The Department of Biological Regulation tackles the regulation of processes responsible for the concerted action of cells, tissues, and organs. Our studies include the identification of signaling molecules such as hormones and growth factors, their specific receptors, their target cells, and the mechanisms involved in the transduction of their action. Since de-regulation of such processes are a cause for many human diseases (heart failure, stroke, cancer and abnormal growth, infertility, lack of nerve regeneration after injury, etc.), we make an effort to use our results for the development of tools for early diagnosis and for the design of new drugs for pharmacological intervention.
A diversity of methodologies and experimental approaches are used in our department. These include biochemical, molecular, and physiological methods, organ and tissue cultures, whole animal studies, and biological magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Departmental trip to Mt. Gilboa, 13.3.2012. Photograph by Eldar Zehorai (Click to enlarge)
Weizmann Institute staff (only) are welcome to visit our department cookbook. The recipes in this book are the favorites of members in our department, and reflect our spirit and our appreciation of good food.