Orly Reiner, Weizmann Institute, Israel

Jonathan Gootenberg

Born in Jaffa, Israel, Prof. Orly Reiner received a BSc in agriculture (1978) and an MSc in microbiology (1985), both from the Hebrew University’s Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot. She earned her PhD at the Weizmann Institute of Science in human molecular genetics (1990). She conducted postdoctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, and joined the Weizmann Institute in 1993. She holds the Bernstein-Mason Professorial Chair of Neurochemistry.

Prof. Reiner’s research concerns how brain structure is determined during embryonic development. This is a very dynamic process that is regulated by way of the concerted action of multiple gene products. Abnormalities in these processes may result in devastating consequences such as severe brain malformations, intellectual disabilities, epileptic seizures, autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.

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