Prof. Sorek leads the Microbial Genomics group in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is a world leader in phage genomics and CRISPR research, and also develops techniques for high resolution understanding of microbial transcriptomics and metatranscriptomics. Prof. Sorek holds a Ph.D. in Human Genomics from Tel Aviv University, and in his postdoc, studied microbial metagenomics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Prior to joining the Weizmann Institute, Prof. Sorek headed the Genomics Research Group at Compugen (Nasdaq:CGEN). Prof. Sorek is also an author of numerous scientific publications in top-tier journals, and an inventor of more than 35 patents. He has received multiple awards, including the 2012 Rubinowitz-Grossman Prize in Microbiology, the 2013 Teva Founders Award for young scientists, and the 2014 FEBS Anniversary Prize. In 2015, Prof. Sorek was elected as a member of the European Academy of Microbiology.