Prof. Yair Aharonowitz

Prof. Yair Aharonowitz

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Yair Aharonowitz, Ph.D., is a Professor (Emeritus) of Microbiology and Biotechnology at Tel Aviv University (TAU). After receiving his Ph.D from TAU, he was a research fellow in biochemical engineering at MIT (USA), and since 1976 he has become a member of the academic staff of TAU. He was a visiting scientist at Oxford University (UK), an Alberta Heritage Fellow at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, and a visiting professor at the Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Professor Aharonowitz research interests include the molecular genetics and biosynthesis of antibiotics, molecular biology of microbial pathogens and the development of new targets for new antibiotics, thiol-disulfide redox metabolism and metabolic regulation at the transcription level by transcription factors and riboswitch mechanisms. He maintains close cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry and serves as a member of the BOD of Compugen. During his service at TAU Professor Aharonowitz held several senior positions, as TAU Vice President and Dean for R&D, Chairman of the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology and Chairman of the Institute of Biotechnology. He was a member of Tel Aviv University Executive Council and of TAU Board of Governors.
Professor Aharonowitz served as the Cairman of Ramot Fund for Applied Research, as a member of TAU committee for strategic planning, in the TAU patent committee, he was a member of the National Committee for Biotechnology and served as a member of the Israel Prize committee (in the life sciences).
Professor Aharonowitz is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the Israeli Society of Microbiology.