Prof. Roee Ozeri was born in Israel. He earned a BSc in physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his MSc and PhD in physics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He conducted postdoctoral research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado in the group of David Wineland, a 2012 Nobel Laureate in Physics, after which Prof. Ozeri joined the Weizmann Institute faculty.
Prof. Ozeri's lab works with ultra-cold atoms. One of his research directions may advance the fields of quantum computing – the development of computing systems based on the principles of quantum mechanics. Such quantum systems would have the potential to perform immense information-processing tasks that are out of the reach of regular computers, as well as a vastly greater capacity for storing information. If such systems are indeed built, they will revolutionize the world of computing, which will require an entirely new approach to ensuring the security of information, for example, in online banking transactions. Prof. Ozeri focuses on one of the greatest challenges in developing quantum computers: finding ways to mitigate the effect of noise on quantum systems. Quantum information is easily disrupted by the slightest environmental interference, and researchers have not yet figured out how to avert this on a large scale.
Prof. Ozeri received the Rosa and Emilio Segre Research Award, the Morris L. Levinson Prize in Physics, and the prestigious Rothschild Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Prof. Ozeri is a member of the executive boards of the Davidson Institute of Science Education and the Schwartz/Reisman Science Education Center.
Prof. Ozeri is married and a father to three children. His hobbies include sea-kayaking,
running, cooking, reading and writing short stories.