Appointed this year as Dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and first Head of the Ilse Katz Institute for Material Sciences and Magnetic Resonance Research, Prof. Lia Addadi completed her Ph.D. in Structural Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1979. Her research interests include biomineralization, pathological crystallizations, molecular recognition in protein-crystal interactions, antibody-crystal interactions, and the molecular mechanism of cell adhesion. Work in these fields may further the understanding and treatment of diseases associated with crystals, such as kidney stones, arthritis, and atherosclerosis. Her many awards include the Prelog Medal in Stereochemistry in 1998 by the ETH (Federal Polytechnic Institute, Zurich, Switzerland). Prof. Addadi is the incumbent of the Dorothy and Patrick E. Gorman Professorial Chair.