Meet the 2016-2017 Zuckerman Faculty Scholars

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Dr. Bromberg is a senior lecturer at the Racah Institute of Physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics is from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his M.Sc. in Physics from Tel Aviv University, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He then went on to a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School (2010-2012), followed by another postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University (2012-2015).

He is an experimental physicist who studies quantum optics and other related topics. His work investigates what happens to photons, the fundamental particles that light is made of, when they are sent through opaque materials. This method may potentially have applications such as imaging through the skin or communicating through fog. Dr. Bromberg has co-authored 31 peer reviewed articles, is known as an excellent collaborator, and has already had an impact on the scientific community. At the same time, he is extremely committed to his teaching, and hopes to expose as many people as possible to the joy of doing science.

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Professor Ivry is a member of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Solid State Institute of Research at the Technion. His B.Sc. was from a program for excellent students at the Hebrew University. He received his M.Sc. from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, UK (2004, 2006 and 2011, respectively). Then he spent 3 years at MIT as a post-doctoral scholar, finally returning to Israel at the Technion. He is an expert in nano-functional materials—ferroelectrics and superconductors. He plans to enter uncharted territory: the interplay between the insulating nature of ferroelectrics and superconductivity.

This is an extremely important issue, both fundamentally and technologically, that may provide an insight into the emergence of cooperative phenomena in electronic materials and, potentially, to the development of novel devices with advanced functionality, such as low-power computers. Recognized as someone who is “brimming with new ideas,” Ivry’s scientific activity has earned him prestigious prizes and awards including the Horev Fellowship, the British Council Chevening Award, the Klein Prize, and a Nokia Fellowship. He has delivered lectures at prestigious conferences and seminars in his research field and has published and reviewed papers for leading scientific journals. Professor Ivry is married with children.

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Dr. Pomerantz returns to Tel Aviv University, where he received his Ph.D. in experimental nuclear physics. He will be a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Particle Physics, which is in the School of Physics and Astronomy. He returns to Tel Aviv from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Texas Petawatt laser facility. While there, Dr. Pomerantz developed a unique method for laser generation of intense, ultra-short bursts of neutrons. Recognized for his brilliance and entrepreneurship, Dr. Pomerantz, will lead a high-intensity laser facility currently being built at the university, with seed funds raised from the university and from competitive grant programs.

He hopes his research will lead to dramatically lowering the cost and size of neutron generators, eventually leading to more widespread use of intense laser systems for research and for social applications. To promote high intensity laser research in Israel, Dr. Pomerantz co-founded the Conference on High Intensity Lasers in Israel (CHILI.) He is married to Dr. Yael Shahar–Pomerantz. They are the parents of Daphne and Guy.

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Dr. Spiegel returns to the Weizmann Institute, where he received his MSc and PhD in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology. He will be joining the Department of Neurobiology. Dr. Spiegel was born in Basel, Switzerland, and moved to Israel after high school. He went to Tel Aviv University, where he became fascinated by molecular and cellular biology, and by neuroscience. His career was at first devoted to neuronal cell biology, but during his postdoctoral work at Harvard Medical School, he decided to shift to the challenging question of how gene regulation programs control circuit formation in the brain. His multidisciplinary approach has been highly praised.

At Weizmann, Dr. Spiegel will be establishing his own independent research group which will attempt to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which experience alters the structure and function of neural circuits in the brain in behaviorally relevant ways and to understand how these processes, when they go awry, might give rise to psychiatric disorders. Dr. Spiegel has three daughters.

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