Centre of Excellence for Research on Environment, Health and Aging

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

A high level International Scientific Advisory Committee will be established and active through the life-time of the project. It will be consulted and will lead designing the programme and building its skeleton. It includes very high level scientists, in positions which lead the world research and 2 high level MIGAL's scientists. The Scientific Advisory Committee is critical to the exploitation of the results of the project through the members’ widespread business and technical networks. SAC members are chosen among the top scientists of the partnering organizations and EU organizations both for their prestigious track record in research and research management and for their international reputation and linkages. The Scientific Advisory Committee will support the Management Committee in particular in aspects that touch upon the strategic direction of the project, including suggestions for innovation and exploitation policies. In addition, the advisory committee is expected to help in structuring the recruitment plan of the CEREHA centre, based on an objective assessment of the perceived research needs. The committee will also help in improving the research agenda of new faculty members to assure significant benefits to the Center as well as to the whole European community.

Suggested members of the SAC advisory committee:

Prof. Joerg Hacker

Prof. Hacker is currently the President of Leopoldina, the German National Academy. Previously he was the director of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. Prof. Hacker is a world expert on infectious diseases and epidemics, and has had a vast experience in communication to the public, politicians and media. He has visited Israel several times, often with German officials from the ministry of Science and ministry of Education and is well familiar with Israeli science.

Prof. Lene Juel Rasmussen

Prof. Lene Juel Rasmussen is the Managing Director of Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen. Formerly a Professor at Roskilde University, she got her PhD in Molecular Biology at Denmark Tekniske University and had post doctoral training at University of Massachusetts and Harvard University. Her current research projects are on mitochondrial dysfunction which has been implicated in premature aging, age-related diseases, and tumor initiation and progression.

Prof. Rino Rappuoli

Dr. Rino Rappuoli is the Global Head of Vaccines Research at Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics and is based in Siena, Italy. Previously he was head of R&D at Sclavo (Italy), and then head of Vaccine Research and CSO at Chiron Corporation. His team developed the first recombinant bacterial vaccine (against pertussis), the first conjugate vaccine against meningococcus, and an experimental vaccine against Helicobacter pylori. Recently, his team was the first to use the power of genomics to develop new vaccines (reverse vaccinology) and used it to develop a vaccine against group B meningococcus. Among the present activities are influenza vaccines produced in cell culture and the development of vaccines against avian influenza. Among the scientific contributions, he was co-founder of the field of cellular microbiology, a discipline that has merged cell biology and microbiology. He is member of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO).

Prof. Trinad Chakraborty

Prof. Trinad Chakraborty is currently the Dean of the Medical Faculty at Gissen University, Germany. Previously he was the Director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology, Justus-Liebig-University, Faculty of Medicine at Gissen. He did his Undergraduate Studies at University College, London and his PhD at the Free University of Berlin, Germany. His post-doctoral studies were at Robert Koch Institute, Berlin, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics, Berlin and the Department of Microbiology, Julius-Maximillians- University, Würzburg.

Prof. Ilan Chet

Prof. Ilan Chet is currently the Deputy Secretary General for Higher Education and Research at the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean in Barcelona, responsible for the higher education and scientific research development, also known as the Barcelona Process. Previously he was the President of the Weizmann Institute, as Dean of Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture and as Vice President for Research and Development of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Chet also served as senior scientist at DuPont, Delaware, U.S.A. and as a member of the scientific advisory committees of both the European Union and NATO. He is recipient of the Wolf Prize and many other prestigious prizes and honors. Prof. Chet is a world leader in environmental aspects of agriculture and in fungal diseases. He has published more than 350 articles in international scientific journals, edited three books in his field, and holds 32 patents.

Prof. Aharon Ciechanover

Prof. Ciechanover is a Nobel Prize laureate currently a Distinguished Technion Professor and head of the Director of the Rappaport Family Institute for Research in Medical Sciences at the Technion. His research involves studies of biochemical processes involved in cancer and aging.

Prof. Eliora Ron

Prof. Ron is the Scientific Director of MIGAL. Prof. Eliora Z. Ron is the Chair of the section of Bacteriology and Applied Microbiology in IUMS – International Union of Microbiological Societies and the past president of FEMS – Federation of European Microbiological Societies. She is a member of the ASM (American Society of Microbiology) Academy, of the European Academy of Microbiology and of the International Academy of Arts and Sciences. She hold a PhD degree from Harvard University, received the EMET prize and an honorary PhD from Ben Gurion University. Professor Ron was a member of the EC NoE of PATHOGENOMICS and was a member of several EC research consortia. She has several patents and about 200 publications. Prof. Ron is a world authority on ExPEC – Extraintestinal Pathogenic E. coli – which is a major cause of disease and death from community and hospital acquired disease.

Prof. Michael (Iggy) Litaor

Prof. Litaor is the head of the Environmental Sciences group of MIGAL as well as the head of the joint research authority of MIGAL and Tel Hai College. Prof. Litaor holds a Ph.D. degree from University of Colorado, Boulder CO. He published extensively in the fields of alpine pedogenesis, soil solution chemistry, environmental quality, acid deposition, nutrients cycling, radionuclides in the soil environment and wetland hydro-biogeochemistry. His current research evolves around ecosystem services of constructed wetlands as a tool for greener and cleaner environment especially in the context of watershed sciences and human health.
More specifically, for the current proposal, he is interested in studying chemical stressors formation (e.g., pesticides), their magnitude, duration and timing as well as transport and transformation via farmlands to waterways.