Zichria Zakay-Rones was born in Tel-Aviv, Israel. She has completed her studies at the Hebrew University, Israel, with 2 proficiency awards. In 1964, she received her Ph.D. degree in virology from the Hebrew University. Her scientific training included internships at the Department of Public Health, Berkeley, Calif, USA; WHO fellowship (1973); fellowship at the Salk Institute California (1973-1974); Advancement of Mankind Foundation fellowship, Virology Institute, Giessen, Germany (1978); Medical School, University of Massachusetts (F. A. Ennis in influenza immunology, 1987); Buffalo School of Medicine (P. L. Ogra in virology); Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Arkansas (1990); Columbia University, New York (1991). From 1988 to 2004, she was the Head of the Department of Virology, Incumbent of the Chanock Chair of Virology (1989), and a Full Professor in 1991. She leads an active research on influenza virus including the development of intranasal inactive vaccine, immune response, and surveillance of the virus. She coheads the National Laboratory for Influenza in Jerusalem (2002). Moreover, she has an active research interest in vaccination to Newcastle disease virus since 1971 and its oncolytic effect for which she was awarded with the Kaye Award in 2003. In 2008, she was awarded with the Sarov Prize for Excellency in Human Microbiology by the Israel Microbiology Society. She is a member of a significant number of societies and engaged in teaching in the faculty and has supervised about 50 students (M.S., Ph.D., D.M.D., and postdoctoral degrees).
Biography Updated on 17 August 2009