Given the Weizmann Institute’s worldwide renown for discoveries and insights in immunology, and how the immune system identifies pathogens and overcomes them—or fails to overcome them—our scientists are uniquely positioned to advance understanding and chart new paths forward amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

In one highly promising project, our scientists are using computational and experimental tools to rapidly design antibodies that will target the SPIKE protein in the coronavirus and thereby neutralize infection. Another scientist is applying new insights from another set of animal-borne viruses to COVID-19. And others are exploring the intricate mechanisms of the immune system and ways in which our healthy cells mount counter-attacks to deadly viruses.

our latest research in these areas