Shira Knafo

“In an ideal world, education, science and technology have no borders and people of different backgrounds would get the exact same opportunities to prosper and contribute back to their society. In this ideal world one’s gender, religion and country of origin are simply irrelevant. The Science Bridge aims to remove all boundaries that prevent from qualified and motivated people to perform research and thus its ultimate goal is to enhance humanity via research and innovation. The Science Bridge will break the invisible walls composed of unfamiliarity with other nations and cultures, by promoting collaborations among countries and the facilitating the exchange of students and researchers. This important initiative will enable the countries involved to thrive with a positive impact on the entire world.“

Shira Knafo graduated with a B.Sci. in Biology from The Hebrew University (Jerusalem, Israel) and completed her M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience in Ben-Gurion University (Beer-Sheva, Israel). She did her postdoctoral research training with Javier de Felipe at the Cajal Institute (Madrid) and with Jose A. Esteban at the Severo Ochoa Center for Molecular Biology (Madrid). Currently, she is an Ikerbasque Professor at the Biophysics Institute (Leioa, Spain). She is a member of the executive committee of the European Brain and Behavior Society (EBBS). Her research work focuses on the molecular basis of cognitive enhancement and of some psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and autism.