Aude Bernheim is a geneticist at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She was trained at the Pasteur Institute in Paris in both molecular microbiology and evolutionary genomics. Her research focuses on how bacteria defend themselves against their viruses, bacteriophages. Her doctoral work focused on CRISPR-Cas systems, an adaptive immune system of bacteria, and specifically on discovering why not all microbes encode CRISPR.
In her postdoctoral research in the lab of Rotem Sorek, in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute, Aude is seeking out novel immune systems of bacteria and trying to decipher their molecular mechanisms.
Aude has been involved in numerous projects linking science and society, such as the IGEM synthetic biology competition and the creation in France of a course on the links between public policies and disruptive technologies.
She is particularly interested in the subject of gender diversity in science. In this context, she co-founded WAX Science, an association that creates and disseminates innovative tools to promote science without stereotypes.