Meet: PhD Student Moran Dvela

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Moran Dvela, PhD Student at IMRIC
PhD Student Moran Dvela

Hi I'm Moran Dvela a PhD at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).  Ever since high school I have been fascinated with biology and the processes in the human body. After I graduated high school I combined my two loves, biology and education, and volunteered to become a commander, educator and teacher in the Israel Defense Forces for soldiers from low socio-economical background that suffer from educational deficiencies. I was responsible for these soldiers educational programs which included biology. I completed my military service as a Chief Instructor, responsible for training the teachers in this program.

My enthusiasm for science has grown over the years. In my first degree I focused on basic medical science at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. During my third year of studies I joined Professor David Lichtstein and began my scientific research. I had finally graduated from the books to the real thing, and worked in a lab among my peers. Along with my research, I was also a teaching assistant. Working in these fields I soon realized that I wanted to continue my academic studies and eventually become an independent scientist contributing to human health.

I am now in my third year of my PhD, living my dream. In our current investigations we are researching regulation of the cell's viability, which is one of the fundamental phenomena in the live organism. The specific process I'm addressing in my research is not only of fundamental importance but may have implications for diseases in which the regulation of the cell's growth is a critical issue, such as cancer and neurodegenerative diseases, like Parkinson’s disease.

As well as my studies, I volunteer with new Ethiopian immigrants. My volunteering experience is a very important part of my life and something I plan to continue doing outside of the lab. To that end I have initiated, with the help of my friends, a volunteering program in which we accompany high school pupils from low socio-economical background to distribute food to needy families. I work very long hours in the lab, but find my time with these students just as rewarding as my scientific discoveries.