Welcome to the Bar-Ilan University Research Opportunities section. In order to make it easier for those who are interested in research and doctoral work, we have compiled a cataloged page for you that includes the research opportunities and doctoral work required at the university. In each category, you will find the facilitator and professor seeking help and looking for you, the best candidates. Feel free to browse and find the most relevant and interesting field for you. We would love to hear from you soon.

There are researchers and studies that do not appear on this page. Anyone interested in a topic not listed is welcome to contact us.

DOCTORAL AND POSTDOCTORAL INTEREST AREAS FOR STUDENTS 

(Updated: January 2021)

Computer Science
Automated Reasoning

Point of contact: Dr. Yoni Zohar – yoni206@gmail.com
PhD and Postdoc Positions
(Date added: August 2021)
Research positions are open for one PhD student and one postdoc researcher to work on automated reasoning in Dr. Yoni Zohar's lab at Bar-Ilan University.
The lab is new, and aims to improve the state of the art in automated reasoning. Specifically, we work on Satisfiability Modulo Theories (SMT) and their applications in formal verification of software systems, especially smart contracts.
Research is both theoretical and practical. Applicants should have a background in programming and logic. Experience in formal verification research is a plus.
The PhD position is fully funded for four years. Starting date is flexible, but candidates are welcome to start immediately.
The postdoc position is fully funded for one year with the possibility to extend for one additional year. Starting date is flexible, but candidates are welcome to start immediately.
Inclusion and diversity are important to us and therefore, candidates from all backgrounds with relevant professional experience are encouraged to apply.
Applications should include a short cover letter explaining the candidate’s interest in the project, CV, and a list of publications, with the names of three potential references (letters not required at this point), and should be sent directly to yoni206@gmail.com
Engineering
Charged-Particle Microscopy

Point of contact: Prof. Dror Fixler Dror.Fixler@biu.ac.il

The Charged-Particle Microscopy (CPM) facility looking for students that interested to perform experiments on systems for scanning, transmission electron microscopy, and focused ion beam, including SEMs, TEMs and FIBs. This highly sophisticated equipment can be used for advanced imaging, analysis and fabrication for materials science and life sciences for both academic and industrial projects. The instrumentation can provide information about 3D morphology and topography, as well as 2D imaging and patterning at nanometric resolution.

Nano Fabrication

Point of contact: Prof. Dror Fixler

The BINA Nano Fabrication Facility provides state-of-the-art tools for research at patterning and crafting nanoscale devices. These include Class 100 and Class 1000 clean rooms equipped for a variety of fabrication processes including e-Beam lithography, photolithography, and direct laser lithography. We are looking for students that wants to do research in this environment.

Surface Analysis

Point of contact: Prof. Dror Fixler

BINA’s Surface Analysis facility has an established reputation for overcoming complex challenges and solving intricate problems in materials science. We are looking for students that interesting for analysing polymers, metals, semiconductors, corrosion coatings, thin films, glass and metal-oxide ceramics with Scanning Probe Microscopy, Ion Beam Analysis and X-Ray Diffraction.

Molecular CT imaging of cancer using targeted gold nanoparticles

Point of contact: Prof. Rachela Popovtzer Rachela.Popovtzer@biu.ac.il

For further information: www.popovtzerlab.com

Nanoparticles for in-vivo cell tracking

Point of contact: Prof. Rachela Popovtzer

For further information: www.popovtzerlab.com

'Sugar-bait' gold nanoparticles for metabolic-based imaging

Point of contact: Prof. Rachela Popovtzer

For further information: www.popovtzerlab.com

Optical imaging of enzymatic activity

Point of contact: Prof. Rachela Popovtzer

For further information: www.popovtzerlab.com

Theranostic nanoparticles for crossing the blood-brain barrier

Point of contact: Prof. Rachela Popovtzer

For further information: www.popovtzerlab.com

Cyborg - The Hybrid CellChip

Point of contact: Prof. Rachela Popovtzer

For further information: www.popovtzerlab.com

Ophthalmic Science and Engineering Lab

Ophthalmic Science and Engineering Lab  https://yossimandel.wixsite.com/mandel-lab

Point of Contact : Prof. Yossi Mandel, MD, PhD

yossi.mandel@gmail.com

 

The Ophthalmic Science and Engineering Lab is focused on basic and translational research in ophthalmology and visual neuroscience. Of main research interests are the field of electro-cellular interfaces, optical and electronic microdevices development, and applied science for improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention of various ophthalmic diseases.

One of the central themes is development of artificial retina and studying prosthetic vision in animals and in human.

Additional field of interest- development of novel technologies for treatment of age-related macular degeneration using nanotechnology-based treatment.

The lab expertise include: stem cells technologies, micro and nano- fabrication of ophthalmic devices, electrophysiology – from cellular to the visual cortex, visual psychophysics (human and animals).

We are looking for highly motivated post-docs or graduate students with background in brain science, life science, engineering (electrical, biomedical), nanotechnology.

Rapid and sensitive optical biosensing

The Optical Imaging and Biosensing lab at Bar Ilan University is looking for outstanding graduate students

The Optical Imaging and Biosensing lab at the Faculty of Engineering, Bar Ilan University, is looking for outstanding graduate students that are interested in a Ph.D. degree in one of the most exciting and emerging fields of biosensing and diagnostics.

The lab focuses on developing tools for rapid detection of:

  • Corona virus – Molecular, serological, and antigenemia assays
  • DNA sequences – Cancer biomarkers and bacteria
  • Protein-protein and protein-DNA interactions

The lab collaborates with different companies, hospitals, and leading research groups in the world

Scholarships are available for outstanding candidates!

For details: Amos Danielli, 054-7673267, amos.danielli@biu.ac.il

Distributed Coding Group

A postdoctoral position is open in the distributed coding group of Dr. Ran Gelles (Bar-Ilan University)

The position involves performing theoretical research in coding theory and distributed computation, focusing mainly on:

* coding over networks and in interactive settings

* applications to secure coding over networks

* reliability of distributed computations in noisy environments

* general models of distributed computations

The length of the postdoctoral position is 1 year, which can be extended by an additional year contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance.

Applicants should have background in (at least one of): coding theory, information theory, distributed computation, and algorithms.

Candidates are expected to be highly motivated and mathematically capable.

Applications should include

(1) a CV with a list of publications

(2) a short research statement

(3) names and contact information of 2-3 potential references

Applications should be emailed to ran.gelles@biu.ac.il

Optical quantum technologies

Dr. Eliahu Cohen, Faculty of Engineering

Job title: Optical quantum technologies

Job description: We are a theory group specializing in quantum science and technology. We collaborate with several experimental groups in Israel and abroad, mostly, quantum optical ones. We are interested in both fundamental questions pertaining to the foundations of quantum mechanics/quantum information and in practical applications of quantum optics including sensing and cryptography. More details can be found in: https://www.eng.biu.ac.il/cohenel4/.

We have MSc, PhD and postdoc positions with generous scholarships available for excellent students. Prior research experience in the above topics is a clear advantage but not a must. The starting date is flexible.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to contact us at: eliahu.cohen@biu.ac.il.

Chemistry
Chemistry

Point of contact: Prof. Doron Aurbach Doron.Aurbach@biu.ac.il

Modern , physical, analytical electrochemistry with an emphasis on developing most advanced in-situ tools.

