Prof. Ronnie Friedman

Vice-President for External Relations and University Advancement, Hebrew University


Prof. Ronnie Friedman is a Professor of Immunology and holds the Ron Barbaro Chair in Veterinary Medicine. He is the former Dean of the University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment, former Head of the Department of Animal Sciences, and former Vice-Dean for Teaching.
Born in South Africa, his family immigrated to Israel in 1960, and he grew up near Jerusalem. Prof. Friedman earned his B.Sc. in Agriculture and his M.Sc. in Immunology from the Hebrew University, and his Ph.D. in Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science.  He undertook postdoctoral research in Immunology at Harvard Medical School and has since spent time there as a research fellow and a visiting professor.  He has also been a research fellow in avian immunology at the Institute of Animal Health in the United Kingdom.
Prof. Friedman’s research interests include nutritional approaches to improving immune responses and resistance to disease in poultry; development and function of the enteral immune system in omnivorous birds; mechanisms of peripheral tolerance to protein antigens; and ecoimmunology – the functioning of the immune system in the wild.
He has published some 100 papers, reviews and chapters in peer-reviewed journals and scientific volumes, and delivered over 30 guest lectures, and 200 conference and seminar papers in Israel and abroad.