Martin Kupiec received his B.S. degree in biology in 1979 and a Ph.D. degree in genetics in 1985 from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. He carried out his postdoctoral training with Professor Thomas Petes at the University of Chicago, USA, and he is on the faculty of Tel Aviv University since 1988, becoming a Full Professor in 2003. In 1994-1995, he was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Genetics, University of Washington, Seattle, Wash, USA and in 2000-2001 spent a Sabbatical year at the Whitehead Institute in Boston, Mass, USA. Professor Kupiec is the recipient of the Alon Prize (1988), the N. Treinin Prize of the Israel Cancer Association (1999), and the Tel Aviv University Prize for Research Excellence (2007). Since 2008, he has been the incumbent of the Pasha Gol Chair for applied microbiology. From 2006 to 2009, he served in the Board of Directors of the Genetic Society of Israel, and he has served as the Editor for Current Genetics since 1999 and for FEMS Microbiology Reviews since 2003. Professor Kupiec leads the Applied Genetics and Microbiology group at the Faculty of Life Science, Tel Aviv University. His research takes advantage of the sophisticated tools available for molecular genetic research in microorganisms such as yeast to investigate the basic functional architecture of the genome and the mechanisms that maintain its stability. Among others, his laboratory studies the genetic control of DNA repair and of telomere length maintenance. Additional projects include the mapping of complex traits in yeast, the analysis of genome function at a system level, and the role of the Tor kinase in the regulation of cell cycle, growth, and response to DNA damage. Professor Kupiec has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers and a number of reviews in first-rate journals.
Biography Updated on 28 December 2010