Group Members

Mor Nitzan​


Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor)


Edvin Memet

Postdoctoral Fellow​, joint with Sergey Ovchinnikov at Harvard

I enjoy making sense of experimental data using modeling, simulation, and statistical analysis. I love learning new things, having conducted research in topics such as cell biology, elasticity, evolutionary ecology, self-assembly, or neuromotor control. Currently, I am interested in statistical inference/learning from scRNA-seq data as well as in fundamental topics in machine learning such as interpretability, robustness, or non-linear dimensionality reduction. I believe that problems at the interface of statistical learning with other disciplines (e.g. genomics, cosmology, healthcare) are effective at actively testing the limits of current ML frameworks, thereby creating opportunities for the development of novel approaches or breakthroughs in our understanding.


Noa Moriel

PhD Student

I am a first year PhD student in the Computer Science Department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am intrigued by expression regulation within individual cells as well as the cooperative regulation within multicellular systems. In particular, I am interested how unicellular and multicellular regulation systems evolve, how cell-cell communication secures a controlled growth of the tissue, and how these mechanisms are disrupted in anomalies of the functional tissue.
Prior to this I completed both BSc. and MSc. supervised by Prof. Nir Friedman, worked as an algorithmic developer at Mobileye, and worked as a research scientist at the Broad Institute and at Harvard University. Aside from research I enjoy hiking, traveling and regrowing various plants.


Zoe Piran

PhD Student​

I am interested in application of physics to complex and biological systems. I am currently particularly excited about learning underlying mechanisms governing the behaviour of complex systems allowing for reconstruction and predictions of dynamical trajectories. 
I have recently completed my MSc in physics under the supervision of Prof. Naftali Tishby and Dr. Zohar Ringel. My research focus was at the interface between computer science, statistical physics and information theory.


Yotam Constantini

PhD Student​

A Jerusalemite nerd forever changed by Tel-Aviv, interested in the countless ways we human model the living world around us. Currently still looking for my lane in the field of computational biology, I start with asking questions about the definitions of cell populations in multicellular organisms. In my M.Sc I studied virology, while taking courses in computer science through the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary program at the Tel-Aviv University. 


Jonathan Karin

MSc Student

I am an MSc student in Computer Science, I earned my BSc in Computer Engineering from Ben Gurion University and before joining the lab I was working as a Hardware Designer at Intel.

I am interested in modeling biological systems using mathematical tools, especially linear algebra and optimization. I am currently working on analyzing the spectrum of the signals composing scRNA-seq data. 

In my free time, I like cooking vegan food, traveling, and watching football games of Maccabi Haifa.


Matt Ricci

Postdoctoral Fellow​

I am a Zuckerman Postdoctoral Fellow in the School Computer Science and Engineering at Hebrew University where I work with Mor Nitzan. My research lies at the intersection of machine learning and dynamical systems, and I am particularly interested in the dynamics of complex networks. Ongoing projects concern statistical models of pattern generation in biological tissue and the classification of higher order structure in dynamical systems. Earlier, I received my PhD from Brown University and an MA/BA in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. Personal website:


Marius Lange

Visiting Research Fellow

I’m a PhD student and a visiting research fellow in Mor’s lab, working on inference of cellular dynamics based on snapshot data. In my previous work in Munich in the group of Fabian Theis, I’ve been looking at how we can include RNA velocity into cell-trajectory inference. RNA velocity is an experimental proxy to the “first derivative of gene expression”, i.e. it gives you information about whether a gene is currently up- or down regulated. In my project in Mor’s lab, I’m extending this work to include other priors that help to link observed cellular profiles across time points. When I’m not in the lab, I enjoy doing sports, especially when they take place on water, i.e. surfing, windsurfing or sailing. 

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Yoni Bornfeld

Undergraduate Researcher

I’m a third year undergrad student in computer science and mathematics in the Hebrew university, part of the Amirim excellence program, and I work as an algorithm developer at Mobileye. I’m fascinated with math and aim to explore and learn more about its connection with computer science. In my free time I enjoy reading, running, and cooking, but mostly eating good food.


Yitzchak Vaknin

MSc Student

My two biggest passions are science and art. I have a BSc in Life Science with an emphasis on biotechnology from The Open University of Israel, as well as a BSc in Computer Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to my MSc studies in Computer Science, I'm also a ceramics and glass design BFA student at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. I'm interested in machine learning involving scRNA-seq data, in particular identifying and utilizing spatial features and properties of microenvironments in the tissue derived from single-cell data. Not many know this about me, but I'm fascinated by fashion and Jewish philosophy, and in my free time I like to play piano and guitar.


Michal Erez

Undergraduate Researcher

I'm a third year bachelor degree student in Computer Science and Cognitive Science at the Hebrew University as well as part of the Amirim excellence program. I take great interest in utilizing computational tools to reach insights regarding cellular interactions and properties. In my free time I enjoy  playing the saxophone, cooking, and playing soccer.


Hiking Trail

Justas Dauparas - Postdoctoral Fellow (2018 - 2019). 

Guy Segal - MSc Researcher (2020 - 2021).

Maoz Nahum - Undergraduate Researcher (2020 - 2021)

Dror Einav - Undergraduate Researcher (2020 - 2021)

Interested in working with me? Please get in touch