Yadin Dudai is a world-renown neurobiologist who currently holds the Sela Chair in Neurobiology and is Head of the Department of Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. Dr. Dudai studied Biochemistry and Genetics, with supplements in Modern History, at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science and conducted his postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. He has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University (NY), the National Institute of Health (Bethesda), Harvard University (Boston), Edinburgh University (Scotland), College de France (Paris), and Boston University (Boston).
With research interests that include the brain and behavioral mechanisms of learning and memory, Dr. Dudai has over 160 professional publications in the field of brain and memory, including The Neurobiology of Memory (Oxford 1989) and Memory from A to Z, keywords, concepts and beyond(Oxford 2002). He has been awarded numerous honors, is a member of professional bodies in the fields of science, education, and science-society interactions, and serves on the boards of scientific journals in the neurosciences.
Dr. Dudai also has professional experience in administration, R&D planning, and journalism. He has held multiple posts in public and academic life in Israel and abroad, including Advisor on Science Policy in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, advisor to the President of the State of Israel, member of the Granting and Planning Committee of the Israeli Council for Higher Education, chair of the life-sciences teaching program and of the postdoctoral programs at the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Dean of the Faculty of Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science.