Dr. Ganz earned her PhD in Molecular Nutrition at Cornell, with minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry. She was awarded an NIH T32 Training Grant for Translational Research, and her research has spanned from cells to human subjects. Her doctoral thesis, “Investigating genetic and biochemical differences in nutrient metabolism,” underscores the inter-individual differences in vitamin metabolism that occur at recommended intakes, and highlights the need for personalized nutrient recommendations to achieve optimal and equal outcomes for everyone. Her work elucidating biochemical mechanisms of folate metabolism in the nucleus may have implications for human health and disease.
Many random systems that describe the physical world, even those with very simple descriptions, can have dramatically different behaviors at different temperatures, such as solid ice turning to liquid water at a prescribed temperature. This phenomenon has been a major field of study in both the physical and mathematical communities, providing insight into how simple atoms create complex materials. Dr. Harel is interested in taking the many insights gained by physicists and giving them a rigorous mathematical basis.
This field of study lies at the intersection of many mathematical fields, such as probability theory, analysis, combinatorics, and exactly solvable systems. Dr. Harel is very excited to continue his research in Tel Aviv University, where he hopes to participate in the groundbreaking work led by Prof. Ron Peled, as well as reap the benefits of being part of the wider mathematical community in Israel.