Dr. Yoav Ram earned a BSc in Mathematics and Biology, followed by a PhD in Theoretical Biology via a direct PhD track, both from Tel Aviv University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow of the Center for Computational, Evolutionary and Human Genomics at Stanford University and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Computer Science at IDC Herzliya, before joining the School of Zoology at Tel Aviv University. Yoav is a member of the Sagol School of Neuroscience and the Center for Combatting Pandemics, and an affiliate member of the Safra Center of Bioinformatics.
Dr. Yoav Ram
An updated CV can be found on GitHub.
The Ram lab studies evolutionary biology, ecology, behavior, and cultural evolution using computational, mathematical, and statistical models and collaborations with experimental biologists. We use models to tackle both theoretical and concrete questions in population biology. Some of our current research interests are competition and cooperation in populations and communities; the co-evolution of the mechanisms that generate and transmit phenotypic, genetic, behavioural, and cultural variation; and the application of modern statistical methods, like Bayesian inference and deep learning, in population biology.
An updated list can be found on the lab website.
A selected list of publications:
- Kohanovski I, Obolski U, Ram Y. Inferring the effective start dates of non-pharmaceutical interventions during COVID-19 outbreaks. medRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/2020.05.24.20092817
- Arthur RF, Jones JH, Bonds MH, Ram Y, Feldman, MW. Adaptive social contact rates induce complex dynamics during epidemics. bioRxiv. DOI: 10.1101/2020.04.14.028407
- Kolodny O, Berger M, Feldman MW, Ram Y. A new perspective for mitigation of SARS-CoV-2 infection: priming the immune system for attack. Open Biology. DOI: 10.1098/rsob.200138
- Krebs Denton K, Ram Y, Liberman U, Feldman MW. (2020) Cultural evolution of conformity and anticonformity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2004102117
- Ram Y, Hadany L (2019) The evolution of stress-induced mutagenesis in the presence of horizontal gene transfer. The American Naturalist. DOI: 10.1086/703457
- Ram Y, Dellus-Gur E, Bibi M, Karkare K, Obolski U, Feldman MW, Cooper TF, Berman J, Hadany L. (2019) Predicting microbial relative growth in a mixed culture from growth curve data. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1902217116
- Ram Y, Liberman U, Feldman MW (2018) Vertical and oblique transmission under fluctuating selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1719171115
- Ram Y, Altenberg L, Liberman U, Feldman MW (2018) Generation of variation and a modified mean fitness principle: Necessity is the mother of genetic invention. Theoretical Population Biology. DOI: 10.1016/j.tpb.2018.02.004