Vision and Policy

updated: 13.06.2018

Vision and Policy

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics at Tel Aviv University (TAU) was inaugurated in June 2012. It replaced the Edmond J. Safra Bioinformatics Program, which operated from 2005 through 2012.


The Center has been supported by multiple grants from the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation since its inception. In 2014 Yad Hanadiv Foundation graciously pledged to provide additional support for the Center for the next five years.


We are deeply indebted to the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic foundation and to Yad Hanadiv Foundation for their generous donations for the Center.


The vision of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Bioinformatics is to preserve and enhance the role of Tel Aviv University as an international leader in research and education in bioinformatics. To achieve this, the Center strives to bring together all bioinformatics-related research and teaching activities across campus into one multidisciplinary hub of excellence. It aims to secure Tel Aviv University's future as a leading force in the development of novel drugs and biomedical technologies that will improve human health worldwide. To do so, the Center undertakes the following activities:


  • Recruiting outstanding young faculty members

  • Preserving and enhancing the quality of the TAU interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs

  • Establishing a fellowship program to support graduate and post-graduate candidates

  • Enhancing the computational infrastructure available to bioinformatics at TAU in terms of hardware as well as software engineers

  • Encouraging and supporting state-of-the-art collaborative research-enhancing activities (conferences, workshops, distinguished speaker series, informal meetings, and more)

  • Maintaining a program for distinguished visiting scholars

  • Developing outreach activities to strengthen public awareness of the contributions of bioinformatics

  • Developing tools and software for broad use by the biomedical community

  • Researchers and students from Life Sciences, Exact Sciences, Medicine and Engineering collaborate and interact in the program's activities. The backing for joint research and cross-discipline interaction brings coherence and synergy to this important field.



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