Research Lecture Series

Office of Science & Research Research Lecture Series
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Office of Science & Research Research Lecture Series

At NYU School of Medicine, we frequently invite our faculty as well as outside researchers to discuss recent advances in their fields. Our Dean’s Lecture Series recognizes the outstanding research that transpires in our laboratories and gives our distinguished faculty a platform to share their latest scientific findings.

Our Honors Program Lecture Series features research seminars led by outstanding scientists from around the world. A reception held after each lecture provides an opportunity for students to meet with the guest lecturer. This lecture series is sponsored by our MD Degree honors program, which offers research opportunities in the basic sciences for NYU School of Medicine medical students.

To recognize rising stars among our younger research faculty, our NextGen Stars lecture series highlights scientists who are forging innovative solutions to the most formidable challenges in biomedical research and who are poised to emerge as leaders in their fields.

All lectures take place on Monday at 4:00PM throughout the academic year and are open to NYU Langone faculty, trainees, and staff. If you have questions about this seminar series, contact Josephine Markiewicz, lecture coordinator, at josephine.markiewicz@nyumc.org.

Spring 2017 Lectures

Dean’s Lecture Series Spring 2017

Hannah Klein, PhD
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Medicine, and Pathology
Hosted by Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD
Monday, January 23, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Honors Program Lecture Series Spring 2017

Michael K. Rosen, PhD
Professor and Chairman of Biophysics; Principal Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD
Monday, January 30, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Yasmine Belkaid, PhD
Senior Investigator, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/Division of Intramural Research
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD
Monday, March 6, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Olivier Pourquié, PhD
Professor, Departments of Genetics and Pathology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD
Monday, March 20, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Robert H. Singer, PhD
Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Anatomy Structural Biology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD
Monday, April 3, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Yang Dan, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD
Monday, April 17, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Erika Pearce, PhD
Group Leader and Director, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Genetics
Hosted by Dan Littman, PhD
Monday, April 24, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

“Social Hierarchies: Cognitive Skills and their Neural Regulation”
Russell D. Fernald, PhD
Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD and Steven Burden, PhD
Monday, May 1, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Howard L. Fields, MD, PhD
Professor of Neurology, University of California at San Francisco; Director, Wheeler Center for the Neurobiology of Addiction
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD
Monday, May 8, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Guoping Feng, PhD
The Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD
Monday, May 15, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

Vishva M. Dixit, MD
Vice President and Staff Scientist, Physiological Chemistry, Genetech
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD
Monday, May 22, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Alumni Hall B

NextGen Stars Lecture Series 2016–17

We’ll post details about upcoming NextGen Stars lectures as they are scheduled.

Michael Halassa, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience Institute and the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Physiology
Hosted by Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD
Friday, May 5, 2017
4:00PM–5:00PM
Smilow First Floor Seminar Room

Past Lectures

Demonstrating the caliber of scientists who have discussed their research as part of our lecture series, we have archived past events.

Dean’s Lecture Series 2015–16

“Chromatin Interactions and Their Impact on Recombination in Developing Lymphocytes”
Jane Skok, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology

"Be Still My Beating Heart! Cardiac Rhythmicity from Development to Disease"
Glenn I. Fishman, MD
The William Goldring Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Neuroscience and Physiology
Director, Leon H. Charney Division of Cardiology
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine

“Epigenetics: One Genome Multiple Phenotypes”
Danny Reinberg, PhD
The Terry and Mel Karmazin Professor and Molecular Pharmacology, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dean’s Lecture Series 2014–15

“Immunity to a 3-Million-Year-Old Pathogen: Tuberculosis in the 21st Century”
Joel Ernst, MD
The Jeffrey Bergstein Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
Professor, Departments of Microbiology and Pathology
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology

"Targeting Cell Intrinsic and Extrinsic Dependencies in Acute Leukemia"
Iannis Aifantis, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology
Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dean’s Lecture Series 2013–14

