Gifted BIU Doctoral Candidates Reflect On The
Importance Of Fellowships

Sarit Kahana 

Life Sciences

"Cancer research is a top priority, because every new discovery advances our pursuit of new types of treatments. Therefore, I have decided to focus my PhD studies on glioma, which is malignant - and currently untreatable - tumor of the central nervous system. One of the potentially useful therapeutic strategies against such tumors involves the inhibition of hyperactive or over-expressed protein kinase C (PKC). Under the supervision of Prof. Chaya Brodie, we try to understand the mechanisms that enable PKC to function. Without your generous support, my research would not be possible."

Sponsor: Harold L. and Faye B. Liss Foundation, West Orange, NJ


Nimrod Miller

Brain Research

"I was accepted to the Interdisciplinary Brain Research program in Bar-Ilan University and found myself attracted to biological aspects of brain research, focusing on physiological and biochemical aspects of learning and memory. I recently spent several weeks at Columbia University learning a new cell culture technique, which will enable me to make progress in fields that were out of my reach until now. Thank you for your generous contribution that allows me to devote my time to study and work solely on my research."

Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Louis Kestenbaum, Beverly Hills, CA


Aviad Hollander


In my doctoral research, I am studying the development of Halacha and the philosophy of Hazal, with the eventual goal of becoming a teacher and educator in Israel. The generous fellowship, which I received from you, frees me from various jobs which I had to take to support my family. It enables me to focus on my academic work, in pursuit of my goal: to learn and to teach.

Sponsor: David Kupperman, New York, NY


Renana Pomerantz


"My research focuses on how the media influences economic decisions made by politicians. I believe that such an analysis is critical in our "media world" and can help in the forming of the appropriate methods for regulating the media industry. This is a new and emerging field, and I hope that my research will contribute to the understanding of the topic."

Sponsor: Maria Finkle, New York, NY


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