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Ova in the early stages of their development in a segment of a fruit fly’s ovary
Ova in the early stages of their development in a segment of a fruit fly’s ovary
Life Sciences

Bacterial Energizers Bacterial Energizers

Energy production in the mitochondria was found to be regulated by microbes residing in the depths of the bowels
17.06.2021
Nahal Zin stream bed, Shutterstock
Nahal Zin stream bed, Shutterstock
Scientific Archaeology

Following the Footsteps of Humankind out of Africa Following the Footsteps of Humankind out of Africa

Researchers returning to Boker Tachtit in Israel’s Negev illuminate an important chapter in modern humans’ origin story 
14.06.2021
"evolve: when science meets dance". Photo: Ami Jacobs
"evolve: when science meets dance". Photo: Ami Jacobs
People and Events

The Dance of ScienceThe Dance of Science

An original dance performance is set to debut at the end of the month following a yearlong creative exchange between resident choreographer and scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science
13.06.2021
Yellow and red, showing the most frequently scanned areas, reveal the differences in scanning strategies employed by the sighted people (left) and the blind (right) while using ASenSub
Yellow and red, showing the most frequently scanned areas, reveal the differences in scanning strategies employed by the sighted people (left) and the blind (right) while using ASenSub
Life Sciences

Sight through Touch: The Secret Is in the Hand MovementsSight through Touch: The Secret Is in the Hand Movements

Recreating the “feel” of an object as participants move their fingers enables them to use their ingrained sensing strategies
08.06.2021
Pride awareness event at the Weizmann Institute of Science; Summer of 2018
Pride awareness event at the Weizmann Institute of Science; Summer of 2018
People and Events

Pride 2021: Science over the RainbowPride 2021: Science over the Rainbow

Promoting equality and gender-forward thinking at the Weizmann Institute of Science
06.06.2021
The Egyptian fruit bat
The Egyptian fruit bat
Life Sciences

Right Off the Bat: Navigation in Extra-Large SpacesRight Off the Bat: Navigation in Extra-Large Spaces

Bats navigating in an innovative extra-large experimental setup reveal an unknown neuronal code 
27.05.2021
  • Fruit bat
    Right Off the Bat: Navigation in Extra-Large Spaces
    Bats navigating in an innovative extra-large experimental setup reveal an unknown neuronal code
    17.06.2021
    17.06.2021
  • Back in Time: 2020 in Review
    The year 2020 was a difficult year for humanity, but it was also a year in which scientists from all over the world, including quite a few at the Weizmann Institute of Science, joined hands to fight the coronavirus on every front. At the same time, research on other topics did not stop for a moment – even under lockdowns, restrictions and quarantine.
    23.09.2020
    23.09.2020
  • Weizmann Institute of Science postage stamp from the collection of Dr. Vladimir Bernshtam
    The Stamp Collection
    History of the Weizmann Institute of Science reflected in postage stamps and other philatelic products from the collection of Dr. Vladimir Bernshtam
    11.08.2020
    11.08.2020
    • 467
      Postdoctoral fellows from 39 countries
    • 24
      Buildings listed as historic designations
    • 3,172
      Patent families opened by YEDA since 1959

Repeated Pregnancy Loss May Be Tied to the Olfactory SystemRepeated Pregnancy Loss May Be Tied to the Olfactory System

Life Sciences

Repeated Pregnancy Loss May Be Tied to the Olfactory SystemRepeated Pregnancy Loss May Be Tied to the Olfactory System

Understanding the connection could lead to a new search for the causes of unexplained spontaneous miscarriage
29.09.2020
Some bacteria love the smell of sulfur in hot gases
Some bacteria love the smell of sulfur in hot gases

When the Heat Is On – Turn Up the Ac(4C)When the Heat Is On – Turn Up the Ac(4C)

Life Sciences

When the Heat Is On – Turn Up the Ac(4C)When the Heat Is On – Turn Up the Ac(4C)

Heat-resistance tags on bacterial RNA hold clues to human diseases
15.07.2020

Carbon Dioxide Helps to Solve the Mystery of Water’s Instant Electrofreezing Carbon Dioxide Helps to Solve the Mystery of Water’s Instant Electrofreezing

