Prof. Raymond Kaempfer

Dr. Philip M. Marcus Professor of Molecular Biology and Cancer Research , Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, IMRIC
IMRIC Researcher

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Why I became a researcher: 

The chemical basis of life has always held my fascination. As a survivor of the Holocaust, I have sought to use my basic scientific research to create a better world. My lab focuses on investigating how human genes are controlled at the RNA level, how stress regulates the inflammatory immune response and the making of hemoglobin, how the Ebola virus evades host defense to renders it highly lethal, how bacterial toxins kill and how we can design antidotes to protect man from lethal toxic shock and sepsis, a subject also important to biodefense, and how the natural anti-cancer response genes of our body that encode immune interferon and tumor necrosis factor are controlled.

I am a proud molecular biologist. Through my work as a PhD student at MIT and as a member of the Biology faculty of Harvard University, and currently in my position as the Philip Marcus Professor of Molecular Biology and Cancer Research here at IMRIC, I continue my research with the goal of finding that next big breakthrough that will change lives. Understanding of molecular mechanism is key to the development of molecules that can save human lives. We are fortunate to have reached that stage.  


1966-69: Post-Doctoral training, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1965-66: Post-Doctoral training, Weizmann Institute of Science

1965: PhD in Microbiology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1961: BSc in Chemistry, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Selected Awards and Honors: 
2005-2009: Biodefense Challenge Grant, NIH
1998-2004: DARPA Principal Investigator in Biodefense
1982-Present: Member, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)
1965-1969: Van Leer Fellowship; Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Fellowship; NIH Special Fellowship
1964-1965: Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
raymondk [at] ekmd [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il
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