Uri Alon

Uri Alon (Hebrew: אורי אלון; born 1969) is a Professor and Systems Biologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science.[4] His highly cited[5] research investigates gene expression,[6] network motifs[7][8] and the design principles of biological networks[9] in Escherichia coli and other organisms using both computational biology and traditional experimental wet laboratory techniques.[10]

Uri Alon
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Uri Alon
Born1969 (age 51–52)[1]
Alma materHebrew University of Jerusalem
Weizmann Institute of Science
Known forNetwork motifs
AwardsOverton Prize (2004)
Scientific career
InstitutionsWeizmann Institute of Science
Princeton University
Doctoral advisorDavid Mukamel[2]
Other academic advisors


Alon earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics[2][11] from the Weizmann Institute of Science.


After having his interest in biology sparked, Alon headed to Princeton University for his postdoctoral work in experimental biology. He returned to the Weizmann Institute as a professor.

Alon features in several popular videos on YouTube such as Sunday at the Lab (with Michael Elowitz)[12] and How to Give a Good Talk.[13] As of 2011, he is the author of the most highly bookmarked scientific paper on CiteULike[14] How To Choose a Good Scientific Problem[15] and How to Build a Motivated Research Group.[16]


In 2004 Alon was awarded the Overton Prize[3] for "outstanding accomplishment by a scientist in the early to mid stage of his or her career" by the International Society for Computational Biology. Alon has also been awarded:


  1. ^ "Wis-Find: Author Search Results". weizmann.ac.il.
  2. ^ a b Alon, U.; Evans, M.; Hinrichsen, H.; Mukamel, D. (1996). "Roughening Transition in a One-Dimensional Growth Process". Physical Review Letters. 76 (15): 2746–2749. arXiv:cond-mat/9512069. Bibcode:1996PhRvL..76.2746A. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.76.2746. PMID 10060778. S2CID 26730428.
  3. ^ a b "ISCB Newsletter 7-3". iscb.org.
  4. ^ "Homepage - Uri Alon". weizmann.ac.il.
  5. ^ Uri Alon publications indexed by Google Scholar
  6. ^ Alon, U.; Barkai, N.; Notterman, D. A.; Gish, K.; Ybarra, S.; Mack, D.; Levine, A. J. (1999). "Broad patterns of gene expression revealed by clustering analysis of tumor and normal colon tissues probed by oligonucleotide arrays". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 96 (12): 6745–6750. Bibcode:1999PNAS...96.6745A. doi:10.1073/pnas.96.12.6745. PMC 21986. PMID 10359783.
  7. ^ Milo, R.; Shen-Orr, S.; Itzkovitz, S.; Kashtan, N.; Chklovskii, D.; Alon, U. (2002). "Network Motifs: Simple Building Blocks of Complex Networks". Science. 298 (5594): 824–827. Bibcode:2002Sci...298..824M. CiteSeerX doi:10.1126/science.298.5594.824. PMID 12399590.
  8. ^ Shen-Orr, S. S.; Milo, R.; Mangan, S.; Alon, U. (2002). "Network motifs in the transcriptional regulation network of Escherichia coli". Nature Genetics. 31 (1): 64–68. doi:10.1038/ng881. PMID 11967538. S2CID 2180121.
  9. ^ Uri Alon (2007). An introduction to systems biology: design principles of biological circuits. Boca Raton: Chapman & Hall/CRC. ISBN 978-1-58488-642-6.
  10. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  11. ^ "arXiv.org Search". arxiv.org.
  12. ^ "Uri Alon's Song - Sunday at the Lab co-written with Elowitz" on YouTube
  13. ^ "How to Give a Good Talk by Uri Alon" on YouTube
  14. ^ "CiteULike CiteGeist: Popular Papers". Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  15. ^ Alon, U. (2009). "How to Choose a Good Scientific Problem" (PDF). Molecular Cell. 35 (6): 726–728. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2009.09.013. PMID 19782018. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  16. ^ Alon, U. (2010). "How to Build a Motivated Research Group" (PDF). Molecular Cell. 37 (2): 151–152. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2010.01.011. PMID 20122395. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  17. ^ "Uri Alon". f1000.com.
  18. ^ Radcliffe Fellows
  19. ^ "2014 HFSP Nakasone Award goes to Uri Alon". hfsp.org.

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