Born in Argentina, Professor Lucio Frydman earned his B.S.c in chemistry (1986) and Ph.D. in physical chemistry (1990) from the University of Buenos Aires. He undertook postdoctoral studies at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, with Alex Pines; then joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Department of Chemistry in 1992, where he became a Full Professor in 1999. In 2001, he moved to the Weizmann Institute, where he currently heads the Department of Chemical and Biological Physics as well as the Kimmel Institute of Magnetic Resonance and the Clore Institute for High Field Spectroscopy and Imaging. Since 2012 he is also Chief Scientist in Chemistry and Biology and the US National High Magnetic Field Lab.
Prof. Frydman’s research focuses on magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) and imaging (MRI). During the course of his career Frydman has developed numerous sophisticated theoretical frameworks and practical techniques that enable NMR determinations of the structures of materials, pharmaceuticals, and biomolecules with unprecedented resolution, speed and sensitivity, using solution and solid state multidimensional NMR. Prof. Frydman’s methods and proposals are also finding a growing impact in the MRI arena, particularly in analyses of metabolic and functional processes in animals and humans under thermal and hyperpolarized conditions. Among Frydman’s recognitions are the Dreyfus, Sloan, Beckman, Laukien, Varian and Kolthoff prizes, as well as a US-NSF Career Fellowship and the Outstanding Immigrant Prize from Israel’s Ministries of Science and Absorption. In 2009 he was the recipient of a Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Award for Innovative Investigation, and of an ERC Advanced Grant Award. Prof. Frydman has chaired leading scientific conferences in his field, and is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Magnetic Resonance.
Prof. Frydman and his wife Veronica have three children –Clara, Uriel and Maya– and enjoy alternating joint runs between the orange groves of Rehovot and the shaded forests of Tallahassee.