Ramit Mehr was born in Israel in 1961. She received the B.S. (1984, cum laude) and M.S. (1987) degrees in physics from Tel-Aviv University, and a Ph.D. (1994) degree in mathematical biology from the Weizmann Institute, Israel. She was a Director's Postdoctoral Fellow at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA until 1996, and a Research Associate in Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA until 1999. Since 1999, she is a Faculty Member in Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her research area is theoretical immunology, using mathematical models, computer simulations, and bioinformatical analyses to understand the generation and function of lymphocyte repertoires in the immune system. Examples of her recent and current research topics include (1) models and simulations of the dynamics of the development of T and B lymphocytes, the rearrangement of B-cell and T-cell antigen receptor genes, and subsequent selection, which is based on receptor-ligand interactions. (2) Models for the development of the natural killer (NK) cell repertoire, from receptor gene expression to selection of functional, nonharmful cells. (3) Studies of the competition between B lymphocyte clones during the humoral immune response, the process of hypermutation, and the creation of memory cells, including the explanation of the phenomenon of repertoire shift, isotype switch, and graph-theoretical analysis of B lymphocyte immunoglobulin gene phylogenetic trees. Professor Mehr has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) Special Interest Group in Life Sciences (SIAG-LS), the Israeli Immunological Society, The Israeli Society for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and others. She serves as a reviewer for various journals in physics, immunology, mathematical, and computational biology, and has organized various meetings or sessions in meetings focused on theoretical immunology.
Biography Updated on 6 February 2011