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Meet Our Faculty
Dr. Eyal Yaniv - Head, Gradute School of Business Administration
The Head of BIU’s Graduate School of Business Administration, Dr. Eyal Yaniv, is considered one of Israel’s internet pioneers, and is also the co-founder of IOL.co.il of Haaretz Group (now Walla). Dr. Yaniv returned to BIU after completing his post doc at Harvard Business School. Having acquired three degrees in Computer Science and Psychology at BIU, in the mid 1990’s Yaniv ventured into the business world.
Dr. Omry Koren - Head, Microbiome Research Lab, School of Medicine
Dr. Omry Koren – Senior Lecturer and Head of the Microbiome Research Lab at The Azrieli School of Medicine of Bar-Ilan University.
Fresh off completing his post-doc at Cornell University, Dr. Omry Koren ventured on a new scientific mission, with Zionist aspects – he joined BIU’s new School of Medicine in Safed, moving his entire family to the northern region of Israel’s Galilee, to head the School’s Microbiome Research Lab.
Dr. Doron Gerber - Extraordinary Machines Called Proteins
Dr. Gerber's eyes sparkle when discussing his favorite topic. “It’s all about proteins and DNA interactions - essential processes in any living organism”. He's a faculty member at the BIU Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) for 5 years now. After earning his post-doc at Stanford University, inspired by his mentor, he established a state-of-the-art research lab for applied microfluidics.
Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber: Finding Meaning in Prayer is Explored
For most people, it is extremely challenging to find meaning in prayer. Rabbi Daniel Sperber, who recently spoke in at the Young Israel of Scarsdale about this issue, said that this is because “we are trying to understand the infinite — the incomprehensible.”
Rabbi Sperber, professor emeritus of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University and past Israel Prize winner, explained that part of the problem comes from the contradictory nature of our prayer, which should be more personal in nature yet has become increasingly standardized. “Prayer should come from the heart or spirit. Ideally, it should be formulated by what we feel at the moment.”
Prof. Yona Amitai: Is Desalinated Water a Health Hazard?
Underscoring the risk of consuming desalinated water devoid of magnesium, BIU Prof. Yona Amitai, a public health expert, recommends adding the mineral to drinking water in order to thwart fatal heart disease.
Warning: Consuming desalinated water may be hazardous to your heart!
Dr. Amos Danielli: Rapid and Accurate Diagnosis for Heart Attacks
Since joining BIU's Faculty of Engineering in 2014, Dr. Amos Danielli is exploring new medical applications for the novel technology he developed, which can help shorten diagnosis time for heart patients.
Each year, over 10 million people visit emergency rooms in US hospitals with symptoms of chest pain. About 8-9% of these patients have actually suffered heart attacks, though most of them cannot be diagnosed with simple clinical evaluation and an electrocardiogram test. Typically an accurate diagnosis can take six to nine hours after the onset of symptoms — and longer if stress testing is required.
Prof. Yehudit Ronen
Prof. Yehudit Ronen, a researcher and lecturer at BIU’s Department of Political Studies, is a world renowned expert on the Middle East and Arab Countries, whose research focuses on the evolution of ISIS (The Islamic State). Ronen says ISIS has been growing increasingly popular especially after the Arab Spring revolution, and the collapse of nationalistic Arab state, rendering them in political, security and religious chaos.
Prof. Yehuda Lindell
Prof. Yehuda Lindell is a researcher at BIU’s Department of Computer Science, specializing in cryptography, secure protocols and theoretical foundations. Lindell focuses on questions of feasibility and efficiency, which enable coding and protecting personal information in internet systems, and on secure protocols, which provide an effective and discreet calculation of data without revealing its source or contents.
Dr. Michal Schuster - The Future of Translation
Dr. Michal Schuster, of BIU’s Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies, is focused on more than teaching her students and training Israel’s future translators. Schuster implements her theoretical studies and academic expertise in an effort to improve language access and cultural competence in Israel.
Prof. Yael Shemesh: Veganism - Not a Passing Fad
The veganism trend, which is gaining steam in recent years, actually traces its roots to biblical times and is considered a moral and healthy dietary alternative. But when did man begin to eat meat? And which vegetarian dishes were prominent in the biblical menu?
