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פרופ' יגאל דניאל כהן
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Head, School of Public Health, Tel Aviv University

Co-Director, Summer Institute of Advanced Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Head, Tiberio Swartz Research Forum on Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity

Director, Stanley Steyer Institute for Cancer Epidemiology and Research

Incumbent of Diana & Stanley Steyer Chair of Cancer Prevention and Control

Professor, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Tel Aviv University



Professor Daniel (Dani) Cohen joined Tel Aviv University (TAU) for a full-time academic position in 2002 and has been a full Professor since 2007. Previously, he served in the Israel Defense Forces for many years and was the Director of the Infectious Diseases Research Institute in the Medical Corps. Prof. Cohen was appointed Head of Tel Aviv University School of Public Health in 2011 after serving 4 years as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. Prof. Cohen is also the Director of the Stanley Steyer Institute for Cancer Epidemiology and Research and Diana & Stanley Steyer Chair of Cancer Prevention and Control.   


Prof. Cohen founded the Tiberio Swartz Forum on Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, a very active national and international stage for scientific communications and discussions in the field of infectious diseases and vaccines. Additionally, he is the co-founder and co-director of the Summer International Institute of Advanced Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at TAU School of Public Health. He also serves as an executive board member of the Middle East Consortium for Infectious Diseases Surveillance (MECIDS) and also acts on various national and international advisory boards in the field of infectious diseases and vaccines. Prof. Cohen has been a consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO) on several occasions.


Prof. Cohen has supervised many graduate and post-graduate students. He has received several awards for his outstanding contribution to research and is the author of more than 190 original, peer-reviewed articles.


Click here to view Prof. Cohen's CV (Short Version).​


Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of infectious diseases
  • Vaccinology
  • Development and evaluation of enteric vaccines
  • Risk and protective host factors associated with enteric diseases and in particular: shigellosis
  • Study of the association between selected infectious agents (e.g. Helicobacter pylori, Human Papilloma Virus) and cancer 


Selected Publications

Click here for a complete list of Prof. Cohen's Peer-Reviewed Articles. 


Publications (from the last three years)

Cohen D, Muhsen K. Association between Helicobacter pylori colonization and glycated hemoglobin levels: is this another reason to eradicate H. pylori in adulthood? J Infect Dis. 2012;205(8):1183-5.

Cohen D, Shoham O, Orr N, Muhsen K. An Inverse and Independent Association Between Helicobacter pylori Infection and the Incidence of Shigellosis and Other Diarrheal Diseases. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2012;54(4):e35-42.

Kotloff KL, Blackwelder WC, Nasrin D, Nataro JP, Farag TH, van Eijk A, Adegbola RA, Alonso PL, Breiman RF, Faruque AS, Saha D, Sow SO, Sur D, Zaidi AK, Biswas K, Panchalingam S, Clemens JD, Cohen D, Glass RI, Mintz ED, Sommerfelt H, Levine MM. The Global Enteric Multicenter Study (GEMS) of diarrheal disease in infants and young children in developing countries: epidemiologic and clinical methods of the case/control study. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2012;55 Suppl 4:S232-45.

Levine H, Balicer RD, Zarka S, Sela T, Rozhavski V, Cohen D, Kayouf R, Ambar R, Porat N, Dagan R. Dynamics of pneumococcal acquisition and carriage in young adults during training in confined settings in Israel. PLoS One. 2012;7(10):e46491.

Levine H, Zarka S, Dagan R, Sela T, Rozhavski V, Cohen DI, Balicer RD. Transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae in adults may occur through saliva. Epidemiol Infect. 2012;140(3):561-5.

Muhsen K, Abed El-Hai R, Amit-Aharon A, Nehama H, Gondia M, Davidovitch N, Goren S, Cohen D. Risk factors of underutilization of childhood immunizations in ultraorthodox Jewish communities in Israel despite high access to health care services. Vaccine. 2012;30(12):2109-15.

Muhsen K, Jurban M, Goren S, Cohen D. Incidence, age of acquisition and risk factors of Helicobacter pylori infection among Israeli Arab infants. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics. 2012;58(3):208-13.

Shulman LM, Hindiyeh M, Muhsen K, Cohen D, Mendelson E, Sofer D. Evaluation of four different systems for extraction of RNA from stool suspensions using MS-2 coliphage as an exogenous control for RT-PCR inhibition. PLoS One. 2012;7(7):e39455.

Ziv-Baran T, Cohen DI, Rahav G, Leshno M. [How to build a predictive model and how to predict the individual outcome?]. Harefuah. 2012;151(11):647-9.

Ashkenazi S, Cohen D. An update on vaccines against Shigella. Therapeutic advances in vaccines. 2013;1(3):113-23.