"Picture This! (Adventures in Biomedical Imaging)"
Daniel Sodickson, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Radiology
Director, Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging
Professor, Departments of Radiology and Neuroscience and Physiology

"Molecular Trafficking in Gene Regulation and Genome Maintenance"
Evgeny Nudler, PhD
The Julie Wilson Anderson Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"Macrophages and Atherosclerosis: How Lipid Indigestion Drives Chronic Inflammation"
Kathryn Moore, PhD
The Jean and David Blechman Professor of Cardiology, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Honors Program Lecture Series Fall 2016

“Neural Plasticity from Synapse to Cognition”
Moo-Ming Poo, PhD
Director and Senior Investigator, Institute of Neuroscience, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Ubiquitin- and ESCRT-dependent Membrane Trafficking Pathways”
Scott D. Emr, PhD
Professor, Weill Institute for Cell and Molecular Biology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cornell University
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Genomic Analysis of Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer: From Gene Discovery to Precision Medicine and Public Health”
Mary-Claire King, PhD
American Cancer Society Professor, Departments of Medicine and Genome Sciences, University of Washington
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

Andrew Dillon, PhD
Dean, School of Information; the Louis T. Yule Regents Professor of Information; and Professor of Psychology, Professor of Information, Risk and Operations Management, University of Texas at Austin
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Transcription of the Genome: From Molecular Movies to Regulatory Systems”
Patrick Cramer, PhD
Director, Department of Molecular Biology, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Gottingen, Germany
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

Honors Program Lecture Series 2015–16

“The Origin of Concepts: A Case Study of Natural Number”
Susan Carey, PhD
The Henry A. Morss Jr. and Elizabeth W. Morss Professor, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Hosted by Steven Burden, PhD and Ed Ziff, PhD

“T Cell Memory and Exhaustion”
Rafi Ahmed, PhD
The Charles Howard Candler Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University
Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Vaccine Research
Director, Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University School of Medicine
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“Serine Metabolism and Cancer”
Karen H. Vousden, PhD
Professor and Director, Cancer Research United Kingdom, Beatson Institute, Glasgow
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“A Mitochondrial Etiology of Metabolic and Degenerative Disease”
Douglas C. Wallace, PhD
Director, Center for Mitochondrial and Epigenomic Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Frizzled Signaling in Development and Disease”
Jeremy Nathans, MD, PhD
Professor, Departments of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Neuroscience and the Theobald Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Circuits, Cells, and CNS Complexity: The Molecular Genetics of the Mammalian Brain”
Nathaniel Heintz, PhD
The James and Marilyn Simons Professor, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, The Rockefeller University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“How Experience Changes Synapses in the Mammalian Brain”
Tobias Bonhoeffer, PhD
Director, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
Professor, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD and György Buzsáki, MD, PhD

“Translational Control of Cancer and Autism via elF4E”
Nahum Sonenberg, PhD
The James McGill Professor, Department of Biochemistry and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center, McGill University
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“How Sheltering Shapes and Safeguards Telemores”
Titia de Lange, PhD
The Leon Hess Professor and American Cancer Society Professor, The Rockefeller University
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“Host Microbiome Interactions in Health and Disease”
Eran Elinav, MD, PhD
Senior Scientist, Department of Immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“Illuminating Biology at the Nanoscale with Single-molecule and Super-resolution Imaging”
Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD
The David B. Arnold Jr. Professor of Science and Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Physics, Harvard University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Neurexins and Their Ligands: Towards a Molecular Logic of Neural Circuits”
Thomas C. Sudhof, MD
Professor, Departments of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Neurology and Neurological Sciences, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“New Mechanistic Insights into Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease”
Morgan Sheng, PhD
Vice President, Genentech
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Targeting Protein Trafficking for the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease”
Gregory A. Petsko, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology, Weill Cornell Medical College
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“The Transformative Genome Engineering Technology CRISPR-Cas9: Lessons Learned from Bacteria”
Emmanuelle M. Charpentier, PhD
Professor and Director, Department of Regulation in Infection Biology, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany
Hosted by Richard Novick, MD

