The Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life-Sciences
Ron Unger is a professor in the Mina & Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences in Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He earned his Ph.D. at the department of Computer Science in the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1990, and spent a post-doctoral period at the University of Maryland. His research interests are in the interface between computer science and biology, using bioinformatics and computational biology techniques. Many of his works are in the field of Personalized Medicine. Prof. Unger is the founder and the head of the Computational Biology program in Bar-Ilan University, as well as the founder and head of the unique program “Genomics and Biomedical Informatics for Physicians”. Prof. Unger was the president of the Israel Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (ISBCB). His publication list contains more than 85 scientific papers and two textbooks on computational biology and bioinformatics.
Among our current main research projects are: Computational studies of protein folding where we examine the role of chaperones in the folding process and analysis of non-coding RNA molecules in parasites and RNA editing.
In the field of personalized medicine, we study the clinical implications of individual genomic variations in condition such as high blood pressure, Crohn or type2 diabetes. We also run several studies in medical data mining including analysis of data of patients that undergo bone marrow transplantation to predict their survival rates, analysis of medical records to predict onset of T2D, and analysis of risk factors for cesarean section deliveries.