Speakers

Prof. Israel Bar-Joseph

Vice President for Resource Development|Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Israel Bar-Joseph was born in Israel in 1953. He graduated with a BSc in Physics from Tel Aviv University (1979), and an MSc (1982) and PhD (1986) in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, with honors. He then spent several years as a postdoctoral fellow and visiting scientist at the AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, New Jersey. In 1989, he joined the Weizmann Institute of Science.

Dr. Amnon Bar-Shir

Department of Organic Chemistry|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Amnon Bar-Shir was born in Israel and served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces. He earned a BSc in Chemistry in 2002 and an MSc in Chemistry in 2004, both awarded magna cum laude from Tel Aviv University. He completed his PhD in Chemistry there in 2009. Dr. Bar-Shir worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, from 2009 until joining the Department of Organic Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute in August 2014.

Dr. Zvika Brakerski

Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Zvika Brakerski completed his BSc summa cum laude in electrical engineering and computer science in 2001 and his MSc summa cum laude in electrical engineering systems in 2002, both at Tel Aviv University. After receiving his PhD in computer science and applied mathematics from the Weizmann Institute in 2011, he went on to conduct postdoctoral research at Stanford University. He joined the Weizmann Institute faculty in 2013.

Ido Dissentshik

Chair, Executive Board | Weizmann Institute of Science

Ido Joseph Dissentshik was born in Tel Aviv in 1940. He holds a BA in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1964), a masters’ degree, cum laude, in journalism from Columbia University, New York (1966), and an MBA diploma from Tel Aviv University (1993).
In 1965, he launched a prolific journalistic career at Maariv daily newspaper. For 26 years, he served in numerous reporting, editorial, and management positions,

Dr. Efraim Efrati

Department of Physics of Complex Systems | Weimann Institute of Science

Born in Jerusalem, Dr. Efi Efrati received a BSc in physics and mathematics (2003), and an MSc (2005) and a PhD (2010) in physics, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Chicago from 2010-2013, and joins the Department of Physics of Complex Systems at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2014.

Dr. Ayelet Erez

Department of Biological Regulation|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ayelet Erez was born in Haifa. She earned a BSc and MD, both cum laude, at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (1991 and 1994), followed by a year of rotating internship at the HaEmek Hospital, in Afula. She served as a pediatric resident at the Safra Children's Hospital in the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Aviv between 1995 and 2000, and earned a PhD in cancer genetics from the Tel Aviv University in 2005. She completed an American Board of Medical Genetics Clinical Genetics residency program together with a postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in 2008.

Prof. Haim Harari

Chairman of the Board | Davidson Institute of Science Education

Prof. Haim Harari was born in Jerusalem in 1940. He has mainly contributed to three areas: Particle Physics Research, Science Education and Science Management and Policy Making.
Prof. Harari served as President of the Weizmann Institute from 1988 to 2001. During his presidency, the Institute entered numerous new scientific fields, built several dozen new buildings, raised more than one billion dollars in philanthropic funds, hired

Dr. Hagen Hofmann

Department of Structural Biology | Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Hagen Hofmann was born in Sangerhausen, Germany. He completed an MS in biochemistry with distinction at Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg, Germany in 2004 and received his PhD summa cum laude in biochemistry in 2008 at the same institution. In 2006, he visited the Weizmann Institute as a research fellow in the lab of Prof. Gilad Haran in the Department of Chemical Physics. Dr. Hofmann was as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from 2008 until joining the Department of Structural Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2014.

Dr. Yifat Merbl

Department of Immunology | Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Yifat Merbl completed her BS summa cum laude in Computational Biology at Bar Ilan University in 2003. She earned an MSc in Immunology at the Weizmann Institute in 2005 with Prof. Irun Cohen. She joined the first PhD program in Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School, completing her PhD there in 2010. She stayed on at Harvard as a postdoctoral fellow until joining the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute in 2014.

Dr. Neta Regev-Rudzki

Department of Biological Chemistry|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Neta Regev-Rudzki, born in Jerusalem in 1972, completed her BSc in Chemistry (1998) and an MSc in biochemistry and genetics (2002) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She went on to complete her PhD in 2009 on Mitochondria in yeast model in the laboratory of Prof. Ophry Pines, Hadassah Medical School. From 2011 Dr. Regev-Rudzki has been conducting her postdoctoral training in Parasitology, Malaria, at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) in Melbourne, Australia. She joins the Weizmann Institute of Science in August 2014.

Dr. Michal Rivlin

Department of Neurobiology|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Jerusalem, Dr. Michal Rivlin served in the Sar El “Volunteers for Israel” program during her military service. She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001. She completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Center for Neural Computation at the Hebrew University in 2009. Dr. Rivlin was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California at Berkeley from 2009 until joining the faculty of the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in September 2013.

Prof. Ady Stern

Chair, Council of Professors|Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Adiel (Ady) Stern was born in Beer-Sheva, Israel, in 1960. He completed his BSc studies in both mathematics and computer science in 1986 and a PhD in physics in 1993, all from the Tel Aviv University. He joined the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1995, after two years of postdoctoral research at Harvard University. He became the Chair of the Council of Professors in January, 2013.

Dr. Yaniv Ziv

Department of Neurobiology|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Yaniv Ziv earned a BSc in biology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2001. He completed a direct PhD program in neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2007. Dr. Ziv was a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Biology at Stanford University starting in 2008. He joined the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute in 2013.