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Dr. Raphael Isaac Benhamou

Dr. Raphael Isaac Benhamou

Assistant Professor

School of Pharmacy Faculty of Medicine 
Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Hadassah Jerusalem, Israel


  • Assistant Professor/Senior lecturer at the School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (2021-present) 

  • Post-Doctoral Associate in Prof. Matthew D. Disney’s lab, Department of Chemistry, Scripps Research Institute, Jupiter, Florida, United State of America. “Design of small molecules targeting RNAs”. (2019-2021)


  • Direct path to Ph.D., School of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel. Thesis Advisor: Prof. Micha Fridman. “Strategies for development of small molecules for direct and indirect perturbation of microbial-cell-membrane integrity”. (2013-2018)

  • B.Sc. in Chemistry & Biology, Magna cum Laude in Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact Sciences, Tel Aviv University, Israel. (2010-2013)

Awards and Scholarships:

  • Recipient of the Alon Scholarship for outstanding young scientists, Council for Higher Education, Israel. (2022-2025)

  • Recipients of Edward and Millie Carew Shaw Distinguished Faculty Award, Israel. (2022)

  • Recipients of Golda Meir Fellowship Lectureship Award, Golda Meir Fellowship Fund, Israel. (2022-2023)

  • Recipient of the ICRF Research Career Development Award, Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), Israel. (2022)

  • Recipient of the Myotonic US and UK Post-Doctoral Fellowship Research Award for academic year 2020/2022, Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF).

  • Recipient of the National Ataxia Foundation (NAF) Post-Doctoral Fellowship Research Award for academic year 2020/2021.

  • Recipient of the Fulbright Post-doctoral Scholar Award for academic year 2018/2019, United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF).

  • Prize for the best poster presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of The Medicinal Chemistry Section - Israel Chemical Society, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel, June 2018.

  • Outstanding students award for active participation to an international symposium, Ministry of Science and Technology, Israel. (2017)

  • "Shahak" Scholarship, Volunteer in a Foundation Helping New Immigrants Absorption in Israel. (2011-2013)

  • Amos De-Shalit Ulpana scholarship for Outstanding Students, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot. (2013)

  • Tuition Grant, for New Immigrant Students.

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