Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) is one of Israel’s largest research universities, with campuses in Beer-Sheva, Sede Boqer and Eilat. Approximately 20,000 students are enrolled in six Faculties – Engineering Sciences, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, the Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business & Management and the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) – and in the Kreitman School of Advanced Graduate Studies. The participating BGU researcher is affiliated with BGU’s Department of Life Sciences. With about 40 active research groups, department researchers conduct cutting edge research across all scales of life, from the determination of protein structures at atomic level resolution to the examination of single-celled organisms and multi-cellular systems to the study of whole animals and communities. Department researchers rely on a wide variety of experimental systems, including bacteria, archaea, yeast, plants, insects, fish and other forms of marine life, rodents, and mammals in their research.