Michal Rabani-Drier chosen for 2014 Chorafas Foundation Award


Michal Rabani-Drier has been selected for the Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation 2014 Award.  This award recognizes exceptional performance in a doctoral program and honors innovative research in the field of advanced data processing technology, life sciences and/or sustainability, with a particular emphasis on applied research.

Dr. Rabani-Drier was born and raised in the city of Ashdod, Israel on the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. She completed her undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and earned a Master’s degree at the Weizmann Institute of Science before joining the EECS program at MIT.  She earned her PhD and conducted her research under the guidance of Professor Aviv Regev of the Biology department and the Broad Institute. Dr. Rabani-Drier’s research focused on the regulation of RNA expression, a process that lies at the heart of almost any biological response.  She implemented precise experimental approaches to measure RNA state on a whole-genome scale, and developed novel dynamic models of RNA regulation in mammalian immune responses, which together allowed her to generate new insights on how elementary biological processes for RNA regulation dynamically shape immune responses.

Michal would like to acknowledge her PhD adviser, Professor Aviv Regev, a great inspiration both as a woman and as a scientist, two great collaborators and mentors Ido Amit and Nir Friedman, and her family, husband Yotam and daughter Ayala.