Shmuely H, Domniz N, Cohen D. Probiotics in the prevention of colorectal cancer. Current Colorectal Cancer Reports. 2013;9(1):31-6.

di Giovine P, Kafatos G, Nardone A, Andrews N, Olander RM, Alfarone G, Broughton K, Cohen D, Kriz B, Mikova I, O'Flanagan D, Schneider F, Selga I, Valinsky L, Velicko I, Karacs I, Pebody R, von Hunolstein C. Comparative seroepidemiology of diphtheria in six European countries and Israel. Epidemiol Infect. 2013;141(1):132-42.

Eriksen J, Davidkin I, Kafatos G, Andrews N, Barbara C, Cohen D, Duks A, Griskevicius A, Johansen K, Bartha K, Kriz B, Mitis G, Mossong J, Nardone A, O'Flanagan D, DE Ory F, Pistol A, Theeten H, Prosenc K, Slacikova M, Pebody R. Seroepidemiology of mumps in Europe (1996-2008): why do outbreaks occur in highly vaccinated populations? Epidemiol Infect. 2013;141(3):651-66.

Farag TH, Faruque AS, Wu Y, Das SK, Hossain A, Ahmed S, Nasrin D, Kotloff KL, Panchilangam S, Nataro JP, Cohen D, Blackwelder WC, Levine MM. Housefly population density correlates with shigellosis among children in Mirzapur, Bangladesh: a time series analysis. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2013;7(6):e2280.

Feldman N, Adler A, Molshatzki N, Navon-Venezia S, Khabra E, Cohen D, Carmeli Y. Gastrointestinal colonization by KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae following hospital discharge: duration of carriage and risk factors for persistent carriage. Clin Microbiol Infect. 2013;19(4):E190-6.

Leventhal A, Ramlawi A, Belbiesi A, Sheikh S, Haddadin A, Husseini S, Abdeen Z, Cohen D. Enhanced surveillance for detection and management of infectious diseases: regional collaboration in the middle East. Emerg Health Threats J. 2013;6.

Muhsen K, Cohen D. Helicobacter pylori infection and anemia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2013;89(2):398.

Muhsen K, Kassem E, Rubinstein U, Schachter Y, Kremer A, Goren S, Zilberstein I, Ephros M, Cohen D, Shulman LM. Incidence and characteristics of sporadic norovirus gastroenteritis associated with hospitalization of children less than 5 years of age in Israel. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013;32(6):688-90.

Weil M, Shohat T, Bromberg M, Bassal R, Dichtiar R, Mandelboim M, Sofer D, Cohen D, Mendelson E. The dynamics of infection and the persistence of immunity to A(H1N1)pdm09 virus in Israel. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2013;7(5):838-46.

Aharonson-Raz K, Lichter-Peled A, Tal S, Gelman B, Cohen D, Klement E, et al. Spatial and temporal distribution of West Nile virus in horses in Israel (1997-2013)--from endemic to epidemics. PloS One. 2014;9(11):e113149.

Bassal R, Reisfeld A, Nissan I, Agmon V, Taran D, Schemberg B, Cohen D, Shohat, T. Risk factors for sporadic infection with Salmonella Infantis: a matched case-control study. Epidemiol Infect. 2014;142(4):820-5.

Bassal R, Rosin LS, Schvimer M, Schejter E, Ozeryansky B, Kulik S, Bachar R, Shapira H, Sandbank J, Cohen D, Keinan-Boker L. Prevalence and Correlates of Human Papillomavirus Genotypes Among Patients With Cervical Cancer and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia 3 in Israel. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2014.

Bassal R, Schejter E, Bachar R, Shapira H, Sandbank J, Supino Rosin L, Schvimer M, Cohen D, Keinan-Boker L. Cervical Pap screening among Israeli women, 2005-2010. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2014;289(3):615-22.

Cohen D, Bassal R, Goren S, Rouach T, Taran D, Schemberg B, Peled N, Keness Y, Ken-Dror S, Vasilev V, Nissan I, Agmon V, Shohat TRecent trends in the epidemiology of shigellosis in Israel. Epidemiol Infect. 2014;142(12):2583-94.

Livio S, Strockbine NA, Panchalingam S, Tennant SM, Barry EM, Marohn ME, Antonio M, Hossain A, Mandomando I, Ochieng JB, Oundo JO, Qureshi S, Ramamurthy T, Tamboura B, Adegbola RA, Hossain MJ, Saha D, Sen S, Faruque AS, Alonso PL, Breiman RF, Zaidi AK, Sur D, Sow SO, Berkeley LY, O'Reilly CE, Mintz ED, Biswas K, Cohen D, Farag TH, Nasrin D, Wu Y, Blackwelder WC, Kotloff KL, Nataro JP, Levine MM. Shigella isolates from the global enteric multicenter study inform vaccine development. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. 2014;59(7):933-41.

