Nathan Nelson

Tel Aviv University

Prof. Nathan Nelson’s current research focuses on harnessing oxygenic photosynthesis for sustainable energy production. He earned all three degrees at Tel Aviv University. He did a post-doctoral fellowship with Professor Efraim Racker at Cornell University. In 1972, he joined the newly established Department of Biology at the Technion in Haifa. In 1980, he became a full professor. In 1985 Nelson took a position at the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology (RIMB). In 1995, he returned to Tel Aviv University and established his lab in the Biochemistry Department.
Nathan Nelson’s research encompasses many topics involving membrane proteins and membrane protein complexes, among them: V-ATPase, neurotransmitter transporters, metal-ion transporters and complexes involved in the process of photosynthesis. In the latter, Nelson has had several major discoveries. However, his main contribution is in the work that culminated in solving the crystal structure of plant Photosystem I (PSI). Nelson’s work has earned him awards like: The Humboldt Award, EMBO membership, Honorary Professorship at Sichuan University, Honorary Doctorate from University of Bologna, the Ilanit-Katzir prize of the Federation of Israel Societies of Experimental Biology (FISEB), and the 2013 Israel Prize for Life Sciences. In 2011, he was awarded a 5-year Advanced Grant from European Research Council (ERC). His papers have over 15,000 citations with h-index 70.

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