Ori has always been fascinated by the elegance of mathematics, and how it can be used in science to describe the world we live in. As a high school student in Haifa, Israel, he participated in a special program to enroll in university classes at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology. While initially focusing on mathematics, he became increasingly interested in physics. He completed a bachelors of science one year after graduating from high school, before his obligatory service in the IDF.
Ori subsequently moved to NYC for a PhD program in physics at Columbia University. As a Faculty Teaching Fellow, he was able to support his studies by teaching labs, grading exams, and staffing help room hours. He has also led recitation sessions for a mechanics class at Barnard college. He graded so many final exams he can do so during rush our commute on the subway, with a band playing in the background! He completed his PhD at Columbia in 2017, with a research focus on gamma-ray bursts. These enigmatic bursts have evaded some of our astronomical instruments for decades, and fascinating questions remain on their origin and physics.
In his spare time you will find Ori playing games such as chess, learning a new Neil Young song on his guitar, and reading a lot of books as long as they challenge his views on something important. He also enjoys listening to debates and podcasts about science and philosophy, and some of his favorites are Waking Up by Sam Harris, and Very Bad Wizards by David Pizarro and Tamler Sommers.