TAU Prof. Nathan Nelson wins Israel Prize
Prof. Nathan Nelson of TAU’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, has won the 2012 Israel Prize in Life Sciences Research. Prof. Nelson is an expert in biochemistry and molecular biology, with an international reputation in basic research into cell membrane molecular proteins and complexes.
Prof. Nelson's important achievements include the isolation and structural determination of super-complexes involved in cellular energy transduction, including the crowning achievement of solving the structure of the plant PSI super-complex - an extremely complex protein system involved in plant photosynthesis. Prof. Nelson is also credited with the discovery and functional determination of genes coding various neurotransmitter transporters, metal-ion transporters and others.
In research today, Prof. Nelson is harnessing photosynthesis to create a clean and sustainable energy source as part of his work at the Tel Aviv University Center for Renewable Energy.
In addition to winning numerous prestigious awards in Israel and abroad, Prof. Nelson is a member of EMBO – the European Organization for Excellence in Life Sciences, has served as president of the Israel Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and as director of the Daniella Rich Institute for Structural Biology. Prof. Nelson has published more than 250 articles, and his work has been cited over 15,000 times in articles by researchers worldwide.