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Weizmann Institute Presents Scientists of Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 27 Adar II 5779

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us for a special evening of discovery and learning about some of the scientific breakthroughs that are coming out of the heart of Israel’s scientific community.
On Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., we will be hosting two of the Weizmann Institute of Science’s premier PhD candidates, Daoud Sheban and Omer Karin. Daoud and Omer will outline the exciting progress of their research in the fields of molecular genetics and molecular cellular biology and potential breakthroughs, in a manner understandable to lay people, and then take questions from the audience. 

They will also highlight the work of the Weizmann Institute and how this relatively small institution in Rehovot (just south of Tel Aviv) is able to produce major scientific breakthroughs that have transformed the world. 

Daoud is studying the primary molecular events that reshape chromatin during very early embryonic development. Chromatin is a complex of DNA, RNA, and protein found in cells with a primary function of packaging very long DNA molecules into a more compact, denser shapes.  This prevents the strands from becoming tangled and plays important roles in reinforcing the DNA during cell division, preventing DNA damage, and regulating gene expression and DNA replication. Daoud’s team identified a novel structural modification in chromatin that is associated with the development of stem cells.  In another project, Daoud helped characterize how protein degradation regulates chromatin in human embryonic stem cells.

Omer studies the feedback circuits that allow cells to send and receive signals. Omer is part of a team that recently devised a new model characterizing cellular circuit dynamics and their impact on tissue health. His work potentially has enormous implications for a number of diseases such as diabetes and neurodegeneration diseases.  Omer has also developed a computational approach to investigate how disease risk increases with age. His research, which sheds light on the dynamics of age-dependent pathologies, can offer fresh perspectives on prevention and therapy.
 
The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary research institutions in the natural and exact sciences. The Institute has a long history of investigation and discovery rooted in a mission of advancing science for the benefit of humanity. In parallel, it educates a substantial proportion of Israel’s scientific leadership and advances science literacy in schools and among the public. 
 
It is sure to be a stimulating and enlightening evening. Hosted by Jeff & Becky Levine. Cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres & desserts.
 
This event is appropriate for adults and students and is open to the wider community.  Invite your friends. No funds will be solicited.

Please RSVP with Sheryl Kimmel at 312-861-7752 or s.kimmel@acwis.org. 

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