Dr. Gabriel (Gabi) Amitai holds a Ph.D. degree in Neurobiology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (1981) and a Master of Science in Technology Management from the Polytechnic University, New York (2001). During the last 40 years Dr. Amitai has been involved in various applied pharmacological research projects at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR).
His main areas of expertise are enzyme kinetics and drug design of small molecules for the treatment of neurological diseases and antidotes toward poisoning by toxic compounds. He served more than seven years as Head, Division of Medicinal Chemistry, IIBR (1989-1997) and as General Manager, Life Science Research Israel (1999-2001). Dr. Amitai established excellent scientific relationship with biotech companies in the USA with whom he managed collaborative applied research projects (2002-2007). In the last 30 years, he has been consistently awarded with research grants by USA and Europeans funds. Dr. Amitai was a Post Doc and assistant research pharmacologist with Prof. Palmer Taylor, at the University of California, San Diego (1981-1983).
Dr. Amitai served as visiting scientist at the NIDDK, NIH (1989) and as Senior Fellow of the US National Research Council at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (1995). He has spent two years as Visiting Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, PA (2006-2008) doing research with Prof. Alan Russell. Dr. Amitai is a laureate of Prof. E.D. Bergman award for Chemistry (1994). Dr. Amitai currently serves as President of the Israel Society for Neuroscience (ISFN).