Prof.Averbukhwas educated in Moscow State University, Novosibirsk State University and Applied Physics Institute, Academy of Sciences, Kishinev, USSR before joining the Weizmann Institute of Science in 1991. Prof.Averbukhcontributed to various domains of coherent and nonlinear optics, ultrafast spectroscopy, quantum optics and applied optics. Authored and coauthored of more than hundred research papers, two books on strong field physics, and four patents. Discovered the phenomenon of fractional revivals of quantum wave packets, invented and experimentally demonstrated (together with multiple experimental collaborators throughout the world) a number of novel techniques for controlling electronic, vibrational and rotational wave packets. In particular, suggested multi-pulse approach to enhanced molecular alignment/orientation, proposed atom lithography schemes of enhanced resolution, designed and implemented a number of methods for selective laser control in molecular mixtures, suggested several techniques for controlling molecular rotation by short laser pulses, and for guiding molecular motion in electric, magnetic and optical fields. In recent years, theoretically investigated, and stimulated successful experiments on optics and kinetics of molecular super-rotors, and Anderson localization, Bloch oscillations and echo phenomena in laser-stimulated molecular rotation. Elected an APS Fellow and OSA Fellow for the research on the dynamics of quantum wave packets.