The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Hermona Soreq was trained at The Weizmann Institute of Science and the Rockeffeler University. In 1986, she joined the faculty of The Hebrew University where she holds a University Slesinger Chair and is also a founding member of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Science. Soreq’s research is centered on acetylcholine functioning; she pioneered the application of molecular biology and genomics to the study of cholinergic signaling, with a recent focus on its microRNA regulation. Soreq consistently collaborates with basic and clinician experts on cholinergic signaling in health and disease, was recently elected to head the International Organization of Cholinergic Mechanisms, and has one DNA-based drug in phase II clinical trials in a Jerusalem start-up. She served as the elected Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2005-2008, authored hundreds of publications, including 55 published in Science, Nature, PNAS and other high-impact journals and has been the recipient of co-recipient of significant funding from US, European and Israeli National and private foundations including an Advanced ERC Award and an Israeli I-Core Center of Excellence on mass trauma. A member of The Hebrew University’s Executive Committee, Soreq has past and current appointments on scientific advisory boards for national and international bodies with major interests in life sciences. Her honors include Honorary PhDs from the Universities of Stockholm (1996), Ben-Gurion University (BGU, 2007), and Erlangen (2008), Teva Founders’ Award (2006), The Lise Meitner Alexander von Humboldt Award, Germany (2009), a Miller Fellowship at US UC Berkeley (2009), a Berlin NeuroCure visiting fellowship (2015) and a Rappaport prize for bio-medical research (2015). She also contributes to the Center of Non-neuronal Cholinergic Mechanisms, Giessen, the Immunosensation Center of Excellence, Bonn and the International Advisory Boards of the UK-Israel Council and BGU’s Center of Biotechnology. Notably, 25 of her trainees are faculty members in Israel (In Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, the Galilee and Beer Sheva) and overseas (UC Berkeley, Maryland, Ann Arbor, Paris, Tours, Gottingen, London). Others contribute to government and private biotechnology organizations and companies involved in Life Sciences.
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