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Eight joint research projects involving investigators from Texas A&M University -- including seven affiliated with the College of Science -- the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, were recently awarded over $1.5 million total for two years.

These awards, part of the Texas A&M-Weizmann Collaborative Program established to support scientists who will work in close partnerships, moving from one laboratory to another in Texas and Israel as their research requires, will advance scientific discovery, solidify long-term relationships between two prestigious institutions, and create opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions to conduct groundbreaking research. This international program was launched using funding from philanthropic gifts, as well as institutional funding from the Weizmann Institute for Science, The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. The Weizmann Institute and Texas A&M University continue to pursue philanthropic support for this program.

Texas A&M recipients include Clifford H. Spiegelman, distinguished professor in the Department of Statistics, College of Science; Xiaohua Lin, assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M Health Science Center; Oleg Ozerov, professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science; Christian Hilty, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science; Thomas Ficht, professor, Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Paul de Figueiredo, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science (dual appointment with Plant Pathology & Microbiology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences); Renyi Zhang, professor in the Department of Chemistry, College of Science (dual appointment with Atmospheric Sciences, College of Geosciences); Jairo Sinova, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science; Alexander Finkelstein, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science (dual appointment with the Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Weizmann Institute of Science); Shenyuan Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Systems Biology & Translational Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center; and Xu Peng, professor in the Department of Systems Biology & Translational Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Weizmann Institute of Science recipients include Boaz Nadler, senior scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Mathematics; Benjamin Geiger, professor in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology; David Milstein, professor in the Department of Organic Chemistry; Lucio Frydman, professor in the Department of Chemical Physics; Zvulun Elazar, professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry; Yinon Rudich, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Energy Research; Yuval Oreg, associate professor in the Department of Condensed Matter Physics; and Guy Shakhar, senior scientist in the Department of Immunology.

The Weizmann Institute of Science was established in 1934 in Rehovot, Israel. It has grown into one of the foremost centers of multidisciplinary research and graduate study in the world. The Institute's fundamental research has led to discoveries and practical applications with a major impact on the global scientific community, as well as on the everyday quality of life of millions of people worldwide. This commitment to basic science provides Weizmann researchers with freedom to explore the unknown in in environment where curiosity and collaboration flourish free from commercial or academic constraints. To learn more about the Weizmann Institute, visit www.weizmann.ac.il

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Contact: Tom Hargis, (979) 458-1475, thargis@tamu.edu

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  • Clifford Spiegelman

  • Oleg Ozerov

  • Christian Hilty

  • Jairo Sinova

  • Alexander Finkelstein

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