Electrochemical power sources: batteries and all kinds of super-capacitors.

Li ion batteries; Na ions batteries, rechargeable Mg batteries

Devices for large energy storage and conversion: load leveling and grid applications

Challenges in electro-mobility: propulsion of electric vehicle and unmanned vehicles by most advanced batteries

Electrochemical water treatment processes: the Energy-Water Nexus.

Electrochemical water desalination.

Quantum thermodynamics

Point contact: Dr. Amikam Levy amikam.levy@biu.ac.il

PhD positions

There are open PhD positions (theoretical research) in the fields of quantum thermodynamics, open quantum systems, and quantum control theories. The successful candidate must hold a degree in chemistry, physics, or applied mathematics. Candidates are expected to have both analytical and basic programming skills.

The position is fully funded for four years and is expected to begin around October 2021 (with flexibility). Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact us via email amikam.levy@biu.ac.il or visit our webpage: https://levyresearch.com . Please send a CV and cover letter. Applicants are encouraged to apply before April 10 2021.

Postdoc positions

Postdoctoral positions are available in quantum thermodynamics, open-quantum systems, quantum control theories, and related fields. Applicants will hold (or be about to obtain) a PhD in theoretical physical-chemistry or physics, and specialize in one of the following fields: theoretical quantum optics, foundations of quantum theory, cavity optomechanics, quantum information processing, open-system dynamics, quantum thermodynamics, quantum control theories, quantum transport, or related fields.

The position is fully funded for one year with the possibility to extend for two additional years, and is expected to begin around June 2021 (with flexibility). Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact us via email amikam.levy@biu.ac.il or visit our webpage: https://levyresearch.com . Please send a CV and cover letter with the names of three potential references (letters not required at this point). Applications are excepted until positions are filled.

Physics
Physics

Point of contact: Prof. Michael Rosenbluh rosenblu@mail.biu.ac.il

Professor Michael Rosenbluh is an experimental physicist who heads the Quantum Optics and Laser Spectroscopy Laboratory in the Physics Department at Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.  Current research activity in the laboratory include generation and detection of broadband entangled photon pairs, quantum key distribution and ultra-fast random bit generators, CPT based atomic clocks and integrated optics and nanofabrication.

 

We have a number of openings for well qualified post-docs with previous experience in quantum optics and laser spectroscopy research.  In particular we are looking for people to make use of quantum mechanics enabled phenomena for improved sensing applications, atomic clocks and quantum cryptography.  We are also seeking people with an interest in nanofabrication of passive and active optical components.  The laboratory is well equipped for all such activities and is currently staffed by 8 staff members.  Good command of English language skills is necessary.

 

Please send a CV (including list of publications and previous experience) and names of references to rosenblu@biu.ac.il.

Life Sciences

Post doctoral and PhD open positions: The Koren Lab

Lab focus: Systematic investigation of the specificity of degradation pathways with implication to human disease

Location: Life Sciences Faculty, Bar Ilan university, Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials building.

Lab website: www.thekorenlab.com

Projects description:

The Koren lab at BIU is seeking creative and dedicated scientists to join our team. Our laboratory focus is on systematic investigation of the specificity of protein degradation pathways with implication to human disease. Our genome-wide approach that monitors the mammalian proteome turn-over in real time created a new field of investigation for biological systems, setting a new dimension that has yet to be explored. In particular, we are interested in comprehensive characterization of sequences regulating proteolysis and match them with the degradation mechanisms controlling them. In addition, we investigate protein quality control pathways activated by cells to maintain protein homeostasis and how abbreviation in these pathways lead to disease.

You will have the opportunity to perform cutting-edge studies using high-throughput approaches. We use genetics (CRISPR screens) coupled with synthetic biology (high density oligonucleotide libraries synthesis), biochemistry, cell biology and systems biology approaches to obtain a global view of degradation pathways. More specifically, we:

  1. Investigate how the degradation machineries of the cell specifically recognize and target substrates;
  2. Characterize protein quality control pathways activated by cells to maintain protein homeostasis;
  3. Explore the involvement of specific degradation machineries in various biological processes including receptor trafficking and turnover, organelle protein targeting, antigen presentation and more.
  4. Elucidate how defects in protein degradation mechanisms result in disease such as cancer or

We are looking for talented, curious and motivated post doctoral fellows and PhD students with experimental and/or computational expertise to join us.

 

Interested candidates should send CV and a cover letter describing your scientific interests to Dr. Itay Koren:  itay.koren@biu.ac.il

Bar-Ilan University is one of Israel's leading center of higher learning. Thanks to its ideal geographic location, Bar-Ilan University's campus is easily accessible to students arriving from all regions of the country. Conveniently situated within a 20-minute drive from Tel Aviv. Koren's lab is fully equipped with all facilities needed to carry out the proposed research, with full access to the high-quality infrastructure that Bar-Ilan University offers including next generation sequencing, FACS, imaging and animal core facilities.

Scholarship are available

 

References:

Koren, I., Timms, R.T., Kula, T., Xu, Q., Li, M.Z., and Elledge, S.J. (2018). The Eukaryotic Proteome Is Shaped by E3 Ubiquitin Ligases Targeting C-Terminal Degrons. Cell 173, 1622-1635.e14.

Timms, R.T., Zhang, Z., Rhee, D.Y., Harper, J.W., Koren, I., and Elledge, S.J. (2019). A glycine-specific N-degron pathway mediates the quality control of protein N-myristoylation. Science (80-. ). 364.

 

 

Yissachar lab @ BIU – studying enteric neuro-immune-microbiome cross-talks, in health and disease

 

  • We study how the gut microbiota communicate with the enteric immune and nervous systems, to control inflammation and tolerance, in health and disease (including IBD, autoimmunity, cancer and more). Our experimental approach combines a unique gut organ culture system (Yissachar et al., Cell, 2017) with next-generation sequencing and state-of-the-art molecular, cellular and immunological methodologies.
  • We are looking for an energetic, curious, team-player and quick learning graduate students (MSc/PhD) and postdoctoral fellows (fully funded scholarships).
  • Experience in immunology, neuroimmunology or bioinformatics is advantageous.

 

Interested candidates with are welcome to contact Dr. Nissan Yissachar

 

Contact information:

E-mail: nissan.yissachar@biu.ac.il

Web: www.yissacharlab.com

Twitter: @YissacharLab

 

 

Medicine
General

The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in the Galilee, Bar-Ilan University

The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine was established in 2011 in Safed in the heart of the upper Galilee and is the pride and joy of BIU. It aspires to generate a transformative change in health that will lead to the Galilee becoming the Health Capital of Israel, in effect, positively impacting on the entire country.

The Faculty ascribes great importance to the study of health and disease unique to the Galilee population with the objective of improving health services for the residents of northern Israel, meeting their needs, and ultimately benefiting all of the people of Israel. Faculty researchers are making innovative breakthroughs in healthcare research that will benefit humanity by helping prevent and cure chronic-disabling and life-threatening diseases. It is also involved in science enrichment programs for high school students in the Galilee, preventive medicine, promotion of health and wellness, and environmental health.

Since its opening, 23 principal researchers have joined the Faculty of Medicine. Nearly all of the researchers in the Faculty were recruited from internationally-recognized institutions within the framework of the Returning Scientist initiative, and they have been rapidly and cohesively integrated into Israel’s robust biomedical and health research community through the Faculty.

