Samantha Leff interned with the Department of Biological Regulation at the Weizmann Institute of Science and took advantage of her immersive experience
Samantha in front of her host institute

Sparking interest in a new domain

Samantha’s research at the Weizmann Institute of Science under the direction of Professor Yosef Yarden focused on the topic of new wet laboratory techniques. In the end, her experience sparked interest in a new domain: cancer treatment and microRNA function. Her work contributed to the on-going research project of post-doctorate Dr. Swati Srivastava. Samantha’s internship was just one part of her memorable summer: “I wanted to really live in Israel and feel like an Israeli,” she said. Taking advantage of her immersive experience, Samantha attended local presentations from IDF soldiers, and met with innovative leaders across the country.

By meeting so many new people, I learned that every individual has a story, and it is these stories that constitute a community, a region, a country, and ultimately our world.

Considering graduate school in Israel

Upon returning to the US, Samantha realized what an incredibly broadening experience her summer had been. “I feel as though I have gained a completely new perspective of who I am, and how I relate to others.” She is now considering graduate school and pursuing a PhD, given her incredibly positive experience at the Institute. 

  • Israel
  • Internship
  • BioE/ChemE