Allona Vazan

Allona is researching the formulation and evolution of planets.

Quick Facts
  • Age: 37
  • Field: Geoscience
  • Lives in: Binyamina
  • Married with two children

My Research: Giant planet evolution


Rising Star:  Hundreds of planets have been discovered outside our solar system in the last two decades. These discoveries raised fundamental questions about the formation and structure of these celestial bodies. My research considers different models of planet formation and examines the impact of the environment and various physical processes on how a planet evolves.  Among other things, we found that the internal structure of a planet can change significantly as it evolves, confounding the standard conclusions about the materials from which it is formed.


“Don’t think, do. That is the wonderful gift I have given to myself.”


Since Childhood: I grew up in the town of Binyamina, in a wonderful area and I had a happy childhood.  My mother tells me that when I was in kindergarten, I showed my classmates how the moon orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun. I guess the seeds were already planted then for my passion to better understand planets –- the bodies that serve as the basis of our lives and perhaps those that serve as the basis of life for other creatures – and through them, to further my understanding of the universe. After working in high-tech for several years and earning a bachelor’s degree in physics, I decided that I wanted to learn more. I attended a lecture about the solar system and I knew then that that was the direction for me.


Interesting or Practical: I chose to study what interests me and not just what is practical. I would like to continue researching, discovering and understanding new things. Don’t think, do. That is the wonderful gift I have given to myself.


Allona is a PhD student at the Department of Geosciences at the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Faculty of Exact Sciences.



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