Ben-Zvi Lab

The Zuckerman Faculty Scholars program, funds leading researchers and supports the purchase and construction of laboratories and specialized equipment. The program thus provides vital resources to Israeli universities, allowing them to compete with top North American institutions for the most promising candidates.

The program facilitates the return of top Israeli scholars to Israeli institutions, cultivates world class scientific talent, and in turn, attracts outstanding postdoctoral researchers from top Western universities, creating a cycle of excellence.

Since the program opened in 2016, 16 Zuckerman labs have been established in Israel.

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Dr.
Principal Investigator
Dr. Danny Ben-Zvi

Zuckerman Faculty Scholar
at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr.

Ben-Zvi Lab

SYSTEMS PHYSIOLOGY OF OBESITY AND DIABETES
Lab Established 2018

Lab research areas

The laboratory focuses on understanding how bariatric surgery works, which presents opportunities for both understanding organismal physiology as well as identifying new clinical approaches for diabetes and obesity. Lab researchers collaborate closely with physicians, make use of mouse models for metabolic diseases and bariatric surgery, and apply mathematical tools to interpret results and design new experiments.

Scholar Profile

For his PhD in Life Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Dr. Ben-Zvi asked the question: How does an embryo coordinate its developmental patterning processes with its actual size? The question was an old one, but his experiments led to a new mathematical model for how patterning scales with size that is now part of developmental biology textbooks.

During his subsequent training at Harvard, where he was a Fulbright and Rothschild postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Ben-Zvi switched fields. He studied the new physiology that ensues after bariatric (“weight loss”) surgeries, leading to rapid diabetes resolution and sustained weight loss. Today Dr. Ben-Zvi is an assistant professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem-Hadassah Medical School, and he continues to study how bariatric surgeries affect metabolism and physiology. His long-term goal is to discover how to achieve the positive effects of bariatric surgery without surgical intervention, potentially leading to a cure for type 2 diabetes and to reversing obesity.

Dr. Ben-Zvi is a Major (Reserves) in the Israel Intelligence Corps, having done his undergraduate studies through Talpiot, the Israel Defense Forces’ elite academic program.

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