Ben Palmer studied chemistry as an undergraduate in Cardiff University in the UK and continued there for a PhD with Prof. Kenneth Harris. His PhD work on polarized X-rays led to the development of the X-ray Birefringence Imaging technique. Ben moved to the Weizmann Institute as a postdoc in 2014 to work in the group of Profs. Lia Addadi and Steve Weiner. In June 2019 he started his current position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry in Ben-Gurion University. Ben explores the field of 'Organic Biomineralization' and is interested in how organisms make and use organic crystals to manipulate light for different optical functions, particularly in visual systems.