Prof. Hillel Fromm

ביולוגיה מול.ואקול.צמחים סגל אקדמי בכיר
Prof. Hillel Fromm
Phone: 03-6406606
Fax: 03-6406816
Office: Britannia-Porter, 525



Period Degree Institute Faculty/Department
1978-1981 B.Sc. Hebrew University, Jerusalem Faculty of Agriculture
1982-1984 M.Sc. Weizmann Institute of Science Plant Genetics
1984-1988 Ph.D. Weizmann Institute of Science Plant Genetics


Further Education

Period Certificate/Diploma Institute
2001-2002 Postgraduate Certificate of Learning & Teaching in Higher Education Accredited by the UK Institute of Learning & Teaching
2010 Diploma in 'Senior Business Management' ‘Lahav’, Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University


Academic Appointments and Employment

Period Rank/Function Institute
1988-1991 Postdoctoral fellow Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA
1991-1999 Scientists to Associate Professor The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel
1999-2003 Senior Lecturer The University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
2003-2007 Associate Professor Tel Aviv University
2007-present Full Professor Tel Aviv University
2009-2013 Head of Department Molecular Biology & Ecology of Plants, Tel Aviv University
2016-2018 Head of School Plant Sciences and Food Security
2018-2019 Visiting Scientist Institute for Plant & Food Research, Auckland, New Zealand


Other personal awards and citations


1978: List of the Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Department of Mathematics and Physics, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

1981: Rector prize for Excellence, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1988: Certificate of Merit from the Knesset (Israeli Parliament)

1988: The Giyora Yashinsky Prize for Excellence for PhD students, Feinberg Graduate School, Weizmann Institute of Science

1988-1990: Chaim Weizmann Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1990-1991: NIH Post-Doctoral Fellowship

1992: The Sir Charles Clore Fellowship, Weizmann Institute of Science

1993: Wolfson Research Award - administered by the Israeli Academy of Sciences

1993: The Jakubskind-Cymerman Research Prize, Weizmann Institute of Science

1995-1999: Incumbent of the Abraham and Jennie Fialkow Career Development Chair in Biology

2015- present: The George S. Wise Chair in Life Sciences, Tel Aviv University

2013-2018: Director, Israeli Center of Research Excellence (I-CORE):



National & International Committees


2017 – 2020: Member, Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research & Development Fund (BARD)

2012 – 2015:  Member of the Israel Civil Service Commission for Academic Appointments & Promotions (including: Agricultural Research Organization, Israel Oceanic and Limnological Research, Geological Survey of Israel).

2013 – 2016: Member of the Subcommittee for Life Sciences and Medicine - Mapping national research infrastructure requirements, Israel Council for Higher Education - Planning and Budgeting Committee 

Research Interests

Our aim is to understand the mechanisms underlying plant adaptation to environmental threats. We address fundamental molecular, cellular, genetic and physiological aspects while attempting to employ basic principles for the improvement of plants and the environment.

Recent Publications

Research projects and examples of publications


Genes controlling plant - water relations: Water-use efficiency, Hydrotropism, Root-to-shoot signaling, Root architecture


The Molecular - genetic basis of phenotypic plasticity & adaptation to stress


Transcription regulation under environmental stress;


Signal transduction: Calcium, calmodulin, cyclic nucleotides, phytohormones


GABA: a primary metabolite and signaling molecule in plants;



Full list of publications:

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