Yaniv is a PhD student in the school of neuroscience at Tel Aviv University. His research focus is sleep, and the mechanism of the sensory disconnection from surrounding environment, in order to explain the profound loss of consciousness and responsiveness during sleep. Yaniv aims to discover where along the neural pathways does the propagation of sensory signals stop during natural sleep, and what brain mechanism mediates it. Furthermore, he hopes to advance our understanding of the purpose of sleep, which is evolutionarily preserved behavior while at the same time entails many risks due to the lack of responsiveness. Understanding sensory disconnection might help to better characterize neurological conditions such as attention disorders and insomnia, improve clinical procedures of general anesthesia, and shed light on one of the most fundamental unresolved questions in biology.