Rector - Prof. Zvi HaCohen
Born in Cluj, Rumania in 1947. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from Bar-Ilan University, and completed his doctorate in organic chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science and post doctorate at Harvard Medical School in the US.
He is incumbent of the Maks and Rochelle Etingin Chair in Desert Research at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) on the Sede Boqer campus. His main research is in the field of microalgal biotechnology, dealing with the potential of microalgae in creating polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) for pharmacological and dietary purposes. He is also involved with the issue of biofuel.
Prof. HaCohen serves as a member of the University's Intellectual Property Committee and has filled many positions at the BIDR; in addition he serves as a professional consultant to many groups and organizations in his field of research, and is a member of the editorial boards of several prestigious journals including Annals of Microbiology.
He has published dozens of scientific papers, has been awarded research grants totaling several million dollars and has a large number of patents to his name. He has edited three books, the latest being Single Cell Oils.