Broad Institute–Israel Science Foundation Partnership for Cell Circuit Research

Applications for Broad-ISF Collaborative Projects are due December 15, 2015.  For more information, see the ISF website.

The Broad Institute-Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Partnership for Cell Circuit Research, centered at the Klarman Cell Observatory (KCO), brings together Broad and Israeli scientists to tackle major challenges in cell circuitry. This program harnesses the expertise of Israeli scientists in computational and systems biology research to enhance and complement the KCO effort. The program is managed in close partnership with the ISF.

The program consists of three components:

Collaborative Projects (Deadline: December 15, 2015)

The KCO provides direct funding for collaborative projects involving Israeli and Broad scientists. Collaborative projects leverage experimental and/or computational expertise in circuitry research, empowering researchers to pursue joint projects in mammalian cells.

Project selection. Projects are proposed jointly by a Broad lab and an Israeli lab to ensure tight collaboration. Selection criteria include combination of scientific excellence, relevance of the research plan to the KCO mission of circuit research, and appropriate research environment in the Israeli and Broad labs. A selection committee that includes representatives from the Broad and the Israeli academic community choose the collaborative projects. All applications are expected to be for a one-year project.

Funding. The available funding is used to cover costs at the Broad lab and in the Israeli lab, with approximately 50% going to each. Funds also budget for travel expenses and accommodations for visiting scientists. Project awards are announced at the Annual Broad-ISF Cell Circuits Symposium (see below for more about the Annual Symposium).

Collaborative Projects have been awarded to:




Postdoctoral training program

This program for outstanding Ph.D. students from Israeli academic institutions supports postdoctoral training at the Broad Institute, with financial incentives to return to Israel as principal investigators. Each fellowship will last for a period of three years.

Postdoctoral support. The fellowship provides full salary support, along with full benefits, as well as additional salary support for fellows with children.

Selection. All graduating Ph.D. students from Israeli academic institutions of higher education are eligible to apply but need to secure an eligible sponsor from the Broad Institute supporting their application prior to nomination. A committee with representatives from the Broad and the Israeli academic community will select candidates. Fellowship awards are announced at the Annual Broad-ISF Cell Circuits Symposium (see below for more information about the Annual Symposium).


  • Ophir Shalem (Ph.D., Weizmann Institute; Zhang lab)
  • Moran Yassour (Ph.D., Hebrew University; Xavier and Lander labs)


  • Yehuda Broady (Ph.D., Bar-Ilan University; Blainey lab)
  • Eitan Hoch (Ph.D., Ben-Gurion University of the Negev; Lander lab)


  • Moran Dvela-Levitt (Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Greka lab)
  • Keren Yizak (Ph.D., Tel Aviv University; Getz lab)

Annual symposium

An Annual Cell Circuits Symposium is held each year for five years, beginning in 2013. The location alternates between Israel and Cambridge, MA. KCO staff and lab members, collaborating labs, and postdocs from the program all participate, as well as additional scientists invited from both the Broad and Israeli communities.

The First Annual Symposium was held in Jerusalem, Israel from June 10-12, 2013. Photos from the symposium can be viewed here.

The Second Annual Symposium was held at the Broad Institute, in Cambridge, MA from June 25-27, 2014. Photos from the symposium can be viewed here.

The Third Annual Symposium returned to Jerusalem in 2015, from June 8-10. Photos from the symposium can be viewed here.

Save the date: the Fourth Annual Symposium will be held in June (precise date to be announced) at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA.