Alumni 2012-2013

 

Aleeza Gerstein

Aleeza Gerstein

Postdoctoral research in Evolutionary Genetics 
Tel-Aviv University 
Research topic: The effect of genetic background on the acquisition of antibiotic resistance in 'Candida albicans'  (read more)
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Alexandre Mikhailine

Alexandre Mikhailine

Alexander is a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
His research field: Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, using metal-ligand cooperation for the activation of various chemical bonds.
​Current research interests: Study of carbon-hydrogen bond functionalization reactions  (read more)
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Alon Szczupak

Alon Szczupak

Alon Szczupak is a PhD student in the field of Biotechnology Engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His interests lie in the development of biofuel cells, drawing on knowledge from fields of biology, electrochemistry, material engineering and more.  Alon's research focuses on genetically modifying microorganisms to perform in an optimal manner in hybrid biofuel cells, in order to enable the cells to reach very high power outputs. If successful, his project will be a huge step towards the use of biofuel cells as a sustainable and feasible source for green energy.  (read more)
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Eytan Mann Kanowitz

Eytan Mann Kanowitz

Eytan Mann is currently studying for his M.Arch. at the Azrieli School of Architecture at
Tel Aviv University. His research spans the fields of architectural theory, architectural policy, and the history of technology. Eytan focuses on assessing and critiquing the meaning of the architectural model in contemporary architecture. His research will focus on the digital model and its implication on scale and the tectonic.  (read more)
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Giora Alexandron

Giora Alexandron

Giora Alexandron completed his PhD in Computer Science Education at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Currently he is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Online Education Research Group of Prof. David Pritchard (http://relate.mit.edu/ ). His work includes Educational Data Mining to explore the behavior of online students; developing and testing Cognitive hypotheses; and using Machine Learning techniques to obtain Behavioral Analytics and to develop Recommendation Algorithms for Adaptive Learning.   (read more)
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Itamar Gurman

Itamar Gurman

Itamar Gurman is a PhD student at the Weizmann Institute of Science in the field of Condensed Matter Physics. His area of research is the fractional quantum Hall effect, where electrons, which are confined to a two dimensional world, cooled down to sub Kelvin temperatures and exposed to a high magnetic field, behave as new quasi-particles with a fraction of a charge. Itamar is exploring the traits of these quasi-particles, through experiments aimed at measuring their exclusion statistics, the correlation between one another and additional quantum properties. He hopes to open a path to new understandings and questions in the field of condensed matter.  (read more)
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Keren Yizhak

Keren Yizhak

Keren Yizhak is studying for her PhD in the field of Bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on the study of human disorders in which metabolism plays a central role, such as aging, cancer, and obesity. Keren develops novel computational methods to analyze cellular metabolism, by integrating high throughput data with genome-scale metabolic models. Her goal is to advance understanding of the pathogenesis of the underlying metabolic alterations of these diseases, and suggest novel therapeutic interventions to combat them.  (read more)
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Marlin Penner

Marlin Penner

Marlin Penner completed his PhD at the University of Alberta in Chemistry. He is engaged in postdoctoral research at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and in collaboration with a research group at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.  Marlin aims to use the tools of synthetic chemistry to explore the underlying mechanisms of recognition of ubiquitin, a protein that plays a critical role in cell behavior. Using his expertise in synthetic organic chemistry as a bridge to the world of biochemistry, he hopes that his fresh approach and the insights gained from his research will lead to a better understanding of and more effective treatment for implicated cellular diseases.  (read more)
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Meera Nair

