Shakked Dabran

Shakked Dabran

Shakked Dabran

Shakked is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, focuses on the links between scientific literacy, digital literacy and critical thinking and the identification of scientific conspiracies theories.
Shakked has a multidisciplinary academic and professional background. She holds a BA in political science (2016, cum laude), and an MA in international relations (2018, Dean’s List) from the University of Haifa. She also holds an MBA (2021) from the Technion.

Ifat Zimmerman


Ifat Zimmerman

Ifat Zimmerman

Ifat is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Her Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Professor Tali Tal and Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, focuses on the role of science news websites as mediators between science and the public in productively communicating scientific content. 

She obtained her M.Sc in Science Education from the Technion, the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology. Her thesis research topic under the supervision of Dr. Luli Stern: “Using a Novel Protocol for the Development of Assessment Tasks that Diagnose Understanding of Biological Evolution”.

She has a BSc. in Nutrition as well as a teaching certificate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Faculty of Agriculture Food and Environment.


Dalit Lan


Dalit Lan

Dalit Lan is a doctoral student under the joint guidance of Associate Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari from the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology and Dr. Sagi Daliyot from the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Technion, and a member of the TCSS (Taking Citizen Science to School) research center.

Dalit’s Ph.D. research addresses citizen science as a promoter of geographic literacy at school. The project “Landmarks for Accessible (Built) Environment” promotes geographic literacy, spatial thinking and active citizenship in the context of integrating citizen science in schools. She examines the integration of citizen science in the field of mapping and geo-information in school.

Dalit teaches geography at middle school and high school levels, and is a teacher educator at the Department of Geography at Oranim College. She has co-authored geography curricula for grades 5-9 for the Israel Ministry of Education.

Dalit received her B.A. and M.A. from the Department of Geography at the University of Haifa. Dalit’s M.A. research project, supervised by Prof. Arnon Soffer, dealt with groundwater as part of the peace agreements between Israel and Jordan and Israel and the Palestinians. Together with Prof. Soffer, Dalit co-authored a high school geography textbook entitled “Geography of the Middle East: Changes towards the 21st Century

Yael Rozenblum


Yael Rozenblum

Yael Rozenblum is  a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Education in Science & Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her Ph.D. research, under the supervision of Associate Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, focuses on development of scientific literacy among adults. 

Yael  received her B.Sc.Ed in Science Education from the Technion in 2019 and started to work as a biology teacher.


Her current projects: 

“Communicating Science among the Jewish Ultra-Orthodox in Israel:

Journalistic Praxis and Audience Reception in Insular Communities” explores whether and how the Haredi community in Israel is legitimating and appropriating scientific knowledge (together with Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion; Dr. Lea Taragin-Zeller, Technion; Prof. Oren Golan and Prof. Yariv Tsfati, University of Haifa). This interdisciplinary project investigates the role of the Haredi press in communicating science and explores the meaning-making processes of Haredi readers as they engage with science education in Haredi media.

“Gendered engagement with posts authored by female scientists on Facebook” that examine whether there is a different between comments submitted to texual posts authored by female vs. male scientists on a popular science Facebook page –  Little, Big Science (LBS) (together with Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion and Dr. Keren Dalyot )


Olfat Zoubi


Olfat Zoubi, Ph.D. Student

Olfat Zoubi is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and is a genetic counselor at Genetic Institute, HaEmek Medical Center, Afula.


2005-2008: M.Sc., Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Haifa.

1999-2003: B.Sc., Medical Laboratory Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.


  • 20-24 July 2015: ‘Train the Trainers’ course preparing teachers for Genetic Counseling, Plymouth University, UK.
  • 17-21 May 2015: Medical Genetics postgraduate level course, European School of Genetic Medicine, Bertinoro di Romagna, Italy.
  • March 2012: Genetic Counselor, certified by the Israel Ministry of Health, HaEmek Medical Center, Afula.
  • May 2005: Academic Medical Laboratory Worker, Certified by the Israel Ministry of Health.
  • October 2010: GCP Course.
  • 2007: Intern Genetic Counselor, genetic institute, HaEmek Medical Center, Afula
  • July 2009- March 2010 – Genetic Counselor, Genetic Institute, Bnai Zion Medical Center, Haifa
  • 2004- 2009 – A cytogenetic laboratory, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa.
  • 2003-2004 – A blood bank laboratory, HaEmek medical center, Afula.