The Medical Faculty offers the following MD programs (MD studies are only given in Hebrew):

  • The three-year program - for students who have successfully completed three years of pre-clinical medical studies at a recognized medical school abroad.
  • The four-year program – for students who have successfully completed their undergraduate degree studies with a background in scientific disciplines.

The faculty also offers:

  • Graduate studies in biomedical and population health disciplines - MSc and PhD programs with 150 enrolled graduate students.  This program is open for international students;
  • The Faculty ”Galilee Stars” program - designated to attract residents to medical centers in the Galilee, by offering educational enrichment and research fellowships as part of the medical specialty residency.

Contemporary medicine progresses through advances in research and innovative initiatives. To this end, the Faculty has established advanced research centers at both the Faculty campus and the affiliated hospitals. Research topics cover a wide spectrum of biomedical questions, from the basic level of proteins and the cell, through the biological systems of the body, to the wide area of population health.

Emphasis is placed on several research topic areas. Translational research (research that is specifically designed to improve health outcomes) is key at the Faculty:

  • Population ealth with an emphasis on equality in health and wellbeing
  • Diabetes and metabolic diseases
  • Genomic medicine
  • Microbiome and immunity
  • Convergence of artificial and human intelligence in the service of health
  • Research and Innovation in medical education
  • Medical humanities and bioethics

We are affiliated with the following Israeli medical centers:

  • Padeh (Poriya) Medical Center, Tiberias
  • Ziv Medical Center (Rebecca Sieff Hospital), Safed
  • Galilee Medical Center, Nahariya
  • Nazareth Hospital EMMS (Scottish Hospital), Nazareth
  • The Holy Family Hospital, Nazareth (Italian hospital)
  • Mazra Hospital, Acre

BIU International - List of research groups from the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine

Cancer

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Michael Blank Molecular and Cellular Cancer Biology  The laboratory investigates the molecular processes operating in and leading to generation of cancer cells (the process is known as a carcinogenesis), cancer progression, as well as mechanisms underlying the ability of tumor cells “to escape” the destructive impact of anticancer therapies used in clinics. In particular, we study the role that Smurf2, a HECT type E3 ubiquitin ligase and recently identified tumor suppressor (Blank et al. Nature Med 2012; Zou et al. BBA-Rev Cancer 2015; Emanuelli et al. Cancer Res 2017), plays in the ability of cancer cells to replicate, metastasize and hinder the effects of anticancer therapies. The research program addresses key questions in cancer biology: What are the fundamental molecular mechanisms operating in cancer? How are they regulated? How do they affect tumor cell sensitivity to anticancer therapies? And, most importantly, how can we target cancer-related molecular networks to cure this devastating disease.
Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern Cancer Genomics and BioComputing of complex diseases The research in the cancer genomics and BioComputing lab focuses on the following topics:  Liquid biopsy of low burden tumors using circulating cell-free DNA;

Chimeric Protein-Protein Interactions (ChiPPI) analysis and their role in altering cancer-specific phenotypes;

Pan-Cancer data analysis to study the similarities and differences across diverse tumor types;

Liquid Biopsy using cell free DNA in Glioblastoma.

Comparative genomics and protein domain evolution;

Codon-usage analysis and cell-cycle regulation;

Analysis of miRNA sequences for evolutionary differences.

Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy Molecular Virology Our Lab leads a research that will contribute to the rational vaccine design against HCV through exploring the antibody response to this infectious agent. We implement a comprehensive study that will fill the critically important gap in technology and knowledge related to the mechanisms of antibody-mediated neutralization of HCV. An important focus of this study will be to translate this information to characterize the envelope structure of the virus and to develop new vaccine strategies. In another line of research we aim to contribute to understanding the pathogenesis of HCV infection and its effect on the mechanisms leading to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We study the dynamic evolutionary balance between the viral modulations of epigenetic changes of chromatin, the HCC-borne mutations, the viral genome and immune system. We also explore the processes that drives HCV infected hepatocytes towards becoming invasive and metastatic.
Dr. Meir Shamay Viral oncology The research interests in the lab are to study the functional interactions between viral proteins and the cellular machinery, which control both the viral life cycle and tumorigenesis. The viruses we study are the human gamma herpes viruses; Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV, HHV-8) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, HHV-4) that are associated with increasing number of human malignancies. The goal of our lab is to expand our knowledge on viral infections, and to utilize this knowledge for the development and use of drugs that specifically target virally infected cells.
Dr. Hava Gil-Henn signal transduction Research in our laboratory focuses on signal transduction mechanisms in health and disease. We focus on signaling mechanisms which control variable processes such as cancer metastasis, cell migration and invasion during wound healing, brain and behavior, and neurodegenerative disease. We use a multidisciplinary approach, which combines advanced molecular and cellular biology methods, in vitro and in vivo RNAi-mediated genetic manipulations, transgenic and knockout mice models, cutting edge in vivo methods, high-resolution fluorescent and intravital imaging, high-throughput proteogenomic and bioinformatic analysis. Using these methods, we are trying to understand and characterize, at the molecular, cellular, and whole organism levels, the signaling networks and mechanisms that regulate cancer metastasis, wound healing, and brain function in health and disease. We apply the knowledge gained from our interdisciplinary studies into new strategies for diagnosis and therapeutics of cancer metastasis and brain disorders.

 

Structural Biology and Drug Design

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Prof. Avraham Samson Drug Discovery Development of computational tools for drug design
To assist drug design, we are developing computational tools to predict ligand binding sites. In the past, we developed a structure based program using normal mode accompanied exposure changes to predict ligand binding sites with 90% accuracy. As one would expect we are currently attempting to increase the accuracy to 100%. In addition, we are developing ligand optimization programs based on local motion in the binding site. In particular, we are optimizing drugs which bind to acetylcholine receptors, and acetylcholine esterases, and improve concentration in patients with Alzheimer's and dementia.
Calculation of biomolecular motion and correlation with biological activity
To capture the motion involved in biological mechanisms, we are developing computational tools using molecular dynamics and normal modes. With these tools, we were able to calculate the motion associated with channel opening of the acetylcholine receptor, and show how this motion is inhibited by binding of snake toxin. In addition, we could calculate the conformational change exhibited by prion proteins and show the infection propagation in the mad cow disease. We are currently calculating motion of various biomolecules such as HIV glycoproteins, enzymes, receptors, channels, and the ribosome to explain biological activity.
Development of novel therapies for Alzheimer's disease
To develop viable therapies for Alzheimer's disease, we are testing promising drug candidates such as arginase inhibitors. First, we administer the drug candidates in mice suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Then, we test their effect on memory and learning, using behavioral experiments such as Morris water maze, and fear conditioning. Finally, we test their effect on brain morphology, using immunohistological tools. If a drug candidate improves memory and learning, and it also reduces inflammation and amyloidosis, then we move on to clinical trials in human patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. NirQvit Protein–Protein Interactions  Protein–protein interactions represent a significant proportion of functionally relevant biological interactions, and therefore manipulating these interactions is an important therapeutic strategy. The main focus of the Qvit lab is the identification of molecularmodulators of protein-protein interaction using bioinformatics analysis, peptide and protein chemistry, and system-wide biological assays. Our goal is the development of compounds capable of modulating protein complexes that will allow better understanding of the role of specific protein-protein interactions in cells and will be a starting point for the development of therapeutic compounds.
Dr. Ronit Ilouz Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms regulated by Kinases in health and disease The project idea is to translate the genomic data into a three dimensional structure to enable a better understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms, and then to control it with a specific and precise drug targeting therapy based on the SNP mutation. Aberrant Protein Kinase A (PKA) localization has been linked to a Parkinson disease. The diagnosed patients have Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in the PKA_ RIβ gene. The lab is integrating various methods including X-ray crystallography and advanced microscopy techniques as well as molecular biology, biochemistry and signal transduction. Elucidating the cellular and the molecular interactions that are properly controlled by PKA signaling and are dysregulated in the neurodegenerative disease will help discover opportunities and challenges toward personalized medicine.
Dr. Moshe Dessau Structural Biology of Infectious Diseases In our lab we use structural and biophysical approaches for studying the organization and dynamics of macromolecular assemblies. Our research focuses on determining how protein structure and interactions guide the principles and mechanisms of viral and parasitic infection. Our main emphasis is on third-world and poverty related emerging pathogens. These neglected diseases are growing concern in many developing countries as well as in the rest of the world. Nevertheless, their prevalence throughout the world is yet to be reflected in research agenda and resources allocation. Thus, developing communities face vast obstacles in fighting these pathogens that induce illnesses with high mortality rates.

We generally interested in two different systems:

(1) How do viruses assemble and how do they enter the cells they infect? Can we exploit our structural understanding of viral entry with progressive methods in biophysics and cell biology to develop novel strategies for vaccine design?

(2) What are the unique structural features of eukaryotic parasites? How can we exploit structural investigation of unique biological processes in eukaryotic parasites to design novel therapeutics?

 

Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine, and Aging

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Prof. David Karasik Genetics of Musculoskeletal Disease The Lab’s research focuses on the heritable musculoskeletal disorders of aging, such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, kidney failure, muscle loss (sarcopenia), and fatty infiltration of muscle and liver. Our search for genes underlying variation in risk of these common diseases, which began with the genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in human populations, is reinforced by validation using functional experiments in animal models (zebrafish) and mammal cells, based on homology between the species and evolutionary theory. We use bioinformatics tools and CRISPR-Cas9 technology for gene modifications and histology, RNA-Seq, western blot for protein and microCT imaging for musculoskeletal phenotyping.
Dr. Ron Piran Diabetes research and regenerative medicine Our lab is developing methods for pancreatic beta-cell regeneration as an approach to treat diabetes. Our goal is to replenish the beta-cell population in diabetic patients. Our strategy is to use drugs to convert neighboring alpha-cells into beta-cells in order to step up insulin production. We were successful using this approach in mice. Our efforts are directed towards increasing the conversion rate from alpha- to beta-cells in different diabetic models, with our growing knowledge of how the PAR2 receptor mediates this process. We are also attempting to stabilize the newly formed beta-cells by preventing their continued transdifferentiation into delta-cells.

Regenerative medicine is not limited to beta-cells, and our findings are therefore relevant to other fields where regeneration therapy is needed. So far, our discoveries have been shown to have implications for the treatment of hepatitis and limb amputations.

Dr. David Enshell-Seijffers Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Regulation Stem cell therapy is considered to be the leading potential methodology to cure a variety of devastated diseases currently lacking treatment. However, while the intrinsic properties of stem cells are under intensive study, the comparatively rudimentary understanding of the role of the niche in regulating stem cell behavior has been an impediment to effectively integrating in vivo and in vitro studies to exploit the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells. Our research uses the hair follicle as a model system to study the molecular interactions between the stem cells and their microenvironment. We use sophisticated genetic methodologies in mice and exploit the accessibility of the hair follicle to reveal genetic networks that regulate stem cell activity.

 

The Microbiome

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Omry Koren Microbiome and Microbiology Our research focuses on the microbiome, studying the roles of the trillions of bacteria that reside within each individual. We have a wide variety of research interests including interactions between microbiota and the host endocrine system, host behavior, and host development, in health and in disease states.

 

 

 

 

Genetics, Chromatin Structure and Nuclear Organization

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Itay Onn Chromosome Instability and Dynamics Three dimensional organizations have been identified as a highly important property of chromatin that ensures genome dynamics and integrity. Chromatin organization largely depends on protein complexes of the Structural Maintenance of Chromosome (SMC) family. However, the molecular basis of their activity is still elusive. In order to elucidate the mechanism by which SMC complexes organize chromatin,we use yeast as a model system and apply a multidisciplinary experimental approach that includes genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, as well as advanced microscopy techniques. Research in the Chromosome Instability and Dynamics lab provides new insights into some of the most fundamental processes in cells and elucidates the impact of SMC complexes on human health.
Dr. Kobi Maman Laboratory of genomic instability Our lab combines sensitive, high-throughput, genomic assays, and computational modeling, in order to crack the genomic code that drives genome instability in different cell-types, pathologies and conditions, and to grasp the landscape of DNA lesions in cancer.

We are particularly interested in the “double-edged swords” of the genome – physiological mechanisms that impose a threat on genome integrity, such as those involve in the formation of the immune repertoire, or the relief of DNA torsional stress. We investigate how these processes are targeted across the genome, how they are controlled, and what makes certain genomic sites more vulnerable than others to the “off-target” activity of these processes. Understanding this natural fragility of the genome will enable us to predict oncogenic events and to mark targets for cancer diagnosis and therapy

Prof. Amnon Harel Nuclear Transport and Neurodegeneration We study the molecular mechanisms underlying human neurodegenerative diseases involving drastic damage to the central nervous system. We identified novel disease-causing mutations in nuclear pore and nuclear envelope components. Patient cells and stem cell (iPSC)-derived cellular models are being used to link the clinical symptoms in patients with specific nuclear functions. We combine super resolution and electron microscopy with biochemical and genetic methods to study these topics.

 

Neurobiology

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Evan Elliott Neurobiology The laboratory of neuroscience uses state of the art techniques to study neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders. Our main goals include to understand the biological mechanisms involved in autism spectrum disorders and to understand how epigenetic mechanisms affect behavior and neurodevelopment. Multiple techniques are used, including molecular techniques, whole throughput sequencing, and animal behavioral phenotyping. We also use human tissue samples, including brain samples, to compare to our findings in animal models of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Cancer

