The people behind the science
The Scientists

From the time of its founding, the Weizmann Institute has fostered a spirit of collaboration across the disciplines, making it one of the world’s original
multidisciplinary research institutions. Biologists, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists and physicists combine their distinct approaches and specialized knowledge to approach challenges in ground-breaking ways and leverage novel solutions that change lives.

In 2019, the Weizmann Institute of Science was ranked second in Nature’s international roster of the world’s top 200 research institutions measuring the impact of science on society based on commercial applications, the only institute outside the US to make the top 10 list.

The Weizmann Institute of Science placed eighth in the world in research quality on the highly regarded Leiden University ranking for 2020, which measures the impact of scientific research of over 800 institutions around the world.

Meet some of the incredible scientists on the forefront of discovery at the Weizmann Institute of Science.

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  • The development of the blockbuster drug Copaxone® for the treatment of multiple sclerosis over three decades from the 1960s to the 1990s, by Profs. Michael Sela and Ruth Arnon, and Dr. Dvora Teitelbaum. A second major MS drug, Rebif®, was later developed by Prof. Michel Revel.
  • Amniocentesis for prenatal testing invented by Prof. Leo Sachs. The ability to examine fetal DNA from the amniotic fluid led to the detection of the sex of the fetus and the diagnosis of many generic disorders.
  • The development of Tumor Necrosis Factor Binding Protein into Remicade® and Humira®. Prof. David Wallach discovered Tumor Necrosis Factor, a molecule in blood capable of killing cells. With Dr. Daniela Novick, he went on to discover and develop its inhibitor, TNF Binding Protein, which later became the basis for Remicade® and Humira®.
Scientist Stories
Interview with Prof. Idit Shachar, Head of the Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Gender Equality at the Weizmann Institute of Science, on...
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Profs. Leslie Leiserowitz and Meir Lahav will be awarded this year's Wolf Prize in Chemistry
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World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus proclaimed that the COVID-19 pandemic is “easily the most severe” emergency ever declared since International Health Regulations were put in place...
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Dr. Elisa Korenblum and a team headed by Prof. Asaph Aharoni of the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department wanted to build on the understanding that plants ‘talk’ to the soil.
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One of the many challenges of diagnosing cancer is the unpredictability of cells transitioning from pre-cancerous to malignant.
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Imagine being able to diagnose a brain injury without the doctor being directly there.
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During the pandemic lockdown, as couples have been forced to spend days and weeks in one another’s company, some have found their love renewed while others...
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A distorted skeleton interferes with movement, but more surprisingly, the reverse is also true: Distortions in the way we move can cause problems with skeletal development...
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Study finds new methods for identifying risk for active TB