Making an Impact: BGU Alumni Stories
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Light brunch will be served.
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Dr. Olga Charnaya was born in Minsk, Belarus, grew up in Rockville, MD and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland. She attended the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, graduating in 2010. She then completed a pediatric residency at the University of Maryland and is now a pediatric nephrology fellow at Children’s National Health System. She previously served as the MSIH Alumni Association communications officer. Dr. Charnaya is married with one young child and is an avid golfer and former volunteer firefighter.
Dr. Firas Mawase received his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from BGU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and is now a post-doc fellow at John’s Hopkins University, focusing on the neurophysiology associated with motor behavior in healthy people and patients with neurological disease and/or brain injury. By using non-invasive brain stimulation, Dr. Mawase is trying to understand the mechanisms that underlay human motor behavior. In 2013, Dr. Mawase presented at President Shimon Peres’ Conference on Brain Research. He was also awarded the Excellency Scholarship from the Ministry of Science and Technology for Arab Ph.D. students and the Rothschild Fellowship for his postdoctoral research in the same year. Dr. Mawase will be at Johns Hopkins University through 2016 and resides in Baltimore with his wife. He hopes to one day return to BGU and Beer-Sheva.