Mandelboim M, Bromberg M, Sherbany H, Zucker I, Yaary K, Bassal R, Dichtiar R, Cohen D, Shohat T, Mendelson E, Green MS. Significant cross reactive antibodies to influenza virus in adults and children during a period of marked antigenic drift. BMC Infect Dis. 2014;14:346.

Markovich MP, Shohat T, Riklis I, Avni R, Yujelevski-Rozenblit D, Bassal R, Cohen D, Rorman E. Seroepidemiology of Toxoplasma gondii infection in the Israeli population. Epidemiol Infect. 2014;142(1):149-55.

Mor O, Bassal R, Michaeli, M, Wax M, Ram D, Cohen-Ezra O, Cohen D, Mendelson E , Ben-Ari Z, Shohat T. Prevalence of Hepatitis E virus antibodies in Israel. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015; 21(4): 692-694.

Muhsen K, Cohen D, Levine MM. Can Giardia lamblia infection lower the risk of acute diarrhea among preschool children? J Trop Pediatr. 2014;60(2):99-103.

Muhsen K, Kassem E, Efraim S, Goren S, Cohen D, Ephros M. Incidence and risk factors for intussusception among children in northern Israel from 1992 to 2009: a retrospective study. BMC Pediatr. 2014;14:218.

Mor O, Ofir I, Pavel R, Bassal R, Kra-Oz K, Cohen D, Shohat T, Mendelson E. Parvovirus B19V infection in Israel:  Prevalence and occurrence of acute infection between 2008 and 2013. In its current form for publication in Epidemiology and Infection 2015.

Behar A, Fookes MC , Goren S, Thomson NR, Cohen D. Whole genome analysis to detect potential vaccine-induced changes on Shigella sonnei genome. Vaccine. 2015;33(26):2978-83.

Bassal R, Schejter E, Bachar R, Shapira, H, Kaufman, Z, Cohen D, Keinan-Boke, L. Recent trends of cervical cancer and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia 3 (CIN3) in Israel. Arch Gyn Obst. 2015;292(2):405-413.

Tobias J, Kassem E, Rubinstein U, Bialik A, Vutukuru SR, Navaro A, Rokney A, Valinsky L, Ephros M, Cohen D, Muhsen K. Involvement of main diarrheagenic Escherichia coli, with emphasis on enteroaggregative E. coli, in severe non-epidemic pediatric diarrhea in a high-income country. BMC Infect Dis. 2015;15(1):79.

Muhsen K, Rubenstein U, Kassem E, Goren S, Schachter Y, Kremer A, Shulman LM, Ephros M, Cohen D. A significant and consistent reduction in rotavirus gastroenteritis hospitalization of children under five years of age, following the introduction of universal rotavirus immunization in Israel. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2015;11(10):2475-82.

Muhsen K, Goren S, Cohen D. Helicobacter pylori Infection in Early Childhood and Growth at School Age. Helicobacter. Apr 2015. [Epub ahead of print]

Bassal R, Ovadia A, Bromberg M, Stein M, Shainberg B, Loewenthal S, Somekh E, Cohen D, Shohat T. Risk Factors for Sporadic Infection with Campylobacter Spp. among Children in Israel: A Case-Control Study. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2015 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Muhsen K, Chodick G, Goren S, Anis E, Ziv-Baran T, Shalev V, Cohen D. Change in incidence of clinic visits for all-cause and rotavirus gastroenteritis in young children following the introduction of universal rotavirus vaccination in Israel. Euro Surveill. 2015;20(42).

 Bassal R, Schejter E, Bachar R, Perri T, Korach J, Jakobson-Setton A, Ben-David LH, Cohen D, Keinan-Boker L. Risk Factors for Cervical Cancer and CIN3 in Jewish Women in Israel - Two Case Control Studies. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2016;17(4):2067-73.

Trends in the Epidemiology of Campylobacteriosis in Israel (1999-2012). Bassal R, Lerner L, Valinsky L, Agmon V, Peled N, Block C, Keller N, Keness Y, Taran D, Shainberg B, Ken-Dror S, Treygerman O, Rouach T, Lowenthal S, Shohat T, Cohen D. Foodborne Pathog Dis. 2016;13(8):448-55.


Baker KS, Dallman TJ, Behar A, Weill FX, Gouali M, Sobel J, Fookes M, Valinsky L, Gal-Mor O, Connor TR, Nissan I, Bertrand S, Parkhill J, Jenkins C, Cohen D, Thomson NR. Travel and Community Based Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Shigella sonnei Lineage among International Orthodox Jewish Communities. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016;22(9):1545-53.


Glatman-Freedman A, Kaufman Z, Kopel E, Bassal R, Taran D, Valinsky L, Agmon V, Shpriz M, Cohen D, Anis E, Shohat T. Near real-time space-time cluster analysis for detection of enteric disease outbreaks in a community setting. J Infect. 2016;73(2):99-106.

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