Daniel Chamovitz

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Daniel Chamovitz
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Born (1963-04-18) April 18, 1963 (age 55)
CitizenshipIsrael, United States
Alma materYale University
(1993-1995, Postdoc)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1993, PhD, Genetics)
Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1986, B.Sc., Biology,)
Hopewell High School (Pennsylvania), Aliquippa, PA (1981)
Known forCarotenoid biosynthesis
Discovering the Cop9 Signalosome
What a Plant Knows (2012)
Scientific career
FieldsPlant Biology
Molecular genetics
Food security
InstitutionsTel Aviv University
Doctoral advisorJoseph Hirschberg

Daniel Chamovitz is an American-born biologist and Dean of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences at Tel Aviv University, Israel, and the founder of the multidisciplinary Manna Center Program in Food Safety and Security. As of January 1, 2019, he is serving as President of Ben Gurion University of the Negev.[1] He received a B.Sc. in Biology from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a PhD in genetics also the Hebrew University;[2] he did postdoctoral work in plant biology at Yale University where he discovered the COP9 Signalosome.

He has an extensive research record using both arabidopsis and drosophila as model systems. His work employs genetic, biochemical, molecular and computational approaches to study the COP9 Signalosome. He has many published professional papers in peer-reviewed journals with over 4000 citations listed in Google Scholar,[3] as well as lecturing about Food Security in a growing world.

His popular science book What a Plant Knows was first published in 2012, and in an updated and revised edition in 2017. It has won a silver medal from the Nautilus Book Awards and was listed as one of the Top 10 Science books in Amazon for 2012. What a Plant Knows has been translated and published in 20 countries.[4][5][6] The book also served as the base for a course with the same name taught on Coursera by Chamovitz to over 42,000 students.[7][8]


  1. ^ http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/Pages/news/daniel_chamovitz.aspx. Retrieved 19 August 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Tel Aviv University. "Prof. Danny Chamovitz". Retrieved on July 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "Daniel Chamovitz". Google Scholar. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  4. ^ Cook, Gareth. "Do Plants Think?". Scientific American, June 5, 2012. Retrieved on July 8, 2014.
  5. ^ Kirkus Reviews. "WHAT A PLANT KNOWS by Daniel Chamovitz" (Review). April 11, 2012. Retrieved on July 8, 2014.
  6. ^ Alun, Salt. "What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz". Annals of Botany. Oxford Journals. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  7. ^ Dichek, Bernard (5 Sep 2013). "Into Classrooms, and Beyond". BIOENTREPRENEUR:TRADE SECRETS. nature.com. Retrieved 8 July 2014.
  8. ^ Cann, AJ (9 October 2013). "What a Plant Knows – MOOC Report". aobblog.com/. Oxford Journals. Retrieved 8 July 2014.