Top Israeli scientists team up with American undergradsAug. 14, 2016
More than two dozen undergraduate science majors from prestigious American universities are participating in the sixth annual Summer Science Research Internship Program in Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.
The students are from Yeshiva College, Cornell University, the University of Maryland, Stern College for Women, University of Pennsylvania, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Brooklyn College. They are taking part in the joint Bar-Ilan University (BIU)/Yeshiva University (YU) initiative.
The program enables students to gain hands-on experience in emerging scientific fields, while being mentored by some of Israel's finest scientists.
Prof. Ron Goldstein, of Bar Ilan's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, is mentoring a student working on a project that once would have been considered science fiction: converting one kind of a cell into another. "When I went to college/graduate school" Goldstein said, "we learned that once cells differentiate, or take on a specific identity/functional role in the body, this is a permanent choice. But over the past 5-10 years, it has been shown that manipulating the expression of specific genes can actually change their identity.