The Remarkable BGU: Igniting Israeli Innovation
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Prof. Raz Jelinek was appointed vice president and dean for research and development at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in January 2019. He has been on the faculty of BGU’s Department of Chemistry since 1996, and has served as a visiting professor at leading research universities around the world, including the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. He is one of BGU’s top producers of research grants.
Born and raised in Beer-Sheva, Prof. Jelinek’s connection to BGU began as a teenager, when he participated in youth programs for science on campus. These programs nurtured his scientific curiosity and he went on to study chemistry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley in 1993, followed by postdoctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prof. Jelinek is the author of four textbooks and more than 220 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is also the recipient of many prestigious academic awards, including the 2010 Ruth L. Kirschstein Senior Fellowship Award, presented by the National Institutes of Health (USA); the Toronto Prize for Research Excellence (2009); and Ben-Gurion University’s Distinguished Lecturer Awards (2011, 2020).
In addition to his academic activities, Prof. Jelinek is active in community affairs. Currently living in the city of Mod’in, he has co-founded and headed the “Residents Influence in Modiin,” an environmental NGO, which aims to preserve open spaces and the ecology in and around the city.