Ron Shamir

Disease bioinformatics: the good, the bad and the ugly.

Short Bio. Ron Shamir received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1984, and has been on the faculty of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University (TAU) since 1987. His group develops algorithms in bioinformatics for understanding the genome and human disease. His research interests include gene expression and regulation, molecular networks, cancer genomics, and computational precision medicine. Software tools developed by Shamir’s group are in use by many laboratories around the world.

Shamir holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair in Bioinformatics. He founded the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at TAU, and has headed it since 2005. The Center encompasses 38 research groups totaling over 150 researchers in four faculties. He published more than 280 scientific works, including 17 books and edited volumes, and has supervised more than 50 research students. He has been on the editorial board of twelve scientific journals and series. He co-founded the BSc and MSc programs in Bioinformatics at TAU, and was on the founding steering committee of RECOMB. He co-founded the Israeli Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and was society president in 2004-2006. He is a recipient of the Landau Prize in Bioinformatics, the Kadar family prize for excellence in research, and a Fellow of the ISCB and the ACM.