Human Biology; Faculty of Natural Sciences
Research Areas: Immunology, Inflammation and its resolution, fibrosis, macrophage biology, lipid mediators, chemokines, signal trunsduction.
Prof. Amiram Ariel is head of The Laboratory for Molecular Pathways in the Resolution of Inflammation at the University of Haifa.
He received his BSc in Biology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his MSc and PhD from the Department of Immunology at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Prof. Ariel received the Rothschild Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Rothschild Foundation and the McDuffie award from the American Arthritis Foundation for his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, Boston. During this period, he discovered a novel mechanism of chemokine clearance through binding to receptors expressed on apoptotic cells during the resolution of inflammation.
Prof. Ariel established a new Immunology Laboratory at the University of Haifa where he was appointed senior lecturer from 2007. He has received several competitive research and equipment grants from the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF), the Rosetrees Trust and the Wolfson Foundation. He is chair of the Department of Human Biology since October 2014 and of the Departments of Biology and Medical Sciences at the University of Haifa since October 2016. He is secretary/vice president of the Israeli Immunological Society since December 2016.
Prof. Ariel studies novel molecular and cellular effectors in resolving inflammation, with emphasis on the clearance of apoptotic neutrophils by resolution phase macrophages. His studies are aimed at uncovering pro-resolving pathways and harnessing it for the treatment of inflammatory, autoimmune and fibrotic disorders.