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.

Abraham Ben Naftali

Chair-Designate, International Board|Weizmann Institute of Science

A much-respected member of Israel’s legal establishment, Abraham Ben-Naftali has combined a successful career in law with a commitment to public service.
After completing his undergraduate studies in Law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he completed an LL.M. degree Summa cum Laude at Tel Aviv University. During his military service in the Israel Defense Forces, he served as military prosecutor and as president of a military court.

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,

Prof. Nirit Dudovich

Department of Physics of Complex Systems|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Jerusalem, Prof. Nirit Dudovich served as an officer in the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces from 1989 to 1993. She earned a BSc in physics and computer science from Tel Aviv University in 1996. She received an MSc and PhD in physics from the Weizmann Institute in 1999 and 2004. After conducting postgraduate research at the National Research Council of Canada for three years, she returned to Israel and joined the staff of the Weizmann Institute in 2007.

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. Zelig Eshhar

Department of Immunology|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Israel in 1941, Prof. Zelig Eshhar earned a BSc in biochemistry and microbiology and an MSc in biochemistry, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  His doctoral research was undertaken in the Department of Chemical Immunology (now the Department of Immunology) at the Weizmann Institute of Science.  After earning a PhD in 1973, Prof. Eshhar served for several years as a Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology of Harvard Medical.

Dr. Ofer Firstenberg

Department of Physics of Complex Systems|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ofer Firstenberg was born in Israel in 1979. He completed his BSc summa cum laude in physics in 2000 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as part of the prestigious “Talpiot” program of the Ministry of Defense. Dr. Firstenberg then obtained his MSc summa cum laude (2006) and PhD (2010) in physics at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology while also working as head of a quantum optics group and sub-department manager at Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Prof. Haim Garty

Vice President|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Bulgaria, Prof. Haim Garty moved to Israel when he was two years old. He earned a BSc degree in chemistry and physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1973, and MSc and PhD degrees from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1976 and 1980. He spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at Columbia University in New York. In 1982, he returned to the Weizmann Institute to join what was then the Department of Membrane Research.

Shulamit Geri

Vice President for Administration and Finance|Weizmann Institute of Science

Shulamit (Shuli) Geri is has been Vice President for Administration and Finance at the Weizmann Institute of Science since August 2012, responsible for Management, Finance, Human Resources, Construction, Procurement and Operations. She joined the Institute in 2003 as General Counsel and from that time until her recent appointment addressed all legal matters relating to the activities of the Weizmann Institute and its entities. 
 

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.

Prof. Herbert Jäckle

Co-Chair, Scientific Academic Advisory Committee|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Herbert Jäckle is Director at the Max-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische Chemie (Göttingen, Germany) and former Vice-President of the Max Planck Society (2002-2014). He studied Chemistry and Biology (Universität Freiburg) and spent his postdoc at the University of Texas at Austin (USA). He held positions as staff scientist at the EMBL (Heidelberg), as research group leader (Max-Planck-Institut für Entwicklungsbiologie, Tübingen) and as professor for genetics (Ludwig Maximilian Universität, München).

Dr. Jacob (Yaqub) Hanna, MD

Department of Molecular Genetics|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born and raised in the Galilee, Dr. Hanna earned a BSc in Medical Sciences (2001), an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology, and a PhD/MD in clinical medicine (2007), all at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he was among the top five percent of all Israeli medical school graduates. He conducted postdoctoral research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Weizmann Institute in 2011.

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.

Prof. David Milstein

Department of Organic Chemistry|Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. David Milstein earned his BSc (1968), MSc (1969), and PhD (1976) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After conducting postdoctoral research at Colorado State University and the University of Iowa, he joined the DuPont Corporation in Wilmington, Delaware, and, concomitantly, served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware. He joined the Weizmann Institute in 1987. He headed the Department of Organic Chemistry from 1996 to 2005. Prof.

