Prof. Jacob Hanna is the head of the laboratory for Pluripotent Stem Cell Studies and Ex Utero Embryogenesis, at the Department of Molecular Genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. He is affiliated with the Helen and Martin Kimmel Institute for Stem Cell Research and the Azrieli Institute for Systems Biology. He leads an interdisciplinary group of scientists interested in understanding embryonic stem cell biology, early development and advance human disease modeling. Specifically, they investigate the process of cellular reprogramming, in which induced pluripotent stem cells are generated from somatic cells, and we investigate how pluripotency is maintained throughout development in mouse and human. They utilize in their studies a diverse arsenal of biological experimentation methods, high throughput screening, advanced microscopy and genomic analyses. They also seek to combine biological experimentation with computational biology, theory and modeling, to elucidate the biological question at hand.