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Michal Neeman

Michal Neeman is an Israeli biologist.

Born and raised in Rehovot, Israel, Neeman is the daughter of Israeli scientists.

At a young age Neeman became interested in chemistry and later on biology. “I had an amazing chemistry teacher in school, and I became interested in biology working in a field school of the Nature Protection Society in the [Negev] desert,” she said.

Neeman earned her Ph.D. in chemistry from the Weizmann Institute and worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before returning to the Institute in 1991. She has developed multiple unique methods for imaging the process of angiogenesis or blood vessel formation and growth, especially in ovarian cancer, when tumor growth often relies on new blood vessels. “We are very excited with recent findings on the emerging role of fibroblasts in tumor angiogenesis,” Neeman said.

A member of the Board of Trustees of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Neeman was chair of its 2003 Education Committee, and was also elected in 2008 as a Council Member of the Society for Molecular Imaging. Neeman serves as Dean of the Faculty of Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science, and professor and Helen and Morris Mauerberger Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Sources: “Prof. Michal Neeman | Biology,” Weizmann Institute of Science, 2012. Email interview with Dr. Neeman, June 26, 2012.