Prof. Moshe Oren began his scientific career at the Institute as a Ph.D. student in 1973. He is world renowned for his research into the p53 protein, whose malfunction is an important factor in the formation of over 50% of all cancer tumors. Prof. Oren cloned the gene encoding this protein during a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Upon his return to the Weizmann Institute in 1981, he joined what was then called the Chemical Immunology Department.
Working with other Weizmann scientists, he has since made several cardinal discoveries on the workings of the p53 protein. Currently Director of the Institute's Leo and Julia Forchheimer Center for Molecular Genetics, Prof. Oren is the recipient of a number of prizes and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals.