The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences

The Alexander Silberman Institute of Life Sciences, located at the heart of the Edmond J. Safra Campus, Givat-Ram, is the largest among the Institutes of the Hebrew University's Faculty of Sciences, with 65 active faculty members and a total of 1100 students, technical and administrative staff.
Members of the Institute of Life Sciences devote themselves to two parallel and complementary endeavors: advanced scientific research at the forefront of contemporary biological sciences, and broad-range biological education aimed at endowing the students with the knowledge, skills and research tools essential for participating in the continuously changing field of life sciences.
The Institute of Life Sciences maintains diverse undergraduate (B.Sc.) and graduate (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) teaching programs. Undergraduate students may enroll either as single biology majors or in combination with an additional major from the Faculty of Natural Sciences or other university faculties. Additional undergraduate interdisciplinary programs, such as chemistry/biology or computer sciences/computational biology and genomics/bio-informatics allow a "direct route" to an M.Sc. degree.
The Institute is composed of six research departments, hosting six M.Sc. programs:

Structural and Molecular Biochemistry
Cell and Developmental Biology
Plant and Environmental Sciences
Ecology, Evolution & Behavior
Brain and Behavioral Sciences

In each of these study areas the students are offered a wide variety of both basic and advanced courses. Although classes in Life Sciences are among the largest at our University, much care is taken to ensure personal attention and create small study groups. At the undergraduate level, honors and challenge programs provide the best students with additional tutorship and the opportunity to take part in active research already as undergraduates. Post-graduate programs include M.Sc., Ph.D. (direct or post-M.Sc.) and post-doctoral studies, and the Institute is frequently visited by internationally acclaimed senior colleagues from overseas.
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