval. 2012. Tracing Hepatitis B virus to the 16th century in a Korean mummy. Hepathology.




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