U.S. Post-doctoral Fellows

2019-2020

Hillary Craddock

Hillary Craddock

University of Maryland -> Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Hillary Craddock was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Assessing antibiotic resistance in Israeli Bedouin communities at the nexus of wastewater management, livestock health, and agricultural products” at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. During this project, she will investigate antibiotic resistant bacteria in wastewater produced by Bedouin communities in the Negev, as well as the transmission of antibiotic resistant bacteria to livestock and agricultural products.
Her PhD research was performed in Professor Amy Sapkota’s lab as part of the CONSERVE Center of Excellence at the Nexus of Sustainable Water Reuse, Food, and Health, and her research focused on off-grid wastewater treatment for agricultural reuse, antibiotic and herbicide residues in greywater, antibiotic resistant bacteria in greywater, and the consumer acceptance of wastewater reuse. Upon completion of her PhD, Hillary accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Jacob Moran-Gilad’s laboratory.

Hillary’s recent publications include:
Panthi, S., Sapkota, A. R., Raspanti, G., Allard, S., Bui, A., Craddock, H. C., ... & Callahan, M. T. (2019). "Pharmaceuticals, herbicides, and disinfectants in agricultural water sources".
Environmental Research. (In press)
Craddock, H. A., Huang, D., Turner, P. C., Quirós-Alcalá, L., & Payne-Sturges, D. C. (2019). "Trends in neonicotinoid pesticide residues in food and water in the United States, 1999–
2015". Environmental Health, 18(1), 7.
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Allyson Gonzalez

Allyson Gonzalez

Yale University ->The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Allyson Gonzalez was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, “Petitions of Love: Antisemitism and Modern Sephardi Citizenship,” at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. This research examines the affective practices of modern Sephardi citizenship based on extensive archival research and periodicals from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Working under the supervision of David Bunis, and in dialogue with other local scholars, Gonzalez will study the connections between antisemitism, the rise of modern philo-Sephardism, and modern Sephardi emigration and naturalization. From 2017 to 2019, Gonzalez was the Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Fellow for Modern Jewish Studies at Yale University.

Allyson’s recent publications include:
“Abraham S. Yahuda (1877-1951) and the Politics of Modern Jewish Scholarship,” Jewish Quarterly Review (forthcoming, summer 2019).
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Leilah Krounbi

Leilah Krounbi

Cornell University -> Weizmann Institute of Science
Leilah Krounbi was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Patterned nucleation and crystal growth mediated by organic macromolecules: searching for nature’s instruction manual” at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. In elucidating the function of polysaccharides during nucleation and growth of calcite in cellular vesicles of marine phytoplankton, we hope to identify general mechanisms for biochemical templating of unique crystal structures. Her PhD research was conducted at Cornell University in the lab of Johannes Lehmann, together with stakeholders of the Gates’ Foundation ‘Reinvent the Toilet Project’. Working in informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya, she created a novel fertilizer by pyrolyzing the solid fraction of human waste into which nitrogen salts were precipitated from ammonia volatilizing from urine, and carbon dioxide emitted from the pyrolysis reactor. Through her postdoctoral research with Dr. Assaf Gal at the Weizmann Institute, she hopes to broaden her knowledge and practice of analytical tools toward the development of biological crystal membranes for water treatment.

Leilah's Recent publications include:
Krounbi, L., van Es, H., Karanja, N. and Lehmann, J., 2018. Nitrogen and Phosphorus Availability of Biologically and Thermochemically Decomposed Human Wastes and Urine in
Soils With Different Texture and pH. Soil Science, 183(2), pp.51-65.
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Vivian A. Laughlin

Vivian A. Laughlin

Andrews University -> The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Vivian A. Laughlin was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Serapis and Isis in Ancient Judea and Palestine” under Professor Orit Peleg- Barkat at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. This research will continue her dissertation’s evidence of Roman emperors using religious and imperial influence through the appropriation of various deities, specifically Serapis and Isis. However, this post-doctoral project investigates two particular aspects of the cults of Serapis and Isis: first, the diasporic evidence of the Hellenistic-Egyptian cults of Serapis and Isis as they moved from Hellenistic-Egypt to Judea and Palestine; and second, indications of the cults of Serapis and Isis within a Romanized ancient Judean and Palestinian society.

