HU’s Newest Faculty: Protein Function in Health and Disease

Dr. Norman MetanisDr. Norman Metanis’ research aims to understand the role of the amino acid selenocysteine (Sec) in proteins. Sec is vital for humans and other animals, and its failure could lead to diseases such as cancer and neurodegenerative conditions. Metanis’ research group also focuses on studying human proteins that include Sec, in order to shed more light on the importance of the chemical element selenium in human health and disease.

Metanis joined the Hebrew University's Institute of Chemistry as a senior lecturer in July 2013 after spending five years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. He is a strong proponent of academia and research: "I believe that science and education is the road to solve many challenges in life, from political problems in the Middle East to basic daily challenges".