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I grew up in Israel, and received my BSc degree in Biology from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. I moved to Jerusalem and completed an MSc and PhD under the supervision of Richard Ebstein at the Hebrew University (Dissertation title: The Genetic and Psychoneuroendocrine Basis of Social Stress Response in Humans). I worked at the Department of Psychology at the National University of Singapore as a research associate (Stress and Decision Making), before moving to Duke as a Postdoctoral Fellow.
My research seeks to identify mechanisms underpinning the biological embedding of stress. I use behavioral and molecular measurements to describe the stress response and its sequelae by using longitudinal observational studies and laboratory-based experiments. The goal of my research is to characterize behavioral and molecular targets for public health surveillance and clinical treatment applications aimed at understanding and mitigating the consequences of stress exposure.
Outside work….I play the guitar and sing in the shower, fancy myself an amateur cook, paint when artistically inspired and intermittently try to break the world record in walking backwards on the down escalator while juggling 4 tuna cans (I'm almost there!). I can also balance a jar of pickles on my toe.
I am currently an Assistant Professor of the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State University.