Lab in the Spotlight :

Dr. Oren Parnas

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Anastasia Komissarova, Ph.D student

What drove me to choose this lab?
When I was searching for a PhD position I wanted to work in the field of Immunology. During this time I saw in my mailling list an ad about Cell symposia “Next Gen Immunology” which should be conducted in the Weizmann Institute. I decided to check which labs from Israel were going to participate in this symposia. I saw in the programm Ofer’s lecture from the Hebrew University and decided to check which labs are present on the same department, and I found Oren’s page where he was describing the field of research in his lab, I was very interested in it and sent an application :)

My research project is about dissecting the regulatory networks of dendritic cells activation and suppression in the context of cancer.

A funny thing in our lab

When we did CRISPR screens, it looks like a big and fun event :) it is a big experiment and it takes a lot of time, so it is better to start the last day of the experiment as early as possible. Every time when we performed it Oren picked up people from the lab by his car around 6:00 am or even earlier and brought us to the University. When we were driving on serpentine road near Hadassah Ein Kerem it was very beautiful. During the day all people worked cooperatively and helped each other.

A first impression I had when I arrived 

When I came the lab was just recently established, only Oren, Lei and a lab manager were in the lab. Oren and Lei met me in Ben Gurion airport and took to Jerusalem where the first thing that we did was eating the best falafel in the city :)

A memorable event we had as a lab
Last memorable event was when we did a nice walking track in Aminadav Forest and had a picnic and games after :)

In five years I will be…

I really like the topic of Immunology and Cancer and I would like to continue my work in this field.

Milsee Mol JP, Postdoctoral student

What drove me to choose this lab?
Our lab uses gene editing in primary immune cells in combination with single cell technology to understand their role in cancer progression, leading to some clues to immunotherapy. I found this very fascinating, and that drove me to choose this lab.

My research project is about 
I work with macrophages and dendritic cells in a cancer setting. I am trying to understand the transcription factor interactions that govern the polarization of macrophages. With dendritic cells, I am interested in dissecting their subsets and relevance in tumor progression.

 

Upcoming publications that I can talk about?
Well….very soon… :)

A first impression I had when I arrived 
Immensely thoughtful and helpful!!! This helped me settle and adapt in a foreign country very quickly. Scientifically dedicated and creative minds. It’s fun to work with my lab mates.

A memorable event we had as a lab
Any outing is a memorable one. We had a barbeque party which was very nice and also a recent trek that we did which was a good exercise 🙂

In five years I will be…
Five minus three…so in two years I hopefully want to get into academia and set up my own lab.

Sebastian Arcila M.Sc student

What drove me to choose this lab?
I think it was the techniques they used in publications that were exactly what I wanted to learn during my second degree.

My research project is about In vitro generation of dendritic cell subtypes using different methods

A first impression I had when I arrived 

All lab members were very welcoming and helped me a LOT to understand how things work in Israel.

A memorable event we had as a lab
We had a nice hiking trip to a mountain near Ein Kerem

In five years I will be…

A Pro profile in GitHub ;)

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