Israeli Post-doctoral Fellows

2019-2020

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2018-2019

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
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. Anna Evtushenko, and Mor Naaman, The Role of Source, Headline and Expressive Responding in Political News Evaluation. "Computation+ Journalism Symposium, 2019.
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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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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 Jerusalem 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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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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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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