Hereditary diseases and consanguinity in Arab villages in northern Israel.

Developing methods for enhancing the genetic counseling process.


2011- Teaching Genetic Counseling MSc students, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa.


The Israeli Society of Genetic Counselors



Participation in organizing committee of the semi-annual conference of the Israeli society of Genetic Counselors, HaEmek Medical Center, Afula, 17.3.2013


  • Since 2009 – Development of the project of genetic counseling in the community in four Arab villages: Magar, Kfar Manda, Mashhad and Beit Zarzir.
  • December 2014: Participation at the Meeting of the Israeli Society of Medical Geneticists, Kyriat Ono and lecture on the subject “Multi-cultural genetic counseling in Arab communities – differences, advantages and deficiencies”.
  • 2013- Winning Outstanding Poster in the Research Meeting, HaEmek Medical Center: “Compliance for genetic screening in the Arab population in Israel”.
  • May 2010: lecture on “Spastic Paresis – one disease with multiple genetic facets”, at the Health Meeting of the Health of the Arab Communities during Time, Nazareth.


  • Since May 2008 – lectures on the subject of consanguineous marriages and genetic diseases in the Arab communities, in high-schools in several Arab villages.
  • April 2011 – Joint project with the Galil Non-profit Organization for Thalassemia and Sickle Cell and the Hematologic Clinic at the HaEmek Medical Center, within a week of lectures on Thalassemia to 11th grade students at the Naura High School.
  • 2009 – Refresher Course for comprehensive teachers in Bu’eine Nujeidat, under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.

Chen Gafni Amsalem

Chen Gafni Amsalem

Chen Gafni Amsalem, Ph.D. Student

Chen Gafni Amsalem is a Ph.D. student at the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

She obtained her B.Sc in Life Sciences and M.Sc. in Genetics (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Chen taught science as teaching assistant (Molecular Biology, Genetics) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and teaches Genetics as a lecturer at the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel.

Her research focuses on creating different methods to improve the communication of genetic counseling at HaEmek Medical Center’s Genetics Institute.

Akiva Berger


Akiva Berger

Akiva Berger is a doctoral student in the Applied Science Communications Research Group of the Technion and at the Technologies in Education Program at the University of Haifa.

Having completed his MA, which focuses on student-teacher relationships in online settings, Akiva has turned his attention to religious practice as expressed in online environments. His pre-proposal, entitled “Constructing Religious Authority Online: Epistemic Religious Learning Amongst Jewish Religious Zionist Orthodoxy in Israel,” has recently been approved. The study is supervised by Dr. Oren Golan of the University of Haifa and Professor Ayelet Baram-Tsabari of the Technion.

Berger’s dissertation focuses on the ways in which online religious authority is constructed, socialized and employed by believers in the Religious Zionist community, who use Jewish religious sites. Through his research, Berger aims to shed light on the connection between power and learning in the digital age, illuminating how religious authority emerges under conditions of competition and shifting social circumstances.

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Osnat Atias


Osnat Atias, Ph.D. Student

I’m a PhD student jointly supervised by Prof. Ayelet Baram-Tsabari from the Technion, and Prof. Yael Kali from the University of Haifa. My research focuses on citizen science, a broad field of practice in which anyone can actively take part in scientific research and help advance science in various disciplinary domains. As a form of public engagement with science, citizen science bridges between science and non-scientists and supports the democratization of scientific data and knowledge. 

I’ve previously completed a double major B.A. in Biology and Computer Sciences at Tel-Aviv University. Following my appreciation to both areas of interest, I studied for an M.Sc. degree in the Plant Sciences department at Tel-Aviv University, researching bioinformatic methods for analyzing genomic data. 

After a few years of undertaking several occupations, including teaching science at middle-school and working as a commercial site manager, I’ve found myself drawn to doing research again, choosing Science Education as a field of interest. Fascinated by the promise of citizen science as a field of practice and research, I joined the Taking Citizen Science to Schools research center, where I’m now doing my doctoral studies and research.

My thesis is about citizen science in schools, and in particular, cases in which schools and scientists form partnerships around citizen science projects. Such partnerships place school-based education within authentic contexts and challenge both schools and scientists who need to interact across communal and cultural boundaries. I examine what kinds of learning occur within these partnerships in three groups of participants: students, teachers and scientists, and how they affect the practices and beliefs of those involved. 


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Building Mutualistic Partnerships Between Schools and Scientists