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How Anna Found Her Passion in Data Science Through Neurobiology

Anna Faynveitz is 27 years old, born and raised in Israel, with a B.S.c in Brain Science and a Masters degree in Neurobiology at Bar-Ilan University. During her Masters degree, she completed fascinating research on Parkinson’s disease by doing biological experiments and forming the data analysis using MATLAB programming. It didn’t take her long to understand that she enjoyed coding more than the experiments and found Data Science to be a perfect combination of her passions, coding, and research data. Anna is a recipient of the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Grant and got accepted to ITC based on her academic excellence and motivations.

We sat with Anna to find more on how she plans on combining her two interests for Neurobiology and Data Science. 

Why did you decide to join this ITC program? What made you choose ITC over other training providers? 

The main reason I decided to join ITC is because the program is aspiring for excellence. The program contains a lot of hands-on exercises and the syllabus is very rich and broad. In addition, the program provides an internship for graduates to allow them to start their career in the high-tech world.


What’s one advice you would give women that are aspiring Data Scientists? How can they get the most out of the ITC experience?

The high-tech world is very open, accepting and equal. Trust in yourself and in your skills, don’t stop learning new things and grow.

To get the most out of the ITC experience, I would recommend to perform all exercises, work closely with people around you and learn new ways of thinking and approaches.

What has been your proudest achievement in this field so far? 

My biggest achievement that I accomplished during the ITC program was to learn how to cope with working under stress and demanding deadlines.

The program is very intense and teaches you how to properly prioritize and complete tasks in a very tight schedule.

What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?

The fact that there are not a lot of women in the tech industry, makes every woman an ambassador of this gender.

By striving for excellence, you can show that women do fit into this industry.


What do you enjoy doing when you’re not coding?

I like traveling in nature around the country with my boyfriend and our dog named “Joy”, hanging out with friends, I enjoy going to the beach and reading.


What’s next for you? Where would you love to see yourself in a few years?

I see myself working as a Data Scientist, continuing to develop my skills and grow up in my proficiency. 


Do you have a Scientific, Technological, Engineering or Mathematical degree and want to further your career with Data Science and Machine Learning? Apply to ITC’s flagship Data Science Fellows program. To learn more about the Cheryl Saban scholarship, click here.

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