Dr. Norman Metanis’ research aims to understand the role of the amino acid selenocysteine (Sec) in proteins. Sec is vital for humans and other animals, and its failure could lead to diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative conditions. Metanis’ research group also focuses on studying human proteins that include Sec, in order to shed more light on the importance of the chemical element selenium in human health and disease.
Dr. Yehu Moran's research offers a fascinating glimpse into how animal life forms might have functioned more than half a billion years ago. His research group specifically examines the evolution of the regulation of gene expression in Nematostella, a type of sea anemone, using cutting-edge gene manipulation techniques.More
Dr. Chaim Garfinkel is a weather forecaster. He specializes in seasonal weather forecasting by studying weather patterns at the earth’s surface that persist for a month or longer. The predictions that result from his work can be of huge value to weather sensitive industries such as electricity utilities, water resource planning, and agriculture.More
Prof. Oren Ostersetzer-Biran is a plant scientist exploring the sophisticated mechanisms that plants use to cope with stresses such as poor soil conditions or extreme temperatures. In his current study of thermo-regulation he is investigating whether plants can regulate their temperatures in a similar manner to animals. The results of his research could have important implications on world food security as knowledge of how to regulate internal plant temperature will increase plant productivity in extreme climate conditions.More
Dr. Adi Torfstein's research aims to better understand the evolution of natural environments. Torfstein evaluates the impact and appropriate responses to global warming through the reconstruction and analysis of past climate changes and the mechanisms driving them. Areas he is studying in Israel include the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea and abroad his focus in on Antarctica. On his work as a geologist: "I get excited about being able to tell the story of the earth in the past and explain its evolution."More
Prof. Tamar Ziegler joined the Hebrew University's Einstein Institute of Mathematics in July 2013 after spending five years in postdoctoral fellowships in the United States at Ohio State University, Princeton, and University of Michigan followed by a faculty position at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology after her return to Israel in 2007. Prof. Ziegler compares mathematics to art, saying that it is "like looking at a beautiful picture and then trying to really understand it".More