Dr. Shira Shmuely holds a Ph.D. in History, Anthropology, and STS from MIT, and a BA and an LLM in law from Tel Aviv University. She was a fellow at the Safra Center for Bioethics at Tel Aviv University and a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Her research interests are science studies and law, environmental history and animal studies. Her current project is about the place of great apes in legal history and the history of science. She is also working on revisions to her book manuscript about the history of the regulation of animal experimentation and the question of animal pain. Shira is a recipient of the Dan David Prize for young scholars in bioethics.
Dr. Tamar Schneider is a philosopher of science working on the notion of individuality in relations, of its close and intimate milieu, as they appear in biology, ecology, and medicine. Her work is guided by the heuristics of mutuality of interactions and its unique role in constructing knowledge of systems and processes in biology. She completed her PhD in philosophy with a designated emphasis in Science and Technological Studies (STS) from the University of California, Davis (2020). Previously, she studied at Tel Aviv University, earning her master’s degree in History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at the Cohn Institute. In her dissertation, Tamar Schneider analyzed the concept of holobiont (a heterogeneous entity of the host organism and microbial symbionts) in connection with immunity and the immune system. Her current project is on ways of understanding ecosystems with their different scales - macrobial (plants and animals) and microbial - and the interrelationships between them.
Dr. Eli Lamdan is a historian of Soviet science, especially psychology and neurosciences. His work focuses on the interactions between the local and the transnational aspects of science in their intellectual, ideological, political and social manifestations. He completed a PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at the Hebrew University (2020) and holds an MSc in Biology from the Hebrew University. His dissertation is devoted to the intellectual biography of Alexander Luria, a well-known Soviet neuropsychologist. His current research project deals with the dissemination of Soviet (neuro)psychology within the Western scientific community during the Cold War period.
Dr. Noah Stemeroff – Noah is an Azrieli Postdoctoral Fellow and Dan David Scholar at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas at Tel Aviv University. He holds a PhD in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Toronto and a MA in theoretical physics from the University of Victoria. His research interests are in the history and philosophy of physics with a focus on the conceptual development of General Relativity. In addition, Noah has written on the history of philosophy, the philosophy of mathematics, and neo-Kantian philosophy of science. His current research explores the historical and conceptual development of differential geometry and its application in dynamical spacetime theories.
Dr. Sophie Juliane Veigl is a philosopher of biology. She studied Immunology, History and Philosophy of Science, and Comparative Literature at the University of Vienna. She obtained her PhD in philosophy in 2020. Her dissertation investigates whether scientific pluralism resonates with researchers' aims and goals. Employing social science methodology, she assessed whether different types of plurality (theoretical, explanatory, methodological) in the field of small RNA inheritance stabilize or destabilize the field. She is currently a
postdoctoral fellow with the Interuniversity Program in History and Philosophy of the Life Science. Her current project traces the intersection of genetic and immune systems in invertebrates, combining both conceptual, as well as empirical/laboratory approaches.