Ayelet Erez

Ayelet Erez
Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, IL

Ayelet Erez was born in Israel and completed her medical studies at the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel. Following her Paediatric Residency, she completed a PhD in Cancer Genetics at Tel Aviv University. She then went to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas, where she trained in Clinical Genetics together with being a postdoctoral fellow in metabolism.  
Ayelet returned to Israel in 2012 as a senior researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot Israel. In parallel, Ayelet works at the Genetic Institute in Souraski Medical Center in Tel Aviv as a paediatric cancer geneticist.   
In her lab, Ayelet’s research focuses on changes in cancer metabolism through the prism of amino acid homeostasis. She has found that in addition to changes in amino acid anabolism to support cancer proliferation, there are also changes in amino acid catabolism in the tumor, which can be identified at the genomic and biochemical levels. These findings have led to the development of patents and clinical trials for the efficacy of identifiable metabolic alterations in predicting response to cancer treatment. 

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