Yonatan Chemla is a PhD student in synthetic biology at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His research focuses on the molecular biology of bacteria, and particularly the genetic code that governs protein synthesis and regulation of several model bacteria. Yonatan aims to understand how the context of the “words” and “sentences” encoded in DNA language affects their meanings. Namely, how the same word can have distinct cellular functions in different genomic contexts. His research seeks to solve open questions of the bacterial genetic language and thereby contribute to the body of knowledge about them as well as develop novel tools aimed at improving protein production and engineering, which are essential to the biotechnological and pharma industries.