Prof. Sarit Larisch was until recently chair of the Departments of Biology and Medical Sciences, and Head of the Apoptosis and Cancer Research Laboratory at the University of Haifa, Israel.
She received her BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, her MSc (cum Laude) from the Lautenberg Center for General and Tumor Immunology, Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, and her Ph.D from the same institution. For her PhD research, Prof. Larisch was awarded the Lamas-Foundation Award from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School. Prof. Larisch received the Fogarty International Research Fellowship Award for her post-doctoral studies at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, USA. During this period, she discovered a novel cell death protein, termed ARTS, which is a key protein promoting apoptosis and a tumor suppressor protein.
Prof. Larisch has received several awards, including the Focused Funding Award by Johnson&Johnson and the Hyman Milgrom Award.
She has won a large number of competitive grant awards from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), US-Israel Binational foundation (BSF), Israel Cancer Association, Israeli Ministry of Health grant, NPF-National Parkinson’s Foundation Award, NIH grant-FIRCA, and others.
Prof. Larisch is listed as the inventor/co-inventor of several patents and patent applications for her discoveries.