How are processes such as cell proliferation, growth, and differentiation regulated at the molecular level? What happens when a cell turns into cancer? These are just some of the questions that were addressed during the 3-day workshop, covering topics such as

  • Transcription factor networks in differentiation and cancer
  • Signaling pathways in development and cancer
  • Genetics and functional genomics
  • Cellular microenvironment

January 27 - Open Day

The winter school started with the open day at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. 140 registered participants attended lectures by eight internationally distinguished scientists, 41 graduate students and postdocs presented their work in the poster session.

Photos: Shmuel Zeiger (Technion), Sabine Loewer (MDC)

Robert Eisenman (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA)

Eduardo Moreno (University of Bern, Switzerland)

Moshe Oren (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Yardena Samuels (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Yuval Shaked (Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel)

Philippe Soriano (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA)

Yosef Yarden (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel)

Daniel Chamovitz (Tel Aviv University, Israel)

January 28 - 29

During the second and third days of the winter school, experts from the SignGene faculty and invited guest speakers delved deeper into the topics touched upon on the open day. In a smaller forum, SignGene students and 40 additional registered graduate students and postdocs had the opportunity to meet and discuss their research with their peers and experienced senior scientists.

Complementing the scientific program, participants had the chance to learn more about how to build a successful academic career in science during a special career pathways seminar. To download the complete program, please click here

Attendants of the 3-day workshop, photo: Sabine Loewer

Eli Pikarsky (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Achim Leutz (MDC)

Walter Birchmeier

Clemens Schmitt (Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin & MDC)
Batsheva Kerem (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Ze'ev Ronai (Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, La Jolla, USA)
Shai Izraeli (Tel Aviv University)

Israel Vlodavsky (Technion)
Gera Neufeld (Technion)

Ofir Hakim (Bar-Ilan University)
Tommy Kaplan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Yehudit Bergman
(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Tzachi Pilpel (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Amir Orian (Technion)

Benjamin Podbilewicz (Technion)

Nahum Sonenberg (McGill University, Canada)

Yardena Samuels (Weizmann Institute of Science)


Financial Support

In addition to SignGene funding from the Helmholtz Association, this Winter School was kindly supported by the Moshe Yanai Technion Fund, the Mechora Foundation, Merck-Serono Ltd., Bar-Naor Ltd., Eldan/Neofram Ltd., Daniel Biotech Ltd., and Levant Ltd.



Amir Orian (Technion)
Achim Leutz (MDC)


Undine Hill (MDC)
Sylvia Zérath-Gurevich (Technion)


Sabine Loewer (MDC)

Sigal Alfasi-Izrael (Technion)