Dr. Yael Shemesh, a lecturer in BIU’s Zalman Shamir Bible Department, is a vegan and blogger of “Long Distance Vegan,” where she shares her experiences as a long distance runner and her vegan lifestyle.
Dr. Doron Naveh - Combining Theoretical and Experimental Work
Five years ago, Doron Naveh theoretically had it made. After completing his PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science, he had just moved to Princeton University for a post-doc with one of the world’s top research groups in computational physics and applied mathematics. But Naveh felt that his focus should be on the combination of theoretical and experimental work he loved most. Luckily, breaking news would provide Naveh with the career change he was looking for.
Dr. David Leitner – How Ideas Become a Reality
Dr. David Leitner joined the IDF as a sniper of an elite unit, and during a drill exercise he got hurt and remained in a wheelchair. A disabled IDF veteran, as part of his rehabilitation process David joined the extended Politics Program at BIU’s Political Science Department, specializing in Strategy and National security. In 2011, with his PhD at hand, David became assistant to the Head of the Political Science Department. In 2013, right around the time the International BA program at BIU was launched, he was offered a position at the International BA Communication study track, thus transferring to BIU’s Department of Communication, where he is currently an adjunct lecturer as well as Academic Coordinator of the International BA Programs.
Prof. Natti Ronel: The Grace Therapy Technique
Prof. Natti Ronel is Head of BIU’s Department of Criminology, a clinical criminologist and a world renowned expert in addiction treatment and prevention. He formulated the positive criminology and victimology approaches in modern research. Prof. Ronel also conceived ‘Grace Therapy’, a treatment method for people suffering from addictions or other behavioral illnesses, and for victims of violent acts.
Prof. Cyrille Cohen: Let the Immune System Prevail!
Prof. Cyrille Cohen, Head of the Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Laboratory at BIU’s Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, expects immunotherapy to become the most commonly used approach for cancer treatment. Already, authorized immunotherapeutic drugs outnumber chemotherapeutic medications, he claims.
Prof. Gerald Steinberg: The True BDS Agenda
BIU Political Studies Prof. Gerald Steinberg, who has researched NGOs involvement in political processes, says that the agenda of many of the so-called human rights organizations like BDS is political. "They don't really want to change any particular policy; they want to undermine the legitimacy of Israel's existence, and to paint Israel as an apartheid state. This is dangerous because it could lead to Israel's political isolation."
Prof. Elda Weizman - A Master of Translation
Prof. Elda Weizman is the Head of the Interdisciplinary Studies Unit at Bar-Ilan’s Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies. Her research interests, anchored in socio-pragmatics, focus on the interpretation of indirectness in written and oral discourse, with special emphasis on irony and challenge in a cross-cultural perspective (English, French and Hebrew) in the written and electronic media.
Prof. Elie Holzer - Expert on Education and Jewish Thought
A Senior Lecturer at Bar-Ilan University’s Churgin School of Education, Prof. Elie Holzer is considered an international expert on education of Jewish thought, whose expertise extend to academic Jewish education in Israel and in North America.
Prof. Ehud Weiss - Agricultural Discoveries
It was only recently that Prof. Ehud Weiss’ discovery of corn cleavers and darnel seeds (or hordeum vulgare), 11,000 years before the generally recognized as advent of organized cultivation, has revolutionized the archaeology world and is still making headlines in various publications all over the world.
Prof. Avi Pe’er - Harnessing the Quantum Nature of Light
In a world where even the most sensitive information can be accessed online, it is crucial to use a real time, coded, entirely secured communication method. Prof. Avi Pe’er, a laser physics expert in the BIU Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA), holds the world record in harnessing the quantum nature of light for ultra-precise measurement of length, time and frequency.
Dr. Lisa Maurice: Breaking the Surface of Classical Reception
Recently awarded a 1.5 million Euros grant by the European Research Council (ERC) for a joint research project on the reception of classical antiquity in children and young adults' contemporary culture, Dr. Maurice is part of an international group of academics from Poland, Australia, Cameroon and Great Britain participating in the project.
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