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אריאל אפק 2013-2014

מוסד לימודים לדוקטורט:
אוניברסיטת בן-גוריון בנגב
תחום אקדמי:
כימיה
מנחה/מנחים בדוקטורט:
ד"ר דוד לוקצקי
נושא הדוקטורט:
Design Principles and Consequences of Nonconsensus Protein-DNA Binding
מוסד בתר-דוקטורט:
אוניבסיטאות דיוק וסטנפורד
מוסד נוכחי:
אוניבסיטאות דיוק וסטנפורד
משרה אקדמית נוכחית:
בתר-דוקטורנט
כתובת דוא"ל:
arielafe@bgu.ac.il
טלפון:
972-54-2074643

Ariel was born and raised in Jerusalem, and was fascinated by science since early childhood.  Following his army service as a medic, he attended courses at the Open University in such various subjects as anthropology, astronomy, physics and chemistry, before deciding to pursue his chemistry studies full-time at Ben-Gurion University.  He graduated both his BSc and MSc summa cum laude.

During his undergraduate studies, while working on a project as part of Dr. David Lukatsky group, Ariel became familiar with the fascinating multidiscipline area of biophysics and bioinformatics. This field currently offers a unique opportunity to explore and explain basic unknown biological processes and analyze numerous experimental data available in a click of a button.  Together with Dr. Lukatsky and the rest of the group, Ariel developed a new biophysical model, which promises to shed light on the process of protein-DNA binding; he then examined this model in various systems through extensive bioinformatics analysis. So far, Ariel’s work was published in 5 papers in leading biophysical journals, and he received several prizes and scholarships for his achievement in research.

Ariel considers scientific education to be of great national importance. He therefore dedicates much of his time to his job as a teaching assistant in the course “General Chemistry” and a lecturer in “Matlab for Chemists”; for which he was twice awarded the Rector’s and Dean’s prize of outstanding lecturer.

Ariel has participate in the new “Marie Curie” initiative, in which gifted high school students from the Negev area will get the chance and the support to attend first year university courses in Chemistry.

Ariel is currently doing his postdoctoral research in Duke University.