Possessing a very strong and inter-disciplinary academic background which includes a B.Sc. in biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1987-1990); a M.Sc. in chemistry at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (1990- 1993) in the field of computational biology and computer-aided three-dimensional modeling of protein structures with a thesis on the 3D structure of a viral protease, completed with the highest distinction; a Ph.D. from the department of molecular microbiology and biotechnology at the faculty of life science of Tel Aviv University (1993-1998); an executive MBA at the faculty of business administration of Tel Aviv University (2002-2004).
Working experience includes seven years as the head of the Bioinformatics Unit at the faculty of life science of Tel Aviv University (1998-2005) during which I was responsible for developing and maintaining cutting edge visualization and computational research infrastructure, databases of genomes and of 3-dimensional protein structures; I developed GeneDis, a human disease search engine with a graphical user interface aimed at detecting mutations in people carrying out genetic screening. I setup seven courses with academic accreditation as well as numerous workshops in the newly emerging field of bioinformatics, some of which were commercialized, through Ramot Ltd., the technology transfer company of Tel Aviv University, to address the growing interest of the industry in applying bioinformatics and other ‘omics’ technology in fields such as drug discovery.
With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, I felt a personal urge to contribute to society in general and specifically to my hi-tech and industry colleagues and initiated, together with a colleague, the בשעה טובה volunteering project aimed at providing moral support to people who lost their job and who are eager to return to the Israeli job market.