Yitzhak Pilpel is a professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He received his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1999 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School, before joining the Weizmann Institute faculty in 2003.
Prof. Pilpel specializes in systems biology, genomics and evolution. He develops computational tools and theoretical models to analyze complex networks within cells and the evolutionary mechanisms that created them. In parallel, he and his laboratory team apply systems biology and genomics experimental strategies to the study of genetic circuits that process and transmit information in cells.
Among Prof. Pilpel‘s awards are the Hestrin Prize of the Israel Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2010), the Morris Levinson Prize in Biology (2007), and the James Heineman Research Award (2006). He has received the EMBO Young Investigator Award (2005) and a merit-based fellowship for young principal investigators from Horowitz Foundation for Complexity Sciences (2003-2006). In 2011, Prof. Pilpel was elected as a member of the European Molecular Biology Organiztion.