Ron Shamir received his PhD from UC Berkeley. He is a Sackler Professor of Bioinformatics in the Blavatnik School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University (TAU). His group develops algorithms in bioinformatics for understanding the genome and human disease. Software tools developed by Shamir’s group are in use around the world.
Shamir is the founder and head of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at TAU. He has published about 300 scientific works, including 17 books and edited volumes, and has supervised more than 50 research students. Fifteen of his past students hold academic positions. He was on the founding steering committee of RECOMB, co-founded the Israeli Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and was society president. 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.