PI's details Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Michael Blank
michael.blank@biu.ac.il
Molecular and Cellular Cancer Biology  The laboratory investigates the molecular processes operating in and leading to generation of cancer cells (the process is known as a carcinogenesis), cancer progression, as well as mechanisms underlying the ability of tumor cells “to escape” the destructive impact of anticancer therapies used in clinics. In particular, we study the role that Smurf2, a HECT type E3 ubiquitin ligase and recently identified tumor suppressor (Blank et al. Nature Med 2012; Zou et al. BBA-Rev Cancer 2015; Emanuelli et al. Cancer Res 2017), plays in the ability of cancer cells to replicate, metastasize and hinder the effects of anticancer therapies. The research program addresses key questions in cancer biology: What are the fundamental molecular mechanisms operating in cancer? How are they regulated? How do they affect tumor cell sensitivity to anticancer therapies? And, most importantly, how can we target cancer-related molecular networks to cure this devastating disease.
Dr. Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern
milana.morgenstern@biu.ac.il
Cancer Genomics and BioComputing of complex diseases The research in the cancer genomics and BioComputing lab focuses on the following topics:  Liquid biopsy of low burden tumors using circulating cell-free DNA; Chimeric Protein-Protein Interactions (ChiPPI) analysis and their role in altering cancer-specific phenotypes; Pan-Cancer data analysis to study the similarities and differences across diverse tumor types; Liquid Biopsy using cell free DNA in Glioblastoma. Comparative genomics and protein domain evolution; Codon-usage analysis and cell-cycle regulation; Analysis of miRNA sequences for evolutionary differences.
Dr. Meital Gal-Tanamy
Meital.Tanamy@biu.ac.il
Molecular Virology Our Lab leads a research that will contribute to the rational vaccine design against HCV through exploring the antibody response to this infectious agent. We implement a comprehensive study that will fill the critically important gap in technology and knowledge related to the mechanisms of antibody-mediated neutralization of HCV. An important focus of this study will be to translate this information to characterize the envelope structure of the virus and to develop new vaccine strategies. In another line of research we aim to contribute to understanding the pathogenesis of HCV infection and its effect on the mechanisms leading to hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We study the dynamic evolutionary balance between the viral modulations of epigenetic changes of chromatin, the HCC-borne mutations, the viral genome and immune system. We also explore the processes that drives HCV infected hepatocytes towards becoming invasive and metastatic.
Dr. Meir Shamay
meir.shamay@biu.ac.il
Viral oncology The research interests in the lab are to study the functional interactions between viral proteins and the cellular machinery, which control both the viral life cycle and tumorigenesis. The viruses we study are the human gamma herpes viruses; Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpesvirus (KSHV, HHV-8) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV, HHV-4) that are associated with increasing number of human malignancies. The goal of our lab is to expand our knowledge on viral infections, and to utilize this knowledge for the development and use of drugs that specifically target virally infected cells.
Dr. Hava Gil-Henn
Hava.henn@biu.ac.il
signal transduction Research in our laboratory focuses on signal transduction mechanisms in health and disease. We focus on signaling mechanisms which control variable processes such as cancer metastasis, cell migration and invasion during wound healing, brain and behavior, and neurodegenerative disease. We use a multidisciplinary approach, which combines advanced molecular and cellular biology methods, in vitro and in vivo RNAi-mediated genetic manipulations, transgenic and knockout mice models, cutting edge in vivo methods, high-resolution fluorescent and intravital imaging, high-throughput proteogenomic and bioinformatic analysis. Using these methods, we are trying to understand and characterize, at the molecular, cellular, and whole organism levels, the signaling networks and mechanisms that regulate cancer metastasis, wound healing, and brain function in health and disease. We apply the knowledge gained from our interdisciplinary studies into new strategies for diagnosis and therapeutics of cancer metastasis and brain disorders.

 

Structural Biology and Drug Design

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Prof. Avraham Samson
Avraham.Samson@biu.ac.il
Drug Discovery Development of computational tools for drug design To assist drug design, we are developing computational tools to predict ligand binding sites. In the past, we developed a structure based program using normal mode accompanied exposure changes to predict ligand binding sites with 90% accuracy. As one would expect we are currently attempting to increase the accuracy to 100%. In addition, we are developing ligand optimization programs based on local motion in the binding site. In particular, we are optimizing drugs which bind to acetylcholine receptors, and acetylcholine esterases, and improve concentration in patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. Calculation of biomolecular motion and correlation with biological activity To capture the motion involved in biological mechanisms, we are developing computational tools using molecular dynamics and normal modes. With these tools, we were able to calculate the motion associated with channel opening of the acetylcholine receptor, and show how this motion is inhibited by binding of snake toxin. In addition, we could calculate the conformational change exhibited by prion proteins and show the infection propagation in the mad cow disease. We are currently calculating motion of various biomolecules such as HIV glycoproteins, enzymes, receptors, channels, and the ribosome to explain biological activity. Development of novel therapies for Alzheimer's disease To develop viable therapies for Alzheimer's disease, we are testing promising drug candidates such as arginase inhibitors. First, we administer the drug candidates in mice suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Then, we test their effect on memory and learning, using behavioral experiments such as Morris water maze, and fear conditioning. Finally, we test their effect on brain morphology, using immunohistological tools. If a drug candidate improves memory and learning, and it also reduces inflammation and amyloidosis, then we move on to clinical trials in human patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
Dr. Nir Qvit
nir.qvit@biu.ac.il
Protein–Protein Interactions  Protein–protein interactions represent a significant proportion of functionally relevant biological interactions, and therefore manipulating these interactions is an important therapeutic strategy. The main focus of the Qvit lab is the identification of molecularmodulators of protein-protein interaction using bioinformatics analysis, peptide and protein chemistry, and system-wide biological assays. Our goal is the development of compounds capable of modulating protein complexes that will allow better understanding of the role of specific protein-protein interactions in cells and will be a starting point for the development of therapeutic compounds.
Dr. Ronit Ilouz
ronit.ilouz@biu.ac.il
Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms regulated by Kinases in health and disease The project idea is to translate the genomic data into a three dimensional structure to enable a better understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms, and then to control it with a specific and precise drug targeting therapy based on the SNP mutation. Aberrant Protein Kinase A (PKA) localization has been linked to a Parkinson disease. The diagnosed patients have Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) in the PKA_ RIβ gene. The lab is integrating various methods including X-ray crystallography and advanced microscopy techniques as well as molecular biology, biochemistry and signal transduction. Elucidating the cellular and the molecular interactions that are properly controlled by PKA signaling and are dysregulated in the neurodegenerative disease will help discover opportunities and challenges toward personalized medicine.
Dr. Moshe Dessau

moshe.dessau@biu.ac.il

 

Structural Biology of Infectious Diseases In our lab we use structural and biophysical approaches for studying the organization and dynamics of macromolecular assemblies. Our research focuses on determining how protein structure and interactions guide the principles and mechanisms of viral and parasitic infection. Our main emphasis is on third-world and poverty related emerging pathogens. These neglected diseases are growing concern in many developing countries as well as in the rest of the world. Nevertheless, their prevalence throughout the world is yet to be reflected in research agenda and resources allocation. Thus, developing communities face vast obstacles in fighting these pathogens that induce illnesses with high mortality rates. We generally interested in two different systems: (1) How do viruses assemble and how do they enter the cells they infect? Can we exploit our structural understanding of viral entry with progressive methods in biophysics and cell biology to develop novel strategies for vaccine design? (2) What are the unique structural features of eukaryotic parasites? How can we exploit structural investigation of unique biological processes in eukaryotic parasites to design novel therapeutics?
Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine, and Aging

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Prof. David Karasik
david.karasik@biu.ac.il
Genetics of Musculoskeletal Disease The Lab’s research focuses on the heritable musculoskeletal disorders of aging, such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, kidney failure, muscle loss (sarcopenia), and fatty infiltration of muscle and liver. Our search for genes underlying variation in risk of these common diseases, which began with the genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in human populations, is reinforced by validation using functional experiments in animal models (zebrafish) and mammal cells, based on homology between the species and evolutionary theory. We use bioinformatics tools and CRISPR-Cas9 technology for gene modifications and histology, RNA-Seq, western blot for protein and microCT imaging for musculoskeletal phenotyping.

