• Gilad Evrony, 33, discovered that brain cells located side by side other don’t always contain the same genetic codes.
• Cigall Kadoch, 30, focusing on breast cancer, has made important strides in cancer research.
By Ilan Gattegno
Two Israelis have made MIT’s prestigious “35 Innovators Under 35” list for 2015, which the university published on Monday.
One of the Israelis is Cigall Kadoch, 30, who holds a doctorate from Stanford. She is the daughter of an Israeli and was raised in San Francisco. Her field of expertise is cancer research, with a focus on breast cancer.
Gilad Evrony, 33, the second Israeli on the list, is a Harvard Medical School researcher. Evrony helped make a surprising discovery: Brain cells sitting right next to each other don’t always have the same genetic codes.
According to the MIT’s Technology Review, Evrony’s discovery “could provide insight into age-related cognitive decline and brain disorders such as epilepsy and schizophrenia.”
Jason Pontin, the editor in chief and the publisher of the MIT Technology Review, said: “Throughout the years we have successfully chosen young innovators whose work has had a profound impact on humanity. Past lists have included the likes of Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Apple’s chief designer, and many others.
“We are proud of our choices and the variety of their accomplishments, and are especially happy about the socially revolutionary direction of Saurabh Srivastava’s research,” said Pontin.
Srivastava, who headed the 2015 list, is a researcher at Xerox India. According to the MIT Technology Review, Srivastava “has been prolific in crafting technologies that could eventually make it easy for people with limited literacy to obtain information and use online services by simply speaking into phones or making gestures picked up by inexpensive cameras.”
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