David is a Masters student of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. His research explores the social, functional and historical significance of private open space (POS) in large housing estates and how it has changed over time. Using Yad Eliyahu neighborhood as a case study, David examines how these spaces are unique and fulfill a different function than their equivalent in the typical urban fabric buildings in central Tel Aviv. David hopes that recognition of this unique resource can make both a scholarly and pragmatic contribution to the current urban planning discourse.
Don completed his PhD studies in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary, Canada. He recently started his postdoctoral research at Haifa University in the field of micro-archaeology. His research pioneers a non–invasive Raman microscopy protocol for fingerprinting fish processing residues adhered to the surfaces of stone tools. Don hopes that the research will contribute to refining methodologies for recovering micro–archaeological evidence indicative of fishing industries among ancient hunter–gatherers in Israel, in turn providing evidence for some of the oldest fisheries in the world.
Lena is a Masters student of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. In her research she wishes to highlight the characteristics and strength of architectural graphic representations in forming our spatial, physical and design perceptions. Lena’s research analyzes the varied ways that architectural space is represented through methods that reflect the connection between space and time. Lena hopes to start a practice that combines architectural design with research and critical writing which would challenge certain current views on contemporary architecture.
Michael is a PhD student in the field of Physics at Bar Ilan University. His research extends the study of interdependent and multi-layered interacting networks. Michael aims to create a theory of interacting networks which will lead to better understanding, prediction, and manipulation of large complex systems. Understanding these relations can effectively model real world systems, such as social, ecological, biochemical, physiological and technological systems, and shed light on our increasingly complex world.
Alon Diament is a PhD student in the field of Systems and Synthetic Biology at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on computational biophysical modelling of gene expression. Alon seeks to answer fundamental biological questions related to the 3D organization of genes in genomes, to mechanisms of mRNA translation and to evolution of transcripts and proteins. Using multidisciplinary strategies, he hopes to develop novel computational models that will tackle some of the open challenges in the field such as understanding 3D genome evolution, co-translational protein folding, and ultimately lead to medical applications such as the understanding of human diseases and the development of therapies.
Gabriel is a Masters student at the Azrieli School of Architecture in Tel Aviv University. His research investigates urban renewal projects in the Tel Aviv – Jaffa area and their respond to random changes. Gabriel looks at these processes through the prism of LeFebvre’s philosophy of the citizens’ “right to the city” – their right to take part in the process of urbanization and thus create a city more suitable for its dwellers on the one hand, and more flexible on the other. By comparing the different methods of demolition and regeneration of earlier projects such as Manshiya and later projects such as Kerem Hatemanim, Gabriel hopes to make a clear statement about planning methods and practical implementation.
Nathan is a PhD student in the field of Economics at Bar Ilan University. His research deals with the process of forming expectations and its implications for macroeconomic analysis, stressing the role of information rigidities. By challenging the dominant literature, Nathan hopes to contribute to the new wave of research on macroeconomic expectations, using new approaches and advanced techniques to identify information rigidities in expectations and characterize their nature. He also wishes to extend the new theory to the open economy as seen in Israel. In doing so he hopes to develop recommendations for local economic policy.
Tom is a PhD student in the field of Physics at the Hebrew University. His research focuses on experimental physics in the field of spintronics and topological insulators. The goal of Tom’s research is to use the unique electronic feature of topological insulators in order to control spin currents, both in the presence of super conductors and in the presence of graphene. Tom hopes that his research will provide a new platform for spintronics, which can lead to the generation of new electronic devices with the advantages of increased data processing speed and decreased power consumption.
Ruthie is a Masters student of Architecture and Town Planning at the Technion. Her research focuses on the city of Lodz, Poland, during the 19th century, as a unique example of industrial urban development, influenced by economical, governmental and social circumstances. Ruthie wishes to explore aspects of the city that have not yet been addressed, such as the tension between urban planning and everyday city life, and the Jewish contribution to the urbanity and industrialization of Lodz.
