Dr. Moran Yassour is a senior lecturer at the Hebrew University, Faculty of Medicine, with joint affiliation at the Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Yassour and her colleagues study the development of the human microbiome and its influence on health and disease through the development of new cohorts to study the establishment of the newborn gut microbiome and evaluation of mother-to-child bacterial transmission. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Yassour lab joined forces with Hadassah Medical Center to process hundreds of thousands of SARS-CoV-2 tests and evaluate test-pooling techniques to increase diagnostic lab efficiency.
Prof. Yassour received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in computer science and computational biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She completed postdoctoral training at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, where she studied the human gut microbiome with colleagues Ramnik Xavier and Eric Lander. During her Ph.D. work at the Friedman lab (Hebrew University) and Regev lab (MIT/Broad Institute), she developed tools to reconstruct the transcriptome of partially assembled genomes and aberrant cancer genomes.