Israeli leading institute of science appoints new president

Alon Chen became on Sunday the 11th president of Weizmann Institute of Science, the leading institute of science in Israel.

“Our alumni provide the foundations of Israel’s booming economy,” stated Chen. “The Weizmann Institute is a world-leading research institution that generates transformative knowledge and educates the scientists of tomorrow.”

Chen was born in Israel. His research into the neurobiology of stress has focused on the mechanisms by which the brain regulates the response to stressful challenges and how this response may be linked to a number of psychiatric disorders.

His lab has made significant discoveries, revealing fundamental aspects of the stress response in both animals and humans.

The Weizmann Institute of Science is one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary basic research institutions in the natural and exact sciences, according to the institute self-description.