Dr. Ziv Shulman

Department of Immunology | Weizmann Institute of Science

Dr. Ziv Shulman was born in Rehovot. He earned his BSc in animal science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He earned an MSc (2005) and PhD in Immunology (2010), both with honors, at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Since 2011, Dr. Shulman has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Rockefeller University in New York City, and he will join the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute in August 2015.
Creating antibodies to fight infection involves an intricate cellular and molecular dance that takes place in the body’s lymph nodes between antibody-producing B cells and T helper cells. In these interactions, T cells select B cells to produce antibodies in large quantities. Dr. Ziv Shulman and his colleagues use fluorescent live-cell microscopy to discover the molecular details of this “dance” and capture real-time images of the antibody selection and production process. His research aims to understand the cellular and molecular components that underline successful vaccinations and immune responses in order to find new ways to improve the body’s protective immunity—and pave the way for new vaccines and immunotherapy for a wide range of diseases, including forms of cancer.
Dr. Shulman’s achievements were recognized by the Weizmann Institute’s Feinberg Graduate School through prizes for outstanding MSc students in 2005 and for outstanding PhD students in 2011. He received the Rockefeller University’s Tri-Institutional Breakout Award for Junior Investigators for his postdoctoral studies in 2015 (awarded jointly with the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College). He was selected to receive a long-term EMBO fellowship in 2011 and a Human Frontiers of Science Program (HFSP) fellowship in 2012.
He is married and has two children.