 

Dr. Ron Piran
ron.piran@biu.ac.il
Diabetes research and regenerative medicine Our lab is developing methods for pancreatic beta-cell regeneration as an approach to treat diabetes. Our goal is to replenish the beta-cell population in diabetic patients. Our strategy is to use drugs to convert neighboring alpha-cells into beta-cells in order to step up insulin production. We were successful using this approach in mice. Our efforts are directed towards increasing the conversion rate from alpha- to beta-cells in different diabetic models, with our growing knowledge of how the PAR2 receptor mediates this process. We are also attempting to stabilize the newly formed beta-cells by preventing their continued transdifferentiation into delta-cells.

Regenerative medicine is not limited to beta-cells, and our findings are therefore relevant to other fields where regeneration therapy is needed. So far, our discoveries have been shown to have implications for the treatment of hepatitis and limb amputations.

 

Dr. David Enshell-Seijffers research.md.biu.ac.il/labs/david-enshell-seijffers/ Stem cell therapy is considered to be the leading potential methodology to cure a variety of devastated diseases currently lacking treatment. However, while the intrinsic properties of stem cells are under intensive study, the comparatively rudimentary understanding of the role of the niche in regulating stem cell behavior has been an impediment to effectively integrating in vivo and in vitro studies to exploit the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells. Our research uses the hair follicle as a model system to study the molecular interactions between the stem cells and their microenvironment. We use sophisticated genetic methodologies in mice and exploit the accessibility of the hair follicle to reveal genetic networks that regulate stem cell activity.
The Microbiome

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Prof. Omry Koren
Omry.Koren@biu.ac.il
korenomry@gmail.com
Microbiome and Microbiology Our research focuses on the microbiome, studying the roles of the trillions of bacteria that reside within each individual. We have a wide variety of research interests including interactions between microbiota and the host endocrine system, host behavior, and host development, in health and in disease states.

 

 

Genetics, Chromatin Structure and Nuclear Organization

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Itay Onn
Itay.Onn@biu.ac.il
Chromosome Instability and Dynamics Three dimensional organizations have been identified as a highly important property of chromatin that ensures genome dynamics and integrity. Chromatin organization largely depends on protein complexes of the Structural Maintenance of Chromosome (SMC) family. However, the molecular basis of their activity is still elusive. In order to elucidate the mechanism by which SMC complexes organize chromatin,we use yeast as a model system and apply a multidisciplinary experimental approach that includes genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, as well as advanced microscopy techniques. Research in the Chromosome Instability and Dynamics lab provides new insights into some of the most fundamental processes in cells and elucidates the impact of SMC complexes on human health.

 

Dr. Kobi Maman
Yaakov.Maman@biu.ac.il
Laboratory of genomic instability Our lab combines sensitive, high-throughput, genomic assays, and computational modeling, in order to crack the genomic code that drives genome instability in different cell-types, pathologies and conditions, and to grasp the landscape of DNA lesions in cancer.

We are particularly interested in the “double-edged swords” of the genome – physiological mechanisms that impose a threat on genome integrity, such as those involve in the formation of the immune repertoire, or the relief of DNA torsional stress. We investigate how these processes are targeted across the genome, how they are controlled, and what makes certain genomic sites more vulnerable than others to the “off-target” activity of these processes. Understanding this natural fragility of the genome will enable us to predict oncogenic events and to mark targets for cancer diagnosis and therapy

 

Prof. Amnon Harel
amnon.harel@biu.ac.il
Nuclear Transport and Neurodegeneration We study the molecular mechanisms underlying human neurodegenerative diseases involving drastic damage to the central nervous system. We identified novel disease-causing mutations in nuclear pore and nuclear envelope components. Patient cells and stem cell (iPSC)-derived cellular models are being used to link the clinical symptoms in patients with specific nuclear functions. We combine super resolution and electron microscopy with biochemical and genetic methods to study these topics.
 
Neurobiology

PI's name Research scope + link to group's website Brief research description
Dr. Evan Elliott
Evan.Elliot@biu.ac.il
Neurobiology

 

The laboratory of neuroscience uses state of the art techniques to study neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders. Our main goals include to understand the biological mechanisms involved in autism spectrum disorders and to understand how epigenetic mechanisms affect behavior and neurodevelopment. Multiple techniques are used, including molecular techniques, whole throughput sequencing, and animal behavioral phenotyping. We also use human tissue samples, including brain samples, to compare to our findings in animal models of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

 

Post-doctorate Opportunities - The Koren Lab

Post-doctorate Opportunities

The Koren Lab at Bar-Ilan University’s Azrieli Faculty of Medicine in Tzfat.

 

The Koren Lab studies interactions between microbiota, disease, and the gut-brain axis. The lab’s two main research focuses are the role the microbiome plays in female health, specifically relating to pregnancy and infancy and the interplay between the microbiome and host behavior. Research involves a blend of in vitro and in vivo methods, and we employ 16S and shotgun sequencing technologies and metabolomics. Bioinformatics and downstream analyses (using the QIIME2 pipeline, R, and GraphPad Prism) are done mostly in-house.

 

Benefits of joining us

  • Freedom to develop and lead projects in line with the lab’s main focuses
  • Participate in leading research with top collaborators
  • Join a fully equipped, funded lab
  • Be a part of a large, dynamic, supportive team – with outings, birthday celebrations, journal club, and more

Position One: Metabolomics

We are interested in further incorporating metabolomics studies in our research and are looking for a post-doctoral researcher to lead this endeavor. Specific research directions will be developed together with the postdoctoral researcher. Ideal candidates will have experience analyzing targeted and untargeted metabolomics data and/or metagenomics data.

 

Expectations

  • To lead metabolomics research in the lab – both in an independent project and as part of collaborative research
  • To develop a lab-wide analysis protocol that students can use to analyze their metabolomics data

 

Required skills

  • Proficiency in R, Linux, python, or another coding language
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Familiarity with 16S, metagenomics, and metabolomics analyses
  • Knowledge of organic chemistry – beneficial
  • Experience operating GC-MS and LC-MS systems – beneficial

Position Two: Study of microbiota-mediated aggression in fruit flies

We were recently awarded and ERC grant to further explore the effect of the microbiota (and its absence) on host behavior. The project focuses on effects of various antibiotics on aggression in murine and Drosophila hosts.  We are looking for a researcher experienced in fly handling and behavioral assays to lead this part of the project, together with a dedicated PhD student. We are interested in further exploring pheromone excretion, gene expression, brain activity and connectivity, social interactions, and everything in between.

Expectations

  • To lead Drosophila research in the lab – to lead independent research, to develop working protocols for behavioral assays and to establish and manage a germ-free colony

 

 

Required skills

  • Experience handling Drosophila
  • Experience analyzing video recordings of behavioral assays
  • Creativity to take this project in new directions
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Interest in neuroscience and gut-brain axis – beneficial
  • Working knowledge of coding languages to analyze video recordings – beneficial
  • Familiarity with 16S, metagenomics, and metabolomics – beneficial
  • Experience operating GC-MS and LC-MS systems – beneficial

For more details, please contact Prof. Omry Koren: omry.koren@biu.ac.il

Tumor Cell and Molecular Biology

Two PhD Research Positions, Tumor Cell and Molecular Biology, The Azrieli Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Two fully funded Ph.D. positions (for 4 years) are available for highly motivated candidates in the laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Cancer Biology. The laboratory is located in the new Faculty of Medicine, Bar-Ilan University (Safed), and has “state of the art” scientific equipment enabling its researchers to address complicated biomedical questions comprehensively.

