Student Exchange | Tel Aviv University

A generous gift from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation funds a new exchange of students between UCLA's Department of Computational Medicine and Tel Aviv University (TAU)’s Department of Biomedical Engineering. Students have the opportunity to participate in short-term research visits to the other institution to collaborate on research designed to improve patient care.

The program is being led by:
Eran Halperin, PhD, a professor of Computer Science and Human Genetics and head of the Big Data and Genomics Lab at UCLA
Eleazar Eskin, PhD, chair of UCLA's Department of Computational Medicine
Uri Nevo, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tel Aviv University.

TAU students at UCLA Fall 2019

TAU students at UCLA Fall 2019

Through the use of computational methods, including machine learning and medical expertise, the research will identify high-risk cases of specific diseases, improve the speed and accuracy of diagnosis, predict treatment outcomes and side effects, and reduce costs.

The program seeks to build a network among faculty members and students at the two institutions in the interfacing fields of health, biology and medicine, engineering, data-sciences, and computational methods. The success of the program will be demonstrated by joint scientific and medical products, joint projects that will be funded by the different agencies and possibly, in due time, by spin-off start-ups.

TAU-UCLA teams are invited to submit joint proposals for projects each year. TAU students will visit UCLA labs in the summer for a period of 2 months. Students will work closely with UCLA graduate students who will visit TAU during the subsequent academic year, continuing the collaboration.   The call for proposals will be announced in the fall, with a deadline in early winter.  

The selection criteria for projects are engineering or computational innovation; scientific, societal or potential-commercial impact; and timeliness--a probable potential of resulting in a proof of concept within one year.

Funding of up to $12,000 USD per project will cover mutual travel costs for UCLA and TAU teams (PIs and students), including the Israeli students’ two-month visits to UCLA.

More information: Call for Proposals