Jamie completed his PhD studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, and is currently pursuing his postdoctoral research in International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research looks at the role of third parties in resolving the problem of credible commitments in internal conflict. He uses the Israeli – Palestinian conflict and specifically the Oslo peace process as a case study to provide insights on conditions in which third parties may or may not be an effective bridge between the two sides. Jamie’s research holds real world implications not only for the Israeli – Palestinian peace process, but also for third-party intervention more broadly.
Dr. Paul Greenham
Paul completed his PhD studies at the University of Toronto. He is currently pursuing his postdoctoral research at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. In his research, Paul investigates Isaac Newton’s use of prophetic texts and interpretative guides—especially those drawn from Jewish and Arab traditions—in Newton’s writings on biblical prophecy recorded in the Yahuda manuscript collection. By knowing the degree to which Newton used texts and the manner of that use, we can determine his novel contributions to scholarship and to both textual and non-textual methods of reasoning in the sciences. Paul hopes his research will contribute to debates on the place of biblical hermeneutics in the development of scientific method and thus to play an important role in wider discussions of the relationship between science and religion.
Dr. Tsipora Mankovsky-Arnold
Tsipora completed her PhD studies in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. She is currently pursuing her postdoctoral research jointly at the Technion and the University of Haifa, in the field of pain. Her research employs the use of quantitative sensory testing paradigms to help characterize a novel potential risk factor for problematic recovery following musculoskeletal injury. Tsipora believes that the findings from her research will help to identify those individuals who are more likely to develop chronic pain and disability, as well as point to new avenues of intervention to improve the recovery trajectory.
Boaz is a PhD student in the field of Psychology at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on intergroup conflicts, socio-psychological barriers to peace-making, and the means to change conflict-supportive attitudes in order to end these conflicts as peacefully as possible. Boaz is working to develop psychological interventions which are based on the paradigm of ‘paradoxical thinking’, and thus contribute to the existing knowledge on attitude change and persuasion. He hopes this will lead to new interventions that can be applied in cases of intractable conflicts such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Ori is a new faculty member at the Hebrew University’s Department of Applied Physics, returning to Israel from a postdoctoral position at the Institute Langevin and Laboratory Kastler Brossel of Paris. His research lies at the interface between physics and engineering, and focuses on developing novel optical imaging techniques to overcome the limitations of current approaches. One important challenge that Ori’s lab will address is the limitations imposed by light scattering on optical microscopy. Although microscopy is one of the most important tools in medical investigation and biomedical discovery, it is currently limited by light scattering to superficial investigations. Ori’s approach challenges the governing paradigms on scattered light. In the coming years, his lab will focus on developing a new kind of microscope, which can peer deeper inside visually opaque samples, by combining light and sound. His multidisciplinary approach brings together advanced optical microscopy and light control techniques, with ultrasound-mediated imaging, and carries great potential for impact on biomedical investigation.
Tally is a PhD student in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, at the Technion. Her research is at the interface between microfluidics and medical diagnostics. She combines analytical and experimental work to develop new models and methods for electrokinetic transport (i.e. motion of liquids and molecules in response to electric fields) in porous media. These methods enable sample focusing and accelerated binding kinetics, and serve as the basis for low-cost, rapid, and highly sensitive diagnostic devices. In the years to come, Tally hopes that her research will enable to bring advanced molecular diagnostics to under-resourced and rural areas.
Rina is a new faculty member at the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Department of Structural Biology, returning to Israel from a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto. Her research couples cutting edge nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments with established biochemistry techniques to provide a better understanding of protein disaggregation at the molecular level. This understanding is necessary for more effective therapeutic approaches in the battle against neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s diseases, and ALS. In her lab, Rina will encourage her students to adopt collaborative and multidisciplinary approaches along with both creative and methodical tactics for problem solving. She looks forward to dedicating the coming years to elucidating how cells can recover from the ravaging effect of protein aggregation, discovering new and critically important insights into the biological molecules that play such important roles in human health and disease.