Qualified candidates should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: molecular and cellular biology, cancer biology, biochemistry and genetics. Experiences including mouse models and microscopy are preferred.

Prospective PhD students should have completed their MSc studies with the CGPA score >85 (out of 100).

Fluent English writing and speaking is required.

Please send your detailed CV describing your research interests, skill set and achievements as well as contact information of your three referees to: michael.blank@biu.ac.il

Laboratory Web-site: http://research.md.biu.ac.il/labs/michael-blank/

Of note, only candidates who will be deemed appropriate for the positions will be responded.

Law
Law

Point of contact: Prof. Oren Perez Oren.Perez@biu.ac.il

Business
Business

Point of contact: Dr. Eyal Yaniv Eyal.Yaniv@biu.ac.il

The Bar-Ilan Center for Smart Cities operates in a unique model in which there is room for the three key factors needed to promote smart cities:

  • Municipalities
  • Technology companies
  • Researchers

We are working tirelessly to create joint research with these three factors.

The center's approach is that the goal in Smart Cities is to improve the quality of life of the city's residents, and installing sensors and technologies doesn't turn a city into a smart city. What makes a city smart is the use of data and technology in improving the present and future quality of life of the residents.

The center operates in all aspects of smart city, from precision irrigation to autonomous vehicles, lighting, air quality control and monitoring systems.

The doctoral student can come from all fields of study, technology, engineering, transportation, consumer behavior, economics, business administration, environment, water. The main thing is that he is interested in smart cities from the angle that interests him and his area of expertise.

Linguistics
Biblical Studies

PhD at the Department of Bible, BIU University

Requirements for the Phd Program

  • An MA thesis in biblical studies from an accredited institution.
  • A grade for the thesis of at least 85 (in 1-100 scale).
  • A CV.

Registration is open throughout the whole year.

Applicants usually meet with the head of the department to determine the relevant instructor suited for their research. The department's head will offer several possibilities and the student then contacts the relevant faculty members. The format is different than that of the US in that students who achieved their BA and MA degrees in Biblical Studies are trained to write their Phd dissertation.

Students should register for a course on ancient language (if not already taken during their MA studies: Greek, Akkadian, Latin) and modern language other than English (German, French, Italian, etc.).

The majority of a student’s time in the Phd program is invested in preparing a proposal and the thesis itself. Each Phd student should also take one course per year during his/her studies in addition to participating in the departmental seminars.

Oversees students are not required to study Modern Hebrew.

Scholarships

A full list is found here: https://biuinternational.com/admissions/financial-aid-scholarships/phd-scholarships/

Those relevant to biblical studies are:

  1. Presidential Scholarship: Students whom their average grade is exceptionally high may apply to the presidential scholarship. They should be in touch first with a potential supervisor. That is a very competitive scholarship.
  2. Sandwich program.
  3. Fullbright Program – for post-doctoral students.
  4. The department gives, according to its available resources, a small amount of scholarships to students at all degrees.

 

Among the topics explored in our department:

  1. Biblical Hebrew.
  2. Literary Analysis of the Bible.
  3. Biblical Law.
  4. Biblical Historiography and Prophecy.
  5. Wisdom Literature.
  6. Feministic approach to the Hebrew Bible.
  7. Jewish Interpretation of the Bible Through the Ages (Josephus; Qumran; Jewish Medieval interpretation).
  8. Ancient Translations of the Hebrew Bible.
  9. The Bible and the Ancient Near East.

 

We are open to interdisciplinary researches, where we cooperate will various departments in the Faculty of Jewish studies (https://jewish-faculty.biu.ac.il/en) or other faculties at Bar-Ilan.

 

Department of Classical Studies

Rresearch Interest

The faculty members of the Department of Classical Studies are internationally renowned in the various branches of classical scholarship, and welcome doctoral and post-doctoral candidates in the fields of Classical Literature, Ancient Drama, Ancient History, Ancient Philosophy and Classical Reception.

Required background

Candidates with basic proficiency in Latin and Ancient Greek, as well as fluent Hebrew or English.

Funding

The presidents' scholarship is available for outstanding candidates.

Application process and date

Unlimited date to apply. Students can apply via email: lisa.maurice@biu.ac.il

 

 

 

Brain Research Center
Brain Research

Brain Science Research opportunities

Prof. Alon Korngreen - https://www.korngreenlab.org/

  • The head of the Gonda Center
  • Head of Brain Science Research Lab

Our lab at Bar-Ilan University, Israel studies some of the basic yet still unresolved questions in neuroscience: How do neurons process information? What is the neuronal code at the cellular level? How does synaptic integration affect neuronal computation? We apply electrophysiology and optogenetics to study circuits in the basal ganglia that are affected in Parkinson's disease. We currently investigate the interplay between cannabinoids and dopamine in the basal ganglia.

To achieve our goals we apply in-vitro electrophysiology and imaging. We combine calcium imaging with with electrical microstimulation, electrophysiological recordings and optical genetics tools for optostimulation.

The lab. is highly multi-disciplinary and combines both advanced neural computation and machine learning approaches with cutting edge biological aspects.

Required background

Students and postdocs with academic background such as: engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, biology, life science, psychology are welcome to send their applications.

Funding

Scholarships for MSc, PhD and postdocs are available.

Dr. Vadim Axelrod - https://www.axelrodlab.org/

Lab Research Interests:

The lab focuses on understanding cognitive and neural mechanisms of high-level cognition. The particular research fields are:

  • Consciousness & awareness,
  • Spontaneous activity, functional connectivity and brain networks,
  • Default network and internal-directed cognition (e.g., mind-wandering) and
  • Face processing and recognition.

The lab uses variety of methods including fMRI (3T and 7T), MEG, human intracranial recording, tDCS and behavioral experiments.

Required background

Candidates with various combinations of the skills below can be considered:

  • good background in cognitive neuroscience and brain-related fields
  • programming  experience  (languages like Matlab, Python etc).
  • good background in the exact science (mathematics, physics, engineering)

Funding

There is possibility for a fellowship

Email: vadim.axelrod@biu.ac.il

Prof. Izhar Bar-Gad - https://www.ibglab.org

Lab Research Interests:

In the Neural Interface (NeurInt) Lab, we investigate the bidirectional interaction between computerized systems and the central nervous system using a combination of experimental animal models and computational models. The lab focuses on the neurophysiology underlying disorders associated with basal ganglia malfunction such as Parkinson's disease, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette syndrome (TS).

 

Required background

 

We are seeking excellent candidates for a Post-Doctoral or a PhD position.

Funding

Highly competitive stipends are available.

Dr. Dana Cohen - https://gondabrain.biu.ac.il/en/node/268

Laboratory

Prof. Hamutal Slovin - https://www.slovinlab.com/

Lab Research Interests:

Our research is dedicated to the study of visual processing and perception, decoding and reconstruction of visual content from brain activity and artificial vision.

Our long term goals are to provide novel insights into perceptually guided behavior, facilitate the development of a useful cortical visual neuroprosthesis, and improve treatment of visually impaired subjects.

To achieve our goals we work with behaving monkeys and perform long-term voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDI) and optical imaging of intrinsic signals from the visual cortices while the animals perform demanding visual tasks. We combine VSDI with electrical microstimulation, electrophysiological recordings and optical genetics tools for optostimulation.

The lab. is highly multi-disciplinary and combines both advanced neural computation and machine learning approaches with cutting edge biological aspects.

Required background

Students and postdocs with academic background such as: engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, biology, life science, psychology are welcome to send their applications.

Funding

Scholarships for MSc, PhD and postdocs are available.

Application process

Open until October 2021

Prof. Galit Shohat-Ophir - https://ophirgalit.wixsite.com/shohat-ophir-lab

We study the interplay between social interaction and motivation. We dissect molecular and neuronal mechanisms that encode changes in motivation in response to prior social experience using Drosophila melanogaster as a model organism.

Motivation is an internal state that drives goal directed behaviors like eating when we are hungry, drinking when we are thirsty. Satisfying these drives and other long-term drives like sex and social interaction is essential for survival and reproduction. But, the role of motivation is not only to drive these behaviors, but also to control the behavior such that it will be carried out at the right amount, place, time and context.

Once the goal is reached, for instance eating as a response to being hungry, the reward system gets into action and positively reinforce the behavior by coupling the behavior to a pleasurable feeling. Dysregulation of motivation and reward systems is evident in schizophrenia, eating disorders, addiction and autism.

Living in a social environment involves diverse types of interactions during which animals integrate environmental inputs together with their internal physiological state with the, and subsequently choose one action over another to increase their chances of survival and reproduction. We are interested in how different motivational states result in different sensory sensitivity, reward value, reproductive physiology, how they are integrated with energetic demand, metabolism and physiology and ultimately how different motivational states are encoded within the brain.

The lab expertise include: Neurogenetics, optogenetics, diverse behavioral paradigms that include machine vision and machine learning algorithms to analyze motivation, social interaction and social networks. Tissue specific genomic editing, cell type specific RNAseq and RNA editing analysis.

We are looking for highly motivated post-docs or graduate students with background in brain science and life science, chemistry, physics and engineering.  

Neurobiology of motivation and social interaction lab

https://ophirgalit.wixsite.com/shohat-ophir-lab

Point of Contact : Prof. Galit Shohat-Ophir PhD. galit.ophir@biu.ac.il

Research & Laboratories

The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University brings together researchers in a variety of fields which are essential to understanding the brain, including psychology, physics, linguistics, computing and biology. Research at the Gonda Center studies the brain at all levels - from behavior and cognitive processing

Visit our labs: https://gondabrain.biu.ac.il/en/faculty

Translation & Interpreting Studies

 

PhD in Translation Studies

The Department of Translation and Interpreting Studies at Bar-Ilan University welcomes to its PhD program MA graduates in any field interested in a fascinating field of studies. We offer courses taught in Hebrew and English, in addition to personal tutoring. The teachers are internationally acknowledged scholars whose diverse areas of teaching and research include pragmatic approaches to translation; the translation of humor and irony; translation, ideology and religions; literary translation; translation for the electronic media; translation and multimodality; translation and adaptation; and more.

Admission requirements: an average MA grade of 85 or higher. Candidates who have not written a thesis are required to submit a thesis equivalent. During their studies, students are required to take four theoretical courses and two seminars. Some of the courses can be taken in other departments, in keeping with the students' research topic and in consultation with their advisor and the Head of Department.

For further information, see the department website: https://translation.biu.ac.il/en or write to trans@biu.ac.il or phone 972-3-5318227

Department of Jewish Art

Research

The faculty members of the Department of Jewish Art are internationally renowned and specialize in number of fields dealing with Jewish Art and Visual Culture. They welcome doctoral and post-doctoral students and offer guidance in topics such as:

Synagogual Art and Architecture

Jewish Tradition and Visual Expression

East European Jewish Societies and Arts

Jewish Identity in Modern Visual Art and Culture

Jewish Patronage/Museums/Collecting

Holocaust Art

Feminism and Women Artists of Jewish Origin

Contemporary Art and Judaism

We are also open to interdisciplinary researches and cooperate with other departments in the Faculty of Jewish studies (https://jewish-faculty.biu.ac.il/en), or other faculties at the Bar-Ilan University.

Required background

Candidates with MA degree from an accredited academic institution and background in History of Art; and/or Jewish History; and/or Jewish Studies. Minimum grade 85 (of 1-100).

Funding

The presidents' scholarship is available for outstanding candidates.

 

Application process and date

Unlimited date to apply. For additional information: Mirjam.Rajner@biu.ac.il or Ilia.Rodov@biu.ac.il

CONTACT INFORMATION
International School
Bar-Ilan University
Ramat-Gan, Israel 5290002

Tel: +972- 3-738-4245
Email for further information
ma-phd.intl@biu.ac.il

Postdoctoral Scholarships



    Communication

    About

    The School of Communication at Bar-Ilan University is one of the few academic institutions in the world to offer research and training in International Communications and Public Diplomacy. It aims to empower Israel’s future generation with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for Israel across the globe. As a part of the BA program, students are offered the opportunity to immerse themselves in workshops on how to effectively convey messages and build a positive public image for anyone from brands, to themselves. The workshops, offered in areas relating to New Media, Advertising, Public Relations and Broadcast Media, are instructed by individuals considered professionals in their fields.

    Why Study Communication

    Communication is all around us. We use it every day without even noticing; we maintain personal communications with our family and friends, we consume mass media, and we create and participate in social networks.

    Communication studies are intended for those who want to influence and leave their mark on the world, who wish to take part in making tomorrow’s news — today. In order to accomplish that, one has to understand the media: Why is the same topic presently differently from one media outlet to another? What makes Google or Facebook so popular? Which medium is more influential – cinema, TV, radio, internet, or maybe the mobile phone? If you are interested in these questions – your place is with us.

    Unparalleled Expertise

    Bar-Ilan University has over 30 years of experience in teaching communication, and prides itself with hundreds of B.A. and M.A. graduates. The faculty members of the School of Communication and related units are internationally renowned researchers and lecturers, with extensive experience in all fields of communication: print press, TV, radio, advertising, marketing, public relations, spokesman ship and new media.

    Ample Career Opportunities

    Our graduates are sought after and well established in all fields of communications, both locally and globally. Many work in advertising or public relations offices, some in radio or TV stations, others in various websites, and a significant number in the press. Many of our graduates are media consultants in government or private offices, while others have chosen to pursue an academic research and teaching career.

    During the third year of studies, our BA students can already participate in our internship program, in which they intern in different media organizations such as PR offices, news websites, government offices and others. Through the program, the students gain practical experience in the field and acquire important tools which will assist them in their future careers.

    Program Overview

    Program Type: Major (25 Credits)
    Program Length:
     3 Years
    Language of Instruction: English
    Admission Requirements:

    • SAT: 1100
      Psychometric: 550
    • 3.5 High School GPA

    Application Deadline: Rolling admissions