Prof. Ronit Sarid is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Bar-Ilan University since 2020 (after serving as the school’s Vice Dean), and a senior faculty member at BIU’s Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences. The School of Graduate Studies is responsible for all advanced-degree studies and students at the university. The school oversees the assistance offered to masters and doctoral students and applicants, monitors their progress, and strives to develop new curricula, and support and enrichment frameworks.
Prof. Sarid has an MSc (summa cum laude) and a doctorate (magna cum laude) in microbiology, as well as a teaching certificate from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Sarid is a virologist, who throughout her scientific career, has focused on molecular research of viruses. Her scientific work at Bar-Ilan University focuses on human herpesviruses, which she became acquainted with as a postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University and at Columbia University in New York. The main, but not the only, subject of research in Prof. Sarid’s lab is the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), which is defined as a carcinogen in humans. In addition, Prof. Sarid has developed technology based on nanometric particles for the treatment and prevention of infection with various viruses. She has won a number of awards for excellence, published some 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as chapters in several books, and is recognized as a leading virologist.
Prof. Sarid served as a member of various university, inter-university and national committees, as a member of scientific committees, and as secretary of the Israeli Society for Microbiology. She is a member of the Bar-Ilan University Senate, and has sat on the Senate’s Central Committee, chaired the Admissions Committee for Graduate Students in the Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, and established and headed the Goodman Faculty’s Masters of Excellence Program.
Prof. Sarid has served as the Rector’s Advisor for the Advancement of Women at Bar-Ilan University and as a member of the Council for the Advancement of Women in the Israel Ministry of Science and Technology, and she continues to work in various frameworks for the promotion of gender equality.