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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.
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
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.