Prof. Lucio Frydman

Head, the Clore Institute for High-Field Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy | Weizmann Institute of Science

Born in Argentina, Prof. Lucio Frydman earned his BSc in chemistry (1986) and PhD in physical chemistry (1990) from the University of Buenos Aires. He undertook postdoctoral studies at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California. He then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois’ Department of Chemistry in 1992, where he became Full Professor in 1999. In 2001, he joined the Weizmann Institute's Department of Chemical Physics and became the director of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Institute of Magnetic Resonance in 2011. He is also a professor in the Chemistry Department of Florida State University and Chief Scientist in Chemistry and Biology at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Florida.

Prof. Frydman’s research focuses on magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy and imaging, techniques that enable researchers to characterize molecular structure and behavior with unprecedented precision, and shed new light on the molecular interactions governing a wide range of biological, chemical, and physical processes. He has developed numerous sophisticated theories and practical techniques that enable the determination of the structures of
materials, pharmaceuticals, proteins, and metabolites with unprecedented resolution, speed, and sensitivity.

Among Prof. Frydman’s numerous awards are the Dreyfus, Sloan, Beckman, Laukien, and National Science Foundation Career Fellowships. He is the receipient of an European ERC Advanced Grant award, and in 2010 he received the Outstanding Immigrant Prize from Israel’s Ministries of Science and Absorption. He is also the 2009 recipient of the Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Award for Innovative Investigation. Prof. Frydman has chaired leading scientific conferences in his field and given international endowed lectures like MIT’s Arthur D. Little series (2006), the Vaughan Lecture (2006), the first Sir Paul T. Gallaghan lecture (2013), and the Tianjuan Wang lecture (2014).He is a fellow of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance and currently serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance.

Prof. Frydman and his wife, Veronica, together with their three children Clara, Uriel, and Maya, live in Rehovotand enjoy their nearly daily evening runs through the orange groves of the area.