Dr. Omry Koren

Omry Koren is based in Israel at Bar-Ilan University as an Assistant Professor in the Azrieli Faculty of Medicine. His principle field of research is the human microbiome.

Dr Koren received his MSc and his PhD in Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. At that time, he was involved with the innovative paper The Coral Probiotic Hypothesis which has now been expanded to The Hologenome Theory of Evolution. Dr Koren subsequently accepted a post- doctoral position at Cornell University where he was part of the NIH Human Microbiome Project and where he led the first study to demonstrate that pregnancy is associated with a profound alteration of the gut microbiota and host metabolism.

Dr Koren leads his laboratory at Bar-Ilan University and his team’s research aims to better understand the interactions between microbiota and the host endocrine system, host behaviour, and host development, in health and in disease states. He recently received the prestigious Minerva Award for Research Cooperation and High Excellence in Science (ARCHES), the Marie Curie Career Integration Grant, and the Alon Fellowship for outstanding young scientists.

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