the Authors

Prof. Eran Segal, and Dr. Eran Elinav, brought together the worlds of medicine and computer science to develop The Personalized Diet.

Both are award-winning specialists in their own fields, and Professors at the Weizmann Institute of Science.


Eran Segal, Ph.D.

Eran Segal was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and received a BSc summa cum laude in computer science from Tel Aviv University in 1998, and a PhD in computer science and genetics from Stanford University in 2004. After holding an independent research position at Rockefeller University, he joined the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel in 2005, where he is a professor at the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Segal heads a research lab with a multidisciplinary team of computational biologists and experimental scientists in computational and systems biology. His group has extensive experience in machine learning, computational biology, statistical models, and analysis of heterogeneous large-scale data. His research focuses on nutrition, genetics, microbiome, and gene regulation and their effect on health and disease. His aim is to develop personalized nutrition and personalized medicine. The lab website is: http://genie.weizmann.ac.il.

Dr. Segal has published more than 120 publications that were cited by over 25,000 research articles and has received several awards and honors for his work, including the Alon Foundation award (2006); the EMBO Young Investigator award (2007); the Overton Prize (2007), awarded annually by the International Society for Bioinformatics (ICSB) to one scientist for outstanding accomplishments in computational biology; the Levinson Prize in biology (2009); and the Michael Bruno award (2015). The Scientist named him a “Scientist to Watch” (2009), and Sonima elected him as one of fifty innovators. In 2012, he was elected as a member of the young Israeli academy of science, and in 2015 he was elected as an EMBO member.

Dr. Segal is married to Keren and lives in Ramat Hasharon, Israel, with his three children, Shira, Yoav, and Tamar, their cat Blue, and their dog Snow. He is an avid long- distance runner who has completed ten full marathons.


Eran Elinav, Ph.D., M.D

Eran Elinav was born in Jerusalem and completed his medical doctor’s (MD) degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem summa cum laude in 2000, followed by a clinical internship, residency in internal medicine, and a clinical and research position at the Tel Aviv Medical Center Gastroenterology Institute. In 2009, he received a PhD in immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine.

Eran Elinav heads a multidisciplinary research group of over thirty immunologists, microbiologists, metabolic experts, and computational biologists at the Department of Immunology, Weizmann Institute of Science. His lab focuses on deciphering the molecular basis of host-microbiome interactions and their effects on health and disease, with a goal of personalizing medicine and nutrition.

The Elinav lab employs diverse, state-of-the-art experimental, genomic, and computational methods to study the involvement of gut microbes in diverse multifactorial diseases, including obesity and its metabolic complications, inflammatory and autoimmune disorders, neurodegenerative disease and cancer, with an aim to develop microbiome-targeting personalized treatment modalities for these disorders. His lab website is: http://www.weizmann.ac.il/immunology/elinav/.

Dr. Elinav has published more than 120 publications in leading peer-reviewed journals and has received several awards for his discoveries, including the Claire and Emmanuel G. Rosenblatt award from the American Physicians for Medicine (2011); the Alon Foundation award (2013); the 2015 Rappaport Prize for biomedical research, awarded annually to a single scientist for breakthrough biomedical discoveries; the 2016 Lindner award; Israeli Society of Endocrinology’s highest prize; and the 2016 Levinson award for basic science research (2016). Dr. Elinav is also a senior fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and is an international scholar at The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Dr. Elinav is married to Hila and lives in Mazkeret Batya, Israel, with his three children, Shira, Omri, and Inbal, and their dog Herzl. In his spare time, he likes to mountain trek and ski.

“Finding two world-class scientists who can do so much original work and also write a book full of wit and humor about their research is astonishingly rare. This is a book that deserves to be widely read.”

Dr Michael Mosley Author of The 8 Week Blood Sugar Diet