About the author

Layer-5 copyProf. Benny Shilo

The Hilda and Cecil Lewis chair in Molecular Genetics

Weizmann Institute of Science


Prof. Ben-Zion Shilo was born in Jerusalem in 1951. He completed his BSc in Biology and PhD in Genetics at the Hebrew University (1978), and post-doctoral studies at MIT (1981).

Towards the completion of his work in Cambridge, he demonstrated, for the first time, that DNA sequences in the vertebrate genome encoding proto-oncogene proteins are conserved in the genome of the fruit fly (Drosophila). He devoted most of his academic career to the utilization of sophisticated genetic essay online by essayonlinewriter.com techniques to unravel the components and regulation of the signaling pathways he discovered and their role in normal development. The EGF receptor and its signaling cascade represented his primary focus of interest. In recent years he has been collaborating with computational biologists to discover the quantitative basis for the accurate patterning of embryos, and is also studying the role of the actin protein in tissue formation.

At the Weizmann Institute he served as the head of the Departm.ent of Molecular Genetics, and Head of the Council of Professors and the Committee for Tenure and Promotion of Professors. As Dean of Biochemistry he facilitated the recruitment of 30 new faculty members in the Life Sciences.

He has been a visiting professor at Yale University and Stanford, and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. His research achievements won him prizes, including the Bruno Prize (2000), and the EMET prize in Genetics (2013). He is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization and served on its council. He also serves on the editorial board of journals including The EMBO Journal and Molecular Systems Biology.

He is also a photographer. He lives in Rehovot, Israel.


Dept. of Molecular Genetics
Weizmann Institute of Science

Rehovot 76100, Israel




Born in Jerusalem, 1951
Married to Varda, has three children and three grandchildren

Education and Positions Held

2004-2009 Dean, Faculty of Biochemistry (responsible for 50 research groups, and over 500 scientists, students and research staff)

2001-2002 Head of Weizmann Institute committee for appointing associate professors (with tenure) and full professors

1994-present Full professor, Dept. of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute.

1993-2001 Head of Department of Molecular Genetics

1989-1993 Chairman of the teaching committee for the Life Sciences at the Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute

1987-1994 Associate professor (with tenure) at the Weizmann Institute

1981-1987 Senior Scientist at the Department of Virology, Weizmann Institute

1979-1981 Post-doctoral fellowship with Prof. R. Weinberg at MIT, on the characterization and isolation of mouse and human oncogenes

1975-1978 Ph.D. in Genetics at the Hebrew University under the supervision of Prof. G. Simchen on the kinetics of cell cycle initiation in yeast

1972-1975 B.Sc. in Biology at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem



Membership and prizes

1995 EMBO member

2006-2011 EMBO Council member

2000 Michael Bruno prize, Yad Hanadiv, Jerusalem

2011-2012 Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study fellow at Harvard University

2013 EMET prize in Genetics, given by the prime minister, Jerusalem (Lifetime achievement award)