Tuesday 12 April 2022
16:00 BST / 11:00 EDT / 18:00 IDT
Professor Benjamin Geiger gave a lecture entitled "A microscopy-mediated view of the social life of living cells" at 16:00 BST / 11:00 EDT / 18.00 IDT.
Registration to this lecture was free.
The International Microscopy Lecture Series is a collaborative undertaking by four International Microscopy Societies (the Royal Microscopical Society, the Microscopical Society of Canada and the Israel Society for Microscopy and the Brazilian Society of Microscopy and Microanalysis).
Ahead of the lecture was an interview between Professor Benny Geiger and Professor Ohad Medalia.
Professor Benny Geiger gave a lecture entitled "A microscopy-mediated view of the social life of living cells"
Born in Israel, Prof. Benjamin (Benny) Geiger conducted his undergraduate studies at Tel Aviv University, and his MSc studies in Immunology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1977, he was awarded a PhD degree in Chemical Immunology from the Weizmann Institute of Science and conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Diego. In 1979, Prof. Geiger returned to Israel and joined the Weizmann Institute’s Department of Chemical Immunology. He held a number of senior posts at the Weizmann Institute, among them Dean of the Feinberg Graduate School (1989-1995), Founder and Head of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology (1996-2004), and Dean of the Faculty of Biology (2004-2009), and he currently serves as head of the Department of Immunology. He was the incumbent of the Erwin Neter Professorial Chair in Cell and Tumor Biology, and he is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and the American Academy of Arts & Science. Prof. Geiger served as President of the Israel Cell Biology Organization and the European Cytoskeletal Forum, Chair of the Euro BioImaging and various other scientific initiatives. Between 2003 and 2009 he chaired the Life Science and Medicine Section of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the major funding source for basic research in Israel, and between 2009-2019 he served as the ISF Chair.
The research activity of Prof. Geiger is mainly related to the mode of interaction of living cells, healthy and cancerous, with their microenvironment. In his work, specific mechanisms of cellular interactions were studied, most of which were associated with cell adhesion to each other and to the surrounding extracellular matrix. His studies provided an insight into the role of the cell-skeleton in controlling environmental interactions, which, in turn regulate multiple cellular processes such as cell signaling, proliferation, immune cell stimulation and cancer invasion. Studies conducted in the Geiger laboratory were described in over 400 publications and presented in numerous scientific conferences.
He was involved, throughout the years in national activities and initiatives associated with science education and arts.