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​PhD Degree in Biomedical Sciences

​Program Highlights

The Graduate program in Biomedical Sciences includes 5 sub-teaching tracks: Biochemistry, Metabolism, and Endocrinology; Cellular Biology, Immunology, and Cancer Research; Human Genetics (and Human genetics – genetic counseling); Microbiology and Neurobiology.
Courses towards regular Ph.D. and direct Ph.D degrees are offered in this program.

Details of Academic Program

The Teaching Division of Biomedical Sciences offers a wide range of specialization tracks, combining research and studies in medical and life sciences with emphasis on understanding the functioning of the human body in situations of health and disease. Graduate studies include Master’s (M.Sc.) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees on a regular or direct track. The program prepares its graduates for teaching and research positions in academic institutions, and research and work in knowledge-intensive industries, hospitals, and healthcare systems.
Areas of expertise include the understanding and translation of the genetic code into development processes, from the molecular-cellular stage to the creation of a complete body, and understanding the functioning of a single cell and of systems of the body. Specialization tracks offered in the Teaching Division of Biomedical Sciences are as detailed below.

Biochemistry, Metabolism and Endocrinology Track (6029)

This track brings together researchers from fields of research dealing with a wide range of clinical and basic topics, who study the control of normal and pathological processes. The track provides students with knowledge of genetic, molecular, and cellular control of processes of development, metabolic processes, clinical nutrition, hormonal control, neural migration, and malignant transformation.

Cell Biology, Immunology, and Cancer Research Track (6028)

The objective of the track is to instruct students in the fields of cell biology, tissue organization control, immunology, and cancer research. The track includes three main areas of research from which students can choose courses: 1. Cell biology. 2. Immunology 3. Cancer research

Human Genetics - research track (6026)

The research track trains students in the following areas of study and research:
  • Gene structure and genome structure (DNA, chromatin, chromosomes, and nucleus)
  • Genetic modification (mutation, recombination, transposition)
  • Gene expression and control over it (including the control of cell cycle and differentiation)
  • Genetics of development processes
  • Population genetics
  • Human genetics
  • Application of genetics in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology

Microbiology Track (6027)

This track aims to train students in research and teaching in fields of science involving medical microbiology, bacteriology, molecular cell biology, virology, parasitology, applied microbiology and biotechnology, genetic engineering, structural microbiology, computer analysis, and bioinformatics. The track offers a curriculum based on a combination of the biological and medical professions. The program provides graduates with broad knowledge on issues that are at the forefront of basic research, both applied and medical.

Neurobiology Track (6020)

This track is engaged in integrative multi-disciplinary research of the brain and nervous system. Participating teachers specialize in research of the brain and nervous system in normal situations and in situations of injury and disease.
The objective is to train students in the basic and medical aspects of research of the human brain and nervous system. Multidisciplinary studies allow a choice of several specialization tracks:
  1. Development of the brain and nervous system
  2. Cellular and molecular processes in the brain and nervous system
  3. Higher functions and neural networks in the brain and nervous system
  4. Disease, degeneration, injury, and dysfunction in the brain and nervous system

Sub Teaching Divisions

  • Biochemistry, Metabolism and Endocrinology program (6029)
  • Cell Biology, Immunology, and Cancer Research program (6028)
  • Human Genetics program ​(6026)
  • Microbiology program (6027)
  • Neurobiology program (6020)


Details of all the courses can be found in the yearbook, updated annually

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements can be found on the Research Students Authority website

Information on Stipends

According to the terms of the faculty


PhD candidates are requested to apply via the Research Students Authority website

Program Officials

Prof. Itamar Simon - Chair, Bio-Medical Sciences Teaching Division

Sub Teaching programs

Prof. Ronit Sharon - Chair, Biochemistry, Metabolism and Endocrinology program
Prof. Oded Behar - Chair, Cell Biology, Immunology, and Cancer Research program
Prof. Dror Sharon – Chair, Human Genetics program research track
Prof. A. Warburg - Chair, Microbiology program
Prof. A. Binshtok - Chair, Neurobiology program

Contact us

Bio-Medical Sciences Students Office - Rooms 2206+2208, 2nd Floor, Dean Bldg. Faculty of Medicine.
Tel: 02-6758186, 02-6757526
Fax: 02-6757529