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Innovative students awards series

The Innovative Students Awards Series, sponsored by the Azrieli Institute for Systems Biology, is designed to encourage cross-lab, student-led research initiatives.

On November 7th, 2016, students, postdoctoral fellows, lab managers, and PIs from the various systems biology research groups on campus gathered to present new and innovative ideas for research projects. Following the presentations, fifteen proposals were chosen through a direct vote by PIs from the systems biology community. The winning labs received grants - ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 USD - to cover each project’s research costs.

The winning students and projects were:

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Do the cells know their gender?

Osteoclasts, or OCLs, are specialized cells that break down bone tissue—a function critical to skeletal maintenance and repair.  Because women are more likely than men to suffer from reduced bone mass—a hallmark of osteoporosis—it has long been believed that an excess of OCL activity is triggered by female sex hormones.

Recently, however, Prof. Elson and his team demonstrated that bone degradation is mediated by an enzyme called tyrosine phosphatase Epsilon (PTPe). Using a PTPe-deficient mouse model, the researchers observed reduced OCL activity, as well as a corresponding increase in bone mass, but only in female mice. 

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Genome evolution conference

The Azrieli Institute for Systems Biology hosted on November 1-3, 2016 the Genome Evolution Conference.
This event aimed to convey the latest news in genome evolution by bringing together leaders, students, and postdocs from around the world. The conference covered diverse sub-disciplines ranging from experimental evolution and theoretical and computational evolutionary dynamics, to molecular evolution, cancer evolution and more.

This conference was exceptional in that, unlike other high-end scientific conferences, it allowed PhD students and postdocs from the Weizmann Institute to lead the discussions. Throughout the three days of the conference, each session was chaired by a Weizmann PhD or postdoc working in one of the labs dealing with evolution research – thus providing them with an opportunity to perfect their knowledge and expertise. 

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Systems Biology PIs meeting series

As part of the efforts to establish a thriving community of scientists working in the field of systems biology, Principle Investigators at the Weizman Institute have established a tradition of regular meetings, creating a productive forum for sharing new insights, and raising community-related issues.

Two2many: A systems view of biology

On March 11-12, 2015 The Azrieli Institute for Systems Biology hosted a student-led symposium titled "Two2many: A Systems View of Biology". This event has attracted many students and renowned scientists to the Weizmann Institute campus, where they had a chance to meet and be exposed to novel ideas and insights in the vastly diverse field of systems biology. A team of inspiring speakers covered topics such as bacterial evolution, synthetic biology, plant development, and immunology. Participants also had a chance to present their own research in a special poster session and a series of short talks, and to discuss common interests in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Invited speakers included notable researchers from Australia, the Netherlands, the UK, and the United States. The schedule for this conference included scientific talks by guest lecturers, each followed by a five minute talk by a Weizmann Institute student. 

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