The French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands
Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR)
My life before BGU:
I grew up on Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava and went to school at Maaleh Shaharut in Kibbutz Yotvata. For my bachelor's degree in life sciences, I studied in the biology/marine biotechnology track at BGU. Then I continued on to PhD studies on the direct track, in the Shraga Segal Department of Microbiology and Immunology in BGU's Faculty of Health Sciences. My post-doc was at the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (ISCBRM) and the Marine Institute at Stanford University, California.
The lab we are establishing is for comparative and evolutionary immunology, which will deal with the understanding of how the immune system developed in different animals, and how it is able to distinguish between oneself and aliens. The projects are diverse – from humans to corals, from fundamental mechanisms to the translation of discoveries to improve transplants and stem cell therapies.
I grew up in the south and wanted to return to the south. The lab is on the Sede Boqer campus, which provides access to working in a range of areas, from models in the Red Sea and aquaculture research on the Sede Boqer campus, through to research in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
An insight from my research:
You can never become an expert in everything. It's important to accept help from good people along the way, who are more knowledgeable in certain fields.
"The lab we are establishing is for comparative and evolutionary immunology, which will deal with the understanding of how the immune system developed in different animals, and how it is able to distinguish between oneself and aliens"
Something that doesn't appear on my resume:
I love to hike and to guide, especially during a full moon. Today, my joy is spending time with my family.
A source of inspiration:
My homeroom teacher in high school at Kibbutz Yotvata, Yair Yanchel, was a very important figure in my life and I learned a great deal from him, especially about one's attitude to life.
When I grow up:
As a child, I thought I would like to be Chief of Staff, I'm glad it didn't happen.
If I was not a researcher, I would be involved with:
education. The period after my army service during which I taught, was one of the best in my life.
IPhone or Android? Android, I didn't manage to make the move to Apple, not by telephone and not by computer.
Winter or summer? Winter
Tea or coffee? Coffee, since we've had children coffee is a must, once it was tea.
An isolated cabin in nature or a pampering hotel in the city? Isolated cabin in nature, I don't like big cities.
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