Dr. Vardi serves as the director of the central unit of Pediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes in Haifa. She is also the director of the laboratory for Diabetes & Obesity research in Felsenstein research center of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Vardi is a board certified pediatrician, general endocrinologist and pediatric endocrinologist. She graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in the Technion, institute of technology in Haifa, Israel. She did her fellowship in Diabetes Research, at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical school.
Her team is involved in both clinical and basic research with main focus on characterization and prevention of diabetes and metabolic syndrome, islet transplantation, pancreatic islet biology and tissue engineering of bio-artificial pancreas. Her genetic research was selected in 1997 to represent the BSF contribution in science as special, outstanding and science news-worthy. The genetic locus found by her and her partners was titled by the HUGO as IDDM17. Recently her team is involved in evaluating a novel approach to treat chronic neurological pathologies by islet transplantation in the brain.
Dr. Vardi published above 100 peer reviewed scientific papers, is invited lecturer in various national and international meeting on diabetes and served as a member of various diabetes organizing and scientific committees. She also serves as a member of the WHO committee on classification of diabetes and its complications.