Hermona Soreq, PhD, received her graduate degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Rockefeller University in New York, New York. She moved to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1986 and was appointed professor of molecular neuroscience. In 2005, she became the first female dean of the Hebrew University's Faculty of Science and served in this role until 2008. She has published over 290 scientific articles and seven books. Her research interests involve the mechanisms of neurodegeneration and stress, which she studies in both clinical and pre-clinical models and settings. Dr. Soreq has received several honorary degrees and won the Humboldt and Rappaport Prizes and the Miller Fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on the boards of directors of the Hebrew University and the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) and is a founding member of the Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society. She has mentored over 50 students and post-doctoral fellows, 25 of whom became faculty members at leading universities.