Israeli Post-doctoral Fellows

2020-2021

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2019-2020

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2018-2019

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2017-2018

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2016-2017

Britt Hadar

Britt Hadar

Tel Aviv University -> New York University

Britt Hadar was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “The Effect of Social Power on the Exploration-Exploitation Dilemma”.

Britt has a BA in psychology and philosophy, MA in cognitive psychology, and a PhD in social psychology, all from Tel Aviv University. Britt’s research explores how sense of social power affects basic information processing mechanisms.

In her postdoctoral research at New York University she will combine cognitive and computational techniques to study how sense of social power affects the tradeoff between exploration and exploitation in decision making.

Britt’s recent publications include:

Hadar, B., Luria, R., & Liberman, N. (2019). "Induced social power improves visual working memory. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 46(2), 285-297.

Hadar, B., Luria, R., & Liberman, N. (2019). Concrete mindset impairs filtering in visual working memory. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review ,26, 1917-1924.

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Gal Mendelson

Gal Mendelson

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology -> Stanford University

Gal Mendelson was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project focusing on data driven resource utilization. He is particularly interested in developing and analyzing a data driven load balancing framework for computer cluster applications such as data centers and cloud computing.  In his PhD degree in Electrical Engineering, he worked on the design and analysis of new load balancing algorithms for systems with challenging resource constraints and performance cost tradeoffs in the areas of low communication, replication and cancellation and consistent hashing. Gal’s work on diffusion scale analysis of time varying queueing networks was awarded the 2019 Informs Applied Probability Society best student paper award.

Gal’s recent publications include:

Atar, R., Keslassy, I., & Mendelson, G. (2019). “Subdiffusive Load Balancing in Time-Varying Queueing Systems.” Operations Research67(6), 1678-1698.

Atar, R., Keslassy, I., Mendelson, G., Orda, A., & Vargaftik, S. (2019). Persistent-idle load-distribution. To appear in Stochastic Systems.

Atar, R., Keslassy, I., & Mendelson, G. (2019). Replicate to the shortest queues. Queueing Systems92(1-2), 1-23.

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Israel Kellersztein

Israel Kellersztein

Weizmann Institute of Science -> California Institute of Technology

Israel Kellersztein was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled: “Bioinspired Bouligands: Length-scale Matters” at Caltech. This research will investigate the origins of structural robustness in helicoidal architectures to attain a better scientific understanding on how  nature  uses  hierarchical structures to manage different mechanical stresses to maximize functionality, leading to synthetic bioinspired composite materials with enhanced structural properties.

Israel’s PhD research at the Weizmann Institute of Science studies the relationship between structure and mechanical performance of the exoskeleton of scorpion pincers at different length-scales. By studying these biological composites, Israel is working  to  determine the design  principles  to  create engineering materials with superior strength and toughness.

Israel has been involved in youth education programs, developing hands-on lab projects suitable for the age group and skills of the young participants and mentoring them throughout their projects.

Israel’s recent publications include:

Kellersztein, I., Cohen, S. R., Bar-On, B. & Wagner, H. D. The exoskeleton of scorpions’ pincers: structure and micro-mechanical properties. Acta Biomater. 94, 565–573 (2019).

Kellersztein, I.*, Greenfeld, I.*, & Wagner, H.D. Nested helicoids in biological microstructures. Nat Commun 11, 224 (2020). *Equal contribution

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Leena Badran

Leena Badran

University of Haifa -> University of California Berkeley

Leena Badran was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Protecting the Health of People with Severe Mental Illness: The Role of Outpatient Commitment” at the University of California Berkeley. The proposed project aims to decide on the best service approach to help people with severe mental illness (SMI) improve their physical health and reduce their vulnerability to life-threatening conditions resulting from physical health problems. Her PhD research focused on the recommendations among Imams and Muslim social workers towards marriage, divorce and parenting of persons with intellectual or psychiatric disabilities based on vignettes which compiled based on rulings of the Sharia courts in Israel.

Her dissertation won “Ora Gilbar Award” – for outstanding PhD proposal and the “Council for Higher Education – Planning & Budgeting Committee” Scholarship for outstanding PhD students in Israel. Leena holds a B.A in Social Work from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with distinction and MA with distinction in the community Social Work from University of Haifa.

Leena’s recent publications include:

Gur, A., Gnaeem-Badran, L., & Stein. M. A. (2020). Social worker perspectives on marriage and parenting among Muslim men with intellectual disabilities in Israel, Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2019.1704346

Gur, A., Gnaeem-Badran, L., & Stein. M. A. (accepted). The Role of Grandparents in

Israeli Muslim Families with Intellectually Disabled Fathers: Social Workers' Perspectives, Journal of Social Work. 

Gnaeem-Badran, L., & Gur, A. (accepted). Parenthood with Intellectual-Developmental Disabilities in Arab Society in Israel, Social Issues in Israel (Hebrew).

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Maayan Keshev

Maayan Keshev

Tel Aviv University -> University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Maayan Keshev was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled "The interaction of discourse and syntax in language comprehension: A cross-linguistic study of person agreement".

The project will focus on the robustness of linguistic representations in incremental sentence comprehension, asking how well readers manage to get to the end of the sentence with a precise memory of what they previously processed. Specifically, the project aims to exhibit, using eyetracking-while-reading experiments, that the sentence’s meaning may interfere with memory of syntactic features.

In her PhD research, Maayan investigated the extent to which readers consider the possibility of minor errors (e.g. typos). She suggests that readers use rational inference considering the possibility of errors, and elaborate frequency mapping of different sentence types.

Maayan was a fellow of Arian de Rothschild fellowship for women doctoral (2016-2020). She also holds a M.Sc. from Sagol School of Neuroscience and graduated from the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students (both at Tel Aviv University).

Maayan’s recent publications include:

Keshev, M. & Meltzer-Asscher A. (2020). The effects of syntactic pressures and pragmatic considerations on predictive dependency formation. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 35(2), 256–272.

Keshev, M. & Meltzer-Asscher A. (2019). A processing-based account of subliminal wh-island effects. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 37(2), 621-657.

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Muhammad Khatib

Muhammad Khatib

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology -> Stanford University

Muhammad Khatib was awarded the Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “A Tissue-Like Electrically and Chemically Functional Platform for Neural Recording and Modulation” at Stanford University. This research aims to explore new multifunctional devices capable of forming intimate interfaces with neurons without provoking severe foreign-body responses. This would facilitate the detailed mapping of neural activities and serve as efficient neuroprosthetic links with electronic circuits. Such devices can be used for tackling fundamental questions in neuroscience and as powerful tools for treatment of neurological diseases. His PhD research focused on the development of soft sensing materials and electronic skins for wearable diagnostic applications, robotics, and prosthetics.

Muhammad’s recent publications include:

M. Khatib, T.-P. Huynh, Y. Deng, Y. D. Horev, W. Saliba, W. Wu, and H. Haick. "A freestanding stretchable and multifunctional transistor with intrinsic self‐healing properties of all device components." Small 15, no. 2 (2019): 1803939.

M. Khatib, T.-P. Huynh, J. J. Sun, T. T. Do, P. Sonar, F. Hinkel, K. Müllen, and H. Haick. "Organic Transistor Based on Cyclopentadithiophene‐Benzothiadiazole Donor–Acceptor Copolymer for the Detection and Discrimination between Multiple Structural Isomers." Advanced Functional Materials 29, no. 9 (2019): 1808188.

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Natalie Fardian Melamed

Natalie Fardian Melamed

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Columbia University

Fulbright-ISEF fellow, Natalie Fardian-Melamed was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research focusing on investigating and controlling light-matter interactions at the nanoscale, and using light to probe local environments, revealing unique physical and chemical behaviors at relevant length scales and in real conditions. 

Throughout her PhD research, Natalie has measured and characterized the electronic level structure and morphology of various novel DNA-based molecules at different temperatures, through single molecule scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy (STM and STS) studies.

In the course of her postdoctoral studies, Natalie intends on developing an optical analog to the STM probe, enabling the elucidation of optoelectronic properties of unique, and technologically relevant, nanostructures - on the single-digit nanometer length scale.

Natalie’s recent publications include:

Fardian-Melamed N, Eidelshtein G, Rotem D, Kotlyar A and Porath D (2020). “Temperature Dependence of the STM Morphology and Electronic Level Structure of Silver-Containing DNA”. Small, 16(5), 1905901

Fardian-Melamed N, Eidelshtein G, Rotem D, Kotlyar A and Porath D (2019). “Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Spectroscopy of Novel Silver-Containing DNA Molecules”. Advanced Materials, 31(35), 1902816

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Neomi Frisch Aviram

Neomi Frisch Aviram

University of Haifa -> The University of Chicago

Neomi Frisch-Aviram was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Street Level Identities: Exploring Street Level Worker's Identity from a Micro, Meso, and Macro-Level Perspective”. In her PhD at the University of Haifa, she studied street- level policy entrepreneurship training in public organizations. In her postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago, she will combine theoretical and experimental approaches to explore how personal, organizational and cultural identities of street level bureaucrats relate to each other to affect decision making, and in turn, public service delivery. Neomi has a B.A degree in sociology and Jewish philosophy from the Hebrew University and an M.A degree in political science from the Hebrew University. Neomi is the recipient of ASPA's Best Paper Award (2017), ASPA's Founders' Fellows Award (2018) and the University of Haifa Public Administration Division Prize for Excellence (2019). Neomi's postdoctoral project aims to help policy makers and public administration managers as they work to construct programs and policies for preparing and maintaining a high-quality public service.

Neomi's recent publications include:

Neomi Frisch-Aviram, Itai Beeri and Nissim Cohen (2019). "Entrepreneurship in the Policy Process: Connecting Behavior and Context Using a Systematic Review of Policy Entrepreneurship Literature". Public Administration Review.

Neomi Frisch-Aviram, Nissim Cohen and Itai Beeri. (2019). "Linking Policy Entrepreneurship Characteristics and Strategies: Insights from A Systematic Review of 229 Case-studies". Policy Studies Journal.

Neomi Frisch-Aviram, Nissim Cohen and Itai Beeri. (2018). "Low-Level Bureaucrats, Local Government Regimes and Policy Entrepreneurship". Policy Sciences.

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Noa Katz

Noa Katz

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology -> Stanford University

Noa Katz was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled "Programming Safe Neurogenesis with Synthetic Biology". This research will implement engineering-inspired therapeutic strategies to enhance nerve regeneration, without compromising safety. This will be achieved by implementing Synthetic Biology tools to apply quantitative and precise control over axon regeneration at the injured site. Her PhD research focused on the application aspect of protein-RNA interactions, as well as basic insight on a structure-function relationship of RNA. More specifically, she implemented high-throughput experimental techniques with machine learning approaches to improve RNA imaging technology.

