The Zuckerman Israeli Postdoctoral Program provides support to Israeli postdoctoral researchers who would like to study and do research in the U.S. Here are their profiles.
In addition to the fundamental questions to be explored, this line of research could potentially lead to insights into alternative energy resources and crop optimization.
He will be using his expertise in experimental fluid dynamics and soft condensed matter, as well as in data analysis, to bring a physical and mathematical approach to the study of plant development and regeneration, focusing on the spatio-temporal dynamics of active self-organization.
Dr. Afik is noted for having developed his own tools for obtaining and analysing experimental data, which he then gladly shares with others. His postdoc is also being funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Dr. Afik is married with two children.
His PhD research lead to ten published peer-reviewed journal articles with several more under way. Already recognized as a leader by the researchers he has worked with, he has mentored numerous graduate, undergraduate, and high school students in many settings, and was a head teaching assistant throughout his studies. Dr. Grinberg Dana’s interest in clean and safe combustion, and specifically in scalable novel low-carbon approaches to the global energy and environmental crisis, led him to his current position as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Green Group at the Chemical Engineering Department of MIT. His current research in computational chemistry enhances the Reaction Mechanism Generator (RMG) open-source software with nitrogen chemistry, making it the first automatic mechanism generation software to comprehensively include nitrogen. The Zuckerman Fellowship will allow him to continue working at the same lab, boosted by an even larger supplement from the department there. Besides his many academic awards, he has won teaching awards for every semester he has taught.Visit Website
She plans to combine this lab’s expertise with her own to better understand honey bee glands and pheromones, and their link to reproductive conflicts within the colony. More detailed knowledge of this field could help closer monitoring of queen health and productivity in commercial hives, an area of research that is greatly needed in Israel. Dr. Orlova’s work has been published in prestigious journals. She has also served as a lecturer and translator into Russian for an Israeli government innovation program for beekeepers from developing countries.
Known as an outstanding student, she excelled at the challenging task of adding a theoretical aspect to the study of the neural networks activity, and in fact her postdoctoral work will consist of beginning a new collaboration between a theoretical group of researchers at the University of Washington and experimental lab scientists at the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle. Her work is expected to find widespread applications.