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Technion speaker Moran Bercovici

“An aeronautical engineer, a chemist and a Fullbright scholar walk into a Urology lab…” No, this isn’t the classic set up for joke. It’s the background of one of the Technion’s most lauded young researchers, Moran Bercovici. Among numerous awards, Dr. Bercovici is the winner of the 2018 Hershel Rich Innovation Award, named for Houston philanthropist Hershel Rich.

Dr. Bercovici’s lab develops microfluidic technologies and devices that would accelerate disease detection and enable rapid, sensitive and low-cost diagnostics at the point-of-need (home, or doctor’s office). His field of “Lab-on-a-Chip” may revolutionize biochemical analysis and processing in a similar way that computer chips revolutionized data processing. Dr. Bercovici is currently on sabbatical at the University of Texas at Austin, advancing topics in 3D printing and adaptive optics.

Join us to learn about the magical process that takes place when traditional scientific disciplines interface, opening new approaches and ways of seeing the world and advancing science for the betterment of humanity.


The American Technion Society and Congregation Brith Shalom present Dessert and Discussion

Featuring Technion Associate Professor Moran Bercovici

Wednesday, May 22   7:30 p.m.

Congregation Brith Shalom // 4610 Bellaire Blvd// Bellaire, TX

RSVP to Janet Raabe:  561.395.7206 or [email protected]

About Moran Bercovici -

Associate Prof. Moran Bercovici, an aeronautical engineer by training, established the multidisciplinary Microfluidic Technologies Laboratory in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. His research combines experimental, theoretical and computational tools to study problems at the microscale, which are characterized by coupling of fluid mechanics (the flow of liquids or gases) with electric, chemical and biological processes. As an engineer, he is interested in understanding basic physical phenomena, and leveraging those toward the creation of new tools in a variety of applications.

For the past 6 years he was focused on developing technologies and devices that would accelerate disease detection and enable rapid, sensitive and low-cost diagnostics at the point-of-need (home, or doctor’s office). His patents in this field have been licensed by the Technion to a Haifa-based startup company which creates novel diagnostic devices.

Recently, Prof. Bercovici initiated a new research program which focuses on ‘shaping’ liquid films into any desired form, aiming to establish new technologies for 3D printing and adaptive optics. He is currently on sabbatical at the University of Texas in Austin to continue advancing these topics.

The Technion has been Prof. Bercovici’s home for more than two decades. He earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering in 2001 at the unusually early age of 18. During his military service as a research engineer at RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems, he completed his master’s degree, also in aerospace engineering.

Winning a Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship in Engineering and Science, he earned his doctoral degree in 2010 at Stanford University, where he specialized in microfluidics. Becoming increasingly aware of the engineering needs that exist in the medical sciences, he went on to conduct his post-doctoral studies in the Department of Urology at Stanford Medical School. There, he developed rapid diagnostics for urinary tract disease, before joining the Technion in 2011.

Prof. Bercovici has received numerous awards and recognitions from the Technion for his academic research and teaching, including the Hershel Rich Technion Innovation Award, the Yanai award for excellence in academic education, the Daniel Shiran Memorial Research Prize for outstanding research in Bio-Medicine, the ERC award from the European Union and the Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research from the Wolf Foundation.

(August 28, 2018)



January 2019

Congregation Brith Shalom Adult Education Lecture & Book Signing - Penny Milbouer: Between Persecution and Participation

Willy Wiemokli had no idea he was Jewish. On the day after he was born, his Jewish father received baptism into the Lutheran religion. Willy grew up without any Jewish knowledge or education.

That all changed after Hitler took power. Under the Nuremberg Laws, Willy was now classified as a “half Jew”. He was even arrested during Kristallnacht and interned at Buchenwald. During the war, Willy was protected by his employer, Topf & Son, the company that produced crematoria for the Nazi concentration camps. Under the post-war Communist regime, he was persecuted once again for being Jewish.

Houstonian Penny Milbouer presents a lecture, “Between Persecution and Participation”, on January 24 at 7 PM at Congregation Brith Shalom. The program is sponsored by the Brith Shalom Adult Education Committee. Milbouer translated Willy’s story from German to English. Willy’s story raises questions about Jewish identity and the boundaries between victim, bystander and accomplice during the Holocaust.

Following the lecture, Milbouer will be available to sign copies of her book.