Mandy Moross

Chair, International Board|Weizmann Institute of Science

Mandy Moross was born in South Africa in 1931.
He received a B.Sc. from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, then completed an MBA degree (with distinction) at Harvard Business School, in 1953.
Upon graduation from Harvard, Mr. Moross joined  ICI in England. He later returned to South Africa and joined Anglo-Transvaal Consolidated Investments. in 1961 he joined the Shlesinger Organization in Johannesburg, where his business dealings gained momentum and acclaim.

Dr. Michael B. Oren

Former Ambassador of the State of Israel to the United States

Michael B. Oren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He currently holds the Abba Eban Chair in International Diplomacy at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, and is Ambassador-in-Residence at the Atlantic Council. Dr. Oren serves as the global chairman of the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center and as the representative of the State of Israel on the Birthright Steering Committee.

Prof. Moshe Oren

Director, Integrated Cancer Center|Weizmann Institute of Science

Prof. Oren was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel as a child in 1950. He received his MSc degree in microbiology from Tel Aviv University in 1970, and his PhD in molecular virology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1978. He did postdoctoral work at Princeton University and at SUNY-Stony Brook. In 1981, he joined the Weizmann Institute where he holds the Andre Lwoff Professorial Chair in Molecular Biology. 

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. Simon Schama

Department of Art History and Archaeology|Columbia University

Prof. Simon Schama is University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University and a Contributing Editor of the Financial Times. He is the author of sixteen books and the writer-presenter of more than forty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2.
His art criticism for The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism in 1996; his film on Bernini from The Power of Art won an Emmy in 2007 and his series on British history and The American Future: a History, Broadcast Critics Guild awards.

Dr. Maya Schuldiner

Department of Molecular Genetics|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Maya Schuldiner was born in Israel. She completed two years of military service in 1996, and graduated magna cum laude with a BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1998. She went on to complete both her MSc and a PhD in genetics, also at the Hebrew University, in 1999 and 2003. She conducted postdoctoral research in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California in San Francisco from 2003 until 2008, when she joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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. Ravid Straussman

Department of Molecular Cell Biology|Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ravid Straussman was born in Israel. After service in the Israel Air Force, he completed a BSc summa cum laude at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in 1997. He earned his MSc in Medical Biochemistry there in 1998 and entered the MD/PhD program. He served his MD internship at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva (2002- 2003), and completed his PhD in the Department of Medical Biochemistry in 2005. Dr. Straussman was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cellular Biochemistry and Human Genetics at Hebrew University from 2005 to 2008. 

Dr. Assaf Tal

Department of Chemical Physics|Weizmann Institute of Science

Assaf Tal completed his BSc cum laude at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2001. He was awarded his MSc in Physics in 2004 and his PhD in Physics in 2009, both at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Dr. Tal served as a post-doctoral Fellow at the New York University (NYU) Langone School of Medicine from 2010 until joining the Department of Chemical Physics at the Weizmann Institute in January 2014.

Prof. David Wallach

Department of Biological Chemistry|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Israel, Prof. David Wallach obtained his BSc (1968), MSc (1969), and PhD (1974) degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. After completing his doctoral studies, he spent three years conducting postdoctoral research at the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland). Upon returning to Israel in 1977, he joined the faculty of the Weizmann Institute of Science where he is the incumbent of the Joseph and Bessie Feinberg Professorial Chair.

Prof. Daniel Zajfman

President|Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Belgium, in 1959, Prof. Daniel Zajfman moved to Israel in 1979. He received a BSc (1983) and a PhD in atomic physics (1989) from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. After working as a consultant for Elscint, in Haifa, Prof. Zajfman spent two years at the Argonne National Laboratory, near Chicago, as a postdoctoral fellow. He returned to Israel in 1991 and joined the staff of the Weizmann Institute's Department of Particle Physics (now the Department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics)  where he is the incumbent of the Simon Weinstock Professorial Chair of Astrophysics. 2003. 

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.