STORIES AND DISCOVERIES FROM THE WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Putting gene expression in its place
Prof. Nir Yosef is combining single-cell genomic sequencing with a powerful partner: artificial intelligence
Keeping quantum computing honest
Prof. Thomas Vidick is using complexity theory to test and verify quantum phenomena
Inside the mind of mitochondria
Dr. Tslil Ast is looking for therapeutic targets in devastating diseases
Blurring the boundaries
Inspired by biology, physicist Dr. Alexandra Tayar is transforming material science
From theory to (better) experiments
The applied mathematics research of Dr. Boris Landa
Where theoretical physics meets biology
Prof. Ariel Amir is viewing the microbial world through the lens of physics
Building a home for the brain
The Weizmann Institute of Science was thrilled to announce a lead philanthropic donation from the Azrieli
A quantum leap for the Frontiers building
The Weizmann Institute’s Frontiers of the Universe flagship project—which aims to transform our understanding of how the Universe works, from the tiniest subatomic particles to the largest galaxies—recently received a major boost from longstanding American Committee leader and Board member Dr. Mark Alexander.
Advancing AI and smart materials
As the Weizmann Institute launches its artificial intelligence flagship project, Institute Prof. Ruth Arnon and her husband Dr. Uriel Arnon have made a substantial gift to support research in AI and smart materials.
From bench to (pediatric) bedside
In December, a celebratory summit took place between Weizmann biomedical researchers and their colleagues at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Israel — one of the world’s leading children’s hospitals.
The power of positive thinking
Avisionary gift from Valeria Rosenbloom of Montreal, Canada has enabled the establishment of the Mike and Valeria Rosenbloom Center for Research on Positive Neuroscience—one of the 12 centers in the new Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences, Weizmann’s flagship initiative.
Exploring the neural/immune interface
The Weizmann Institute of Science is delighted to announce a pledge from Larry and Andi Wolfe to establish the Andrea L. and Lawrence A. Wolfe Family Center for Research on Neuroimmunology and Neuromodulation—a pillar of Weizmann’s neuroscience flagship, the Azrieli Institute for Brain and Neural Sciences.
A safe haven for scientists
The Weizmann Institute has launched emergency programs to help students and scientists from Ukraine and Russia to continue carrying out their scientific research.
Young and connected: Weizmann’s new EMBO members
This year two outstanding Weizmann scientists were selected to join the prestigious EMBO Young Investigator Programme
Rising to the top
Prof. Jacob Hanna from the Department of Molecular Genetics continues to earn worldwide recognition for his groundbreaking research in embryonic stem cell biology
The Weizmann Institute’s Feinberg Graduate School recently opened a new course in science communication skills to help scientists and students effectively convey the crux of their research and be able to adapt their presentation to a variety of audiences.
Davidson takes the maker movement philosophy to the next level
The maker movement continues to sweep the world, reshaping the face of modern manufacturing, recycling, and sustainability.
Finding hope in science
As a child growing up in the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Former Soviet Union, Lily Iskhakova used to sit in her grandmother’s family medicine clinic watching in fascination as she treated her patients.
Powerful predictions for material design
Dr. Sivan Refaely-Abramson has been awarded the Krill Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research for her innovative work on new theoretical understandings of materials.
Advancing the health of humankind
Prof. Shalev Itzkovitz from the Department of Molecular Cell Biology has received the 2022 Rappaport Prize for Excellence in the Field of Biomedical Research.
Blavatnik awards recognize Weizmann trailblazers
Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, an annual prize awarded by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.
Adapting and unraveling life-inspired materials
Dr. Ulyana Shimanovich of the Department of Molecular Chemistry and Materials Science was named one of nine winners of the FEBS Excellence Award for 2021
Reshef Tenne elected to the European Academy
Prof. Emeritus Reshef Tenne has been elected as a member of the esteemed European Academy of Sciences and Arts, for his outstanding research achievements and international distinction.
Spiking the particle
Prof. Yosef Shaul was a postdoc at the University of California, San Francisco in the 1980s when he read about the recently discovered genome of the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Already widely associated with liver cancer, the virus turned out to be a tiny DNA virus which uses RNA to replicate.
A ‘smoking gun’ for weight loss
Smokers often hesitate to quit, as losing cigarettes usually means gaining weight.
Canary in the data mine
For anyone who uses a computer—and that’s all of us—random numbers are important.
Building the machines of the future
“The field of quantum computing is booming”
The joy of exploring, the art of giving
Bob and Renée Drake’s devotion to science is matched only by their passion for art. But there’s no competition here. In fact, their dual passions share important common threads.
Guardians of the logic gates
Weizmann researchers develop Israel’s first quantum computer
The science of secrecy
“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”
What did you do last summer? Seems like a simple enough question. But for students from underrepresented sectors of Israeli society
Dr. David Gokhman
Dr. David Gokhman is searching for the adaptations that set humans apart, by comparing human genes to those of two close relatives—the extinct Neanderthal and Denisovan species, and the great apes.
Prof. Alexander Lubotzky
An Israel Prize winner, Prof. Alexander Lubotzky’s favorite intellectual zone is the space between theory and application, and using math to solve computer science problems.