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Dr. Amit Tzur: Finding the Humor in Good Science
Cell biologist and BINA faculty member Dr. Amit Tzur has never been shy about declaring his faith in the redemptive power of basic science, and he has a healthy sense of humor. An expert in cellular growth and proliferation, Tzur recently declared that his most recent research may help redeem mankind from “shame” generated by one of the most successful scientific endeavors of all time.
Prof. Orit Shefi - Understaning Neurons
As head of BIU’s Neuro-Engineering Laboratory, Prof. Orit Shefi recognizes the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. Her lab combines the fields of cell biology, molecular engineering, nanotechnology and computational biology to reveal insights into neural development.
Prof. Hamutal Slovin - Reading the Mind!
BIU’s Neural Imaging Lab at the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center is dedicated to the study of visual processing, decoding of visual content, and artificial vision.
Dr. Sol Efroni: Improving Cancer-Related Computation
When a patient is diagnosed with lung cancer, doctors typically examine murky X-ray or CT images to characterize its subtype. But what if it were possible to stratify lung cancer through the crystal clear means of mathematics?
Prof. Aren Maeir: Unearthing Our Biblical Past
When Prof. Aren Maeir, Director of the Ackerman Family Bar-Ilan University Expedition to Gath, heads out into the field every summer to continue his 20-year-long dig at the Tell es-Safi archaeological site. Located in the Judean Foothills, Tell es-Safi is about halfway between Jerusalem and Ashkelon, and is commonly identified by most scholars as the Philistine city of Gath – the home of the biblical Goliath.
Prof. Alexander Fish: Designing Tomorrow’s Microchip Today
With advancements in computing technology and expansion of mobile applications handling more and more information at faster rates, energy consumption has emerged as the primary concern for scientists working in the area of “very large scale integration” (VLSI) design. VLSI is the process of creating integrated circuits by combining millions of transistors into a single chip.
Dr. Noa Agmon: Making Robots Smart
The Golem of Prague, Frankenstein - human culture is replete with autonomous fictional characters calibrated to do the bidding of their creators. But, in today’s world, imbuing machines with advanced artificial intelligence is no fiction. Rather, it is a rapidly growing field called robotics, and Dr. Noa Agmon, a senior lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, stands among those at its forefront.
Prof. Moshe Bar, Director Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center
On July 25th, 1989, President George Bush signed a resolution declaring the 1990s to be “The Decade of the Brain,” signaling America’s commitment to neuroscience research.
Dr. Inbal Yahav-Shernberger: Crunching the Data to Save Lives
The gap between the number of kidney donors and patients who are waiting for a transplant is disheartening: in the U.S. alone, there’s an 8:1 ratio working against the people who are desperately in need of a life saving organ: 100,000 candidates vs. only 12,000 donors a year.
Dr. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov- Procedures Matter – Investigating How a Law Passes
Bar-Ilan University Law lecturer Dr. Ittai Bar-Siman-Tov specializes in what at first might seem to be a very obscure part of the legal world: the legislative process and judicial review. That is, the study of whether courts can – and should – get involved in the nitty gritty procedural elements of lawmaking.
Dr. Michael Blank "So That All Mankind Can Benefit"
Cancer is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the developed world and accounts for more than 7.5 million deaths worldwide each year. When Dr. Michael Blank was seven-years old, his father succumbed to cancer, creating a void that became “the main driver in my life,” he says.
Prof. Jonathan Grossman: Transforming Ambiguity into Academic Excellence
Prof. Jonathan Grossman, a senior lecturer in BIU’s Zalman Shamir Bible Department, loves ambiguity. He thrives on exploring double meanings in texts, uncovering hidden narratives, and probing the interface between religious interpretation of Judaism’s holiest books and modern biblical criticism.
Don’t Trust, Verify: Prof. Nathan Keller Strategizes a More Secure Cyber-Future
When Prof. Nathan Keller entered the Technion at the age of 16, his teachers immediately recognized that this was a young man who was going places. Eventually, both Keller and one of his mentors independently decided that Bar-Ilan University was the place to go.
Prof. Avi Bell: From Tax Laws to Warfare – Anything but Boring
Prof. Avi Bell has never shied away from controversy. The professor in the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law has written on hot topics such as the infamous Goldstone Report and the implications of the Levy Commission’s report on the status of building in Judea and Samaria.
Retail Therapy: Dr. Orit Rotem Examines the Ecology of Urban Success
Dr. Orit Rotem is applying quantitative tools from biology and environmental ecology to the promotion of people-friendly – and successful – urban design
Now You See It, Now You Don’t: How Dr. Moti Fridman Engineers Time-Space Optics
Dr. Moti Fridman is a BIU alumnus who trained at the Weizmann Institute then returned to campus after completing a post-doctoral fellowship at Cornell.
The “Tippling Point” – Dr. Galit Shohat-Ophir and the Secret of Barfly Success
Dr. Galit Shohat-Ophir is a lecturer in the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences who trained at the Weizmann Institute and completed post-doctoral fellowships at UCSF and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Virginia.
Nano Meets Bio: How Dr. Doron Gerber “Channels” Life’s Big Picture
A busy scientist who juggles a large number of collaborative projects while supervising a lab full of students, Dr. Doron Gerber schedules his morning meetings early – this, despite the fact that, as a new father, he claims to go about his duties in a near-constant state of sleep deprivation.
IDF Chaplain, Rabbi Dr. Tsuriel Rashi: Probing Media, Judaism & Ethics
As associate director of the Center for Media and Religion in BIU's School of Communication, Rabbi Dr. Tsuriel Rashi is generally focused on mass media, professional ethics and Judaism. But during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, he found himself in his “other” role: IDF chaplain of the Golani Infantry Brigade.
Dr. Ronny Bartsch – The Language of Sleep
Dr. Ronny Bartsch, of BIU’s Department of Physics, is fascinated by how human organs communicate and especially, how these communications change while we sleep.
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