Genetic Decoder

When Nayef Jarrous grew in the city of Shfaram Israeli North, he found a situation that young people around the world would prefer to avoid. The drawing of her elementary school class teacher was his father. And at the end, Jarrous has proved to his father that he really was the best student. The 39-year-old Israeli has been appointed the young researcher highlights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has been granted the award Yoram Ben-Porath. Jarrous, who teaches in the Department of Molecular Biology of the Faculty of university medicine, has led the cutting-edge research achieving a greater understanding of the primary processing of small RNA molecules involved in the complex system by which the genetic information in DNA is converted to protein through RNA.

He was corresponding author of an article on this subject in October 2003 of Molecular Cell number. But it all began in Shfaram, a town of 30,000 inhabitants, where Jarrous was born in an Arab family Christian. After high school, I appeared at the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University. They accepted me on both, and I chose HU without hesitate a moment. For me, it is more prestigious, and was ready to leave the North and I moved to Jerusalem on my own. At the Hebrew University, Jarrous studied general biology, and did his thesis of masters in molecular biology under his Advisor Dr. Raymond Kaempfer.

Then he continued working with Kaempfer in his laboratory for his doctorate. With Kaempfer, the Jarrous PhD work involved a unique collaboration with two other students Yitzhak Ben Asouli, an Israeli Jew and Muslim Israeli, and Farhat Osman. They collaborated in the most fruitful way and became good friends, said Kaempfer. Our laboratory was known as a microcosm of coexistence.