About Dr. Yonatan Stelzer

About Dr. Yonatan Stelzer, Department of Molecular Cell Biology

Dr. Stelzer has always been intrigued by the possibility of using embryonic stem cells to study human genetics and disease. He is an expert in the field of epigenetics—the study of biological mechanisms that modify our inheritable gene activity to switch them on and off. His research on cell fate and development has led to important discoveries in this field, including how certain actions and behaviors can alter the expression of our genes, silencing the harmful ones and amplifying the beneficial ones.  He is also exploring how environmental influences like famine, diet, aging and other stress factors could all potentially impact the human genome.

Dr. Yonatan Stelzer earned his BSc, MSc and PhD in less than seven years from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He then became a postdoctoral fellow at MIT, working in the laboratory of stem cell pioneer Prof. Rudolf Jaeinisch. In 2017, he joined the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Molecular Cell Biology.

Dr. Stelzer has long been active in his local community, volunteering with high-risk Israeli youth and critically ill Palestinian children.

He is married and has two children.

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