Yitzhak Tor is a Professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and a Traylor Scholar in Organic Chemistry, at the University of California, San Diego, Calif, USA. He carried out his doctorate work with Abraham Shanzer at the Weizmann Institute of Science focusing on the development of synthetic siderophores. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1990 and crossed the Atlantic for a postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, with Peter B. Dervan. After three fascinating years in Pasadena where he was exposed to the remarkable area of nucleic acids, he left California to take his first faculty appointment at the University of Chicago. In 1994, after exactly one year, he moved to the University of California, San Diego, Calif, USA. His research interests are diverse and include RNA–small molecule interactions, the development of novel antiviral and antibacterial agents, the synthesis and utilization of modified nucleosides, nucleotides and oligonuelcotides as well as the development and implementation of new drug delivery vehicles. Tor is the Editor-in-Chief of the Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry.
Biography Updated on 19 January 2009