I was born and raised in Kiryat Shmona, where MIGAL is located. Today,I live in Kibbutz Maayan Baruch with my wife Ortal and our two energetic, curious and nature-loving children: Geffen and Lotem.
I hold a bachelor’s degree from Tel-Hai College and a Master’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I conducted my thesis research on vaccine development at MIGAL, in Prof. Jacob Pitcovski's lab.
After my studies, I worked for Protalix BioTherapeutics, an Israeli pharmaceutical company and then for a startup involved in the development of human antibodies called Biolojic Design.
After a few years, we missed the greenery and streams of northern Israel. I returned to Protalix for a few more years and from there, in 2015, I went back to MIGAL as a research assistant in Dr. Itamar Yadid's lab. Recently, I joined the business development department.
As someone who was born and raised in the green northern Israel, on the banks of the river and around the best people in the country, it was hard for me to imagine adult and family life away from the Galilee. Curiosity flows through my veins and MIGAL, a unique research facility located in my favorite place, just felt like home. It is for me a home that embodies all the beautiful things about the north: its landscapes and its people.
From the day I started working at MIGAL, I found a familial atmosphere and research independence. These two things contribute to my sense of development on a personal, professional and research level.
There is something about MIGAL that reminds me of rural communities along the borders of Israel in terms of the sense of ideological dedication that connects between them despite the challenges and difficulties they face.
Not many people know this but in most of our WhatsApp groups at MIGAL, we don’t talk about research as much as about food!