Ron Shamir received his PhD from UC Berkeley in 1984 and has been on the faculty of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University since 1987. He heads the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics and holds the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Chair in Bioinformatics. He develops algorithmic and statistical methods and tools for understanding the genome and human disease. He published more than 270 scientific works, including 17 books and edited volumes, and has supervised more than 50 research students. He is on the editorial board of eleven scientific journals and series. He co-founded the BSc and MSc programs in Bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University, and was on the steering committee of RECOMB, the leading theoretical conference in bioinformatics for its first twelve years. He co-founded the Israeli Society of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, and was society president in 2004-2006. He is a recipient of the 2011 Landau Prize in Bioinformatics, and a Fellow of the ISCB and the ACM.