Inaugural research projects

We are delighted to introduce five inaugural research projects – all existing collaborations between Garvan and Weizmann researchers – that mark just the beginning of the research program within the Garvan-Weizmann partnership.

Autoimmune Disease and Cancer tile


Breast Cancer Immunotherapies

Tracking down the ‘rogue clones’ at the root
of autoimmune disease and cancer

  Unleashing the potential of immunotherapies
for breast cancer

Multiple Myeloma

Personalised medicine for prediabetes
Zeroing in on the cancer cells that ‘sleep’ in bone

Towards personalised medicine for prediabetes

Personalised Medicine in Melanoma
Towards personalised medicine in melanoma:
who will respond to immunotherapy?


The Single Cell Sequence Fund

Every cell in our body is different, and each has a unique story to tell. Through the Single Cell Sequence Fund, researchers will have the opportunity to learn those stories, cell by cell.

The Single Cell Sequence Fund will enable researchers to undertake in-depth, cell-by-cell investigation of the DNA and RNA within cells in specific populations. It will provide researchers with much-needed resourcing to follow up promising experimental findings, and make it possible to pursue new avenues of investigation that have genuine therapeutic promise.

Student and researcher exchange program

This program is designed to enable secondments of Weizmann researchers and students to Garvan, and of Garvan researchers and students to Weizmann, by providing financial support in the form of flights and accommodation for selected students and researchers.

The program will facilitate the sharing of expertise and know-how, the free exchange of ideas, and the development of new technological applications to benefit both organisations. The program evokes the spirit of the Garvan-Weizmann partnership, and will make a measurable difference to the pace of research outputs at both Institutes.

Visualisation and education

The Garvan-Weizmann partnership will enable Garvan and the Weizmann Institute to collaborate on science education and biomedical visualisation. In NSW as well as in Israel, this will accelerate development of targeted programs to help science teachers educate middle and high school students in genomics, and provide the public with accessible and engaging sources of insight.

At Garvan, the public space within the Centre for Cellular Genomics will form the cornerstone of an engagement experience that will enrich understanding of genomics, cellular genomics and their transformative capabilities in medical research. Drawing on transmedia approaches and virtual reality, resources within the space will ultimately be leveraged in other arenas at both Garvan and Weizmann to maximise impact and enrich public engagement with the Centre’s aims.


Representation of a DNA moleculeRepresentation of a DNA molecule wound around nucleosomes, by Dr Kate Patterson (visual science communicator, Garvan Institute)