Israeli Post-doctoral Fellows

2019-2020

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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