Vice-President and Dean for Research and Development - Prof. Raz Jelinek
Prof. Raz Jelinek was born and raised in Beer-Sheva. His connection to BGU began as a teenager when he participated in youth programs for science on campus. He graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (summa cum laude) with a degree in physics in 1988 and completed his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993, followed by post-doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 1996 Prof. Jelinek joined BGU's Dept. of Chemistry, and has served as visiting professor at leading research universities around the world, including the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, Jilin University (China) and New York University – Shanghai. He is the author of four science textbooks, two scientific books and more than 180 research papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
His academic awards include the 2010 Ruth L. Kirschstein Senior Fellowship Award, presented by the National Institutes of Health (USA), the Toronto Prize for Research Excellence (2009) and Ben-Gurion University's Distinguished Lecturer Award (2011).
In addition to his academic activities, Prof. Jelinek is active in community affairs on behalf of the environment, serving as the head of Residents Influence Modi'in NGO, which acts to preserve open spaces and the ecology in and around the city.