My invitation to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJI) marked the initiation of a collaboration between myself and Prof. Zvi Hayouka, an assistant professor at the HUJI campus in Rehovot, Israel. After meeting at a conference in 2014, we found we both have a mutual interest in studying the chemical basis for cell-to-cell signaling in bacteria. In particular, we had both been researching a cell-density dependent means of chemical communication called quorum sensing in the bacteria Bacillus cereus. After starting my position at Moravian, I invited Zvi to give a talk at the college in 2017. He then invited me to come to the HUJI this summer to collaborate on developing new molecules to modulate quorum sensing in B.cereus.