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David Reich

Professor of Genetics
Harvard Medical School

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David Reich is an American geneticist known for his research into the population genetics of ancient humans, including their migrations and the mixing of populations, discovered by analysis of genome-wide patterns of mutations. He is professor in the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, and an
associate of the Broad Institute. Reich was highlighted as one of "Nature's 10" for his contributions to science in 2015.

Photo credit: University of Southern California

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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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2022 life sciences school

The 28th Advanced School in Life Sciences: Novel roles for RNA in Biology and Therapy

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23-27 October 2022



Roger Kornberg (Stanford University)



Ruth Sperling, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Research during recent decades has identified RNA molecules as key players in biology and medicine. Novel types of large and small RNAs, and novel roles for RNA molecules, not only as informational molecules, but also as enzymes and as regulators of gene expression, have emerged. RNA processing and alternative splicing, major contributors to proteome versatility, play crucial roles in cell identity and development.  RNA molecules serve as catalysts and as regulators of chromatin structure, gene expression at different levels, and protein function in diverse pathways. The involvement of RNA molecules in disease-related processes has led to RNA-mediated therapies. For example, manipulation of alternative splicing and gene expression by antisense RNAs enabled breakthroughs in the therapies of rare disease, and mRNA-based vaccines have played a crucial role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Many challenges lie ahead in deciphering the structure and function of RNA molecules and in the development of additional RNA-based therapies. The RNA School will bring together many of the scientists responsible for the important discoveries, and will support stimulating and fruitful discussions of the major topics.    

As part of the school, we will hold the Israeli RNA Society meeting in memory of Prof. Yossi Sperling on 26 October.




Gil Ast, Tel Aviv University
Maria Carmo-Fonseca, University of Lisbon
Chonghui Cheng, Baylor College of Medicine
Matthias W. Hentze, European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Eran Hornstein, Weizmann Institute of Science
Batsheva Kerem, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Adrian R. Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories
Erez Levanon, Bar-Ilan University
Reinhard Lührmann, Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Yael Mandel-Gutfreund, Technion
Hanah Margalit, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Lynne E. Maquat, University of Rochester Medical Center
Shulamit Michaeli, Bar-Ilan University
Gideon Rechavi, Sheba Medical Center & Tel Aviv University
Michal Shapira, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Yaron Shav-Tal, Bar-Ilan University
Noam Stern-Ginossar, Weizmann Institute of Science
Yehuda Tzfati, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Igor Ulitsky, Weizmann Institute of Science
Ada Yonath, Weizmann Institute of Science


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Israeli RNA Society Meeting


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Daniella Talmon-Heller

Ben-Gurion University
Daniella is a professor in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Elizabeth Swann

University of Durham
Lizzie Swann is Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Literary Studies at Durham University.

Ofer Gal

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