The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology is a research-intensive University in Haifa, Israel. It was founded in 1912, with an emphasis on natural sciences, engineering, and architecture, and a school of medicine was added later.
The Technion is home to three of Israel’s five science Nobel laureates. It is the oldest Israeli University, and is considered to be one of the best.
The Technion offers great opportunities for collaborations between biological and medical researchers and engineers, as it contains an excellent medical school and world renowned engineering departments
The Technion has the best resources in Israel when it comes to high-throughput sequencing. It has the only HiSeq2000 machine installed in Israel, and has the infrastructure needed to carry out sequencing projects.
The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine
The Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion, where the Hershberg lab will reside was established in 1969. It has the rare advantage of being integrated within a top-tier science and Engineering University, providing us with unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.
The Faculty of Medicine is located adjacently to the Rambam Health care campus, one of the largest, and best hospitals in Israel. This should allow us to easily collaborate with clinical microbiologists in our research.
Haifa and Bat Galim
Haifa is the third largest city in Israel, and its largest northern city. Located between the Carmel mountain forests and the sea, almost every turn has a view of the sea and of green foliage. Haifa features many attractions, including the Baha’i Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the German Colony (a charming neighborhood with many Templar buildings and a vibrant restaurant scene), museums, beautiful beaches and much more. Haifa is also a short drive from the Carmel forests, the Galilee and the Kinneret, Haifa has the reputation of being a very pleasant city to live in and is commonly portrayed as a model of co-existence between Arabs and Jews.
Bat Galim is the neighborhood in Haifa that houses the Technion’s Faculty of Medicine. It is located at the foot of Mt. Carmel on the Mediterranean coast. Bat Galim is known for its promenade and sandy beaches. It is one of the few residential areas in Israel where the homes are built right up to the shoreline, and it is the only such area where housing is affordable. It offers a small swimming beach, as well as what is considered the best surfing beach in Israel. It is also considered a good place for fishing. There are central train and bus stations in Bat Galim, making the neighborhood extremely accessible from most of Israel, including such places as Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and the Ben Gurion International Airport. It is also very well connected by public transportation to other parts of Haifa’s Lower city. While getting to some of the hillier parts of Haifa using public transportation can be a bit less convenient it is still quite easy. This should be made even easier by a shuttle that is planned to run between the Faculty of Medicine and the main campus of the Technion which is located on top of Mt. Carmel.