About Dan Thomas Major

Professor of Chemistry

Academic Background

Prof. Major completed his undergraduate studies in chemistry and computer sciences at Bar-Ilan University in 1997. He received his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in 2003 under Prof. Bilha Fischer. During his Ph.D. he worked on molecular properties of nucleotide derivatives, theoretical modeling of G-protein coupled receptors, as well as molecular recognition. He did a post-doctorate at the University of Minnesota under Prof. Jiali Gao during the years 2003-2006. During his post-doctorate he was involved in development and application of theoretical methods for enzyme catalysis. Since 2007 he is a Faculty member in the Chemistry Department at Bar-Ilan University. His main research interests are in the field of computational chemistry, computational biochemistry, and computational nanotechnology.


Academic Awards and Distinctions


  • Excellence in teaching, Rector’s Office, Bar-Ilan University, 2017.
  • Krill Prize (Wolf Foundation), 2009.
  • Alon Fellowship, 2008-2010.
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 2003-2004.
  • Excellence in teaching, Rector’s Office, Bar-Ilan University, 2001.
  • Eshkol Scholarship, 2000-2003.
  • Excellent young scientist from the Israeli Chemical Society, 2001.
  • Moris Benin Prize, 1999.
  • Bar-Ilan University Chemistry Department Prize, 1998.
  • Wolf Foundation Prize, young scientist, 1998.
  • Rachel and Reuven Jacobs Prize, 1997.


The Major Group 

Computational Chemistry • Chemical Biology • Materials Science