“Small Molecules from the Human Microbiota”
Michael Fischbach, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, University of California at San Francisco
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“Hfq Gymnastics: Alternative Modes for Small RNA and mRNA Use of an RNA Chaperone”
Susan Gottesman, PhD
National Institutes of Health Distinguished Investigator and Co-chief, Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Machines of Protein Destruction”
Robert T. Sauer, PhD
The Salvador E. Luria Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Ion Channels in Primary and Motile Cilia”
David Clapham, MD, PhD
The Aldo R. Castañeda Professor, Department of Cardiovascular Research and Professor, Departments of Neurobiology and Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Stefan Feske, MD

Honors Program Lecture Series 2014–15

“iPS Cell Technology and the Study of Monogenic and Complex Diseases”
Rudolf Jaenisch, MD
Professor of Biology, Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“The Structure and Mechanism of the Hsp90 Molecular Chaperone: New Insights into the Yin and Yang of Client Activation”
David A. Agard, PhD
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of California at San Francisco
Scientific Director, Institute for Bioengineering, Biotechnology, and Quantitative Biomedical Research, University of California at San Francisco, University of California at Berkeley, and University of California at Santa Cruz
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Microbiota-Immune System Interaction in the Intestine”
Lora Hooper, PhD
Professor, Departments of Immunology, Center for Genetics of Host Defense, and Microbiology; the Jonathan W. Uhr MD Distinguished Chair in Immunology; and the Nancy Cain and Jeffrey A. Marcus Scholar in Medical Research, in Honor of Dr. Bill S. Vowell, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD and Heran Darwin, PhD

“Machines of Protein Destruction”
Robert T. Sauer, PhD
The Salvador E. Luria Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“mTOR Signaling in Growth and Metabolism”
Michael N. Hall, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Biozentrum Basel, Switzerland
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“The Quest for Novel Antibiotics”
Kim Lewis, PhD
University Distinguished Professor and Director, Antimicrobial Discovery Center, Department of Microbiology, Northeastern University
Hosted by Richard Novick, PhD

“Decoding the Gene Regulatory Logic of Neuronal Cell Type Specification”
Oliver Hobert, PhD
Professor, Departments of Systems Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University Medical Center
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“The Genetic Basis of Innate Behaviors”
Leslie B. Vosshall, PhD
The Robin Chemers Neustein Professor, Rockefeller University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“In Search of Our Inner Zebras: Adventures in the Genomics of Inflammation”
Daniel Kastner, MD, PhD
National Institutes of Health Distinguished Investigator and Scientific Director, Division of Intramural Research, National Human Genome Research Institute
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“Genetic Approaches to Brain Circuit Mapping and Cell Type Characterization”
Hongkui Zeng, PhD
Senior Director, Research Science, Allen Institute for Brain Science

“Telomerase and Its Reactivation in Cancer”
Thomas R. Cech, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado Boulder, and Director, University of Colorado BioFrontiers Institute
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, 1989
National Medal of Science winner, 1995
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Making the Mouse Blastocyst”
Janet Rossant, PhD
Professor, Departments of Molecular Genetics and Obstetrics and Gynecology and Chair, Pediatric Research, University of Toronto
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

Christof Koch, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Signaling Oxygen Levels by Protein Hydroxylation: The New Physiology of Hypoxia”
Sir Peter Ratcliffe, MD
Professor, Department of Clinical Medicine and Chair, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford 
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“ALS: New Genes and New Models”
Robert H. Brown, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hosted by Steve Burden, PhD

“Twist and Turns in Ubiquitin Conjugation Cascades”
Brenda A. Schulman, PhD
Co-director and faculty member, Cancer Genetics, Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Reconstructing Regulatory Circuits: From Cells to Tissues”
Aviv Regev, PhD
Core Member, Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University and Associate Professor of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“A Solid State Conceptualization of Information Transfer from Gene to Message to Protein”
Steven McKnight, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Understanding Muscle Development, Disease and Regeneration”
Eric Olson, PhD
The Annie and Willie Nelson Professorship in Stem Cell Research, the Pogue Distinguished Chair in Research on Cardiac Birth Defects, and the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Science, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Innate Immunity to Intracellular Pathogens: Implication for Vaccine Development and Cancer Immunotherapy”
Daniel A. Portnoy, PhD
Professor and Edward E. Penhoet Distinguished Chair in Global Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

