About the Institute

The Switzerland Institute of Developmental Biology provides a framework for the research activities of over 20 research groups in the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University. Developmental biology is currently one of the fastest growing and most exciting areas of biomedical research. Researchers in the field are focused on (i) deciphering genetic processes that control tissue and organ development: these studies are revealing the mechanisms underlying tissue development and the etiology of congenital diseases; (ii) elucidating cellular processes in embryonic development, which are mediated by the actions of genes that are abnormally expressed in cancer cells: these studies are shedding light on the genetics of cancer development and opening new avenues for clinical intervention; (iii) identifying stem cell populations and understanding their regulation in tissue regeneration, aging processes and malignant conditions: stem cell technologies are being implemented to design new cellular therapies for the treatment of human diseases such as Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injuries, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, muscle damage, heart repair and diabetes.

Current activities of the Switzerland Institute include:

  1. Annual meeting of the "Switzerland Institute of Developmental Biology" at Tel Aviv University.
  2. Fellowships for outstanding Ph.D. students to participate in international meetings.
  3. Support of a course in developmental biology (given each year) for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of the faculties of Medicine and Life Sciences.
  4. Support for a summer workshop on stem cell research organized by faculty members at Tel Aviv University and open to graduate students from Israel and abroad.