A lab of their own
American committee donors come together to establish a lab for Dr. Noam Stern-Ginossar
Some 70 American friends came together to support the establishment of a new lab at the Weizmann Institute, in a gesture honoring the 70th anniversary of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2016. The ACWIS 70th Anniversary Lab, headed by Dr. Noam Stern-Ginossar and located in the Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Building for Biomedical Research, was dedicated in a ceremony on Nov. 8.
The fundraising effort was spearheaded by Alan Fischer of New York, in 2014, with the intention of supporting the lab of a newly recruited scientist; in a mere year and a half, U.S. donors doubled the original goal, thereby supporting the lab and equipment needs of Dr. Stern- Ginossar. Dr. Stern-Ginossar, of the Department of Molecular Genetics (pictured with Mr. Fischer), studies viruses and how they invade healthy cells, then take over the cell’s systems to survive and reproduce.
“This lab is a treasure, and a shining example of the close partnership we have enjoyed with our American friends since the 1940s,” said Prof. Daniel Zajfman.