Prof. Nayef Jarrous
, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, IMRIC
Principal Investigator, IMRIC
Two ground-breaking discoveries made in the early 80’s of the 20th century have shown that ribonucleic acid (RNA) exhibits catalytic and enzymatic properties. These seminal discoveries stimulated the “RNA World” hypothesis, in which it is inferred that early forms of life on Earth used RNA or RNA-like molecules as their genetic materials and enzymes for existence and reproduction.
Back then, I was fascinated by the structure and flexibility of multifaceted RNAs and decided to do my doctoral thesis and postdoctoral stint on RNA. In fact, after decades of extensive research of RNA and based on new findings that reveal that most of the human genome is vastly transcribed to noncoding RNAs of unknown function, many scientists now are convinced that we are living in a modern “RNA World”, in which RNA is implicated in every fundamental biological process, from replication and translation in the cell to growth, differentiation and development of the entire organism.
1996-1999: Postdoctoral training: Yale University
1995: Ph. D. in Molecular Biology, The Hebrew University
1989: M. Sc. in Molecular Biology, The Hebrew University
1986: B. Sc. in Biology, The Hebrew University