The Kekst Family Institute for Medical Genetics
Yoram Groner, Director
The Dr. Barnet Berris Professorial Chair of Cancer Research
The Kekst Family Institute for Medical Genetics was established by Gershon and Carol Kekst. The Institute's main objective is to promote the investigation of medical aspects of genetics, with the aim of understanding the molecular mechanisms of life processes, and its subsequent application to medicine.
The Institute provides financial assistance to investigators embarking on new projects in the field of molecular medicine, as well as to cross-disciplinary research collaborations between groups from different departments. It also supports the organization of international and local conferences and workshops aimed at disseminating and promoting communication between researchers in fields related to medical genetics. Particular emphasis is given to funds allocated for purchase of new equipment with the aim of upgrading the technical infrastructure of medical genetics at the Institute.
The activities of the Institute are coordinated by a steering committee, comprised of Yoram Groner (Department of Molecular Genetics), Benjamin Geiger (Department of Molecular Cell Biology) and Ben-Zion Shilo (Department of Molecular Genetics).