Prof. Meshorer is the Arthur Gutterman Family Chair for Stem Cell research. He completed his PhD at the Hebrew University and performed his post-doctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute, NIH. In 2007, he returned to the Hebrew University as an Alon Fellow and is currently heading the ‘Epigenetics, Stem cells & Neurons’ laboratory in the Department of Genetics and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC).
Meshorer's lab research focuses on single cell and genome-wide approaches to understand chromatin plasticity and epigenetic regulation in embryonic and neuronal stem cells, during reprogramming, and in pluripotent models of neurodegenerative diseases. Meshorer’s lab identified the unique features of chromatin plasticity in pluripotent stem cells, the mechanisms supporting chromatin plasticity in pluripotent cells, developed epigenomic tools for the stem cell community, and established unique neurodegenerative disease models in human pluripotent stem cells. In recent years, Prof. Meshorer co-pioneered the field of Paleo-epigenetics, having reconstructed the first DNA methylation maps of ancient genomes, including the Neanderthal and the Denisovan, a method which led to the first reconstruction of the Denisovan and the 2019 ‘Breakthrough of the year’ award by Science magazine.
Prof. Meshorer has been a past and/or present member of five European consortium’s, one of which (EpiSyStem), he currently coordinates. He also currently serves on the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Publication Committee, is a board member of several national societies, and he is the current Head of the Department of Genetics, institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University.
Affiliations and expertiseThe Arthur Gutterman Family Chair in Stem Cell Biology; Full Professor of Molecular Biology, Department of Genetics, The Institute of Life Sciences and The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel