After seven and a half wonderful years at the Technion, I have decided to accept a position at NYU to direct the Institute for Computational Medicine. I formally start there in May and the Technion lab will close in August. I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work at the amazing Faculty of Biology at the Technion.
I’m very proud of the research, the teaching, and the service that I was a part of at the Technion. In my lab, we developed a method to allow us to study the transcriptomes of individual cells – spear-headed by Tamar Hashimshony – and used it to study stages, germ-layers, and body-plans in animal embryos. Under the direction of Yoav Arava, we made Evolution a required course for all biology students, taken in their first semester at the Technion, and I think this is a great step forward. I also had the pleasure of teaching a second course on Genome Evolution, and this has been recently published as a book for a popular audience. It was great fun to help set up the Technion Genome Center along with Maayan Duvshani-Eshet, Tal Katz-Ezov, Tamar Hashimshony, and Yael Mandel-Gutfreund.
I’m very thankful for the great management at the Technion and the deans that served while I was there: Yoram Reiter (who recruited me), Gadi Schuster (who was also amazingly supportive as Vice President), and Yehuda Assaraf (who has been gracious and generous with my coming departure). I’ll also miss my Emerson 4th floor neighbors, the amazing Kishony and Podbilewicz labs!