Noa’s recent publications include:

Katz, N., Cohen, R., Solomon, O., Kaufmann, B., Atar, O., Yakhini, Z., Goldberg, S., and Amit, R. (2019). Synthetic 5′ UTRs Can Either Up- or Downregulate Expression upon RNA-Binding Protein Binding. Cell Systems. 10.1016/j.cels.2019.04.007.

Katz, N., Cohen, R., Atar, O., Goldberg, S., Amit, R. (2019) An Assay for Quantifying Protein-RNA Binding in Bacteria. Journal of Visualized Experiment. (148), e59611, doi:10.3791/59611.

Katz, N., Cohen, R., Solomon, O., Kaufmann, B., Atar, O., Yakhini, Z., Goldberg, S., and Amit, R. (2018) An in Vivo Binding Assay for RNA-Binding Proteins Based on Repression of a Reporter Gene. ACS Synthetic Biology. 7, 12, 2765-2774. Accepted for journal supplementary cover art.

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Ofir Yehuda Haim

Ofir Yehuda Haim

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Princeton University

Ofir Haim was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “On the Fringes of the Iranian World: The Social History of Medieval Afghanistan in Light of the Afghan Geniza”. The project explores the early Islamic history of the eastern Iranian world and the neighboring regions by viewing the society both “from below” and from its territorial and denominational fringes. It is based on an analysis of the “Afghan Geniza,” a rich trove of texts in a variety of languages, principally Persian, Arabic and Hebrew, which is still not fully available to the broader academic community. His PhD research, conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focused on the intellectual and religious heritage of the Jewish Persian-speaking communities during the first centuries of Islam. During his doctoral studies, Ofir was the recipient of the Rotenstreich scholarship for outstanding PhD students.

Ofir’s recent publications include:

Haim, O. “Acknowledgment deeds (iqrārs) in Early New Persian from the Area of Bāmiyān (395-430 AH/1005-1039 CE).” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 29/3 (2019), pp. 415-446.

Haim, O. “The Islamic East.” In The Cambridge History of Judaism, Volume 5, The Middle Ages: The Islamic World. Edited by P. Ackerman-Lieberman and M. Rustow. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2020).

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Or Eivgi

Or Eivgi

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev -> University of California

Or Eivgi was awarded the Fulbright Post-doctoral fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Seeing one out of many: Discovering single-molecule kinetics of olefin-metathesis polymerization catalysts” at…. He is focusing on the study of single molecule polymerization catalysts using fluorescence microscopy at the University of California, Irvine. The aim of this research is to open new horizons for catalysis and polymeric materials research. The properties of essentially all polymers, arise from the sum of individual selectivity choices at the single-catalyst level. Yet little is known about this single-catalyst behavior, because it is typically obscured by average catalyst behavior in the bulk. Fluorescence microscopy techniques have the ultimate sensitivity to observe single molecules, freeing the researcher from prior limitations.

In his PhD at Ben-Gurion University, Or developed methods to carry out selective photochemical reactions using molecular UV filters and developed new photoswitchable metathesis catalysts. These catalysts can be used for various light induced olefin metathesis applications including the 3D printing of polymeric materials using light.

Or's recent publications include:

Eivgi, O., Lemcoff, N. G. et al. ACS catal., 2020, 10, 2033

Eivgi, O., Lemcoff, N. G. et al. ACS catal., 2018, 8, 6413

Eivgi, O., Lemcoff, N. G. et al. Org Lett., 2015, 17, 740

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Roy Zektzer

Roy Zektzer

Hebrew university of Jerusalem

Roy Zektzer was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research on constructing a nano-scale electro-optic quantum interface. Roy plans to develop nano-photonic devices that could strongly interact with Q-bits embedded in solid crystals while preserving their long coherence time.  These Q-bits can be manipulated by RF signals and optical signals, enabling communication between quantum computers and quantum sensors.

Roy received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D.  degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Roy’s Ph.D. work deals with the challenge and the opportunity of integrating atoms (rubidium) and molecules (Acetylene) with nano-photonic devices. By precisely controlling light-matter interactions, Roy was able to fabricate and demonstrate chip scale devices that excite atoms in the same way as in a bulky free space system, with centimeters long interaction regions. Such excitation is achieved using circularly polarized light and with no excess broadening and decoherence.

Roy's recent publications include:

Roy Zektzer, Eliran Talker, Yefim Barash, Noa Mazurski, Uriel Levy, "Chiral light–matter interactions in hot vapor-cladded waveguides" Optica (2019).

R. Zektzer, L. Stern, N. Mazurski, U. Levy, "Enhanced light–matter interactions in plasmonic–molecular gas hybrid system" Optica (2018).

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Tamar Rotman

Tamar Rotman

Ben Gurion University of Negev -> Columbia University

Tamar Rotman was awarded a Fulbright post-doctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project “Constructing Identities in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography”. Her project examines hagiographical collections that were written during the sixth and seventh centuries in Italy, Gaul and Spain. The project offers new methods to study the identity discourse in the early Medieval Latin West by combining methods and theories taken from history, philology, literature, and religious studies.

In her PhD research, which was conducted at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Tamar focused on the hagiographical collections of the sixth-century bishop Gregory of Tours. She demonstrated there that these works were written for the purpose of recording the ecclesiastical history of Merovingian Gaul and forging a Gallo-Christian identity. Her study shows that Hagiography is an extremely important cultural product and, as such, it sheds precious and unique light on current events, social changes, political quarrels, religious conflicts, and cultural tendencies. As a post-doctoral fellow at Bar Ilan University, Tamar conducted a study on the auto-hagiography of Gregory of Tours, thus offering new ways to understand sainthood and identity in the early Middle Ages.

Tamar holds a B.A. in Art History and History, an M.A. in History, and a PhD in History. All were received by Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Tamar’s recent publications include:

“Voluntary Martyrdom in Ancient Christianity and the Deaths of Agathonice”, Historia: Journal of the Historical Society of Israel 35 (2015), pp. 5-30 [in Hebrew]

Stefan Esders, Yitzhak Hen, Pia Lucas, Tamar Rotman (eds.), The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Mediterranean World. Revisiting the Sources, Bloomsbury 2019

“Imitation and Rejection of Eastern Practices in Merovingian Gaul: Gregory of Tours and Vulfilaic the Stylite of Trier”, in The Merovingian Kingdoms and the Mediterranean World. Revisiting the Sources, eds. Stefan Esders, Yitzhak Hen, Pia Lucas, and Tamar Rotman (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2019), pp. 113-123

Hagiography, Historiography, and Identity in Sixth-Century Gaul: Uncovering the Miracle Collections of Gregory of Tours, forthcoming in Amsterdam University Press

 

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Yael Milgram

Yael Milgram

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Harvard University

Yael Millgram was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to pursue her research project titled: “Choosing Rumination in Depression”. The project aims to examine whether and how often people who suffer from depression voluntarily choose to use rumination- an emotion regulation strategy associated with depression maintenance and recurrence. Such investigation could provide clues into potential motivational factors underlying the use of rumination in depression.

Yael completed here B.A., M.A. and PhD in clinical psychology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Her PhD focused on assessing what depressed individuals want to feel (i.e., emotion goals), and the potential implications of emotion goals in depression for mental health.

Yael’s recent publications include:

Millgram, Y.,  Huppert, J.D., & Tamir, M. (in press). Emotion Goals in Psychopathology: A    New Perspective on Dysfunctional Emotion Regulation. Current Directions in      Psychological Science.

Millgram, Y., Joormann, J., Huppert, J. D., Lampert, A., & Tamir, M. (2019). Motivations to experience happiness and sadness in depression: Temporal stability and implications for coping with stress. Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 143-161.

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Miri Adler

Miri Adler

Weizmann Institute of Science -> Broad Institute

Miri Adler was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Principles of Cell Communication Circuits for Tissue Homeostasis in Health and Disease”.

In her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science she studies how different cell types communicate through the production of growth factors in order to maintain healthy celltype ratios.

In her postdoctoral research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard she will combine theoretical and experimental approaches to explore cell communication circuits in response to inflammatory cues and environmental stresses. Miri's aim is to study the principles underlying the communication between different cell types that allow tissues to respond properly to perturbations such as injury and inflammation. Understanding these principles is important since it can illuminate how homeostasis is derailed in diseases including degeneration, fibrosis and cancer.

Miri's recent publication include:

Adler, M, Korem Kohanim, Y, Tendler, A, Mayo, A, and Alon, U (2019). "Continuum of Gene-Expression Profiles Provides Spatial Division of Labor within a Differentiated Cell Type." Cell Syst. 8, 43-52.e5.

Zhou, X*, Franklin, R A*, Adler, M*, Jacox, J B, Bailis, W, Shyer, J A, Flavell, R, Mayo, A, Medzhitov, R & Alon, U (2018). "Circuit design features of a stable two-cell system." Cell 172, 744-757 e717.

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Miri Blau

Miri Blau

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Columbia University

Miri Blau was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled "Quantum integrated photonic circuits for Quantum Networks" at Columbia University. This research aims to investigate quantum photonic integrated circuits (QPICs) based on the platform of classical photonic integrated circuits developed for the telecommunications industry. Quantum communications, enabled by quantum photonic integrated circuits, will allow for absolute secure worldwide communications.

Miri’s Ph.D. research deals with space division multiplexing (SDM) for overcoming the capacity crunch experienced in conventional, single-mode fiber based optical communications. She demonstrated how SDM fiber and novel optical networking components can achieve higher capacities at lower implementation costs.

Miri’s recent publications include:

Blau M. & Marom D. M. (2019). "Wavelength Demultiplexer Designs Operating over Multiple Spatial Modes of a Rectangular Waveguide." accepted to the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics.

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Maor Farid

Maor Farid

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology -> Cornell University

Maor Farid was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project focusing on nonlinear dynamics and chaos. He is particularly interested in modelling of mechanical systems, which aim to increase seismic protection of structures and facilities with major national interest.

In his PhD degree, he worked on modelling and exploration of liquid sloshing in partially-filled storage tanks, investigating their robustness for major earthquakes. This study, carried in parallel to his military service as a captain in the 'Brakim' excellence program, was later awarded by the PAZI foundation of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission. Maor completed his PhD in the age of 24 at the Technion. Maor is the founder and CEO of 'Lilmod Lehatsliach' (Hebrew: Learn to Succeed) association, a non-profit organization, aiming to promote youth at risk and undergraduate students from the Israeli periphery. Recently, he was elected on the Forbes list of 30 under 30 for 2019.