Chemistry

Carbon Dioxide Helps to Solve the Mystery of Water’s Instant Electrofreezing Carbon Dioxide Helps to Solve the Mystery of Water’s Instant Electrofreezing

Experiments on water freezing in the presence of an electric charge may help improve cloud seeding and lead to other practical applications     
13.09.2020

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  • The Daniel Sieff Research Institute

    In 1934, Dr. Chaim Weizmann established the Daniel Sieff Research Institute in Rehovot and served as its President following a contribution by Israel and Rebecca Sieff to commemorate their son. As Weizmann pursued his research in the lab, the Institute attracted first-rate scientists from around the world.

    The Daniel Sieff Research Institute
  • Weizmann House

    Built in 1936, the Weizmann House was the private residence of Dr. Chaim Weizmann (1874-1952) and his wife Dr. Vera Weizmann (1881-1966). Designed by Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953), the Weizmann House was his first project in the Land of Israel.

    Weizmann House
  • Weizmann Institute of Science

    In 1949, on Dr. Chaim Weizmann’s 75th birthday, and with the blessing of the Sieff family, the Sieff Institute was renamed the Weizmann Institute of Science. The new Institute consisted of departments of mathematics, physics, chemistry and life sciences.

    Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Dr. Chaim Weizmann's Funeral

    Dr. Chaim Weizmann passed away on November 9, 1952, at the age of 78. In accordance with his wishes, he was buried on the estate of his home in Rehovot.

    Dr. Chaim Weizmann's Funeral
  • WEIZAC - The First Electronic Computer in Israel

    WEIZAC, one of the world’s earliest electronic computers was designed and built at the Weizmann Institute. On December 5, 2006, WEIZAC was recognized by the IEEE as a milestone in the history of electrical engineering and computing, and the team who built it was awarded the “WEIZAC Medal.”

    WEIZAC - The First Electronic Computer in Israel
  • Development of Amniocentesis

    Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Leo Sachs and his colleagues published a scientific paper that led to the development of amniocentesis.

    Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Leo Sachs
  • The Feinberg Graduate School

    The Feinberg Graduate School – the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science – was founded in 1958. It awards MSc and PhD degrees and trains students for senior positions in academia, research, industry, education and administration.

    The Feinberg Graduate School
  • The First Technology Transfer Company in Israel

    Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd., which promotes the industrial applications stemming from Weizmann Institute inventions, was founded in 1959. Although the focus of the Weizmann Institute is on basic research, it is no mistake that the first technology transfer company in the country was founded at the Weizmann Institute.

    Yeda Research and Development Company Ltd.,
  • PERACH Tutoring Project

    PERACH (Hebrew for “Flower” as well as the acronym of "Tutoring Project"), currently administered by the Davidson Institute of Science Education, was initiated in 1972 by a handful of students from the Weizmann Institute of Science, who tutored children in need. Since then it has expanded enormously, both in scale and in the scope of its activities. Today, approximately 15% of all students in Israel's institutes of higher education and tens of thousands of children take part in the project each year. In 2008, on the occasion of Israel's 60th anniversary, PERACH was awarded the Israel Prize for its ongoing contribution to the state and to society.

    PERACH Tutoring Project
  • The First Proposal for the “Standard Model”

    Prof. Haim Harari suggests for the first time that the material universe consists of six species of quarks and six species of leptons. This “Standard Model” is still accepted today.

    The First Proposal for the “Standard Model”
  • Proving the Existence of Gluons

    A group of Weizmann Institute scientists participate in research proving the existence of gluons - the particles responsible for the strongest force in nature: the force which holds the nucleus of the atom together.

    Proving the Existence of Gluons
  • Cloning of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Gene

    One of the most important tumor suppressor genes, p53, was cloned by a Weizmann Institute scientist, Prof. Moshe Oren. Defective copies of this gene are found in more than half of all human cancers.

    Prof. Moshe Oren
  • Original Method for Bone Marrow Transplantation

    The first leukemia patient was successfully treated in Italy using a method developed by Prof. Yair Reisner for bone marrow transplants from mismatched donors.

