Israel Lidsky’s journey started from Israel, detoured to South Africa, stopped at the educational kiosks of Palomar community college and UC San Diego in the West Coast, got side-tracked by circumnavigation of the globe with U. Va-hosted Semester at Sea, and is continuing at RPI in the weather-variable Upstate NY region. Living with snow was a unique life experience for him.
Israel graduated UC San Diego in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in General Biology, his coursework ranged from from Developmental Neurobiology to Plant Genetics and Biotechnology. Academically, he was inspired by organismal patterning which led him to undergraduate research experience in the HOX-focused laboratory of Dr. McGinnis (http://www.biology.ucsd.edu/labs/mcginnis/). There, Israel worked under then-graduate student Joseph Pearson on an epidermal wound-healing pathway project in the Drosophila melanogaster model.
Guided by interests in synthetic biology, Israel joined the RPI Department of Biology in 2010. After a year of coursework and rotations, he has become a member of the Dordick Group (http://enzymes.che.rpi.edu/) and is currently settling in.
Israel has been a lover of science-fiction since a young child. His favorite authors included Asimov, Clarke, and Pratchett, with a variety of their contemporaries. During high school, he founded a mixed science-fiction and astronomy club. Eventually, he became a member of The Mars Society: San Diego chapter where he performed educational outreach for children and adults. The Mars Society participation included Mission Support for the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Other high school hobbies of his included First-Aid training and St. John’s Ambulance First-Aid certification. There, he won several awards at competitions. Engineering interests were indulged by joining a F.I.R.S.T. robotics team during high school and later being the only biologist (with bonus scuba experience) with UC San Diego’s Human Powered Submarine Team. While at UC San Diego, Israel learned social and competitive Ballroom, Latin, and Swing/Nightclub dances. To this day, he is an avid West Coast Swing dancer.