Avital Rodal, Ph.D.

Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship
Photo of Avital Rodal, 2018 Landis Mentoring Award Winner
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Dr. Rodal’s research focuses on the structures that transport cellular cargo, such as proteins and molecules, throughout brain cells that are critical for cellular communication and a variety of functions. Trainees described Dr. Rodal’s dedication to helping each student identify skills they will need for their careers, in light of their research and career interests, and helping them meet those goals. Dr. Rodal was also described as going out of her way on many occasions to help students network, with all students being introduced to key scientists nationwide in their areas of interest. Dr. Rodal has initiated a number of mentorship programs at Brandeis and is considered someone who has created an even higher standard of mentorship in an institution already known to place high value on mentorship.