Alon Israeli is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Faculty of Agriculture. His research is in the field of plant developmental biology. A unique feature of plants is their ability to generate organs such as leaves and flowers throughout the lifecycle, and to adjust the type, size and shape of these organs to changing environmental conditions. Alon investigates the genetic basis of this developmental flexibility, focusing on leaf and flower development in tomato. He uses genetic engineering tools to discover the genes and hormones that control growth and enable this flexibility while maintaining stability and resilience. The research aims to shed light on the genetic basis for the variability of plant organs.