Honors Program Lecture Series 2013–14

“Network Biology Approaches to Microbial Threats”
James J. Collins, PhD
University Professor and Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Harvard University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
The William F. Warren Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston University
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Overcoming Cancer Drug Resistance”
Charles L. Sawyers, MD
Chair, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Hosted by Dan Littman, PhD

“Parental Behavior and Parental Influences: Molecular and Neural Architecture of the Mouse Social Brain”
Catherine Dulac, PhD
The Higgins Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Exploring and Exploiting the Design Principles of Cell Signaling Networks”
Wendell A. Lim, PhD
Professor, Departments of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology and Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of California at San Francisco
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

“The Molecular Choreography of Signaling at the Chemical Synapses of the Brain”
Eric Gouaux, PhD
Senior Scientist, Investigator, Vollum Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Heterochromatin and Nuclear Organization Through Development”
Susan M. Gasser, PhD
Director, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology, University of Basel
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Nitric Oxide Sensing: From Bacteria to Humans”
Michael Marletta, PhD
The Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Professor of Chemistry, President and CEO, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“Developmental Origins of Adult Neural Stem Cell Specification”
Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, PhD
Professor and the Heather and Melanie Muss Endowed Chair, Department of Neurological Surgery, University of California at San Francisco
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Duplication of the Human Genome: Mechanism and Control of DNA Replication and Segregation”
Bruce W. Stillman, PhD
President and Chief Executive Officer and Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“The Ups and Downs of Motor Circuit Organization”
Silvia Arber, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurobiology and Cell Biology, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Biozentrum, Basel, Switzerland
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Tools for Mapping and Engineering Brain Computations”
Edward Boyden, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biological Engineering and Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab and McGovern Institute for Brain Research

“Genome Regulation in Cell Fate Control and Plasticity”
Howard Chang, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine
Early Career Scientist, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Dan Littman and Iannis Aifantis, PhD

“Starting S Phase: Activation of the Mcm Helicase”
Michael Botchan, PhD
The Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor, Department of Biochemistry, and Chair, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Hosted by Evgeny Nudler, PhD

“The Origin of Cellular Life”
Jack W. Szostak, PhD
Professor, Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Natural Products as Probes of the Pain Pathway”
David Julius, PhD
The Morris Herzstein Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Medicine, and Professor and Chair, Department of Physiology, University of California at San Francisco
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“Phase Separation in Cytoplasm”
Tony Hyman, PhD
Director, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Computing with Neural Ensembles”
Miguel A.L. Nicolelis, MD, PhD
The Anne W. Deane Professor, Department of Neuroscience, and Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology, Duke University
Founder, Center for Neuroengineering, and Founder and Scientific Director, Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal
Hosted by Ed Ziff, PhD

“The Mechanism of Molecular Motor Proteins”
Ron D. Vale, PhD
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California at San Francisco
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“The Origins of Animal-microbe Interactions”
Nicole King, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley
Hosted by Ruth Lehmann, PhD

“Typhoid Toxin: A Window into the Unique Biology of Salmonella Typhi”
Jorge E. Galan, PhD, DVM
The Lucille P. Markey Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis and Professor of Cell Biology; Chair, Department of Microbial Pathogenesis, Yale University School of Medicine
Hosted by Dan Littman, MD, PhD

NextGen Stars Lecture Series 2015–16

“Basic Science Combats an Old Foe: The Promise of Toxins as Targets Against the Superbug Staphylococcus Aureus”
Victor J. Torres, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology
Hosted by Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD

“Maintaining Our Genome: Whenever, Wherever”
Agnel Sfeir, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology
Hosted by Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD