Prof. Yoav Henis is TAU Vice President for Research and Development. In 1974 received his B.Sc. Cum Laude after completing his studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Hebrew University. In 1978 he completed his doctoral thesis (direct course for Ph.D.) Summa Cum Laude at the Hebrew University, under the guidance of Prof. Alexander Levitzki. This thesis has won the Hebrew University Kennedy-Lee prize for the best thesis of the year. Between 1978 and 1981 he was a post-doctoral fellow (supported by Chaim Weizmann Fellowship from the Weizmann Institute) under the guidance of Prof. Elliot Elson, first at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and then at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO). Upon his return to Israel in 1981 he became a Faculty member at the Department of Biochemistry, and then the Department of Neurobiology, in the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University.
In addition, Prof. Henis held visiting scholar positions at the M.I.T. (Whitehead Institute), Cambridge, MA (1987-8, 1992-3, 1998-9), the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at Berkeley, CA (2003-4), and Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC (2009-10).
Prof. Henis has served as the head of the Committee for acceptance of undergraduate students to the Faculty of Life Sciences (1985-7), the secretary of the Israel Society for Cell Biology (1991-5), the head of the Department of Neurobiochemistry (today named Neurobiology) (1995-8), and was a member in many University and National Committees.
Prof. Henis is one of the leaders in the Cancer Biophysics field. His studies combine cell biology with membrane biophysics to elucidate, in live cells, the action mechanisms of cancer-related proteins. These studies, which deal with the growth-inhibitory transforming growth factor- receptors and with oncogenic proteins such as Ras and Src, were published in scientific journals of high standing. He is active in scientific organizations in Israel and the USA, and was a member of numerous committees and scientific forums of the Israel Science Foundation and other scientific foundations in Israel. He has won prizes and fellowships from the Bat-Sheva de Rothschild Foundation, the International Union Against Cancer, and the Jacqueline Seroussi Memorial Foundation Award for Cancer Research.