TAU to collaborate with Stanford, Berkeley under $10m grant

Team of Israeli and US scientists to research bioinformatics, computational biology, smart cities and digital living

Illustrative photo of the Tel Aviv University campus. (Andrew Tobin/JTA)
Illustrative photo of the Tel Aviv University campus. (Andrew Tobin/JTA)

Tel Aviv University scientists will collaborate with their counterparts at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley on research in medical and information technology.

The initiative is being funded with a five-year, $10 million grant from the Koret Foundation, which funds Bay Area organizations and initiatives, and works to support the US-Israel relationship.

The multidisciplinary research will take place in the fields of bioinformatics, computational biology, and smart cities and digital living.

Joseph Klafter, president of Tel Aviv University, is in California this week to sign memorandums of understanding with the two universities.

The Koret Program for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology will be run jointly by the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at TAU and the Center of Computational Biology at Berkeley. The program is expected to develop computational tools that integrate patient genetic, genomic and other data for medical purposes.

The University of California, Berkeley. (Charlie Nguyen/ Flickr, CC BY 2.0/via JTA)

The program will award joint research grants to groups at both institutions, hold annual joint workshops and seminars, operate a visiting-scientist program, and facilitate a joint summer research program.

The Koret Program for Smart Cities and Digital Living will fund joint research at TAU and Stanford.

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