Professor Batsheva Kerem is a member of the Department of Genetics at the Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences.  A graduate of Hebrew University, Professor Kerem conducted her postdoctoral training at The Hebrew University-Hadassah Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada.  She has played a pioneering role in the discovery and characterization of the gene responsible for Cystic Fibrosis and in the development of screening methods to prevent the disease.  Professor Kerem’s laboratory is internationally recognized for the study of human genetic diseases and genome function.

In recent years, Professor Kerem has focused on the genetic basis of chromosomal instability in cancer.   Among other affiliations, she is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Human Genome Organization (HUGO), and the Advisory Committee of the Israel Science Foundation regarding the Human Genome Project.  Widely published, she has been honored with the Joels Senior Lectureship for Excellence in Science, the Teva Prize for Excellence in Human Genome, the Julodan Prize for Contribution to Medicine, the Abish-Frenkel Prize for Excellence in Life Sciences and the Emet Prize. Recently, Hebrew University President, Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson appointed Professor Kerem as the university’s Presidential Advisor for Gender Affairs. Together, Professors Kerem and Ben-Sasson initiated the Women in Science Fellowship Program to financially support women postdoctoral candidates.