School of Molecular Cell Biology & Biotechnology

Redefining our understanding of microorganisms
Redefining our understanding of microorganisms



About The School

The School for Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology combines diverse research activities in the fields of cell biology (eukaryotes and prokaryotes) and biotechnology, emphasizing basic and applied research of various diseases.  These areas include: Immunology - characterization and isolation of antibodies; function of immune system cells in normal conditions and in infectious, autoimmune and cancerous diseases; system immunology. Bioinformatics – algorithms for evolutionary analysis of genes and genomes; machine-learning approaches to predict function of proteins; computational approaches in systems biology. Biotechnology - tissue engineering; antibody engineering; nanotechnology; synthetic biology; glycobiology. Cellular regulation - genome organization; regulation of transcription and translation; cellular secretory system; signal transduction. Cancer research - signal transduction in the cancerous cells; communication between cancer cells and their environment; evasion of cancer cells from the immune system; development of therapeutic approaches. Infectious diseases and host-pathogen interactions - mechanisms of virulence of disease-causing bacteria, viruses or fungi. Neurodegenerative diseases - malfunction of the nervous system as a result of defects in protein aggregation, the cellular secretory system or the immune system. Microbiology - genetics, physiology and evolution of microorganisms; communication among microorganisms; microbial ecology and evolution; microbiome.  Drug development - based on small molecules and peptides; development of means for drug delivery. 

The School has more than thirty members heading various research labs. The School has vibrant and diverse research activity; its research labs have advanced equipment and utilize cutting edge techniques. The total number of School personnel involved in research is over 300. Of which, about 150 are graduate students (MSc and PhD) as well as about 30 postdoctoral fellows from Israel and abroad. The results of School research are published in prestigious journals including: Science, Cell, Nature Microbiology, Nature Materials, Genes and Development, and PNAS. Graduates of the School are successful in securing jobs in the Academia and in the Biotech industry.  

Contact Us


Title Name Room Phone Email

Head Of School
Prof. Tal Pupko Britania 405 03-640-7693

MSc students committee chairperson
Dr. Adi Stern Green 221 03-640-7508
PhD students committee chairperson Dr. Avigdor Eldar Green 134 03-640-7492

Administrative Secretary
Nava Schechter Britania 229 03-640-9016





=> MSc in MCBB School - info for students 

=> Recommendation form for MSc applicants - MCBB School

=> PhD students - acceptance and regulations 




We are in transition period from a departmental structure to a school structure .

The Department page of Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology is here

The Department page of Cell Research & Immunology is here


The Course Catalogue (Hebrew)


Cell Research & Immunology graduate degree registration (Hebrew)

Molecular Microbiology & Biotechnology graduate degree registration (Hebrew)

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