Prof. Yardena Samuels honored with new lab, new Professorial Chair
In the fall, Prof. Yardena Samuels became the first incumbent of the Knell Family Professorial Chair, established by Harvey and Ellen Knell of Pasadena, CA. Harvey Knell said his wife’s experience as a medical geneticist and their family history has led them to support Prof. Samuels’ research on the genetics of melanoma. Prof. Samuels uses the power of DNA sequencing to identify new groups of genetic mutations involved in the deadliest form of skin cancer, melanoma.
Israeli friends Gideon and Hana Hamburger dedicated a new laboratory for Prof. Samuels and her research team. The lab was established by the M.E.H Fund in the name of Margot and Ernst Hamburger, Gideon’s parents. For the past 27 years, Gideon Hamburger, president of the Harel Group, has been applying his considerable skills and experience to the service of the Weizmann Institute.
Prior to joining the Institute, Prof. Samuels excelled as an assistant professor at the National Institutes of Health in the U.S., following PhD studies and postdoctoral research at several leading cancer research institutes in the U.K. and the U.S. At the ceremony, she said that during her 13 years abroad, she had always wanted to return to Israel, and specifically to the Weizmann Institute in which she had her first encounter with science, at the Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI).