Dr. Itamar Simon

IRMIC Researcher , Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, IMRIC

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Why I became a researcher: 

I have always been interested in exploring new and unknown fields. I have always found the study of modern biology to be the most fascinating field.  During my PhD I used molecular biology techniques to study gene regulation. Afterwards, upon completing my studies at the Hebrew University, I relocated to the Whitehead Institute for my post-doctorate, where I learned how to use genomic techniques for exploring transcription regulation on a system-wide level.

This new type of research captivated me, since it provided a broad picture of cellular processes, and allowed me to explore the entire cellular system rather than focusing on a single process. With the recent advances in sequencing techniques the collection of high quality genomic data became relatively simple and the challenge became the analyses of the data and its integration with our existing knowledge of biology.

My team at IMRIC combines molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics in order to study basic cellular processes such as cell cycle, DNA replication and transcription regulation in various organisms.


1992: B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1999: Ph.D., Department of Cellular Biochemistry, under the supervision of Professor H. Cedar, the Hebrew University, Medical School; Topic of research: The control of replication timing in animal cells, summa cum laude

2002: Post doctorate in the lab of Prof. Richard Young, Whitehead Institute for biomedical research, M.I.T. Cambridge, MA

Selected Awards and Honors: 
2012: Research Grant from the European Research Council of the European Union
2011-2016: ERC (European Research Council) Grant Recipient
2010-2014: Israel Science Foundation Grant
2009-2012: German-Isreal Foundation Grant
2009: Agilent Technologies Incorporation Grant
2009-2010: Ministry of Health Grant
2009: Israel Cancer Association Grant
2008-2010: Israel Cancer Research Foundation (ICRF) Grant
2008: Faculty of Medicine Dean Prize
2007-2009: The Center of Complexity Science Grant
2007: Israel Cancer Association Grant
2007-2008: Agilent Technologies Inc. Grant
2006-2007: Bi-national Science Foundation (BSF) Grant
2006-2009: Israel Science Foundation Grant
2006: Hebrew University, Faculty Of Medicine Research Prize
2006: Krill prize
2004: Israel Cancer Association Grant
2003-2006: AICR Grant, 2003-2006.
itamarsi [at] ekmd [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il
Collaborative Projects

Prostate Cancer Research

In 2008, Dr. Larry Goldenberg, founder of the MHIBC and Director of the Vancouver Prostate Centre, asked if IMRIC would collaborate on developing ways to effectively treat prostate cancer. These tumors grow at different rates and surgery is only performed at a later stage, but in cases of rapid growth, surgery may be too late.