Prof. Ron Dzikowski

Associate Professor , Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, IMRIC
IMRIC Researcher

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Why I became a researcher: 

Before I became an IMRIC researcher I was interested in animal sciences and began working on marine ecology and fish parasites. By the time I was ready for my post-doctoral work, scientists were starting to experiment with genetic manipulation of the malaria parasite which really interested me. So I moved to NY to work at Cornell Medical School with Kirk Deitsch a leading researcher in genetic manipulation of the malaria pathogen.
What I enjoy about our research at IMRIC is that we work directly on the pathogen. We manipulate it, grow it in blood in the lab and see what the results are. What we do in the IMRIC lab has direct implications for people around the world today.

Selected Awards and Honors: 
2013: ERC Consolidator Grant for research - "Understanding the molecular mechanisms of immune evasion by malaria parasites"
2010:Jacob & Lena Joels Memorial Foundation Senior Lectureship for Excellence in the Life and Medical Sciences
2009 & 2010: Outstanding lecturer award, Hebrew University
2009: Awarded the Gaia Luoni Prize from Institute Pasteur on outstanding achievements in malaria genetics
2007/2008: Golda Meir Fellowship
2007: The Young Scientists’ program of the German-Israeli Foundation.
2007: The most outstanding 2007 Israeli projects in the “EU 7th Framework Program for Research & Technological Development”
rond [at] ekmd [dot] huji [dot] ac [dot] il
Researcher in the News

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Hebrew University researchers discover how the deadly malaria parasite evades the immune system, and make significant progress toward developing a cure

IMRIC Scientists Develop A Novel Method To Suppress Malaria Parasite’s Virulence Genes, Break The Code Of Its Immune Evasion

Revealed: how malaria evades the immune response by using long noncoding RNA to express one gene while silencing others