Vivian’s recent publications include:
Laughlin, Vivian A., 2016. "The Architectural Patronage and Political Prowess of Herod the Great". Journal of Ancient History and Archaeology 3.2: 13-24.
Laughlin, Vivian A., 2015. "A Brief Overview of al Jinn within Islamic Cosmology and Religiosity". Journal of Adventist Mission Studies 11: 67-78.
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Carl Merrigan

Carl Merrigan

Brandeis University -> Tel Aviv University
Carl Merrigan was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “The Role of Particle Shape and Crowding for Dynamics of Dense Active Materials” at Tel Aviv University, where he will join the research group of Professor Yair Shokef. This research will seek to elucidate the effects of active self-propulsion forces on the dynamics of dense liquids near to glass transitions by using efficient Monte Carlo simulations. His PhD research was conducted at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, in which he studied assemblies of self-propelled cross-shaped particles to investigate the nonequilibrium dynamical arrest created when particles do not rotate, or when neighboring particles block each other from rotating. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Bulbul Chakraborty.

Carl’s recent publications include:
R. Chatterjee, N. Segall, C. Merrigan, K. Ramola, B. Chakraborty, and Y. Shokef. Motion of active tracer particle in a lattice gas with cross-shaped particles. J. Chem. Phys. (under
review) (2018).
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Rivkah Rogawski

Rivkah Rogawski

Columbia University -> Weizmann Institute of Science
Rivkah Rogawski was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “The Link Between Metabolism and Protein Degradation via the 20S Proteasome” at the Weizmann Institute of Science. This research will investigate the role of the free 20S proteasome in the cellular response to metabolic stress. Her Ph.D. research was conducted in the lab of Ann McDermott at Columbia University and focused on applications of dynamic nuclear polarization solid state NMR. Upon completion of her Ph.D., Rivkah accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in Professor Michal Sharon’s laboratory.

Rivka’s recent publications include:
Rogawski, R. Zhang, Y., Tran, T.H., Sergeyev, I., Li, Y., Tong, L., and McDermott, A.E. NMR Signal Quenching from Bound Biradical Affinity Reagents in DNP Samples. J. Phys. Chem. B (2017) 121:10770-10781
Rogawski, R.* Sergeyev, I.*; Li, Y; Ottoviani, F; Cornish, V; McDermott, A (2017). DNP Signal Enhancement with High Affinity Biradical Tags. J. Phys. Chem. B (2017) 121: 1169-1175.
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Brian Ross

Brian Ross

Johns Hopkins University -> Weizmann Institute of Science
Brian Ross was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project entitled “Directed co-evolution of protein kinases and their substrates” at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel in the laboratory of Professor Dan Tawfik. In the course of the project, he will study how new signaling pathways evolve through changes of specificity of enzymes to their substrates. Specifically, he will be studying a family of enzymes called eukaryotic protein kinases, which form signaling cascades that are responsible for allowing a cell to process information from its environment and respond. By mimicking natural evolution of enzymes in the lab using directed evolution techniques, he aims to uncover the fundamental principles behind emergence of new protein kinase cascades in the evolutionary process. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University (which included research at University of California, San Diego, as well) in the laboratory of Professor Jin Zhang, where he developed fluorescent protein-based genetically encodable tools for monitoring cell signaling activities,
such as protein kinase activity, in real time in live cells.
Brian’s recent publications include:
R. Hard, N. Li, W. He, B. Ross, G. C. H. Mo, Q. Peng, R. Stein, E. Conives, Y. Wang, J. Zhang, W. Wang. “Deciphering and Engineering Chromodomain-Methyllysine Peptide Recognition.” Science Advances. Vol 4, no. 11: eaau1447 (2018).
B. L. Ross, B. Tenner, M. L. Markwardt, A. Zviman, G. Shi, J. P. Kerr, N. Snell, J. McFarland, J. Mauban, C. W. Ward, M. A. Rizzo, J. Zhang. “Single-Color, Ratiometric Biosensors for Detecting Signaling Activities in Live Cells.” eLife, 7: e35458 (2018).
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Abby Wells

Abby Wells

Alvernia University -> University of Haifa
Abby Wells was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “What should we think about making aliyah? Racial minoritization and Ethiopian absorption since the modern period” under Professor Uri Ben-Eliezer at the University of Haifa. This project investigates how immigration to Israel functions differently for black and brown Jewish people, taking as its foundation a critical engagement with late nineteenth to twenty-first century sources of Ethiopian Jewish history, identity, and absorption. Her PhD research was conducted under the direction of Professor Tim H. Blessing at Alvernia University and focused on narrative discourse raised by critical historical perspectives on black Jewish life in the Americas. A leadership scholar and ethnohistorian, Abby seeks to bring new attention to the development of a subfield of black Jewish history within Jewish studies.
Abby’s recent publications include:
Wells, E. A. (2013). "What is HR leadership?: A twenty-first century perspective". Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership, 11(2), 1-7
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