Research Institutes and Centers - Faculty of Biochemistry

The Y. Leon Benoziyo Institute for Molecular Medicine supports biomedical research that encompasses scientists from such diverse departments as Plant Science, Biological Chemistry, and Molecular Genetics, utilizing a variety of new and extremely powerful technologies such as high-throughput DNA sequencing and protein purification and identification. The focus is not only on research that is immediately relevant to health care, but also basic research whose implication for medicine may be extensive but not immediately obvious. Thus the Benoziyo Institute facilitates ties between the laboratory and the medical clinic through joint molecular medicine research projects with medical doctors at Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov Hospital).
Prof. Zvi Livneh, Director

The Nella and Leon Benoziyo Center for Neurological Diseases promotes research and understanding of the molecular basis of neurological diseases, including developmental disorders of the brain, e.g., fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome, as well as neurodegenerative diseases of the aging brain, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's disease. It supports research grants, medical collaborations, sponsorship of symposia, and student participation in international meetings devoted to the study of neurological diseases. These diseases share the characteristics of being unique to the human brain, hard to tackle using model systems, and appearing to involve an intricate array of defective genes and risk factors.
Prof. Anthony H. Futerman, Director

The Crown Human Genome Center supplies experimental and computational genetic knowledge to all the major academic, medical, and biotechnological communities in Israel in the fields of diagnostics, agriculture, genetic diseases, drug development, and gene therapy. It is a vital part of the strategic infrastructure that has increased Israel’s capacity to use the vast information resulting from the worldwide Human Genome Project. With its many collaborators, the center also has been a major partner in conducting groundbreaking research to investigate the human genome. The center is focused on developing genomic research tools and methodologies and extending the Israeli research community's knowledge and capacities for analyzing genome data by maintaining advanced DNA array technologies combined with shared databases and new gene research tools.
Prof. Doron Lancet, Director

The Mel Dobrin Center for Nutrition focuses on increasing plant productivity and nutritional quality. The center provides a coordinating and supportive framework for various activities aimed at increasing our understanding of the genetics, biochemistry, and physiological processes that may lead to improvements in crop plants. The center has supported novel approaches for the production of nutritionally improved plants and for reducing crop plants losses caused by biotic and environmental stresses.
Prof. Avraham Levy, Director

The Leo and Julia Forchheimer Center for Molecular Genetics supports a range of research on the molecular and genetic mechanisms that underlie basic biological processes in complex organisms at the level of single-cell organisms and cells in culture. The investigations conducted at the center address a wide range of biological questions and hypotheses in the fields of development, cell biology, and human and mouse genetics, including the structure, expression, stability, and function of proteins. In addition, studies in the fields of bioinformatics and computational biology provide powerful genome-wide approaches to modeling biological processes and their evolution. 
Prof. Naama Barkai, Director

The Dana and Yossie Hollander Center for Structural Proteomics elucidates how proteins function, which involves understanding how a protein’s amino-acid sequence is arranged in space—that is, in a three-dimensional structure. Such knowledge can lead to a much clearer understanding of how proteins function, and how dysfunctional proteins lead to various diseases. It can assist in the design of new drugs, diagnostic tests, proteins engineered for industrial use, new vaccines, antibodies, and other blood products, biosensors, agrochemicals, and biologically engineered organisms. The Center serves as a national service provider for protein production, biochemical/biophysical studies, and structure determination.
Prof. Gideon Schreiber, Co-Director
Prof. Joel Sussman, Co-Director


The Kekst Family Institute for Medical Genetics supports research on the genetic mechanisms of life, and their application to medicine. Projects have included, for instance, characterizing the properties of immune system dendritic cells, and funding has supported the Biological Services Department, which provides a wide range of scientific and technical services, such as DNA sequencing and MRI technology, to life sciences researchers. Other funding has supported the Veterinary Resources Department which offers scientists a wide range of means to produce genetically modified mice and other transgenic mice-related procedures.
Prof. Yoram Groner, Director

The Charles and Tillie K. Lubin Center for Plant Biotechnology supports research directed at solving problems in plant growth and productivity, studies that advance the understanding of biological processes in plants and which could be later applied for improving crops. The center’s work is helping in a variety of ways to address important global challenges, such has hunger, malnutrition, and sickness.
Prof. Avraham Levy, Director

The M.D. Moross Institute for Cancer Research is a multi-disciplinary research institute dedicated to research advancing the fight against cancer. Over 50 research groups at the Weizmann Institute work on cancer-related topics, and the M. D. Moross Institute has been important in facilitating collaborations between these groups and extending them beyond the purely academic world to research efforts and applications in the clinic. Many of the studies benefitting from the support of the Moross Institute have already produced valuable insights into cancer in general, as well as into specific forms such as leukemia, lung cancer, and prostate cancer.
Prof. Yoram Groner, Director

The David and Fela Shapell Family Center for Genetic Disorders Research supports research on Down syndrome and other genetic disorders. The center's main objective is to promote investigations of genetic diseases, mainly through the use of transgenic technologies, with the aim of understanding the molecular mechanisms by which genetic mutations affect cell characteristics.
Prof. Yoram Groner, Director

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Plant Molecular Genetics supports basic research in plant sciences that focuses on plant growth and productivity. Research funded by the center addresses important global challenges such has hunger, malnutrition, sickness, and environmental concerns, by supporting studies that aim at improving the understanding of biological processes in plants and their application for improving crops.
Prof. Avraham Levy, Director

 

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