Maor’s recent publications include:

M. Farid and O. V Gendelman, “Escape of a harmonically forced classical particle from an asymmetric potential well,” in-preparation.

M. Farid and O. V. Gendelman, “Response Regimes in Equivalent Mechanical Model of Moderately Nonlinear Liquid Sloshing,” Mar. 2017.

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Demitry Farfurnik

Demitry Farfurnik

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> University of Maryland

Demitry Farfurnik was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research on enhancing the quantum properties of semiconductor quantum dots. In particular, Demitry plans to utilize advanced schemes for extending the coherence times (during which a system maintains its quantum properties) of quantum dots, towards the development of integrated quantum photonic devices for scalable quantum information processing on-chip.

This project will strongly rely on Demitry's PhD research, during which he utilized such (dynamical decoupling) control schemes for extending the coherence times of nitrogenvacancy centers in diamond, while demonstrating improvements in magnetic sensing and novel studies of many-body physics.

Demitry's recent publications include:

D. Farfurnik, Y. Horowicz and N. Bar-Gill, "Identifying and decoupling many-body interactions in spin ensembles in diamond." Phys. Rev. A 98, 033409 (2018)

D. Farfurnik, A. Jarmola, D. Budker and N. Bar-Gill, "Spin ensemble-based AC magnetometry using concatenated dynamical decoupling at low temperatures." J. Opt. 20 024008 (2018)

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Valeri Frumkin

Valeri Frumkin

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology -> Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Valeri Frumkin was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Hydrodynamic Quantum Analog Systems Beyond the Faraday Threshold” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This research will investigate the complex interaction of bouncing droplets with Faraday waves arising at a gas-liquid interface, allowing deeper understanding of hydrodynamic quantum analog systems.

His PhD research was focused on developing novel theoretical models for transporting liquids in microscopic labon-a-chip environments by means of the thermocapillary effect.

Valeri’s recent publications include:

V. Frumkin and M. Bercovici, “Dipolar thermocapillary motor and swimmer.” arXiv, (2018).

V. Frumkin and A. Oron (2018), “Nonlinear dynamics of a sustained thermocapillary flow of a thin liquid film in a confined two-layer system under a hydrophobic surface.” Proceedings of the 16th International Heat Transfer Conference, IHTC-16, August 10-15, 2018, Beijing, China. Paper IHTC16-22105. Begell Publishing House.

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Samer Gnaim

Samer Gnaim

Tel Aviv University -> The Scripps Research Institute

Samer Gnaim was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled "Fishing the Bio-active Target: New Opening for Diazirine Photoaffinity Probes," under the supervision of Prof. Phil S. Baran at the SCRIPPS Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.

In this project, he will utilize chemical synthesis to establish the basis for target identification of biologically active compounds, such as; small molecule drugs, amino acids, linear and cyclic peptides. This will be accomplished by simple modification of unactivated C−H bonds of the bioactive molecule with diazirine functional group, used to link the bioactive molecule to its target. Such studies would pave the way for a variety of applications such as tagging of nucleic acids, antibodies, and even enzymes with the aim to understand their mechanism of action.

His PhD research focused on the development of new approaches for targeted drug delivery systems, and the development of self-immolative chemiluminescence probes for diagnostic and theranostic purposes. Samer is the recipient of the “ICS-Prize” for an excellent graduate student awarded by the Israel Chemical Society.

Samer's recent publications include:

Gnaim, S. and Shabat D. "Chemiluminescence Molecular Probe with a Linear Chain Reaction (LCR) Amplification Mechanism.” Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 2019, 17, 1389-1394.

Gnaim, S., Scomparin, A., Blau, R., Satchi-Fainaro, R. and Shabat D. "Supramolecular Chemiluminescence Probes Constructed of Stimuli-Responsive 1,2 Dioxetane and Host-Guest Inclusion for Bioimaging.” Chemical Science, 2019, 10, 2945-2955

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Muhammad Jbara

Muhammad Jbara

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology -> Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Muhammad Jbara was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Macrocyclization of therapeutic peptides to target protein-protein interactions” at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This research is aimed to develop new synthetic method to expand the field of known macrocyclic peptide inhibitors to perturb important Protein-protein Interactions for therapeutic peptides development.

His PhD research was conducted in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. This research focuses on the development of new tools for the chemical synthesis of complex modified histone proteins in order to understand the molecular basis of epigenetics. He discovered novel chemical approaches using palladium complexes to accelerate the synthesis and manipulation of various challenging proteins.

Muhammad’s recent publications include:

M. Jbara, S. Laps, M. Morgan, G. Kamnesky, G. Mann, C. Wolberger, A. Brik. ‘’Palladium Prompted On-Demand Orthogonal Cysteine Chemistry for the Synthesis of Challenging and Uniquely Modified Proteins.’’ Nature Communications, 2018, 9, DOI:10.1038/s41467-018-05628-0.

M. Jbara, S. K. Maity, A. Brik. ‘’Palladium in the Chemical Synthesis and Modification of Proteins.’’ Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2017, 56, 10644 –10655.

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Tammy Katsabian

Tammy Katsabian

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Harvard University

Fulbright-ISEF fellow, Tammy Katsabian was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Managerial “Outsourcing” in the Internet Age and its Implications on Equality and Due Process in the Workplace”. This research examines how the internet age, particularly technological devices based on information sharing, have enabled numerous anonymous new actors to participate in the workplace environment, and to directly affect the employee’s professional track and her right to be protected from unjust conduct or discrimination.

In her PhD research, Tammy focused on labor rights in the internet age. The research is based on sociological, legal, and internet scholarship and is presented in a series of three articles on the effects of the internet age on sphere, time, and community in the labor field. Tammy was awarded the President's Doctoral Fellowship for an Outstanding PhD student and the “Research Fellows” Scholarship by the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University. Her article on Working Time in the Internet Age (Hebrew) received Menachem Goldberg Prize given for an excellent article in the subject of labor law. Tammy has an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School, LL.M. degree from Tel-Aviv University (magna cum laude) and LL.B. degree from Bar Ilan University (magna cum laude).

Tammy’s recent publications include:

Katsabian Tammy, “Employees’ Privacy in the Internet Age: Towards a New Procedural Approach.” forthcoming In Berkeley Journal of Employment and Law. (BJELL) (English).

Katsabian Tammy, “The Right of Income Support Benefit Recipients for Legal Representation – between Theory and Practice, between the Recipients and the Court.” forthcoming in Bar-Ilan Law Studies. (Hebrew).

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Nimrod Jackob Keynan

Nimrod Jackob Keynan

Tel Aviv University -> Stanford University

Nimrod Jackob Keynan was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled "Modeling Temporal Dynamics of the Human Brain Function" at Stanford University. The project aims to conduct deep longitudinal phenotyping of individuals to model both interand intra-individual variations in brain functions across time and its relation to changes in cognitive and emotional processes. Such deep phenotyping of individuals could facilitate the development of novel, personalized and mechanism-based diagnosis and treatment in psychiatry.

His PhD was conducted at the Sagol Brain Institute, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center & Tel- Aviv University. The PhD focused on developing a novel and scalable method for volitional neuromodualtion of the human amygdala to enhance stress resilience.

Nimrod's recent publications include:

Keynan JN, Cohen A, Jackont G, … & Hendler T (2019). "Electrical Fingerprint of the Amygdala Guides Neurofeedback Training for Stress Resilience." Nature Human Behaviour, 3(1), 63.

Keynan JN, Meir-Hasson Y, Gilam G, ... & Hendler T (2016). "Limbic Activity Modulation Guided by fMRI-Inspired EEG Improves Implicit Emotion Regulation." Biological Psychiatry, 80(6), 490-496.

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Ariel Kopilovitz

Ariel Kopilovitz

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> The University of Chicago

Ariel Kopilovitz was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Shedding New Light on Ancient Writings: The Āl-Yāhūdu Tablets and Exilic Biblical Literature” at the University of Chicago. This research will investigate the identity, history, culture, and religion of the Judean exiles in Babylonia during the first generations after the destruction of the First Temple, as manifested in the Āl-Yāhūdu cuneiform tablets and the exilic period biblical literature.

His PhD research was conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and focused on the descriptions of Israel’s future in Ezekiel’s restoration oracles. During this period Ariel taught at the Bible department.

Ariel’s recent publications include:

A. Kopilovitz, “What Kind of Priestly Writings did Ezekiel Know?,” in The Formation of the Pentateuch – Bridging the Academic Cultures of Europe, Israel and North America (FAT 111;J.C. Gertz et al. eds.; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2016), 1041–1054.

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Moran Koren

Moran Koren

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology -> Stanford University

Moran Koren was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled: "Market Design with Incomplete Information: Improving Efficiency of Transplant Organ Allocations.” The research will investigate the efficiency of allocation systems in the presence of uncertainty. Special emphasis will be given to the allocation process of deceased donor transplant organs. By combining theoretical modeling with an econometric estimation, the research will look into the efficiency of existing allocation systems and design mechanisms which better utilize this scarce resource.

Moran’s PhD research, conducted at the Technion, studied questions of information aggregation in economic systems. His research extended the literature of information cascades to novel environments, inspired by applications in economics and computer science. Moran was awarded an Excellence Scholarship by the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion, and have received research grants from the Bernard M.Gordon Center for System Engineering, and the Harold and Inge Marcus Endowment for Technion/PSU IE Partnership. Moran also holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in economics and business administration from the Hebrew University, and a research-oriented M.A. in economics from the joint program of the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University.

Moran’s recent publications include:

Arieli Itai, Moran Koren, and Rann Smorodinsky. "The One-Shot Crowdfunding Game." Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference on Economics and Computation. ACM, 2018.

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Hillel Mali

Hillel Mali

Bar-Ilan University -> New York University

Hillel Mali was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled "From Priestly Literature to the Order of Holy Things: The Relationship between Ritual and Law." In this project, he examines the ways in which ritual language and ritual texts influenced the creation and development of rabbinic law.

