Shraga Segal Dept. of Microbiology, Immunology & Genetics
Faculty of Health Sciences
My life before BGU:
I was born in Givatayim and grew up in Gedera. I studied for my undergraduate degree in the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University. I then studied in a track leading directly to a doctorate in the Faculty of Medicine, also at Tel Aviv University. After a short post-doc at the Weizmann Institute of Science, I continued to a further post-doc at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
"Good science is done with good people. No idea, no matter how good, will develop without the right people to work with"
During my undergraduate degree, I was already drawn to cancer research. During my doctoral studies, I developed, along with my advisors and other students, a unique treatment method for solid masses based on ionized alpha-type radiation. Advanced clinical trials of this treatment are currently being carried out in a number of countries around the world, including the US, Japan, Italy and Israel. Over the years, I delved deeper into the vast field of tumor microenvironment and examined the connections between cancerous cells and the supportive non-cancerous cells that allow them to flourish. Over the last few years, I was drawn into a sub-niche of this field: exosomes. These are vesicles whose size is under 100 nanometers and which allow the passing of information and molecules between cells. This is a new and exciting field, where much remains to be discovered and which has great potential for precision medicine.
Over the years, I have met many researchers and been in many labs in my field, situated in the Negev. The University has a great reputation for the collegial atmosphere between researchers and for being a great scientific oasis in the south of the country.
An insight from my research:
Good science is done with good people. No idea, no matter how good, will develop without the right people to work with.
Something that doesn't appear on my resume:
I think the most important things are family, health, books and coffee. Not necessarily in that order.
A source of inspiration:
People who went against the flow, who paid a personal price, but eventually changed the world. Susan B. Anthony and the suffragists are a good example.
When I grow up:
When I was a child, I pronounced I would be a criminal lawyer; today I'm satisfied with having no need for one.
If I was not a researcher, I would be involved with:
Maccabi or HaPoel? HaPoel Tel Aviv, there's nothing like them.
iPhone or Android? iPhone, only because my wife insists.
Night or morning? Morning.
Tea or coffee? Coffee – easy!
Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad? Both are good.
An isolated cabin in nature or a pampering hotel in the city? Both are good.
Dire Straits or Queen? The Smiths.
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