Dr. Sigal Ben-Yehuda

Associate Professor , Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, IMRIC

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Why I became a researcher: 

Microbiology has been an interest of mine for some time. As a researcher for IMRIC, my goal is to understand the chain of events required for the establishment of asymmetric cell division. In other words, what makes cells change as they divide? How is the DNA architecture changed during development? How is it linked to polar division?

My overall research at IMRIC is on how a bacterium decides to switch from one cell type to another. My discoveries, which include the demonstration of a previously unknown “nanotube” form of communication between cells, are fundamental for understanding the mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.


Undergraduate and graduate degrees in Life Sciences and Microbiology, Tel Aviv University

Selected Awards and Honors: 
2013 European Research Council (ERC) Advance Grant
Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow
Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) Fellow, Harvard University President’s Prize , Hebrew University (Ben-Porat)
HFSP Career Development Award
European Research Council (ERC) Young Investigator Starting Grant
Sir Zelman Cowan Universities Fund Prize, Australia
sigalb [at] ekmd [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il