Hillel completed his PhD ("Descriptions of the Temple in the Mishna: History, Redaction and Meaning") under the supervision of the late Professor Aharon Shemesh. He joined a research group led by Dr. Naphtali Meshel, "Thinking Rite: A New and Ancient Science of Ritual" at The Hebrew University, focusing on new comparative models for the analysis of ritual systems. Hillel is the recipient of the President's Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students (2014-2018), Nathan Rotenstreich Scholarship for Outstanding Graduate Students (2016-2018), the Orion Center Research Scholarship (2018), and Riklis Prize for Academic Excellence in Jewish Studies (2018). Hillel established the ensemble, "Nigun Yerushalmi," which performs world music played on antique instruments.

Hillel’s recent publications include:

"Priestly Instructions in the Aramaic Levi Document and the Order of the Morning Daily Sacrifice," Megilot 14 (2019) "Conceptual and Ideological Aspects in the Mishnaic Description of Bringing the First Fruit to Jerusalem," G. Stemberger (ed.), Religious Dynamics in Jewish and Christian Context, Brill 2019

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Tom Noah

Tom Noah

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> University of Southern California

Tom Noah was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “How the Sensation of Being Watched Affects Self Regulation in Learning and Problem Solving”.

Tom has an LLB in law and cognitive sciences, an MA in cognitive sciences, and a PHD in social psychology with specialization in the study of rationality, all of them from the Hebrew University. Tom’s research explores how the feeling of being observed by others affects cognitive processes of judgment, decisions, and self regulation.

Tom’s recent publications include:

Noah, T., Schul, Y., & Mayo, R. (2018). "Thinking of oneself as an object of observation reduces reliance on metacognitive information." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(7), 1023-1042.

Noah, T., Schul, Y., & Mayo, R. (2018). "When both the original study and its failed replication are correct: Feeling observed eliminates the facial-feedback effect." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 114(5), 657-664.

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Asaf Ziderman

Asaf Ziderman

Tel Aviv University -> Harvard University

Asaf Ziderman was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research project titled "Humanizing Metaphysics: Toward an Action-Based Ontology." This research project seeks to reconstruct an ontological picture of reality that views the world as consisting primarily of actions. Asaf examines works of the Jewish social thinkers Moses Hess, Karl Marx, Martin Buber, Hannah Arendt, as well as the analytic philosophers of action John Macmurray and Edward Pols.

Asaf’s PhD research project, conducted at Tel Aviv University, reconstructs Buber’s dialogical thought as a philosophy of action. It shows that dialogical philosophy is essentially an internal argument in the field of philosophy of action, namely that an action in its perfected form is necessarily dialogical, i.e. carried out vis-a-vis a ‘You’.

During his PhD research, Asaf was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University for one year. Asaf is currently an Ignatz Bubis Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research center at the Hebrew University.

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Peter Zilberg

Peter Zilberg

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> University of California, Berkeley

Peter Zilberg was awarded a Fullbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Fluid Borderlines-The Elamite-Babylonian Frontier During the Seventh and Sixth Centuries BCE” at the University of California, Berkeley. The study wishes to challenge our perspectives on Imperial control over peripheral areas and to present a unique and well-documented case study of frontier zones in antiquity by examining the case of the frontier between Iran and Babylonia, just before the rise of the Persian Empire (c. 550 BCE). Peter wishes to examine interactions between various ethnic groups and to better understand the impact of imperial powers on the unique cultural, social and economic situation in the frontier.

His PhD research analyzed socio-economic aspects of displaced and migrant minority groups in Babylonia and Iran. Peter was awarded The Rotenstreich scholarship for outstanding PhD students and was previously a member of the Mandel-Scholion research center.

Peter’s recent publication include:

Zilberg P., "Lands and Estates around āl-Yāhūdu and the Geographical Connection with the Murašû Archive." Archiv für Orientforschung 54 (forthcoming 2019).

Zilberg, P., and Levavi, Y., A new legal compendium from the Eanna archive, Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie (forthcoming 2019).

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Moran Balaish

Moran Balaish

Technion – Israel Institute of Technology >> Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Moran Balaish was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled "A Lithium Solid-State Memristor- Modulating Interfaces and Defects for Novel Li-Ionic Operated Memory and Computing Architectures" at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This research will investigate lithium ionic carrier and defect kinetics in oxides to design material architectures and interfaces for novel Li-operated memristors as alternative memory and non-binary computing architectures.

Her PhD research focused on the development of a Perfluorocarbon modified air-cathode/non-aqueous electrolyte system for Lithium-oxygen batteries. Moran aims to fabricate design and investigate Li-type oxides as novel functional ceramic and glass-type oxides in memristors for information storage and computing.

Moran's recent publications include:

Balaish M. & Ein-Eli Y. (2017). "The Role of Air–Electrode Structure on the Incorporation of Immiscible PFCs in Non-aqueous Li–O2 Battery," Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9, 9726-9737.

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Raphael Isaac Benhamou

Raphael Isaac Benhamou

Tel Aviv University >> SCRIPPS Research Institute

Raphael I. Benhamou was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled “Rational Design of Small Molecules Targeting RNA“, under the supervision of Prof. Matthew D. Disney at the SCRIPPS Research Institute. In this project, he will utilize chemical synthesis and chemical similarity searching to develop a library of similar compounds to derive structure activity relationships (SAR) to selectively inhibit miR-210 with minimal effect on other RNAs. These studies will result in novel small molecules with nanomolar activities. Importantly, the results of these studies will identify the required chemical properties in a small molecule that are necessary to afford potent, selective, and cell permeable anti-miR-210 compounds. The collected results will contribute in designing of next generation of anti-miR-210 compounds and chemical probes to validate their targets.

He focused his Ph.D. research on the development of new antibacterial and antifungal compounds targeting the microbial membrane and of novel fluorescent molecular tools to be used as probes to study the mechanism of antifungal drugs.

Raphael's recent publications include:

Benhamou, R. I.; Shaul, P.; Herzog, I. M.; Fridman, M.; "Di-N-Methylation of Anti-Gram Positive Aminoglycoside-Derived Membrane Disruptors Improves Antimicrobial Potency and Broadens Spectrum to Gram Negative Bacteria," Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2015, 54, 13617-13621.

Benhamou, R. I.; Steinbuch, K. B. ; Fridman, M.; "Antifungal Imidazole-Decorated Cationic Amphiphiles with Markedly Low Hemolytic Activity," Chemistry A European Journal, 2016, 22,11148–11151.

Benhamou, R. I.; Bibi ,M. ; Steinbuch, K. B. ; Engel, H. ; Levin, M. ; Roichman, Y. ; Berman, J. ; Fridman, M.; "Fluorescent Probes for Real-Time Imaging of the Azole Class of Antifungal Drugs," ACS Chemical Biology, 2017, 12, 1769−1777.

Benhamou, R. I.; Bibi, M.; Berman, J.; Fridman, M.; " Localizing Antifungal Drugs to the Correct Organelle can Markedly Enhance their Efficacy,' Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/ anie.201802509.

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Chen Edelsberg

Chen Edelsberg

Tel Aviv University >> Stanford University

Chen Edelsburg was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “’The Only Weapon at My Disposal’: Female Hysteria as a Strategy of Resistance in Hebrew Literature” at Stanford University. This research will investigate the portrayal of hysteria in the heroines of Hebrew literature by women writers, and afford deeper insight into hysteria as a literary form.

Her PhD research focused on the Author-Reader relationship in American and Hebrew postmodern literature. This research was conducted at Tel Aviv University. During this period Chen was a researcher at the Kipp Center for Hebrew Literature and Culture at Tel Aviv University and taught at the department of Literature.

Chen’s recent publications include:

Edelsburg, C. (2016). "When the pen is implanted in the body – the female author as cyborg," In, A. Shalev and Y. Ataria, eds., The Post- Human Era: From Fantasy to Eternal Life to Existential Panic, Pardes Publishing House, Haifa, 251-261 (Hebrew)

Edelsburg, C. (forthcoming in 2018). "'If you really want to hear about it': The double address in Salinger's works," Dappim: Research in Literature, Haifa University Press (Hebrew)

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Yael Elster

Yael Elster

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem >> Harvard University

Yael Elster was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Evaluating the Housing Market Effects of the Residential Segregation of Ultra-Orthodox Jews” at Harvard University. This research relies on a theory of dynamic segregation which predicts that once the minority share in a neighborhood exceeds a “tipping point”, all the majority group leaves. Yael intends to examine whether such “tipping points” exist in the Israeli case and to explore the housing market effects of the segregation process.

Her PhD research focused on how the repeated rocket attacks against Israel affect electoral and economic outcomes. Yael was awarded the President's Doctoral Fellowship for an Outstanding PhD student by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University, and have received research grants from the Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research, the Pinhas Sapir Economic Policy Forum and the Swiss Center for Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.

Yael’s recent publications include:

Elster, Yael, Asaf Zussman, and Noam Zussman. 2017. "Rockets: The Housing Market Effects of a Credible Terrorist Threat," Journal of Urban Economics 99: 136-147.

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Tsivia Frank Wygoda

Tsivia Frank Wygoda

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem >> Yale University

Tsivia Frank-Wygoda was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Impossible Homeland, Paradoxical Longing, Shifting Belongings. The Place of Algeria in Contemporary French-Jewish Culture”. This research will analyze the presence, the memory and the function of Algeria in postcolonial French-Jewish culture, from the start of Algeria’s war of independence in 1954 to the present day, through the analysis of major literary works and their reception.

Tsivia’s PhD research on the Jewish-Egyptian poet Edmond Jabès focused on the relationship between work-in-progress, poetics and interpretation of texts; it offered a new contextualization of Jabès’ rewriting of Jewish identity and textuality in post-war France, in the shade of the Holocaust and of the author’s exile from Egypt to France. Tsivia was part of the Honors Program for Outstanding Doctoral Students. Her dissertation received the Hans Wiener Prize in the Humanities. In the past two years, Tsivia has taught literature at the Department of French Culture at Bar-Ilan University.

Tsivia’s recent publications include:

Frank-Wygoda, Tsivia, “Death Chants: Paradigms and Translations in Semprún’s Writing,” Yale French Studies, April 2016, 129, pp. 70-84.

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David Helman

David Helman

Bar-Ilan University >> Johns Hopkins University

David Helman was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled “Forecasting Risks of Violent Conflict Outbreaks in Africa and the Middle East from the Climate–Scarcity–Conflict Nexus” at Johns Hopkins University. This research will seek for direct and indirect relations between climate, water/food scarcity and violence to establish a causal predictive model of potential violent outbreak risks.

His PhD research focused on ecohydrological responses of Mediterranean forests to climate change observed from satellites. Currently, David develops numerical as well as satellite-based water/crop models for early prediction of wheat yield as part of the Israeli Wheat Project (MIzam). He also works with on Precision Agriculture techniques.

