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Blavatnik awards recognize Weizmann trailblazers


Date: August 7, 2022

Prof. Ronen Eldan of the Department of Mathematics and Prof. Noam Stern- Ginossar of the Department of Molecular Genetics have received the Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, an  annual  prize awarded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.


Prof. Ronen Eldan                                          Prof. Noam Stern- Ginossar

It is given to three exceptional scientists and engineers aged 42 and younger in Israel in three categories. Prof. Eldan won the physical sciences award, Prof. Stern-Ginossar won the life sciences award, and the chemistry prize went to Prof. Menny Shalom at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Prof. Eldan was recognized for his seminal contributions to high-dimensional probability, a mathematical subject that deals with datasets with a very large number of variables. He has solved longstanding, open conjectures in this area, and has developed techniques that have found wide application across the fields of statistics and computer science. Prof. Stern-Ginossar was recognized for developing groundbreaking analytical tools to study viral gene regulation in cytomegalovirus, a herpes virus that infects more than half the world’s population. These tools, which include the use of ribosome profiling to generate high-resolution maps of the genome, have also been applied to characterize the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Prof. Noam Stern-Ginossar is supported by Miel de Botton, Knell Family Center for Microbiology, Estate of Emile Mimran and Maurice and Vivienne Wohl Biology Endowment