Vlog: Masters Student Roy Granit

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Masters Student Roy Granit
Masters Student Roy Granit

Hi I’m Roy Granit. I am currently conducting my M.Sc. in Biomedical Research at The Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) at The Hebrew University. I look forward to informing you on our exciting investigations throughout the year on the IMRIC Blog. Before I get into my research I wanted to let you know a little bit about who I am.

 I was born at Hadassah hospital in Mount Scopus, Jerusalem in 1984. In 2005 I completed my three years of mandatory military service in the Artillery Corps, IDF where I served as a combat noncommissioned officer. After the army, in 2009, I pursued my passion of science and with a B.Sc. degree in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

It was during my studies that I did my first research project under the guidance of Dr. Ittai Ben-Porath at the university. I decided to stay in his lab where I have continued my research. My investigations are focused on understanding which genes direct the differentiation of a highly aggressive subtype of breast cancer, which presently cannot be targeted in the clinic. As part of my research I traveled to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where I preformed a large scale high-throughput screen to identify candidate cancer differentiation regulator genes; I am currently focused on investigating the function of these genes.

People often ask me why I became a researcher. My answer is simple. From childhood I was interested in science and fascinated by the way nature and our body works. When the time came for choosing a direction in life I wanted to practice in a profession that is focused on deciphering “how things work”. Along with this came my passion to contribute to society and my desire to make an impact. In research I can accomplish both, uncover the mechanisms that drive the disease while trying to bring about a cure and benefit the lives of many people. I believe we should not only treat the illness when it arises but also try to prevent it altogether or at least diagnose it at an early stage. To accomplish this one must truly understand the disease and this is what we are now trying to do.

Check out my first vlog and feel free to post any comments or questions you might have for me here.