David’s recent publications include:

Helman David (2018). “Land surface phenology: What do we really ‘see’ from space?” Science of the Total Environment, 618: 665–673. doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.07.237.

Helman David, et al. (2017). “Forests growing under dry conditions have higher hydrological resilience to drought than do more humid forests.” Global Change Biology, 23(7): 2801–2817. doi:10.1111/gcb.13551.

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Efrat Herzberg Druker

Efrat Herzberg Druker

Tel Aviv University >> University of Wisconsin–Madison

Efrat Herzberg Druker was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Does fertility matter? Changes in fertility and income inequality in the US” at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. This research examines the extent to which changes in fertility contributed to the rise in income inequality. More specifically, the research will examine the intersections between levels of fertility and education levels at the household level and examine the extent to which these changes and patterns contribute to the rise in income inequality.

Her PhD research focused on family demographic changes and the rise in income inequality in Israel. Upon completion of her dissertation, Efrat joined a research project at the University of Haifa that deals with computer use at the workplace and its contribution to the gender gaps in the labor market in the US.

Efrat’s recent publications include:

Stier, H., & Herzberg-Druker, E. (2017). Running ahead or running in place? Educational expansion and gender inequality in the labor market. Social Indicator Research.

Stier, H., & Herzberg, E. (2013). “Women in the Labor Force: The Impact of Education on Employment Patterns and Wages.” In D. Ben David (Ed.). State of the nation report: Society, economy and policy 2013 (pp. 201-232). Jerusalem: Taub Center.

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Deborah Marciano

Deborah Marciano

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem >> University of California, Berkeley

Deborah Marciano was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “The Conformist Brain: a brain study of the influence of social information on decision-making”. This research will investigate the influence of conformity on decision making and its neural correlates.

Her PhD research focused on the electrophysiological correlates of outcome comparison, and used a combination of neuroscience techniques and behavioral economics paradigms. It was conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During this period, Deborah was also the manager of Ratiolab, the interactive decision-making lab of the Ferdermann Center for the Study of Rationality, and she volunteered as a behavioral economics consultant for several governmental offices and organizations.

Deborah’s recent publications include:

Marciano, D., Krispin, E., Bourgeois-Gironde, S., & Deouell, L.Y. (Under review) "Limited resources or limited luck? Why people perceive an illusory negative correlation between the outcomes of choice options despite unequivocal evidence for independence".

Marciano, D., Bentin, S., & Deouell, L.Y. (2018). "Alternative outcomes create biased expectations regarding the received outcome: evidence from event-related potentials." Neuropsychologia Hassidim, A.,

Marciano D., Romm, A., & Shorrer, R. I. (2017) "The mechanism is truthful, why aren't you?", American Economic Review, 107(5):220-24.

Marciano-Romm, D., Romm, A., Bourgeois-Gironde, S., & Deouell, L. Y. (2016). "The Alternative Omen Effect: Illusory negative correlation between the outcomes of choice options." Cognition, 146, 324-338.

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Rinat Meir

Rinat Meir

Bar-Ilan University >> Columbia University

Rinat Meir was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled "Multifunctional Nano-Biomaterials for Biomedical Applications" at Columbia University. This research is aimed to develop and engineer advanced materials for targeted delivery of therapeutics in various medical applications.

She focused her Ph.D research on the development of nanoparticles for cancer diagnostics and targeted immunotherapy. Rinat's research is highly interdisciplinary as it merges chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science and engineering.

Rinat's recent publications include:

Meir R., Shamalov K., Sadan T., Motiei M., Yaari G., Cohen C. J., & Popovtzer R., (2017) “Fast Image-Guided Stratification Using Anti-PDL1 Gold Nanoparticles for Cancer Immunotherapy,” ACS Nano, 11(11):11127-11134.

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Michael Peer

Michael Peer

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem >> University of Pennsylvania

Michael Peer was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research project titled “characterizing the brain’s large-scale space representation system” at the University of Pennsylvania. This research will investigate the neurocognitive systems used to encode cognitive maps of the large-scale environment, and their possible use to map other types of knowledge in more abstract domains.

His PhD research was conducted in the Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. This research focused on disruptions of brain networks in neuropsychiatric disorders, and on the use of similar brain mechanisms to orient in space, time and the social domain.

Michael’s recent publications include:

Peer M, Prüss H, Ben-Dayan I, Paul F, Arzy S, Finke C (2017). “Functional connectivity of large-scale brain networks in anti NMDA receptor encephalitis: an observational study,” The Lancet Psychiatry, 4 (10): 768-774.

Peer M, Nitzan M, Bick SA, Levin N, Arzy S (2017). “Evidence for functional networks within the human brain’s white matter,” Journal of Neuroscience, 37 (27): 6394-6407.

Peer M, Salomon R, Goldberg I, Blanke O, Arzy S (2015). “Brain system for mental orientation in space, time, and person,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(35), 11072-11077.

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Rachel Rac-Lubashevsky

Rachel Rac-Lubashevsky

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev >> Brown University

Rachel Rac-Lubashevsky was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled '"The role of reinforcement learning on control over working memory".

She completed her PhD in Cognitive and Brain Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she also taught courses. In the proposed study will investigate how learning form positive outcomes shapes the voluntary decision that a perceived or remembered information is relevant to be represented in working memory and to guide behavior. In her PhD research, she focused on understanding the neurocognitive properties of the controlled selection of information into working memory and how it differs from automatic selection of information.

Rachel’s recent publications include:

Rac-Lubashevsy, R., Slagter, H.A., and Kessler, Y. (2017). “Tracking Real Time Changes in Working Memory Updating and Gating with Event-Based Eye-Blink Rate.” Scientific Reports, 7:2547.

Rac-Lubashevsky, R., & Kessler, Y. (2016). “Dissociating controlled and automatic updating in working memory: The reference-back paradigm.” Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 42. 951-969.

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Kiril Solovey

Kiril Solovey

Tel Aviv University >> Stanford University

Kiril Solovey was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project focusing on algorithmic aspects of robotics. He is particularly interested in robot motion planning, which aims to allow autonomous robots to effectively navigate in complex environments.

In his PhD degree he worked on multi-robot systems and sampling-based algorithms. During this time he was supported by the Clore Israel Foundation. His two recent publications have received best-paper awards.

Kiril’s recent publications include:

Kiril Solovey and Michal Kleinbort, “The Critical Radius in Sampling-Based Motion Planning”, arXiv, 2017.

Andrew Dobson, Kiril Solovey, Rahul Shome, Dan Halperin and Kostas E. Bekris, “Scalable Asymptotically-Optimal Multi-Robot Motion Planning,” in International Symposium on Multi-Robot and Multi-Agent Systems, best paper award, 2017.

Kiril Solovey and Dan Halperin, “On the Hardness of Unlabeled Multi-Robot Motion Planning,” International Journal on Robotics Research, 2016.

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Ilya Svetlizky

Ilya Svetlizky

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem >> Harvard University

Ilya Svetlizky was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Irreversible (Plastic) Deformation of Materials” at Harvard University. This research will use experimental model system to explore the underlying processes governing plastic deformation, over the different length scales involved.

His PhD research focused on rupture dynamics at the onset of frictional motion.

Ilya’s recent publications include:

Svetlizky et al (2017). “Frictional resistance within the wake of frictional rupture fronts,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 234301

Svetlizky et al (2017). “Brittle fracture theory predicts the equation of motion of frictional rupture fronts,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 118, 125501

Svetlizky et al (2016). “Properties of the shear stress peak radiated ahead of rapidly accelerating rupture fronts that mediate frictional slip,” Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113 (3), 542-547

Svetlizky & Fineberg (2014). “Classical shear cracks drive the onset of dry frictional motion,” Nature, 509, 205–208

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Naomi Yuval Naeh

Naomi Yuval Naeh

Tel Aviv University >> Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Naomi Yuval Naeh was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Imagining the Carboniferous Period: Coal and Nature in Nineteenth Century Britain” At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This research will explore the place of coal in British culture as natural curiosity, intersecting imaginations of deep time, ideals of nature and industrial modernity.

Her PhD research was conducted at Tel Aviv University and focused on plants in nineteenth-century British urban culture. Education - PhD in History of Science, Tel Aviv University - MSc in Biology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - BSc in Biology and Amirim Program in the Humanities, The Hebrew University of Jerusalemץ

Naomi’s recent publications include:

"The Botany Department in the Hebrew University 1948-1967," in The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, eds. Yfaat Weiss and Uzi Rebhun (Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press)(Forthcoming)

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Moshe Yagur

Moshe Yagur

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem >> University of Michigan

Moshe Yagur was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research project titled "Interfaith residential patterns in Medieval Egypt according to Cairo Geniza documents." This research aims to document and analyze dwelling habits of Jews in medieval Egypt and the Levant, and their significance for inter-religious contacts and influences.

Moshe's PhD research examined cases of conversion to Judaism and from it in the Jewish communities of medieval Egypt and the Levant. Systematic analysis of these cases enriches our understanding concerning the way Jewish identity was perceived by the members of the community. During his research he was a fellow at the Center for the Study of Conversion and Inter-Religious Encounters (CSOC). Upon completion of his dissertation, Moshe joined a research project studying the cultural significance of converts in medieval Islamic civilization.

Moshe’s recent publications include:

"The Donor and the Gravedigger: Converts to Judaism in the Cairo Geniza Documents,” in Contesting Inter-Religious Conversion in the Medieval World (Routledge 2017). “Jewish Communal History in Geniza Scholarship,” co-authored with Miriam Frenkel, in Jewish History. (Forthcoming)

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Ayala S. Allon

Ayala S. Allon

Tel-Aviv University -> The Ohio State University

Ayala S. Allon was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Compensation Mechanisms for Filtering Irrelevant Information” at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. This research will investigate filtering mechanisms that can improve individuals’ ability to filter out and ignore irrelevant information in the visual environment. Her PhD research was conducted at The School of Psychological Sciences, Tel-Aviv University, and focused on compensation mechanisms for improving filtering of distractors from entering visual working memory, their neural correlates and interactions of filtering mechanisms with perceptual grouping mechanisms. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Roy Luria. Ayala aims her research to serve as a basis for developing ways that improve filtering processes among clinical populations and for developing practical tools to improve performance in everyday life activities that require filtering of irrelevant information.

Recent publications include:

Allon, A. S, & Luria, R. (2017). Compensation mechanisms that improve distractor filtering are short-lived. Cognition, 164, 74-86. doi: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2017.03.020.

