Name: Yossi Kabessa
Family: Married with four children
About him: Yossi Kabessa grew up in Ashkelon, and he remembers being curious about how things worked from a young age - such as how food could be heated up in a microwave simply by pressing a button. He always knew he had an interest in science, and when he began attending Hebrew University, he found his passion in studying physics. He went on to get his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics, and is currently a PhD student at the university.
In 2014, Kabessa was named winner of the Global Young Scientists Summit, an international gathering that brings together bright young researchers from all over the world to address major global challenges and how science can help solve them. Kabessa's proposal was to use genetically engineered bacteria to detect pollutants and hazardous materials in municipal water systems. He is currently working on developing this biosensor.
He currently lives in Nof Ayalon, and in addition to his work, Kabessa enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, reading, and playing guitar.
In his own words: “The Global Young Scientists Summit provided a great opportunity to exchange ideas with top scientists ... from around the world. I was proud to present made-in-Israel ideas for ensuring the safety of large populations around the world, and I was especially honored to bring home the gold medallion to the Hebrew University and to Israel.”
Fun fact: Kabessa is also known for helping to create the world's tiniest menorah.