Bsc. in Medical Sciences at the Technion
About Myself: I was born in 1995 in Lehavim, Israel.
During childhood, I competed triathlon in Israel and Europe, and won Israel’s youth triathlon championships.
In high-school, I participated a scientific delegation to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Switzerland. I learned mathematics in a unique program of Ben-Gurion University and conducted several theses and participated national competitions and conferences.
I graduated the “Young Researchers” program at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where I conducted research projects and was elected to represent Israel in the 44th International Summer Science Institute (ISSI).
After graduating “Eshel HaNasi” high school, I served 5 years in the IDF, 3 of them as an officer.
Hobbies and other activities: Besides my passion for triathlon, I love to play my acoustic guitar, learn new spoken languages, and read biographies and history books.
I love concerts, musicals and explore new fields of interest.
Participated in the Excellence Program: October 2018 – September 2022
Recommendations for Program participants: “start to integrate lab-work as soon as possible during your studies – preferably from the summer semester after the end of the first year”
Today: Ofir pursues the MD-PhD degree in the faculty of medicine at the lab of computational cancer genomics under the supervision of Prof. Keren Yizhak:
“We address metabolic changes and metabolic characteristics of immune and tumor cells from biopsies of cancer patients following checkpoint immunotherapy. We do that using single-cell RNA-seq datasets and community-driven metabolic reconstructions. Our goal is to study how metabolism of both tumor and immune cells is altered in the disease and how it is affected by current immunotherapy approaches.”