Biotechnology and Radiobiology
Haddasha Medical School in Jerusalem,
Raphael Gorodetsky is the head of the Laboratory of Biotechnology and Radiobiology at the Sharett Institute of Oncology, Hadassah - Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he is employed as a faculty member since 1989 (affiliated to the Hebrew University Medical School in Jerusalem). He received his M.Sc. and PH.D from the Hebrew University in 1985 and had his Postdoc at UCLA Medical Center (1985-1988). Among other subjects he was involved in cancer research and radiobiology studies, as well as in projects in regenerative medicine. His earlier studies were associated with trace elements physiology in health and disease. Besides authoring more than 100 peer reviewed scientific publications and chapters, he edited and authored the book “Stem cells and Tissue Repair” in 2010 (by the Royal Society of Chemistry RSC, Cambridge, UK). He served as secretary of Israel Stem Cells Society (2014-2017) and has been a member in a number of related national and international societies.
Later directions of his research focused mainly on the invention of fibrin based biomaterials used for tissue regeneration and cell therapies and on different aspects of cancer research and radiation biology. Among the new ventures he co-founded was Hapto Biotech in 2000, where he served as the chief scientist (later merged with Ortec to form Forticel International, NY). In this area he designed fibrin based matrices for tissue regeneration, specifically of bone and cartilage. In recent years he was deeply involved in the development of placental stromal cell based treatment for regenerative and tumour control purposes, including the mitigation of radiation effects. These findings were applied clinically by Pluristem Therapeutics. In parallel he is involved in the development of new anticancer immunotherapies.