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Maria Kravchyk

Maria Kravchyk

University of Odessa
Maria Kravchyk was an associate professor in the field of philosophy and culture at the International Humanitarian University in Odessa, and is currently in …
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Yaniv Iczkovits

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Yaniv Iczkovits, born in 1975, is an award-winning author and screenwriter. He has published four novels and one novella, and is now working on developing TV content based on his novels for Keshet and KI, Yes, Endemol Shine and more. His books include Pulse (Hakibbutz HaMeuchad), which won Haaretz’s debut novel prize and was translated into Italian; Adam and Sophie (HaSifriya HaHadasha), which won the Prime Minister’s Prize for Hebrew Writers; and Laws of Succession, a novella published in the anthology “There’s a Story Behind the Money” (Achuzat Bayit). His third novel, The Slaughterman’s Daughter, was published by Keter in August 2015 and was awarded the Agnon Prize (2016). Iczkovits won the Ramat Gan Prize (2017) for literary excellence and the People of the Book Foundation Prize (2017). He was shortlisted for the Sapir Prize, and has now been nominated for the British Wingate Literary Prize (2021). The Economist and The Sunday Times selected The Slaughterman’s Daughter as one of the best books published in Britain in 2020, and The New York Times and Kirkus selected the book as one of the top books to look forward to in 2021 in the U.S. In August 2020, Iczkovits published his recent book, Nobody Leaves Palo Alto (Keter) which immediately became a number one best seller in Israel and won critical acclaim.

Iczkovits studied at the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students at Tel Aviv University, and during his Master's degree he spent a year as a Chevening scholar at the University of Oxford. His doctoral dissertation dealt with Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought and analyzed the interplay between ethics and language. He taught for eight years at Tel Aviv University, and after receiving his Ph.D., he went on to pursue postdoctoral research at Columbia University in New York, where he adapted his doctoral dissertation into the book Wittgenstein's Ethical Thought (Palgrave Macmillan 2012).

He currently lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and three daughters.


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The 27th Advanced School in Life Sciences: Stem Cell Epigenetics

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27-31 March 2022



Roger Kornberg (Stanford University)


Eran Meshorer (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Eitan Segev (EpiSyStem Manager, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)


Chromatin structure, regulation and plasticity dictate many of the nuclear processes, e.g. replication, transcription, cell cycle, protein dynamics, chromatin modifications, and more - all of which ultimately facilitate or repress changes in transcription, either locally or globally. Chromatin is the basic regulatory unit of life and the main scaffold for epigenetic regulation. As such, it controls developmental and functional states of all cells, including pluripotency and pluripotent stem cells. Differentiation of embryonic stem cells into specialized cells involves dramatic changes in gene expression patterns, tightly correlated with alterations in DNA and histone modification states and subsequent global changes in chromatin plasticity. In recent years, methods to study chromatin have dramatically improved and expanded to both single cells and genome-wide global approaches, allowing a systems-level understanding of epigenetic regulation. Here we bring together leading researchers to discuss recent topics on chromatin and epigenetic regulation in the context of stem cells and pluripotency, lineage choice, and more.

The last two days of the school, 30-31 March, will be held at the conference of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). Read more information about the conference here.


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Deadline for applications: 15 March 2022



Geneviève Almouzni, Curie Institute
Dalit Ben Yosef, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Yehudit Bergman, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ramon Birnbaum, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Robert Blelloch, UC San Francisco
Gilles Brocart, Diagenode
Yossi Buganim, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Howard Cedar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Tal Dvir, Tel Aviv University
Racheli Eiges, Shaare Zedek Hospital
Yaron Fuchs, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Roi Gazit, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Nitzan Gonen, Bar-Ilan University
Magdalena Götz, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Jacob Hanna, Weizmann Institute of Science
Arnold Kriegstein, UC San Francisco
Tsvee Lapidot, Weizmann Institute of Science
Shulamit Levenberg, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Yael Mandel-Gutfreund, Technion
Abed Manssour, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Alex Meissner, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
Doug Melton, Harvard Medical School
Charles Murry, University of Washington & Sana Biotechnology
Iftach Nachman, Tel Aviv University
Yaakov Nahmias, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Jovica Ninkovic, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Alexander van Oudenaarden, Hubrecht Institute
Jose Polo, Monash University
Kathrin Plath, UCLA
Oren Ram, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Benjamin Reubinoff, Hadassah Medical Center
Sharon Schlesinger, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ruby Shalom-Feuerstein, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
Efrat Shema, Weizmann Institute of Science
Yonatan Stelzer, Weizmann Institute of Science
Shani Stern, University of Haifa
Amos Tanay, Weizmann Institute of Science
Giuseppe Testa, University of Milan
Maria Elena Torres-Padilla, Helmholtz Zentrum München
Barbara Treutlein, ETH Zurich
Achia Urbach, Bar-Ilan University
Michiel Vermeulen, Radboud University
Jun Wu, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Omri Wurtzel, Tel Aviv University
Leonard Zon, Harvard Medical School




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Ofer Gal

University of Sydney
Ofer Gal is a professor in the School of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney.

Deborah Tor

University of Notre Dame
Deborah Tor is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interest is medieval Islamic history.