 

 

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Nir Barak

Nir Barak

Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Columbia University

Nir Barak was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “City-zenship: Democracy, Urban Autonomy and National Citizenship” at Columbia University. This research will analyze the relationship between the rising power of cities in global politics, growing autonomy of cities vis-à-vis the state and democratic norms and practices in cities. 

His PhD research focused on environmental political theory in cities and analyzed philosophical, political, social and policy related aspects of transitioning cities to sustainable patterns. This research was conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem under the supervision of Prof. Avner de Shalit. During this period Nir was a fellow in the “Human Rights-Under Pressure” joint interdisciplinary program of the Hebrew University and the Freie Universität Berlin and worked with Prof. Martina Löw as co-supervisor.

In addition to his academic work, Nir has a rich background of working in educational projects with disadvantaged teenagers.

Recent Publications include:

Barak Nir (forthcoming in July 2017), “Hundertwasser – Inspiration for Environmental Ethics: Reformulating the Ecological-Self”, Environmental Values.

 

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Moshe Shay Ben-Haim

Moshe Shay Ben-Haim

Tel Aviv University -> Yale University

Moshe Shay Ben-Haim was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Animal Consciousness and Non-Conscious Processing: A Direct Dissociation Study in Domestic Dogs (Canis familiaris)” at Yale University (in collaboration with the Hebrew University). This research will investigate the possibility of conscious and non-conscious processing in intelligent animals. He completed a PhD in Behavioral Cognitive Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Algom in 2014.   Upon completion of his PhD, Moshe continued to study for a second PhD in Molecular Genetics under the supervision of Prof. Gideon Rechavi from Sheba Medical Center and Prof. Haim Cohen from Bar-Ilan University.

Moshe is also a recipient of the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Recent publications include:

Ben-Haim MS, Chajut E, Hassin R, Algom D., Speeded naming or naming speed? The automatic effects of object speed on performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 2015, 144(2), 326-338

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Tamar Ben-Shaanan

Tamar Ben-Shaanan

Technion - Israel Institute of Technology -> Harvard University

Tamar Ben-Shaanan was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled Molecular and functional characterization of the anterior cingulate cortex neurons regulating physical and emotional pain at the Harvard Medical School in Boston. This research will apply new technologies to characterize the neuronal sub-populations in the anterior cingulate cortex underlying emotional and physical pain.  Her PhD research was conducted at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, and revealed a connection between the brains reward circuitry, which is mostly associated with positive emotions and expectation, and immunity. This research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Asya Rolls. Tamar aims to further investigate how mood-regulating neuronal circuits can affect immunity and physiology.

Recent publications include:

Ben-Shannan TL, Azulay-Debby H, Dubovik T, Starosvetsky E, Korin B, Schiller M, Green NL, Admon Y, Hakim F, Shen-Orr SS, Rolls A. Activation of the reward system boosts innate and adaptive immunity. Nature Medicine. 2016 Jul.

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Eran Cohen Barak

Eran Cohen Barak

Technion - Israel Institution of Technology -> Northwestern University

Eran Cohen Barak was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled “Understanding the cellular signaling impacted by genetic mutation in SHOC2 leading to heart defects, skin dysfunction and cancer” at Northwestern University, Chicago. The aim of this research is to discover pivotal processes in skin, heart and oncologic diseases through investigation of a rare genetic disease, as a model. Eran is a senior physician in the Dermatology department of “Emek" Medical Center, affiliated to the Technion- Israel Institution of Technology, where he received his MD. He is responsible for the hospitalization unit and the pediatric dermatology clinic and as part of his clinical activities, he treats patients with genetic diseases, which are prevalent in the "Emek" catchment area. Eran's vision is to establish an independent research program in "Emek", thus melting advanced clinical and research facilities.


Recent Publications:

Cohen Barak E and Ziv M..Impact of anti-psoriatic therapy on endothelial function. Br J Dermatol . 2015; 1440-6

 

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Ilan Cohen

Ilan Cohen

Tel Aviv University -> Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh

Ilan Cohen was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Large-Scale Resource Allocation Optimization” at the Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. This research will investigate how to significantly decrease the energy waste and monetary cost of large data centers. His Ph.D. research was conducted at the Tel Aviv University and focused on various aspects of online packing and covering problems. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Yossi Azar.


Recent publications include:

Azar, Y., Cohen, I., and Roytman, A. “Online Lower Bounds via Duality.” In Proceedings of the Twenty-Eighth Annual ACM-SIAM Symposium on Discrete Algorithms

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Ohad Green

Ohad Green

Bar-Ilan University -> University of South Florida

Ohad Green was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled “Developing and implementing an online intervention to improve the quality of life of migrant home care workers and the older adults under their care” at the University of South Florida. In his PhD research, which was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Liat Ayalon, at Bar-Ilan University, he investigated the exposure of migrant home care workers to abuse and exploitation and their willingness to report victimization. For his dissertation, he won the Israeli Industrial Relation Research Association (IIRRA) award for scientific work. Ohad is also a social worker, and it is his ambition to combine research with clinical practice to benefit families of migrant workers and refugees.

Recent publications include:

Green, O., and Ayalon L. "Whom do migrant home care workers contact in the case of work-related abuse?". Journal of Interpersonal Violence 31 (2016): 3236-3256.
Ayalon, L., Lev, S., Green, O. and Nevo, U. (2016). "A systematic review and metaanalysis of interventions designed to prevent or stop elder maltreatment". Age and 45 (2016): 216-227

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Yonatan Israel

Yonatan Israel

Weizmann Institute of Science ->

Yonatan Israel was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research titled: “Quantum microscopy”. The project will investigate the basic interaction of quantum states with biological systems and explore methods to improve our ability to observe these systems using microscopes. His PhD research was conducted at the Weizmann Institute of Science and focused on enhancing the sensitivity and resolution of optical microscopy using quantum optical principles. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Yaron Silberberg.

Recent publications include:

Y. Israel, R. Tenne, D. Oron, and Y. Silberberg, “Quantum correlations enhanced super-resolution localization microscopy enabled by a fibre bundle camera” Nature Communications 8 (2017)

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Yael Lahav

Yael Lahav

Tel-Aviv University -> Stanford University

Dr. Yael Lahav was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project entitled “The Implications of Secondary Traumatization on Perceived Health and Leukocyte Telomere Length among Combatants' Wives – Could there be somatic contagion?" at Stanford University. This research will investigate the implications of secondary traumatization on perceived health and telomere shortening, and the role of fusion-in-relationship, among combatants' spouses. Dr. Lahav's PhD research was conducted at Tel-Aviv University under the supervision of Prof. Zahava Solomon and focused on the long-lasting implications of war captivity regarding the physical and interpersonal realms. Upon completion of her PhD, Dr. Lahav continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the Psychology Department at the University of Southern Denmark, hosted by Prof. Elklit.

Dr. Lahav has already published 14 articles, one book chapter and currently is editing a book on PTSD treatment. She is also a clinical psychologist and aspires to continue to combine research with clinical practice.

Recent publications include:

Lahav, Y., Stein, C., & Solomon, Z. (2016). Keeping a healthy distance: Self-differentiation and perceived health among ex-POWs' wives. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 89, 61-68.

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Shai Maayani

Shai Maayani

Technion-Israel Institute of Technology -> Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Shai Maayani was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Electrically-pumped gas-fiber lasers “ at the University of MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This research will investigate the laser effect of internally–pump hollow fibers. His PhD research was conducted at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and focused on optically interrogation and control of capillary waves in a hybrid opto-capillary cavities. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Tal Carmon. Shai was employed in a detector company as an electro optics engineer prior to his PhD.

Recent publications include:

Maayani, S., Martin, L.L., and Carmon, T., "Optical Binding in White Light", Optics Letters, (2015). 40(8): p. 1818-1821.
Maayani, S., Martin, L.L., and Carmon, T., "Water-walled microfluidics for high-optical finesse cavities", Nature Communication, (2016). 7.
Maayani, S., Martin, L.L., Kaminski, S., and Carmon, T., "Cavity optocapillaries", Optica 3.5 (2016): 552-555.
Moore, J., Martin, L.L., Maayani, S., Kim, K.H., Chandrahalim, H., Eichenfield, M., Martin, I.R., & Carmon, T., "Regular oscillations and random motion of glass microspheres levitated by a single optical beam in air", Optics Express,2016. 24(3), 2850.
Kaminski, S., Martin, L.L., Maayani, S. & Carmon, T., "Ripplon Laser through stimulated emission mediated by water waves", Nature Photonics, 2016.

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Sivan Pearl Mizrahi

Sivan Pearl Mizrahi

Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sivan Pearl Mizrahi was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her tentative research titled “Exploring the role of sRNAs in phenotypic variability”. This project's propose is to quantify the dynamical properties of sRNAs regulating networks.  In her PhD research, carried out under the supervision of Prof. Nathalie Balaban and Prof. Itamar Simon, at  the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she investigated cell-cycle variability and its relation to the response to anti-cancer drugs, at the single cell level. Sivan continued as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology at the Hebrew University, hosted by Prof. Hanah Margalit.

 

Recent publications include:

Pearl-Mizrahi S, Gefen O, Simon I & Balaban NQ. "Persistence to Anti-Cancer Treatments in the Stationary to Proliferating Transition". Cell Cycle, 2016;15(24):3442-3453.

Sandler O*, Pearl-Mizrahi S*, Weiss N, Agam O, Simon I, Balaban NQ. "Lineage correlations of single cell division time as a probe of cell-cycle dynamics". Nature, 2015;519:468–471.  (*equal contribution).

Pearl S, Gabay C, Kishony R, Oppenheim A, Balaban NQ. "Non-genetic individuality in the host-phage interaction". PLoS Biology, 2008;6(5).

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Roy Porat

Roy Porat

Tel Aviv University -> Harvard University

Roy Porat was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Reinterpreting Early Chinese Thought by Incorporating Sinological and Psycholinguistic Methods” at Harvard University. This project will investigate the role of language in the theory and praxis of early Chinese thought. He pursued two PhD researches, in Chinese Philosophy and Psycholinguistics, both at Tel Aviv University. The first, under the supervision of Prof. Galia Patt-Shamir, focused on the philosophy of the ancient Daoist thinker Zhuangzi, and the second, under the supervision of Prof. Yeshayahu Shen and Dr. David Gil, focused on the impact of language on metaphorical processing.

Roy is also a recipient of the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Recent publications include:

Shen, Y., and Porat, R., "Metaphorical Directionality: The Role of Language," in B. Hampe (Ed.) Metaphor: Embodied Cognition & Discourse (forthcoming). Cambridge University Press

Porat, R., and Shen, Y., "Metaphor: The Journey from Bidirectionality to Unidirectionality." Poetics Today 38.2 (2017): 123-140

Porat, R., and Shen, Y., "Imposed Metaphoricity." Metaphor and Symbol 30.2 (2015): 1-18

Porat, R., "Layers of ineffability in the Zhuangzi," in L. Kohn (Ed.) New Visions of the Zhuangzi (2015): 119-136. Three Pines Press

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Omri Ram

Omri Ram

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev -> Johns Hopkins University

Omri Ram was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled “The transient flow field that develops and compliant boundary response following cavitation bubbles collapse” at Johns Hopkins University. This project will explore the formation of cavitation bubbles near surfaces, the forces that asserted during their collapse and the coupled fluid structure interaction that follows. In his PhD research, which was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Oren Sadot, at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, he investigated the interaction of shock waves with porous medium. In his PhD he developed new methodologies to predict the applicability of porous barriers as passive protection means.

 

Recent publications include:

O. Ram & O. Sadot. “Analysis of the pressure buildup behind rigid porous media impinged by shock waves in time and frequency domains”. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, 779, 842-858, 2015.

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Daniel Sharon

Daniel Sharon

Bar-Ilan University -> Chicago University

Daniel Sharon was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled “Quantitative structure-function relationships in block copolymer electrolyte films” at the Institute of Molecular Engineering at Chicago University. This project will examine the relationships between the polymer electrolyte materials structure and its transport properties.  

In his PhD research, which was carried out under the supervision of Prof. Doron Aurbach at Bar-Ilan University, he investigated non-aqueous electrolyte solutions for lithium-oxygen batteries. His diagnostic work might help to optimize the electrolyte solutions selection process for future advance rechargeable batteries.

Recent publications include:

(1)        Sharon, D.; Hirshberg, D.; Afri, M.; Frimer, A. A.; Aurbach, D. The Importance of Solvent Selection in Li–O2 Cells. Chem. Commun. 2017, 53 (22), 3269–3272.

(2)        Sharon, D.; Hirsberg, D.; Salama, M.; Afri, M.; Frimer, A. A.; Noked, M.; Kwak, W.-J.; Sun, Y.-K.; Aurbach, D. Mechanistic Role of Li+ Dissociation Level in Aprotic Li–O2 Battery. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2016, 8 (8), 5300–5307.

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Noam Solomon

Noam Solomon

Tel-Aviv University & Ben-Gurion University of the Negev -> Harvard University

Noam Solomon was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project titled “Algebraic methods in Combinatorial Geometry” at the Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications at Harvard University. In his PhD research, which was carried out under the supervision of Professor Micha Sharir, in the Blavatnik school of Computer Science at Tel-Aviv University, he developed and applied tools from Algebra and Algebraic Geometry in the field of Incidence Geometry. An underlying  theme in his research is the study of extremal patterns that simple varieties in Euclidean spaces (e.g., lines in three, four and higher dimensions)  have between themselves. Already in  the case of lines, this problem has numerous applications in combinatorics, motion planning, robotics, range searching and algebraic complexity. Noam also holds a PhD in Mathematics from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and a three-year post-doctoral fellowships at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Weizmann Institute of Science and Technology. 

Recent publications include:

Micha Sharir, Noam Solomon: Incidences Between Points and Lines in $${\mathbb {R}}^4$$. Discrete & Computational Geometry 57(3): 702-756 (2017)

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Dana Sury

Dana Sury

University of Haifa -> University of Chicago

Dana Sury was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project titled “Gestures as a window onto mathematical abilities at different stages of development" at the University of Chicago, Illinois. This research will investigate the relationship between gestures and mathematical abilities in different stages of development as an optional tool for predicting the developmental of mathematical skills. Her PhD research was conducted at the University of Haifa and focused on the neurocognitive mechanisms that stand in the heart of mathematical ability. Specifically, implicit ordinal processing. This research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Orly Rubinstev. Dana is also a clinician specialized in diagnosis and therapy for children and adults who struggle with learning disabilities and, her ambition is to combine research with clinical practice.

 

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Safa Aburabia

Safa Aburabia

Ben Gurion University of the Negev -> Harvard University

Safa Aburabia was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled:  "Between Israeli institutions and Bedouin tribalism: the struggle for land in the Negev among the third-generation to the Nakbah". The research analyzes recent social and conceptual changes in Bedouin Palestinian society through the prism of the struggle over land led by the Bedouin youth movement, Al-Hirak al-Shababi. Their struggle aims for both internal and external change in perceptions of the Bedouin and the social and cultural developments among the Bedouin society in the Negev. 

Safa received her PhD in Middle East studies from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Her PhD Dissertation focused on:" The Gendered Historical Discourse on the Nakba: the Perspective of Bedouin Arab Women in the Negev". This examines gender resistance spaces among Negev Bedouin Arab women. The thesis is based on ethnographic documentation of the memories of the Nakba generation and their daughters, derived from their life stories ranging from the past (before 1948) to the present.

Safa is the Director of the Leadership in the Arab and Bedouin Societies Program in the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev, and lecturer at Ben Gurion University and Sapir College.

Her recent publications include: 2014, ‘De-colonizing Bedouin Arab discourse’, in: Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives, Nasasra, M.& Ratcliffe, R.& Abu Rabia-Queder S.& Richter- Devroe, S. (eds.). Routledge.

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Nana Ariel

Nana Ariel

Tel Aviv University -> Harvard University

Nana was awarded the Fulbright and Israel Institute Post-doctoral Fellowships to pursue her research project: “Belated Avant-garde: Toward a Genealogy of the Avant-garde in Hebrew Literature”, in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She focuses on attempts of cultural innovators to ignite change in the public sphere through aesthetic and rhetorical devices. Her project continues and extends her dissertation which explores the manifesto genre, specifically a corpus of Hebrew manifestos in the fields of art and literature and the diverse rhetorical mechanisms activated by their issuers. Nana served as a lecturer in the Department of Literature and in the Honors Program in the Humanities and Arts in Tel Aviv University. She specializes in literature and rhetoric in a broad cultural context, and also teaches applied rhetoric (public speaking) in academic as well as non-academic frameworks. 

Nana’s recent publications include:

Forthcoming book: Manifestos: Restless Writings on the Brink of the 21st Century (Critical Horizons, Bar Ilan University Press)

“Engagements multiples: la rhétorique du GlobalMay Manifesto” Argumentation et Analyse du Discours, (2015)

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Karma Ben Johanan

Karma Ben Johanan

Tel Aviv University -> University of California, Berkeley

Karma Ben Johanan was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “Religious Mission in the Multicultural West: Jewish and Christian Perspectives,” at the Department of History, U.C. Berkeley. She conducted her doctoral studies at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University, under the supervision of Prof. Aviad Kleinberg (Tel Aviv University), and Prof. Marc Shapiro (University of Scranton, Pennsylvania). Her dissertation, titled "Contemporary Conceptions of Judaism and Christianity in Catholic and Jewish Orthodox Theologies", focuses on Jewish-Christian relations as they were re-crystallized over the last decades in Europe, Israel and North America. She graduated from the Adi Lautman Program for Outstanding Students with an M.A degree summa cum laude in Comparative Religion, from the School of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University.

Karma's recent publications include:

Ben Johanan, Karma, "Wreaking Judgment on Mount Esau: Christianity in R. Kook's Thought", Jewish Quarterly Review 106 1(Winter 2016), pp. 76-100; Porat, Dina, Ben Johanan, Karma, and Braude, Ruth (eds.), In Our Time: Documents and Articles on the Catholic Church and the Jewish People in the Wake of the Shoah [Hebrew] (Tel Aviv University Press, Tel Aviv, 2015).

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Assaf Ben-Moshe

Assaf Ben-Moshe

Tel Aviv University -> University of California, Berkeley

Assaf Ben-Moshe was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his research, under the supervision of Prof. Paul Alivisatos at UC Berkeley. His project is titled:"Following unique formation and transformation pathways of inorganic nanocrystals". In this project, several approaches will be used to observe dynamical processes in the growth and transformation of inorganic nanocrystals. In some cases this will be followed by characterization of unique magnetic and optoelectronic properties that emerge from special crystalline structures, material compositions and shapes of these nanocrystals. In his PhD research in the group of Prof. Gil Markovich in Tel-Aviv University, he focused on natural and induced chirality in inorganic nanocrystals, and the associated physical and chemical properties.

Most recent publication:

Ben-Moshe, A. et al. "Enantioselective control of lattice and shape chirality in inorganic nanocrystals using chiral biomolecules" Nat. Commun. 5 (2014).

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Avishai Benyamini

Avishai Benyamini

Weizmann Institute of Science -> Columbia University

Avishai Benyamini’s post-doctoral research project is titled “realizing superfluidity in 1D and 2D systems” in Columbia University. The recent advances in growth and exfoliation of 2D materials led to the ability to construct new materials at will and by design. In these new materials it is now possible to realize known and even new physical phenomena. Creating superfluidity in a designed material will be a major breakthrough of broad impact.

Avishai received his MSc and PhD in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. His PhD was done in the lab of Prof. Shahal Ilani where he developed a new technique for creating tunable interacting physical systems, based on carbon nanotubes, and realized in them physical phenomena as a tunable electron-phonon coupling and attraction between electrons.

Recent publications:

Real-space tailoring of the electron-phonon coupling in ultraclean nanotube mechanical resonators”. Nature Physics 10 (2), 151-156, 2014. A. Benyamini, et. al.

"Electron Attraction Mediated by Coulomb Repulsion". To be published in Nature 2016. A. Hamo, A. Benyamini, et. al.

 

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Liron Cohen

Liron Cohen

Tel Aviv University -> Cornell University

Liron Cohen was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her project titled "Constructive Ancestral Logic and its Applications" at Cornell University. The main goal of her research is to develop a unified framework for formalizing important set theories of different strength and to use this framework for formalizing mathematics in a way that reflects real mathematical practice. She also investigates computational aspects and applications of this framework, as well as its potential for mathematical knowledge management (MKM).

Publication:

       Liron Cohen and Robert L. Constable. Intuitionistic ancestral logic. Journal of Logic and Computation, 2015.     

