Meet our researcher, Omri!

By Dana Meknas
Journalist at TREC

Last year, in mid-October, researcher Omri Snir joined TREC. The 42 year old is originally from Israel and has been living and working in Tromsø the past year.

What do you do during a regular day at work in TREC?
– It varies and includes different activities such as working in the lab (not as much as I would like to though), meetings, discussion and planning of our activities etc. So far it has been very nice.

What will the next couple of years look like for you?
– I’m hoping that in the coming years we will strengthen our research on immunothrombosis and extracellular vesicles, and manage to recruit talented people to join our current efforts. We have very interesting and exciting questions that are waiting to be addressed.

Which expectations do you have to the next couple of years?
– I would like us to look in greater detail on immune-related mechanisms which trigger and drive venous thrombosis. This is a rather challenging topic.

How did you end up in TREC?
– I’ve been involved in translational research of complex diseases since my master work (>15 years), in somewhat similar settings; therefore working in TREC feels like a natural continuation of my research work.

What were you doing before TREC?
– I have been working as a postdoc at the University of Oslo, at the Center of Molecular Medicine and K.G. Jebsen for Celiac Disease Research Centre.

Do you like it in TREC?
– Yes! I like the multidisciplinary approach. This is rather unique and carries lots of advantages with it.

What impressions do you have of the research group in comparison to other research milieus?
– I think it’s very inclusive, transparent and well structured; these elements make a very positive and healthy working environment. It may seem trivial, but it is not and should be appreciated and kept.

What kind of project are you working on?
– I currently focus on the role of sustained/intermittent hypoxia (‘trigger’) and extracellular vesicles (‘drivers’) in thrombus formation.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
– “I’m still standing…”. See the next question for further clarifications. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
– Haven’t had any of that since my children were born…

Five quick questions:

Something you cannot live/manage your day without?
– Not really.

The best day in the week and why?
– Thursday; just before Friday

A good advice someone gave you that has helped you:
– I mostly remember the bad ones.

Something you’re really bad at:
– Football, I’m the worst!

 A known or unknown quote you like:
– “There are two things that grow in life, troubles and hair”. It rhymes in Hebrew, but (probably) holds true in all languages.

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