  • Discovering the Molecular Structure of AChE

    Profs Joel Sussman and Israel Silman discovered the molecular 3-D structure of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which breaks down acetylcholine, a substance involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

    Discovering the Molecular Structure of AChE
  • A.M. Turing Award 1996

    Weizmann Institute of Science’s Mathematician, the late Prof. Amir Pneuli, received the 1996 A.M. Turing Award - the world's most prestigious prize in computer science – for “seminal work introducing temporal logic into computing science and for outstanding contributions to program and system verification.” He is one of three members of the Weizmann Institute to receive the prestigious award; the others are Profs. Adi Shamir (2002) and Shafi Goldwasser (2013).

    Prof. Amir Pneuli
  • Israel's First Ethical (Original) Drug For Multiple Sclerosis

    Copaxone, a drug for multiple sclerosis developed at the Weizmann Institute, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    Israel's First Ethical (Original) Drug For Multiple Sclerosis
  • The Davidson Institute of Science Education

    The Davidson Institute of Science Education – the educational arm of the Weizmann Institute of Science – was established in 1999. The Davidson Institute specializes in the field of mathematics, natural science and technology education, exploiting knowledge and experience gained from implementing a wide variety of programs in areas such as teachers’ training, science programs for school classes, unconventional programs for teens at risk and teens with low academic achievements and popular science programs for the general public.

  • A.M. Turing Award 2002

    Prof. Adi Shamir, a computer scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, is recipient of the 2002 A.M. Turing Award, in recognition of his contributions to cryptography. He is one of three members of the Weizmann Institute to receive the prestigious award; the others are the late Prof. Amir Pnueli (1996) and Prof. Shafi Goldwasser (2013).

  • Non-Invasive Method for the Detection of Breast and Prostate Cancer

    3TP, a non-invasive, MRI-based diagnostic method developed by the Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Hadassa Degani, received FDA clearance for use in the detection of breast and prostate cancer.

    Prof. Hadassa Degani
  • Positioning of Nucleosomes Discovered

    Prof. Eran Segal revealed that the positioning of the nucleosomes – spheres of DNA strung like beads along the length of the chromosomes – is encoded in the genes themselves. This discovery may help in designing gene therapies.

    Positioning of Nucleosomes Discovered
  • “Quasiparticles”

    A team of Weizmann physicists headed by Prof. Moty Heiblum demonstrated, for the first time, the existence of “quasiparticles” with one-quarter the charge of an electron. This finding could be a step toward creating exotic types of quantum computers.

    Submicron lab
  • “Evolution” in a Test Tube

    A team of Weizmann scientists headed by Prof. Dan Tawfik succeeded in designing artificial enzymes that undergo “evolution” in a test tube, improving their reaction rates a million-fold.

    artificial enzymes
  • Green Chemical Reactions

    A technique invented in 2009 by Prof. David Milstein and his group splits water into oxygen and hydrogen using light. In 2012, Milstein was awarded the Israel Prize for chemistry and physics for his work on catalysts that effect efficient, low-waste, green chemical reactions.

    Prof. David Milstein being awarded the Israel Prize for chemistry and physics
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2009

    Weizmann Institute researcher Prof. Ada Yonath was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her work on deciphering the structure of the ribosome, the cell’s protein factory. The achievement helps, among other things, to clarify the exact mode of action of antibiotic drugs and may facilitate the development of improved antibiotics.

  • A.M. Turing Award 2013

    Prof. Shafi Goldwasser is awarded an A.M. Turing Award for “transformative work that laid the complexity-theoretic foundations for the science of cryptography.” She is the third member of the Weizmann Institute to receive the prestigious award; the others are the late Prof. Amir Pnueli (1996) and Prof. Adi Shamir (2002).

    Prof. Shafi Goldwasser
  • The First “Photonic Router”

    Dr. Barak Dayan demonstrates the first “photonic router,” in which one photon controls the direction of another. This switching mechanism could, in the future, form the basis of quantum computing technology.

  • Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine

    A facility for personalized medicine to advance research in biomedicine, from basic research to drug design – the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine – opens on the Weizmann Institute campus.

    The Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine on the Weizmann Institute campus