Dr. Ehud Cohen

Researcher , Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, IMRIC

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Why I became a researcher: 

My work at IMRIC stems from my childhood interest in science. As a child I would attend after-school activities at The Weizmann Institute near my house, which got me interested in science. This continued through high school. After my military service, I began to study biology and oceanography, but ultimately I found the study of genetics and genetic manipulation really cool.

I did my Masters work at Hebrew University on genetic regulation of viruses and later focused on cell biology. At IMRIC, my team and I are studying age-related diseases, trying to find out how to prevent these diseases from occurring by preventing protein aggregation, a key factor in the development of age-related diseases.

Ultimately, we hope that our IMRIC research will not only translate into slowing down the degenerative process, but prevent it entirely.


B.Sc. and M.Sc., the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Post-Doctorate: The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA

Independent lab studies, the Hebrew University Medical School

Selected Awards and Honors: 
2012: Research Grant from the European Research Council of the European Union
2009: Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation/AFAR new Investigator Award in Alzheimer's Disease
2008: Invited Speaker at the Society of Neuroscience Meeting, Washington, DC
2006: Young Protein Scientist talk at the 20th Protein Society meeting, San Diego, CA
2004: The John Douglas French Alzheimer's Foundation, Post Doctoral fellow
2001: The Golda Meir Foundation, distinguished Pre Doctoral fellow
ehudc [at] ekmd [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il

Alzheimer's Disease Research

In our IMRIC lab, we are trying to solve a puzzle.

We know that in the course of a cell's lifetime, toxins build up which can impair or drastically alter cellular function. But the real puzzle is why some toxins only start to build up late in life. For example, members of families with a history of Alzheimer's disease seem to develop it at around the same age — late in life. Where is the disease until then?

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