 

 

 

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Avner Ecker

Avner Ecker

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Princeton University

Avner Ecker received a Fulbright Post-Doctoral Fellowship to pursue the project "Greek Culture in Judea: the Transition from Ptolemaic to Seleucid Rule" at Princeton University. The project aims to elucidate the administrative, linguistic and subsequent cultural shift in Judea under Hellenistic kings (ca. 200 BC) based on ostraca discovered in controlled excavations. By studying the Hellenistic period Avner is in fact extending back in time his PhD dissertation which dealt with the urbanization process of Roman Judea, where he traced the development of the polis in the region between the 1st century BCE and the 4th century.

Avner's recent publications include:

Ecker, A., "Homer in Herodium: Graffito of Il. 6.264," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 183, 2012, pp. 15-20.

B. Zissu and A. Ecker, "A Roman Military Fort North of Bet Guvrin/Eleutheropolis?" Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 188, 2014, pp. 293-312.

"People and Gods in the Cities of Roman Palestine: a Preliminary Inquiry into the Popularity of Civic Cults," in: Z. Weiss and O. Tal (edd.): Expressions of Cult in the Southern Levant in the Greco-Roman Period. Manifestations in Text and Material Culture, Contextualizing the Sacred 6, Turnhout, forthcoming.

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Yoel Guzansky

Yoel Guzansky

University of Haifa -> Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University

Yoel Guzansky is currently a research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv University. Before joining INSS, he was director for strategic affairs at Israel's National Security Council in the Prime Minister's Office. He was responsible for preparing assessments and making policy recommendations for decision makers on the Iranian nuclear challenge. Over the years he has participated in training courses provided by the US Department of State, US Department of Energy, Israel Foreign Ministry and Israel Atomic Energy Commission. His present research focuses on Gulf security and Middle East strategic issues. He has published in academic and policy oriented venues such as Foreign Affairs, National Interest, Washington Quarterly, Survival, Middle East Journal, Middle Eastern Studies, Orbis, Middle East Policy, RUSI, Comparative Strategy, Mediterranean Politics, the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs and Harvard Journal of Middle Eastern Politics and Policy.

The proposed project aims at providing an informed analysis on the question of civilian nuclear programs in the Middle East, by looking at the following themes:

a) Proliferation drivers/barriers which lead countries in the region to develop, or conversely to renounce civilian nuclear programs.

b) The motivations of Middle Eastern countries to develop functional nuclear programs and the role of U.S. non-proliferation policy – especially the effects of the Iran deal on nuclear decision making in the region.

The project will focus on the potential spread of nuclear power plants and related facilities to states that are new entrants to the "nuclear energy club": UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. It will also seek to identify trends which affect issues of latent proliferation and which make "breakout" towards a nuclear weapons capability likely in certain states.

Recent Books

The Arab World: On the Road to State Failure (with Kobi Michael), (2016).

The Arab Gulf States and Reform in the Middle East: Between Iran and the Arab Spring, (2015).

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Yogev Kivity

Yogev Kivity

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Pennsylvania State University

Yogev Kivity was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled "Mechanisms of Change in Transference Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder: Therapist Interventions, Reflective Function and Self-Regulation" at Pennsylvania State University. His doctoral research was conducted in Prof. Jonathan D. Huppert's Laboratory for the Study and Treatment of Anxiety and focused on the role of emotion regulation in social anxiety disorder and in cognitive-behavioral therapy using behavioral, electrocortical and self-report measures.

Recent publication: 

 vKivity, Y. & Huppert, J.D. (2016). Does Cognitive Reappraisal Reduce Anxiety? A Daily Diary Study of a Micro-Intervention with Individuals with High Social Anxiety. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(3), 269-283.

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Shlomo Mehari

Shlomo Mehari

Technion−Israel Institute of Technology -> Cornell University

Shlomo Mehari was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct a research, titled "Gallium Nitride based Transistors for High Efficiency Power Electronics," at Cornell University. Within this project, novel semiconductor devices for high voltage high current applications will be studied. Gallium nitride is poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, enabling much higher efficiency than silicon. The ultimate goal is saving of up to 10% electrical energy worldwide.

Shlomo received the BSc (2009) in Material Science and Engineering, the BSc (2009) in Physics, and the MSc (2012) in Electrical Engineering at the Technion−Israel Institute of Technology. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at the Technion. During his PhD, Shlomo invented a new method to probe a very important physical property of the interface between the semiconductor and an insulating layer, which plays a crucial role in device performance, called the electron density of states.

His recent publications include:

Shlomo Mehari, Yonatan Calahorra, Arkady Gavrilov, Moshe Eizenberg, and Dan Ritter, "Role of Transport During Transient Phenomena in AlGaN/GaN Heterostructure FETs," IEEE Electron Device Letters, vol. 36, no. 11, pp. 1124–1127, (Nov. 2015).

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Yitzhak Reizel

Yitzhak Reizel

Weizmann Institute of Science -> University of Pennsylvania

Yitzhak Reizel was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research titled "Hepatocyte-specific postnatal DNA demethylation: mechanism and liver regeneration" with Professor Klaus Kaestner at the University of Pennsylvania.

Reizel's dissertation at the Weizmann Institute of Science focused on stem cell dynamics using novel tool which reconstruct cell lineage trees from somatic mutations in microsatellite. This project was in collaboration with Professor Ehud Shapiro. After receiving his PhD, he moved to Prof. Howard Cedar’s laboratory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for his first post-doctoral study, which focused on post-natal changes in DNA methylation. 

Recent publications include:

"Gender-specific postnatal demethylation and establishment of epigenetic memory." Genes and Development  (May 2015) 23-33.

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Dorit Segal Kukulansky

Dorit Segal Kukulansky

Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> University of California & San-Diego University State

Dorit Segal was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research project, titled “The effect of Bilingualism on language, attention and thought,” at the University of California, San- Diego and at San-Diego University State. This research will investigate the effect of bilingualism on attention functions and linguistic control mechanisms. Her PhD research was conducted at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and focused on linguistic, cognitive and behavioral aspects of ADHD. This research was conducted under the supervision of Prof. Lilach Shalev- Mevorach and Prof. Nira Mashal. Dorit is also a speech therapist and her ambition is to combine research with clinical practice.

Dorit's recent publications include: Segal, D., Mashal, N., & Shalev, L. (2015). Semantic conflicts are resolved differently by adults with and without ADHD. Research in developmental disabilities, 47, 416-429. 

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Oren Shlomo

Oren Shlomo

Ben Gurion University of the Negev -> Harvard University

Oren Shlomo was awarded a Fulbright postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project, titled "Analysis of a New Spatial Regime in post-Oslo East Jerusalem" at the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. This project is situated within the study of contested cities and its objective is to investigate new forms of spatial strategies and planning policies in post-Oslo East Jerusalem and their relation to the shifting of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from peace negotiations to conflict management. Oren conducted his PhD studies at the Department of Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University. His PhD research, supervised by Prof. Haim Yacobi and recently awarded best dissertation for the year 2015 by the Israeli Political Science Association, focused on processes of governmentalization and adaptation in post-Oslo East Jerusalem and their manifestation in new forms of governance and administration of Palestinian urban services and infrastructures. 

Oren's recent publications include:

 

2014, co-editor (with Tovi Fenster) of "Cities of Tomorrow: Planning, Justice and Sustainability Today?", (Hakibbutz Hameuchad Publishing House;2014, 280 pages) (in Hebrew).  

Between discrimination and stabilization: The exceptional governmentalities of East Jerusalem. City. (2016) 20:3, 428-440

Sub-formality in the formalization of public transport in East Jerusalem. Current Sociology. (Forthcoming 2016.)

The Governmentalization of East Jerusalem in post-Oslo era.  Theory and Criticism (Hebrew). (Forthcoming 2017.)

Shlomo Oren.  Sub-Formalization in East Jerusalem schooling. Geography Research Forum. (Forthcoming)

 

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Shay Solomon

Shay Solomon

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev -> Stanford University

Shay Solomon was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research project, titled "Real-Life Networks: Sparse, Fault-Tolerant, and Dynamic", at Stanford University. This project will explore algorithms for various network problems, including dynamic matchings and topics related to graph compression.

Shay received his PhD in Computer Science from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His PhD research, which was carried out under the advice of Prof. Michael Elkin, investigated sparse representations for metric spaces. These representations should achieve multiple contradictory properties, such as degree, weight and diameter, simultaneously.

Upon completion of his PhD, Shay continued as a postdoc fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science at the Weizmann Institute of Science, hosted by Prof. David Peleg, and later as a postdoc fellow in the Computer Science Department at Tel Aviv University, hosted by Prof. Haim Kaplan and Prof. Micha Sharir.

Shay is also a recipient of the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship.

His recent publications include: M. Elkin and S. Solomon. "Optimal Euclidean Spanners: Really Short, Thin and Lanky." Journal of the ACM, 62(5): 35, (2015).

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Ilya Soloveychik

Ilya Soloveychik

Hebrew University of Jerusalem -> Harvard University

Ilya Soloveychik was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research at Harvard University. His recent awards include the Feder Family Prize for outstanding research work in the field of Communications Technology in 2015 and the Thalheimer Scholarship from Wolf Foundation in 2016. Ilya's research mainly focuses on the development of novel statistical tools for high-dimensional and robust data processing, and in particular on efficient robust covariance estimation techniques which are ubiquitous in almost all modern Big Data applications. Ilya is going to join the Signal Processing research group of Prof. Vahid Tarokh at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences targeting challenging problems in Random Matrix Theory and related areas. He completed his Ph.D. dissertation in Electrical Engineering at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Among his recent publications is the article "Group Symmetric Robust Covariance Estimation" by I.S., D. Trushin and A. Wiesel at IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, vol. 64, n. 1, pp. 244-257, (2016).

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Leeat Yankielowicz-Keren

Leeat Yankielowicz-Keren

Weizmann Institute of Science -> Stanford University

Leeat Yankielowicz-Keren was awarded a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship to study the tumor-immune microenvironment in breast cancer using a multiplexed imaging platform at Stanford University. This project aims to advance the understanding of early-stages breast cancer by simultaneous imaging of dozens of proteins at sub-cellular resolution within a tissue section and to discover features that predict progression to invasive disease. Leeat received her BSc in Life Sciences in the `Honorary research track for excellent students` at Tel-Aviv University. She continued to an MSc and PhD in Life Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science under the supervision of Prof. Eran Segal and Prof. Ron Milo and studied the effects of gene expression levels on cellular fitness. She is also the recipient of the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship and a mother of two adorable boys.

Leeat's publications include: Keren et al.,"Promoters maintain their relative activity levels under different growth conditions." Molecular Systems Biology 9, 701 (2013).

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