Alon Appleboim

Alon is a graduate student in the computational biology and computer science program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His Research involves the development and application of high throughput methods in molecular and computational biology in order to characterize cellular regulatory circuits. The main research question Alon is focusing on is how do cells, carrying identical genetic information, express different genes as the result of their exposure to different environments. To this end, Alon develops novel molecular techniques, computational models, and statistical machine learning algorithms to extract insights from high-throughput experiments aimed at cellular decision-making. Alon believes that understanding these regulatory mechanisms will allow us to better diagnose, treat, and even prevent the onset of diseases that are the result of genetic mis-regulation, as in the case of cancer.