Oren is a new faculty member at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Life Sciences, returning to Israel following postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Harvard medical school and the Broad institute of MIT and Harvard. His research interests lie in the fields of molecular biology, epigenomics, microfluidics and computational biology. During his postdoctoral, Oren has developed novel technologies to measure epigenomes and study their complex regulation. Recently he pioneered a method that allows to look at chromatin at a single cell resolution which has the potential to highlight mechanisms of tumorigenesis that might even lead to drugs development. He intends to use this platform to ask questions about chromatin regulation and differentiation, which is directly related to a large number of disease-causing mutations, hoping to answer fundamental questions in chromatin biology. As a faculty member, he plans to bring to his teaching a multidisciplinary approach, bridging between biological lab experimentation and complex computational data analysis, and providing future scientists with better tools to address complex combinatorial measurements.
Wisam is a PhD student at Ben Gurion University in the field of Environmental and Science Education. Her study focuses on the residents Bedouin settlements as they undergo a place-based learning program at the Hebron River and its surroundings. In her research, Wisam asks how this place-based learning influences the students’ sense of place, nature attachment and observation skills. Wisam believes that education for sustainable environment is at the heart of environmental literacy, and intends to take an active part in strengthening the connection between individuals and their environment.
Dr. Lital Sever
Lital completed her PhD studies in Biology at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and is currently pursuing her postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in the field of Immunology. Her research focuses on the cellular pathways which dictate the development, survival and function of B cells in particular plasma cells which secrete antibodies in response to a pathogen. By better understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the survival and function of plasma cells, Lital hopes to uncover novel therapeutic targets and new diagnostic tools for autoimmune diseases and hematological malignancies such as multiple myeloma.
Dr. Ziv Shulman
Ziv is a new faculty member at the Weizmann Institute of Science in the Department of Immunology, returning to Israel from a postdoctoral position at Rockefeller University in New York City. His group at the Weizmann explores the cellular and molecular components that underlie successful immune response. His studies focus on generation of protecting antibodies in response to vaccination or pathogen invasion, a process known as antibody affinity maturation. In this process improved antibodies are formed by insertion of mutations into the antibody encoding genes and selection of the best emerging variants. By using a intravital imaging methods and mice bearing fluorescent reporters, Shulman’s group visualize and quantify the interactional dynamics, molecular interactions and signaling events that control efficient antibody formation and selection during inflammation in lymph nodes and intestinal tissues. Ziv’s ultimate aim is to translate his basic science knowledge about the antibody immune response for developing new generations of therapeutic human antibodies for treating cancer patients.
Matan is a PhD student in the field of Neuroscience at the Hebrew University. His research area is gene expression heterogeneity and its implications for neurodegenerative diseases. Using Huntington’s disease as a model, and harnessing systems and measurements which were unavailable until very recently, Matan aims to develop a new understanding of the biological processes and pathways involved in neurodegeneration.
Alexander is a PhD student in the field of Electrical Engineering in the Technion. His area of research is the theory of distributed computing in which he studies the subtle difference among models with infinite concurrency via message passing or shared memory communication systems. By focusing on asynchronous systems, he hopes to shed light on the subtle differences between systems that compute with infinite processes, and develop a unique and innovative direction for improving distributed systems.
Vijayan completed his PhD studies at the Lakehead University in Canada. He is currently pursuing his postdoctoral research at the Department of Life Sciences at Ben Gurion University. Vijayan’s research addresses questions in the ecology and evolution of interactions between predator and their prey in patchy environments. By applying evolutionary game theory to predator – prey dynamics, Vijayan aims to test theoretical models that will predict behavioral strategies between prey and predator under different scenarios, adding important knowledge to the field of animal behavior and ecology.