The Gonda Center

The Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center at Bar-Ilan University brings together researchers in a variety of fields which are essential to understanding the brain, including psychology, physics, linguistics, computing and biology.

Research at the Gonda Center studies the brain at all levels - from behavior and cognitive processing through detailed mechanisms of information processing in neural circuits, to the analysis of vital molecules within nerve cells. Research approaches cover all techniques from personal interviews, through electro physiology and from molecular biology to abstract mathematical modeling. The Gonda Center attracts new, top-flight researchers from Israel and around the world.

The center is headed by Prof. Alon Korngreen since 2019. The first director and the founder of the center is Prof. Moshe Abeles.


Why study brain science at Bar-Ilan University?

* Because our degrees are prestigious and international and include collaborations with universities abroad

Because the Brain is the Science of the  21st Century 

Because we have the only BSc  program in Brain Science accredited in Israel

* Because our researchers are world experts

* Because our graduates are employed in leading high-tech companies.

Because our graduates are recruited by the best research institutes worldwide

because of amazing atmosphere and exceptional care for all our students

Open your mind and join us!



The center is housed in a seven-story building at the north part of the Bar-Ilan Campus, close to the psychology and the engineering departments.

The architecture of the building was designed to increase scientific interaction and foster fertilization of ideas, and the building includes large community spaces at each floor, an open six-story gallery, and a 300-seat auditorium for scientific conferences.

The interior architecture of the building contains a prominent motif: a set of circular meeting rooms on each floor together creating a large cylindrical body at the center of the building, looking like a giant microscope. That microscope "looks" through a transparent "dish" on the first floor, passing sunlight into the lower patio.


The Gonda Brain Center