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Group Members

Mor Nitzan​


Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor)


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:


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​

My research focuses on encoding and decoding cellular identities in single-cell data. Utilizing tools and methodologies from my interdisciplinary background involving research in statistical physics, machine learning, and information theory I am developing computational frameworks to  (i) disentangle and reconstruct the multiple facets of cellular identity from single-cell data by filtering known biological signals and applying semi-supervised disentanglement methods,  (ii) infer the underlying structure of different biological processes and (iii) model and predict information encoding mechanisms in cells.


Yotam Constantini

MSc 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

PhD Student

I am an PhD 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.


Sima Dubnov

PhD Student​, joint with Prof. Hermona Soreq (HUJI)

I am a student at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC). My main research interest is exploring molecular processes underlying neurodegeneration in the human brain. I am using methods based on Information Theory, in particular the Information Bottleneck algorithm, to deepen the current understanding of cell type identity in the aging brain and to disentangle biological processes involved in disease progression. I enjoy combining coding with biological experiments. Therefore, my PhD also includes an experimental project, which aims to construct a unique transcriptomic dataset from live human brain samples. I spend most of my free time reading, dancing, and travelling.

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Hagai Rappeport

PhD Student​, joint with Prof. Nathalie Balaban (HUJI)

I'm interested in understanding general organizing principles of Life. A strong adherent of Dobzhansky's "Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution", I believe that much of our current gaps in understanding Life stem from our gaps in understanding Evolution. To try and bridge one such gap, my current research agenda is focused on modelling the role of adaptive phenotypic plasticity in driving evolution and studying analogs of such plasticity in models from Complex Systems Theory. My MSc was on the topic of Chaos in Biological Systems, with Prof. Nathalie Balaban (HUJI Physics) and the late Prof. Naftali Tishbi (HUJI CS). Prior to this I worked with Prof. David Engelberg (HUJI Biochemistry) on MAP Kinases.


Rotem Tal

MSc Student

A BSc graduate of the HUJI Computational Biology program, currently working towards a MSc in the same program. I'm interested in mathematical modeling of biological systems as a gateway to both understanding, and affecting biological phenomena. In my spare time I play musical instruments, compose, and produce.


Michal Erez

MSc Student

I have a bachelor degree in Computer Science and Cognitive Science as part of the Amirim excellence program at the Hebrew University. 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.


Guy Pelc

PhD Student

I am a PhD student in Computer Science. My main research interest lies in using physics-informed machine learning tools for synthetic biology design applications, with the future goal of exploring possible connections to real-world problems concerning sustainability. Previously, I received my MSc in Physics and BSc in Physics and Computer Science, studying the properties of multimode fiber cavities and quantum key distribution protocols with Prof. Yaron Bromberg. Aside from research, I enjoy performing classical and contemporary music, hiking, and meditating.


Ben Niasoff

Undergraduate Researcher 

I am an undergraduate student in my third year of the Combined Physics and Chemistry program. I'm curious about most things and love interdisciplinary research. In my current project we utilise Graph Signal Processing and machine learning to optimally denoise single cell RNA data. I like to wind down by rock climbing, cooking or playing guitar.


Yuval Ezraty

Undergraduate Researcher 

I am an undergraduate student in Computer Science and I'm part of the Amirim Computer Science excellence program. I'm highly interested in applying computational methods in order to gain understanding of biological systems and discover interactions between biological processes. In my free time I enjoy playing the drums, bolder climbing, swimming and traveling.


Hiking Trail

Justas Dauparas - Postdoctoral Fellow (2018 - 2019)

Edvin Memet - Postdoctoral Fellow (joint with Sergey Ovchinnikov, Harvard) (2019 - 2021)

Marius Lange - Visiting Research Fellow (Summer 2021)

Shmuel Orenstein - MSc Student (joint with Or Zuk, HUJI) (2021 - 2022)

Yitzchak Vaknin - MSc Student (2021-2022)

Guy Segal - MSc Researcher (2020 - 2021)

Maoz Nahum - Undergraduate Researcher (2020 - 2021)

Dror Einav - Undergraduate Researcher (2020 - 2021)

Yoni Bornfeld - Undergraduate Researcher (2021 - 2022)

Bar Melinarskiy - Undergraduate Researcher (2022 - 2023)

Yehuda Mescheloff - Undergraduate Researcher (2022 - 2023)

Interested in joining the group? Please get in touch

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