Alumni 2013 - 2014

 

David Amar

David Amar

David (Didi) Amar is a PhD student in the field of Systems Biology at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on four domains: Modeling human diseases using multiple data sources; differential co-expression analysis of gene expression data and functional connectivity analysis of fMRI data; searching for blood-based biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease; and improving understanding of cellular pathways. By developing novel computational techniques and analyzing multiple diverse information sources, David (Didi) aims to improve our understanding of key biological systems and generate tools that will serve the biomedical community.   (read more)
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Itzhak Berkovich

Itzhak Berkovich

Izhak Berkovich is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in the field of Education Policy, Administration and Leadership. His research focuses on principal - teacher relationships, and the way in which successful principals mobilize their teaching staff through emotional influence. By providing a comprehensive model of the mechanism by which educational leaders structure emotional and organizational reality for their subordinates, Izhak hopes to make significant impact on both theory and practice, including practical applications for mitigating teacher burnout, and enhancing principal -teacher performance, thus forging a general improvement in the complex school environment.  (read more)
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Zhihua Chang

Zhihua Chang

Zhihua Chang completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Alberta, and is currently doing postdoctoral research at Bar-Ilan University.  With bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Science and Technology of China, Zhihua’s PhD studies in Canada were under the auspices of the Chinese Scholarship Council.  His research focuses on applying Galois cohomology theory to infinite dimensional Lie algebras.  He is thrilled to be working with many distinguished algebraists in Israel.  (read more)
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Alex Dauth

Alex Dauth

Alexander Dauth completed his Masters at the University of Vienna and then moved to Canada to pursue a PhD in Organometallic Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.  He is currently undertaking postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science with a focus on developing mechanistically novel iron catalyzed transformations.  Alex is excited by the field of organometallic chemistry as it has the potential to successfully address issues such as production and storage of clean energy, the development of new environmentally benign transformations for the industry scale production of fine chemicals and the discovery of new materials.    (read more)
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Miri Danan

Miri Danan

Miri Danan is a PhD student at Bar Ilan University in the field of Molecular Genetics. In her research, she systematically studies molecular processes at the RNA level which lead to the diversity of human proteins. Her study focuses on the dominant negative inhibitor proteins which regulate function of other proteins. Using computational analyses and innovative experimental approaches to analyze this type of cellular regulation, Miri hopes to provide a better understanding of cancer disease, leading to the development of better means of diagnosis and treatment.  (read more)
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Dror Dotan

Dror Dotan

Dror Dotan is studying for his PhD in the field of Education at Tel Aviv University, after deciding to leave a promising career in software development and pursue the domain he was passionate about – education. Dror’s research focuses on number cognition: he wishes to understand the cognitive mechanisms that the brain uses to process numbers, and the relations between the processing of numbers and language. His PhD research aims to clarify how the brain processes multi-digit numbers and converts them into number words and into quantities. By shedding light on this almost unexplored research domain, Dror hopes to improve the way in which children and adults with learning disabilities or brain injuries are diagnosed and treated.  (read more)
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Alex Goldberg

Alex Goldberg

Alexander Goldberg completed his PhD at the California Institute of Technology in Organic Chemistry.  He is pursuing his postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science, developing environmentally benign catalytic processes using cheap, abundant transition metals. Alex hopes that his proposed methods will lead to industrial applications with limited waste output. He aims to use his time in Israel to establish a foundation for long-term collaboration with Israeli academia and industry.   (read more)
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Yoel Groman

Yoel Groman

Yoel Groman is a PhD student in the Department of Mathematics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yoel’s research lies at the crossroads of symplectic geometry and string theory physics. His research focuses on two related themes. One is open string mirror symmetry, a conjecture in pure mathematics inspired by string theory. The second is the quantitative geometry of holomorphic curves in symplectic manifolds.  Yoel aims to provide insight into mirror symmetry by defining a certain class of invariants, counting open holomorphic curves, whose existence was predicted by physicists.  (read more)
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Scott Hansen

Scott Hansen

Scott Hansen completed his PhD in environmental science and applied mathematics at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and is pursuing postdoctoral research at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  Scott’s research interests lie in foundational issues in contaminant hydrogeology, and the mathematical approach to prediction of groundwater behaviour, called continuous time random walk (CTRW).  By applying basic mathematical research to unresolved issues concerning this theory, Scott hopes to enhance prediction abilities which can help prevent contamination of groundwater, a major concern for both human and ecosystem health.  (read more)
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Hila Harris

Hila Harris

Hila Harris is studying for her PhD in Neurobiology at Weizmann Institute of Science, exploring the relationship between visual perception, learning and memory. By focusing on human vision and the way the brain works to process input and recognize objects, Hila aims to uncover laws of perceptual learning and shed light on underlying mechanisms of brain plasticity and sensory adaptation. This knowledge can help toward the development of rehabilitation methods for the damaged or abnormal brain, such as for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  (read more)
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Delphine Lumbroso

Delphine Lumbroso

Delphine Lumbroso completed her PhD in respiratory physiology and experimental medicine at Laval University in Quebec, and is pursuing postdoctoral research at the University of Haifa.  Her research focuses on the study of hypoxia tolerance, combining integrative physiology, immunology and molecular biology approaches. Delphine hopes that her current research in Israel, under the supervision of two top leaders in this field, will help her to shed light on hypoxia related therapeutic mechanisms that are implicated in diseases  like cancer, autoimmunity and inflammatory disorders   (read more)
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Itay Remer

Itay Remer

Itay Remer is a PhD student in the department of biomedical engineering at Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His research, in the field of biomedical optics, focuses on two directions: The first, development of a cellphone - based imaging probe which would enable a noninvasive diagnosis and monitoring solution for malaria. The second, development of an all-optical, noninvasive probe for imaging the mechanical properties of biological matter. Using the power of light and optics for biomedical applications, Itay hopes to provide knowledge and applicative solutions for the advancement of human global healthcare.  (read more)
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Nancy Sandoluvici

Nancy Sandoluvici

Nancy Sandoluvici - Katz is a graduate of the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. She is currently studying for her M. Arch. at the Azrieli School of Architecture at Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on public and affordable housing and the nature of the architect’s and the architecture’s social role in the planning of such. By examining architecture’s potential contribution to the success of affordable housing, she hopes to shed light on the positive impact the field can have and should have on future residential planning and building.  (read more)
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Alex Tolmachev

Alex Tolmachev

Alex Tolmachev is a PhD student in the field of advanced fiber optics communication, in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion. His research focuses on photonic transmission systems with coherent detection. By providing novel architecture for feasible, high-speed, and energy-efficient digital signal processing, Alex hopes to impact the next wave of expansion of Internet infrastructure, enabling the significant transmission speed demanded by society.  (read more)
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Oliver Van Kaick

Oliver Van Kaick

Oliver van Kaick completed his PhD in computing science at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and is pursuing postdoctoral research at Tel Aviv University. His research lies in the field of computer graphics and focuses on the development of higher-level representations for shape understanding. Oliver’s research, which is situated at the crossroads of geometry and computer science, has applications in numerous areas including computer animation, game development, and medical imaging. He is currently working on a number of projects which will contribute to more easily process, manipulate and synthesize 3D models.  (read more)
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