Galit Lahav received her PhD in 2001 from the Department of Biology in the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. In 2003, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She then spent a year at Harvard’s Bauer Center for Genomics Research, and in the fall of 2004, she joined the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School. Her lab combines experimental and theoretical approaches to study the dynamics of signaling networks in human cells in order to understand cellular decision-making in individual cancer and healthy cells and why cells vary so dramatically in their response to irradiation and drugs.
Lahav has been recognized for her excellence in both teaching and research through several awards and honors including the Vilcek prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science and an Excellence in Mentoring award from Harvard Medical School. She is a dedicated mentor to new faculty at Harvard and organizes workshops and courses on leadership and managements skills for Harvard Junior Faculty. She is also highly committed to furthering the advancement of women in science.