Prof. Zvia Agur – President

Professor Zvia Agur is an eminent international biomathematician, who has made major contributions to the theory of disease dynamics, chemotherapy and vaccination policies optimization. Prof. Agur is founder of the Institute for Medical BioMathematics (IMBM), has been the president of the Israeli Society of Theoretical and Mathematical Biology, a member of the Board of Directors of the European Society of Mathematical and Theoretical Biology, and an editor of several professional publications. Her innovative research work has won national awards, has been published in a long line of leading scientific journals and is recognized by the academic community worldwide. Prof. Agur holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Université Libre in Brussels.

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Dr. Moran Elishmereni

Dr. Moran Elishmereni Moran joined IMBM in November 2004, after obtaining a B.Sc. in Computational Biology at Bar-Ilan University. She completed her MSc (2007) and PhD (2012) at the Institute for Drug Research in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she studied immunopharmacology under the supervision of Prof. Francesca Levi-Schaffer. Her thesis centered on the “Allergic Synapse”, defining a role for mast cell/eosinophil interactions in regulating inflammatory responses. In IMBM, Moran takes part in various Cancer Therapy projects.

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Dr. Karin Halevi Tobias

Dr. Karin Halevi holds a Ph.D degree in Molecular Biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science Rehovot. Her Ph.D thesis was in the field of molecular and cellular biology and focused on the proto-oncogene c-Myc: as a transcription factor, inducer of apoptosis and the control of its degradation. She worked over ten years in biotechnology start-up companies in the fields of drug discovery and drug development. Karin joined IMBM in January 2008. In IMBM, she takes part in the Cancer Stem Cell and in the personalized immunotherapy projects.

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Dr. Gili Hochman

Dr. Gili Hochman has completed studies towards a Ph.D. degree in the field of theoretical chemistry, in the department of chemistry at Bar-Ilan University. Her thesis work, under the supervision of Prof. Kenneth G. Kay, included an analytical and numerical research in the area of semiclassical mechanics, using classical mechanics to approximate solutions to problems in quantum mechanics. Gili joined IMBM in January 2010. In IMBM, she takes part in the Cancer Stem Cell project.

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Dr. Jeremy Miller

Dr. Jeremy Miller was educated at King’s College University of London. He holds a Ph.D in High-Energy Physics from Tel-Aviv. Currently Jeremy studies towards a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at the University of Southampton. His research is focused on gravitational wave modelling through solving Einstein’s equations at second-order, in black hole perturbation theory. Jeremy joined IMBM in September 2016. His research is the biomathematical modelling of prostate cancer, centered on the prediction of the time to biochemical failure for patients undergoing androgen deprivation therapy.

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Dr. Ofer Shlagman

Dr. Ofer Shlagman has completed studies towards a Ph.D. degree in theoretical condensed-matter physics, in the department of physics at Bar-Ilan University. His thesis work, under the supervision of Prof. Efrat Shimshoni, included mainly analytical research in the area of low-dimensional quantum magnets, using quantum field-theoretical techniques to study strongly correlated electronic systems, and transport phenomena as a probe for quantum phase transitions. Ofer joined IMBM in May 2015. In IMBM, he works on a mathematical model for the cellular immune system and its interactions with cancer.

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Yuri Kogan

Yuri Kogan holds a BA degree in Theoretical Mathematics from the Tel-Aviv University (TAU). Over many years of scientific research at IMBM, he has been involved in biomathematical modelling of several cancer diseases, as well as in researching cancer stem cells, intracellular signal transduction and clinical immunotherapy. His current research continues to focus on modelling cancer growth and treatment, in particular, immunotherapy of prostate cancer, melanoma and glioblastomas, modelling of cancer stem cells, and modelling of intracellular signal transduction.

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Shirley Keinan

Shirley Keinan holds a B.Sc degree in Theoretical Mathematics and Education from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is now completing her M.Sc studies in Applied Mathematics at the Tel-Aviv University. Shirley joined IMBM at July 2015. Her current work is on the Intensive Care project, focusing on Immune functions and their relation to patient outcomes following traumatic injuries.

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Neomi Mizrahi

Neomi Mizrahi Joined IMBM in October 2015; holds a B.Sc in Biology from Ben -Gurion University(BGU) with a special focus on brain and cognitive science. At BGU I participated in a project concerning plastic biodegradation (with Prof.Lital Alfonta and Dr.Ramon Birnbaumm), and assisted projects concerning potassium channels structure and function () with Prof.Ofer Yifrach).

Dorit Dror

Dorit Dror is the Administrative Manager of IMBM. She holds a B.A. degree in English Literature and Information Science from Bar-Ilan University. Her primary responsibility in IMBM is providing quality services to ensure successful finance and personnel management of IMBM’s scientific and administrative members and visitors the latter include Israeli and foreign scientists and students, engineering trainees, as well as post-doctorate students at IMBM. In her work she also maintains IMBM's information center, builds data retrieval applications and is in charge of the institute' Internet site. As the administrator of IMBM, a non-profit organization, Dorit is also in charge of IMBM’s “Amutah”, organizing board meetings, preparing board minutes, and presenting budget and annual reports to the organization’s lawyers and accountants. She organizes and oversees the logistical activities in the office, procurement activities and staff workload oversight.

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