Three Zuckerman Israeli Postdoctoral Scholars were awarded the Women’s Postdoctoral Career Development Award in Science by the Weizmann Institute of Science.
The three female scientists Tal Gilboa, Dana Rubi Levy, and Naama Kadmon Harpaz all 2022-2024 Revson Foundation Fellows, were selected for the award based on their promising research and their intention to return to Israel to pursue academic careers.
The Weizmann Institute introduced the Women’s Postdoctoral Career Development Award in Science in 2022 to advance women scientists in Israel. The program aims to boost the research accomplishments of exceptional Israeli women scientists by supporting them during their postdoctoral training at leading institutions and laboratories abroad, a crucial stage in their career development.
The three Israeli Zuckerman scholars are conducting their postdoctoral research at Harvard University. Tal Gilboa is developing sensors for diagnostics at Harvard’s Wyss Institute, specifically, biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s for early detection, before significant neurodegeneration occurs. At Harvard Medical School’s Datta Lab, Dana Rubi Levy is studying the brain’s use of sensation to inform action, how it uses action to more effectively sense the world, and how the brain integrates information about sensation and action to meaningfully interact with the environment. As a researcher at Harvard’s Ölveczky lab, Naama Kadmon Harpaz studies the role of the motor cortex in motor learning, focusing on how the motor cortex exerts its control on subcortical regions, such as the basal ganglia, during the process of skill acquisition.
The Women’s Postdoctoral Career Development Award in Science includes $70,000 distributed over a two-year period, and a career development consultancy.
We applaud these three accomplished women, and are proud of these Zuckerman scholars who make up 75% of the award recipients.