Dr. David Deutsch
Principal investigator

David (Dudi) Deutsch received his B.Sc in electrical engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 2005. His M.Sc (direct path for outstanding students) was joint between Tel-Aviv university and the Weizmann Institute, focusing on electrostatic properties of adsorbed polar molecules. Following one year of travel in South America, he decided to move his scientific focus to understanding the mysteries of the brain. He joined the Neurobiology department at the Weizmann Institute of Science, where he did his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Ehud Ahissar and Prof. Elad Schneidman. He studied how brains are actively controlling the flow of information that they collect from their environment (‘active sensing’), using the rat whisker system as a model.

Transitioning to his post-doctoral studies, he switched to studying the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, taking advantage of the tractability of the system, and the available genetic tools. In 2014 he joined the Murthy lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. He studied social communication in males and females, focusing on two major questions: (1) What are the shared and sexually dimorphic circuits for the processing of courtship song in the male and female brains, and (2) How do internal motivational states modulate social behavior. Dudi opens his lab in the Neurobiology department at the University of Haifa in 2022, where he will study the neural basis of social communication.
When not in the lab, Dudi loves being outdoors: hiking, running, diving, and skiing.

Amit Gross

MSc student

Amit is currently persuading his Ms.c under the neurobiology-bio informatics program.
Upon graduating from the Biology and Psychology BSc program at Haifa University in 2018, Amit worked at the Weizmann institution and the Technion, participating in various STEM research projects while studying computer science and mathematics at the Open University. He is particularly interested in implementing & developing computational techniques for a better understanding of neural systems’ connectivity, functions, and behavior . In his research, he explores how diversities in the drosophila connectomics (such as synaptic types and neural architectures) are related to information flow and computation across the brain.
Besides science, you might find Amit having fun with friends and family, playing music, or just relaxing in front of a tv show or movie