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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 2017, the Weizmann Institute of Science was ranked sixth 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.

In 2018, the Weizmann Institute of Science placed ninth in the world in research quality on the highly regarded Leiden University ranking for 2018, 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
News From The Institute | Scientists
The annual Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in Israel are going to three Weizmann scientists—the first time that all three awards will be bestowed exclusively on...
Newsletter | Scientists
Weizmann Canada hosted visiting scientist Dr. Ofer Yizhar in Calgary to speak about his work on the brain region that contributes to language, memory, emotional regulation and goal-directed behaviour. 
Dr. Ziv has made significant contributions to the field through the development of new experimental methods to observe large populations of neurons in the brains of...
Prof. Adi Kimchi
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Prof. Adi Kimchi, a member of the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Molecular Genetics, has won this year’s Israel Prize for Life Sciences—recognizing her trailblazing work in...
Marine bacteria affect the growth, development, and death of algae, providing scientists with critical clues about ancient climate change. This is the research focus of Dr....
Breaking Through the Clouds
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A new strategy for getting big data out of small clouds—based on the research of three investigators including the Weizmann Institute’s Prof. Ilan Koren—was recently awarded...
Yossi Elran
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Plenty of scientists and educators have ideas bubbling on the back burner—perhaps an app for teaching physics, a new way to chart climate patterns, or a...
Science Stories | Scientists
Prof. Irit Sagi took over as Dean on Jan. 1, following the term of Prof. Lia Addadi. Prof. Sagi is a member of the Department of...