Professor Isaiah (Shy) Arkin is vice president for research and development at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The HU alumnus is the youngest individual ever to be appointed to this prestigious position. Previously a lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry at Cambridge University in England, Professor Arkin joined The Hebrew University in 2001. The renowned scholar and scientist is a director of Yissum, the university’s technology transfer company, and the former chair of the university’s Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences. He has contributed in many ways to the commercialization of the university’s scientific and technological innovations, which help to advance Israel’s economic growth and security.
Professor Arkin earned his Bachelor’s degrees at Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment and at the Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University. He received his Ph.D. in cell biology from Yale University. His research utilizes computational science and bioinformatics to investigate the structural biology of membrane proteins. His work, which is based on novel experimental techniques, focuses on revealing the structure of membrane proteins. Professor Arkin’s techniques have succeeded in shedding new light on the cell penetration mechanisms of the flu virus and SARS, and in the special folding of proteins responsible for Huntington’s disease.
The recipient of numerous awards and research grants, Professor Arkin’s scientific work is widely published in international journals. He is a frequent guest speaker at global conferences and at AFHU educational forums across the United States.