CURRICULUM VITAE

Education

1997-2000       B.Sc. The Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University

2006-2008       M.Sc. Summa cum laude. The Department of Neurobiology, Tel Aviv University.                     

                        Title: ‘Genome-wide analysis of spatial and temporal expression in the context of the circadian clock’

                        Advisors: 
                        Prof. Yoav Gothilf, Department of Neurobiology
                        Prof. Eli Eisenberg, School of Physics and Astronomy

2009-2014       Ph.D. in Neuroscience. The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Neuroscience for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University.

                        Title: ‘Revealing new functional roles of RNA editing in the brain’

                        Advisors: 
                        Prof. Yoav Gothilf, Department of Neurobiology
                        Prof. Eli Eisenberg, School of Physics and Astronomy

2014-present   Postdoctoral fellow, MIT, Synthetic Neurobiology Group
                        Advisor: Prof. Ed Boyden

2016                Teaching certificate from MIT Kaufman Teaching Certificate Program (KTCP)

Additional Scientific Experience    

2000-2005       Physicist, Nuclear Research Center - Negev, Department of Physics

2012                Visitor, Harvard Medical School, Department of Genetics, George Church lab (November 2012-January 2013)

Notable Academic Awards

2016-present   Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation

Other Academic Awards

1998                Distinction award for B.Sc. students. The Department of Physics, Bar-Ilan University

2008                Award for 'trainees who have demonstrated exceptional research success and potential through their presentation': Gordon Research Conference on 'Pineal Cell Biology – Mechanisms of Circadian Rhythmicity'

2008                Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, Tel Aviv University

2008                M.Sc. Summa cum laude, Tel Aviv University

2009-2011       The Dean Scholarship for Excellent Students, Tel Aviv University

2011                Best Grant Proposal Award, the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

2011                The Constantiner Institute for Molecular Genetics Travel Scholarship, Tel Aviv University

2012                Best Poster Award, Seventh Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics Retreat, Tel Aviv University

2012                Award for Excellence in Research, Tel Aviv University

2013                Best Publication Award, the Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University

2013                Adams Super Center Student Travel Grant, Tel Aviv University

2014                Best Poster Award, First Sagol School of Neuroscience Retreat, Tel Aviv University

Oral Presentations 

2008                'In-silico identification and in-vivo validation of a new regulatory element governing pineal-specific expression', Gordon Research Conference on 'Pineal Cell Biology – Mechanisms of Circadian Rhythmicity', Il Ciocco – Italy, April 20-25.

2010                ‘High-throughput multiplex sequencing of miRNA: bias and solution’, Conference of the Institute of Biotechnology, Maalot – Israel, June 22-24.

2010                ‘Using genome-wide tools for the analysis of the circadian clock’, Lecture given in a course at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences ‘Periodicity & Rhytmicity in Marine Ecosystems’, Eilat – Israel, October 17-26.

2011                'Systematic identification of A-to-I editing in miRNAs', Gordon Research Conference on 'RNA editing', Galveston, TX - USA, January 8-14.

2011                'Multiplexing in miRNA deep-sequencing: doing it wrong, doing it right', the 3rd Annual TAU microRNA Consortium Conference, Tel Aviv University – Israel, January 27.

2011                'Measuring the circadian clock', Lecture given in a course at the Bar-Ilan University 'Biological Clocks', Bar-Ilan University - Israel, May 1.

2011                'Diving Deep into miRNAs: Identifying Editing Sites and Removing Deep-Sequencing Biases', Sixth Edmond J. Safra Bioinformatics Retreat, Hagoshrim – Israel, May 18-19.

2011                'Next Generation Sequencing of the Nematostella', Conference on Nematostella as a model organism, Shadot Yam - Israel, December 4.

2011                'Systematic identification of edited miRNAs in the brain', the 4rd Annual TAU microRNA Consortium Conference, Tel Aviv University – Israel, December 18.

2012                ‘Genome-wide measurements of the circadian clock’, Lecture given in a course at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences ‘Periodicity & Rhytmicity in Marine Ecosystems’, Eilat – Israel, January 8-13.

2012                'Editing of microRNAs in the human brain', SINS Congress 2012, Catania - Italy, April 19-22.

2012-2013       'High-Throughput methods in circadian biology', Lecture given in a course at the Bar-Ilan University 'Biological Clocks', Bar-Ilan University – Israel, May 13, 2012 and May 19, 2013.

2014                ‘Genome-wide measurements of the circadian clock’, Two lectures given in a course at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences ‘Periodicity & Rhytmicity in Marine Ecosystems’, Eilat – Israel, January 12-16.

2014                'New functional roles of RNA editing in the brain', Bar-Ilan University – Israel, January 20.

2014                'Glass half full: on true understanding of the human brain, Barack Obama, and beer', Lecture giving to the general audience as part of the Wize project, Beer Garden, Tel Aviv – Israel, January 29.

2014                'Edited microRNA regulates daily locomotor rhythms in zebrafish', FISEB/ILANIT Congress, Eilat – Israel, February 10-13.

2015                ‘ExSEQ: Expansion microscopy in-situ sequencing’, Physics of Brain Activity Mapping III (PoBAM III), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, February 25.

2015                'Expansion Sequencing (ExSEQ): Towards Comprehensive In Situ Transcriptome Characterization Throughout Intact Brain Circuits’, McGovern Institute Retreat, Falmouth, Massachusetts, May 31.

2016                ‘Expansion Sequencing (ExSEQ): Comprehensive In Situ Transcriptome Characterization Throughout Intact Brain Circuits’, Pittcon Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, March 10.

2016                ‘Expansion Microscopy & Expansion Sequencing’, Focus on Microscopy Conference (FOM), Taipei, Taiwan, March 20.

Academic Activities

2007                Teaching assistant in the course 'Lab in Molecular Biology', Tel Aviv University

2008-2009       Teaching assistant in the course 'Biochemistry', Bar-Ilan University

2008-2009       Teaching assistant in the course 'Bioinformatics', Bar-Ilan University

2010-2012       Teaching assistant in the course 'Lab in Molecular Biology', Tel Aviv University

2010-2016       Writing referee reports for Bioinformatics and NAR

2013-2014       Lecturer in the course 'Matlab Programming for Neuroscience' (over 100 registered students)