In recent years, research related to the microbiome (the genome of the estimated 100 trillion microbes residing in the human body) has exploded, driven by technological advances that have enabled scientists to study these microbes, their function, and their impact on health and disease.

Scientists associated with the Institute for Microbiome Research are making a major contribution to this burgeoning field, with interdisciplinary teams – using tools of molecular genetics, immunology, cell biology, computer science, and physics – generating important discoveries about the interrelationship between the microbiome and personalized nutrition. 

Weizmann teams’ scientific findings are forming the basis of new strategies for improved disease diagnosis, management, and prevention. Eventually, they could empower people all over the world to improve their nutritional practices in accordance with their personal microbiome profile, thereby optimizing their health.


Prof. Eran Segal heads a lab with a multi-disciplinary team of computational biologists and experimental scientists in the area of Computational and Systems biology. His research focuses on genetics, gene regulation, and nutrition Microbiome, and their effect on health and disease. His aim is to develop personalized nutrition and personalized medicine.

Prof. Segal published over 140 publications, and received several awards and honors for his work, including  received the Overton prize, awarded annually by the International Society for Bioinformatics (ICSB) to one scientist for outstanding accomplishments in computational biology, and the Michael Bruno award. He was recently elected as an EMBO member and as a member of the young Israeli academy of science.