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Yacov Ron

Yacov Ron passed away on July 11, 2013. He was a professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

An expert in cellular mechanisms of autoimmunity and gene transfer approaches for treatment of autoimmune diseases, Ron's reputation was established early in his career by demonstrating B-cells as major antigen presenting cells for T-cell priming, a novel concept that went against the then-prevailing immunology ideology. Most recently, he studied T-cell tolerance in an effort to understand the mechanism of autoimmune neuropathies such as multiple sclerosis, and to use gene therapy to treat such illnesses.

An alumnus of Tel Aviv University, Israel, where he earned a bachelor of science degree, Ron earned a doctorate in cell biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. He completed fellowships at Yale University and the Scripps Research Institute, where he served as a research associate. He joined Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in 1988 and served as a member of the graduate program in molecular genetics and microbiology at Rutgers throughout his tenure.

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