Professor Shmuel Yaccoby was born in 1963 in the small Development Town of Hatzor Haglilit, located in the Upper Galilee region of northern Israel. In 1981, he finished high school at the boarding school, Hadassim, in central Israel. He received his Ph.D. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1994, and since then pursued his career in cancer research. He is currently a Professor of Medicine and a senior scientist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, USA. He lives in Little Rock with his wife, three children, two cats and a turtle.