The Clore Center for Biological Physics at the Weizmann Institute of Science was founded in 2001. Multidisciplinary in spirit, the Clore Center supports the efforts of biologists, chemists, physicists and computer scientists, as they use innovative technologies to solve basic questions in biology. The exciting interface between biology and the exact sciences leads to new approaches that bridge gaps between different scientific languages and cultures, making it possible to ask and answer questions that were previously beyond our reach, thus deepening our understanding of the natural world.

The Center funds visiting scientists, whose presence on campus enriches the scientific discourse.  It also sponsors three annual multidisciplinary conferences, relating to diverse topics in biological physics.

The Center also administers the Curwen-Lowy Postdoctoral Fellowship, which was established in 2002 by the Lowy family of the UK, and supports one excellent postdoctoral fellow in the field of biological physics each year.

Director

Prof. Elisha Moses’ research focuses on experimental neurophysics—the physics of the brain. He is exploring the ability of magnetic pulses to affect brain activity, and how to utilize this ability to develop a possible therapy for schizophrenic patients. A second area of exploration involves the sharing and transmission of information within and among neural circuits. These studies impact, for example, the breakdown of neuronal transmission that occurs during epileptic activity.  A third research direction involves the design of new neurobiology methods, based on cutting-edge physical tools. These include Prof. Moses' novel techniques for imaging biological samples by means of a scanning electron microscope.