Education

We offer a variety of programs to students eager to take part in a new and ambitious multi-disciplinary research environment.
Here is a spotlight on four PhD students from various disciplines and backgrounds:

Carmel Ash

Carmel Ash:

My name is Carmel, I joined ELSC in 2014 after a bachelor's degree in physics and philosophy, I am a mother of 2. When I am not running experiments, analyzing data or reading literature, I mainly travel, hike and play with my family!

My research topic is: 

"Looking without Seeing” – I study visual perception using co-registration of EEG and Eye-tracking systems to identify neural correlates of aware vs. unaware processing, and examine the interaction between gaze control, spatial attention and visual awareness, under Free viewing conditions. 

Alex Kazakov:

I hold a B.Sc. in Computational Biology (Bioinformatics) from the Hebrew University with a specialization in computer vision and computational neuroscience. Currently I am doing my Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Israel Nelken. The title of the current project is “Predicting rat's behavior and neuronal activity from its in-silico model”. In this work, I am interested in the correlation between the artificial intelligence and the biological one, with the goal of unveiling the similarities and the differences between the two.

During the first three semesters of the frontal classes, I particularly enjoyed the multidisciplinary nature of ELSC: The classes span most of the contemporary fields of neuroscience, including dynamical systems, information theory and human cognition.

Alex Kazakov
Arthur Berrou

Arthur Berrou:

I started an MD-PhD training program in France in 2015 and joined ELSC in 2017 to complete a PhD in computational neuroscience. I enjoy Jerusalem and its stones, its light, its voices and its music, from Gregorian chants to Hasidic techno.

I study network mechanisms of frequency selectivity in the primary auditory cortex of rodents, under the supervision of Prof. Israel Nelken and David Hansel, using both numerical and analytical tools. Specifically, I compare experimental data from Nelken's lab with simulations run on a large-scale spiking neural network comprising various populations of excitatory and inhibitory neurons

I-An Tan:

I’m a PhD student at ELSC at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Prof. Yosef Grodzinsky’s Neurolinguistics Lab. I have long been fascinated by the intricacies and richness of natural languages. After graduating from National Taiwan University in Engineering and Finance, I proceeded to earn an MA degree in formal linguistics from National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.

My current work focuses on how the human brain processes negation and negative expressions - an area of perennial interest in philosophy, linguistics, logic and cognitive neuroscience. I am also involved in a computational project, which aims to help stroke victims, by developing a self-operated language testing and rehabilitation device. In my free time, I enjoy swimming and playing the Chinese zither.

I-An Tan