Neurobiology ; Psychology
Prof. Gal Richter-Levin is founder and head of the Haifa Forum for Brain and Behavior, and director of the Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center (IBBR) at the University of Haifa.
He obtained his PhD in Neurobiology (1992) at the Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel, and after two years as an HFSP postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK, he joined the University of Haifa in 1995. Since 2006 he is a full professor both in the Sagol Department of Neurobiology and the Department of Psychology. In 2009-2013 he served as the University of Haifa's Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences. He was president of the Israeli Society for Biological Psychiatry (2006 – 2008) and president of the Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN) (2015-2017). Prof. Richter-Levin is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Institute for Psychobiology, and a member of the British-Israeli Science Council.
Prof. Richter-Levin has published over 150 scientific papers (H Factor: 47 (Scopus); 54 (Google Scholar)) and has supervised over 50 graduate and postgraduate students.
In 2013 he was awarded The Israeli Association for Biological Psychiatry prize for a lifetime excellence for the mentoring of young researchers in basic science.
He was awarded many competitive research grants, including more recently an award from the Programme of German-Israeli Project Cooperation (DIP) (€ 1,200,000) and an award from the Department of Defense (DoD), USA ($ 1,485,000).
Prof. Richter-Levin is a world-renowned researcher of the emotional brain, and of stress-related psychopathologies, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has made major contributions to developing novel translational animal models of mood and anxiety disorders, as well as towards the understanding of the role of the emotional brain in traumatic memory and depression.