Meera Nair

Meera Nair holds a PhD in Communications from Simon Fraser University, Canada. She is currently engaging in postdoctoral research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the field of communication guided by the writings of Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952). Meera's interests lie in the similarities that both Canada and Israel have in terms of development of copyright. She finds Israel's moderate approach to copyright intriguing, set as it is against a global trend which increasingly stipulates that copyright is an instrument of absolute control. Israel's approach is a better model for the world to follow, for it recognizes that creativity is cumulative and necessarily draws from existing intellectual effort. However, to fully capitalize on this domestic opportunity - to reach the heights of intellectual effort spanning cutting-edge research and the fine arts - a broader understanding of Israel's approach is key.  Meera seeks to examine and participate within Israel's current efforts to foster the awareness of fair use, a legitimate exception to copyright, which allows creativity and innovation to thrive.  (read more)
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Meytal Nasie

Meytal Nasie

Meytal Nasie is a PhD student in the field of Education at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on inter-group conflict resolutions in a broader context of inter-group relations. Using the Israeli- Palestinian conflict as a primary case study, Meytal explores the impact of respect and disrespect on conflict escalation, moderation, and reconciliation. Within this context, her empirical research, which is conducted among Israelis and Palestinians, enables the simultaneous examination of the perspectives of both sides of the conflict. Meytal's study emphasizes the importance of education for respect for the other in relationships in general and in conflicts in particular.  (read more)
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Mor Nitzan

Mor Nitzan

Mor Nitzan is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the fields of Physics and Computational Biology. Her research focuses on the analysis of genetic networks and specific regulatory modules within them. Mor explores questions that deal with the way functionality drives architecture and vice versa, the genetic sources of host-pathogen interactions, how organisms can efficiently switch between phenotypic modes according to a changing environment, how different layers of regulation contribute to the functionality of the network, and more.  The insights she hopes to provide can contribute both to effective synthetic design of regulatory mechanisms and to the understanding of the genetic origins of different diseases.  (read more)
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Pinaki Mondal

Pinaki Mondal

Pinaki Mondal completed his PhD at the University of Toronto in Mathematics. He is currently doing postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, using a technique known as 'compactification'. Painters discovered the notion of perspective, which hints at a notion of infinity (e.g. parallel railway tracks meet at a point at infinity). The idea of points at infinity was formalized in mathematics under the terminology 'compactification' and underlies our understanding of many practical problems. Finding solutions to two equations in two unknowns becomes easier if the corresponding curves "behave well" near infinity. Pinaki will be using compactification techniques to study the behaviour of polynomial equations and systems of differential equations with polynomial coefficients.  (read more)
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Tal Levy

Tal Levy

Tal Levy is a PhD student at Tel Aviv University in the field of Molecular Electronics, exploring transport in nano-scale devices. His research focuses on the development of theoretical and computational tools to exploit and understand the limitations and potential of organic solar cells, beginning at the single nano-structure level. By shedding light on the underpinning mechanisms that governs transport and the efficiency of such solar cells, Tal hopes to guide creation of tailored nano-structures, using single molecules as building blocks, and thus contribute to the development of efficient and inexpensive devices that use solar energy.  (read more)
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Tomer Peleg

Tomer Peleg

Tomer Peleg is a PhD student at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology in the field of Electrical Engineering. His research focuses on sparse representation for signal and image processing applications, such as improving images (i.e. photographs) by developing a mathematical language for them. By going beyond classical modeling assumptions, Tomer hopes to provide better treatment for signals and images, which will lead to performance improvement in various applications such as noise removal, blur correction, and more, which are of tremendous importance in scientific and medical applications, as well as non-scientific applications.  (read more)
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Tom Shaked

Tom Shaked

Tom Shaked is currently studying for his M.Arch. at the Azrieli School of Architecture at Tel Aviv University.  His research focuses on the representation of memory through architecture, and how this is affected by digital culture. Tom is exploring the changes that are emerging in the role of traditional architecture in creating physical spaces for commemoration and memorials, due to the advent of the digital age. He hopes to shed light on the relationship between physical and virtual aspects of commemorative architecture.  (read more)
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Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor

Zachary is a Technical Coordinator/Consultant at RWDI Consulting Engineers & Scientists,  QC, Canada
His research field: Civil & Environmental Engineering
Current research & development interests: Wind Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics.  (read more)
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