Ronit Satchi-Fainaro

Tel Aviv University

Prof. Ronit Satchi-Fainaro (Ph.D.) is a Full Professor at Tel Aviv University, where she is Head of the Cancer Research & Nanomedicine Laboratory; Chair of the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine (2014-2018), and Chair of The Kurt and Herman Lion Cathedra in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies. She served as President of The Israeli Controlled Release Society (CRS) (2010-2015) and Chair of IACUC of Tel Aviv University (2013-2017). She received her B.Pharm. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1995 and her Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude) in Polymer Chemistry and Cancer Nanomedicine from the University of London in 1999 with Prof. Ruth Duncan. She then spent two years in Tel Aviv University and two years as Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University and Children’s Hospital Boston working with Prof. Judah Folkman on Vascular and Cancer Biology. In 2003, she was appointed Instructor in Surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She joined Tel Aviv University in 2006. She serves on the Board of Directors of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, member of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Blavatnik Center for Drug Discovery, the Israel Cancer Association, the Hospital Universitari Vall d'Hebron, Institut de Recerca (VHIR, Barcelona, Spain), several VCs (VLX, etc.) and several Editorial Boards of Scientific Journals.

Her multidisciplinary research laboratory focuses on basic research elucidating the mechanisms underlying the switch from cancer dormancy leading to the discovery of new molecular targets to interrupt tumor-host interactions. Her approach is followed by the design of highly-selective targeting molecules integrating biology, chemistry, medicine, bioinformatics and nanotechnology to selectively guide drugs into pathological sites. Throughout, she has maintained an interest in understanding the biological rationale for the design of nanomedicines suitable for transfer into clinical testing. She published more than 110 manuscripts, 12 book chapters, edited 2 books, is named inventor on 51 patents, some of which were licensed to Pharmaceutical and Biotech companies, and has given over 350 lectures worldwide. Her students are pursuing careers in academia, industry and government. She is currently founding a spin-off company and is actively engaged in translational research with several industry partners and in science outreach. She was awarded numerous prestigious grants and prizes among them Fulbright, Rothschild, Wingate, Alon, Young Investigator Award of the European Association for Cancer Research, JULUDAN Prize for the Advancement of Technology in Medicine, and the 2013 Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Founders Award for the Discovery of new molecular mechanisms and targets that would lead to new therapeutic approaches. Her scientific achievements were acknowledged numerous times by inclusion in honorary lists by leading magazines (Forbes, Globes, named one of Israel’s Top 40 under 40 by The Marker, Calcalist, etc.). She was elected the 2019 Chair of the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Cancer Nanotechnology, was awarded the 2018 Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) Professorship, was selected to represent Israel at the Biennale in Venice in 2016 on the Influence of Medicine on Architecture, and was awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator (2014-2019), Advanced (2019-2024) and Proof of Concept (PoC) (2019-2020) Grants.