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Tom Ran

Short Bio:


1999 - 2002:

2003 - 2005 (Bar-Ilan University):
B.Sc. Computer Science (Magna cum laude).
B.Sc. Life Sciences (Magna cum laude).
B.A. Psychology (Magna cum laude).
Also part of the Neuroscience program.

Contact info:
Office:  +972-8-934-2125
Fax:     +972-8-934-4484
Mobile: +972522-399-399
2005 - 2011 (Weizmann Institute of Science)

M.Sc. & Direct Ph.D. (Prize of excellence for Ph.D. accomplishments).
Part of the Brain Science track.

·         Two short rotation in the labs of Prof. Michal Schwarz and Prof. Ilan Lampl at the Departments of department of neurobiology.


·         Thesis under the supervision of Prof. Ehud Shapiro at the Departments of Computer Science and Mathematics and Biological Chemistry entitled: Molecular logic: A biomolecular computing system capable of intelligent deductions and query answering & A synthetic NOR-based programmable genetic device.

2011 - 2012
PostDoc reasercher in the Weizmann Institute of Science.

2012 - Now
A position equivalent to Senior Intern in the Ehud Shapiro's lab in the Weizmann Institute of Science.
M.A. student in clinical psychology (It's been a long dream of mine ever since).
Laboratory for Biomolecular Computers

Molecular computing devices have the clear advantage of small size, as well as the ability to interact directly with their biological surroundings due to their inherent biological nature, therefore holding the promise to be used in future biological and medical applications. For the Laboratory click here.

Publication List

1. Tom Ran, Shai Kaplan & Ehud Shapiro Molecular implementation of simple logic programs. Nature Nanotechnology . Published online: 02 August 2009 | doi:10.1038/nnano.2009.203. [PDF]

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  • Special Honor - Out of thousands of European Researcher Council funded projects, 10 works have been chosen by the ERC to appear in a special publication on February 2012. The work above has been chosen to be included "as one of the most striking ones".

Media coverage (Google the term "DNA computation gets logical") or press here:  



*  BBC

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*  Gen - Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News  

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*  The Jerusalem Post  

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*   Calcalist (Yediot Aharonot)

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2. Ran Tom, Douek Yoni, Milo Lilach. & Shapiro, E. A programmable NOR-based device for transcription profile analysis. Nature Scientific Reports. Published online: 07 September 2012 | doi:10.1038/srep00641. [PDF]

3. Tom Ran. The body as a personal computer (article In the Hebrew language) published in the magazine Odyssey (by Teva pharmaceuticals) January 2012. [PDF]
מאמר בעברית שכתבתי, הגוף כמחשב אישי שהתפרסם באודיסאה, כתב עת למדע ותרבות מבית חברת טבע והאוניברסיטה העברית בירושלים

Invited speaker (Conferences and workshops):

1. The France Telecom - Orange Excellence Chair for Interdisciplinary Studies at the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity, Tom Ran, Molecular deductive databases, CRI France, July 09-11, 2007.

2. 6th international Fab Labconference, Tom Ran, Biomolecular Computers, The Netherlands, August 15-20 2010.

3. Second EVOBODY workshop, New Principles of Unbound Embodied Evolution, Tom Ran, Embodied Evolution and Biomolecular Computers, Spain, 24-25 March 2011.

4. Chais technological innovations, Tom Ran, Biological Computers: innovations in the computing world, Open University, Israel, February 19-20 2013

“Science on tap” Lecturer – popular science lecture in pubs.

"Weizmann Institute scientists are fanning out to bars and cafés in the Tel Aviv area, spreading the word about the latest scientific innovations and the relevance of science to everyday life, as well as answering questions from one and all.”

I am a part of the Science on Tap”. I speak about the bio-molecular project and explain how these tiny nano-submarines can one day, roam our body, search, analyze and destroy diseases (such as cancer). For that I speak a lot about the new and young wave in science which is called Synthetic Biology. Synthetic biology is a new area of biological research and technology that combines science and engineering. It encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies, and disciplines with a variety of definitions. The common goal is the design and construction of new biological functions and systems not found in nature.

Media coverage:

Science on Tap 1”, “Science on Tap 2” (In English).

מדע על הבר (In Hebrew בעברית)

Biomolecular Computing   Simple molecular logic programs
Computation is an abstract process that may have multiple physical implementations. Molecular computation is an attempt to harness the power of molecular biochemistry to perform computation. As in the early days of electronic-based computers, different computational notions are inspiring the emergence of new, biochemically-based computing devices. These computing devices made of biological molecules hold the promise of interacting with the biological environment in future biological and medical applications.   We've designed and implemented an innovative molecular logic system. Our simple molecular logic programs consist of three types of statements: facts, rules and queries. Tiny water drops contain the molecules encoding the different facts and rules. When added a molecular query, a chain process of molecular deduction starts and in the case of a positive answer, the water drop emits green light exhibiting a "Positive" answer.