Elee Shimshoni

Extracellular matrix, tumor microenvironment, inflammation, obesity, tissue engineering, disease modeling, organs-on-chip 

About me 

I am a postdoctoral associate at the Department of Chemistry and CSAIL at MIT, working in the labs of Brad Pentelute and Manolis Kellis. I have been studying gastrointestinal diseases for the past 10 years, and am interested in stromal and especially extracellular matrix biology. I believe that in order to treat human disease, we must look to the microenvironment for therapeutic targets.

I am also passionate about science communication and view it as an inseparable part of a scientist's role in society. Currently, I serve as the Scientific Director, and regularly write for, the non-profit organization "Little, Big Science", which is one of Israel's most popular science communication platforms.

Previously, I was a postdoc at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, working on organs-on-chips in the lab of Don Ingber. I received my PhD and my MSc from the Weizmann Institute of Science, where I was advised by Irit Sagi. Prior to that, I received my BSc in Biology and Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Email: eleekes@gmail.com