Prize Recipient

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Amir Erez
Hebrew University of Jerusalem


"For demonstrating the trade-offs associated with feedback-induced criticality in multicellular sensing, through analysis of simple models, which is published in the article entitled ‘Multicellular sensing at a feedback-induced critical point’ in Physical Review E 102, 052411 (2020)."


Amir Erez earned his BSc. summa cum laude in physics from Ben Gurion University in 2006. He stayed in Ben Gurion University for his graduate studies, earning an MSc. magna cum laude in 2010 and PhD. in 2014, advised by Yigal Meir. During his PhD., he was an Adams Fellow of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, studying percolation in disordered superconductors and more broadly the nonequilibrium statistical physics of complex systems, winning the Zabey MSc. award and the Wolf Foundation PhD. award. As a Human Frontier Science Program fellow at Sloan Kettering Institute and the National Cancer Institute, he studied immune system dynamics, combining experiment and theory. Then, he joined Princeton University to study microbial community dynamics and the human microbiome with Mohamed Donia and Ned Wingreen. Since 2020, Dr. Erez is a faculty member at the Racah Institute of Physics in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His group currently develops theory and analyzes data, in collaboration with experimental groups, looking for the principles that govern microbial community dynamics and how they interact with their host.

Selection Committee:

Aparna Baskaran (Chair), Arezoo Ardekani, Moumita Das, Emanuela DelGado, Haim Diamant, Jeremy England, Venkatraghavan Ganesan, Valeri Goncharov, Sumantra Sarkar