Yadin Dudai is the Sela Professor in Neurobiology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, the Albert and Balanche Willner Family Global Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience, New York University. He studied biochemistry and genetics, with supplements in modern history, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, received his Ph.D. in Biophysics from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and conducted his postdoctoral training at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, where he had been on the team that pioneered neurogenetic analysis of memory. Over the years he has been a visiting Professor at many academic and research institutions in the US and Europe.
With research interests that include brain and behavioral mechanisms of learning and memory, as well as their interaction with culture, Prof. Dudai has over 190 professional publications in the field of brain and memory, including key books in the discipline. 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 neural- and cognitive sciences.
Prof. Dudai also has professional experience in administration and R&D planning. He has held multiple posts in public and academic life, including Advisor on Science Policy in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, member of the Granting and Planning Committee of the Israeli Council for Higher Education, member of the Israeli and International Pugawsh group, chair of the life-sciences teaching program and of the postdoctoral programs at the Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Dean of the Faculty of Biology and Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and of the Brain Research Centers at the Weizmann Institute. Prof. Dudai also serves as the scientific director of the Israeli Center for Research Excellence (I-CORE) in the cognitive sciences.