Marine Biology Labs - מעבדות החוג לביולוגיה ימית

- Now recruiting MSc Students -

Cnidarians Developmental Biology and Molecular Ecology

The Lab's research focuses on the following topics:

  • Molecular marine developmental biology
  • Cnidarians proliferation and reproduction
  • Marine pollution, molecular ecology
  • Stinging cell assembly

Lab Leader: Dr. Tamar Lotan



Gene Regulation in Development and Evolution

Now recruiting MSc Students

We study the gene regulatory networks that control early developmental processes by combining embryology, molecular biology, imaging, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and mathematical modeling. We use the sea urchin and soon the zebrafish, two phenomenal systems for the study of embryo development.

Lab Leader: Dr. Smadar Ben Tabou deLeon


Coral Biomineralization and Physiology

We study how does the coral catalyze the precipitation of biomineral? Where and when is the biomineral formed? And what is the biophysical basis for the precipitation reaction. In addition, We study on how calcifying marine organisms respond physiologically and morphologically to changes in their environment and to better understand the role of algal (genus Symbiodinium) symbionts in coral (host) calcification.

Lab Leader: Dr. Tali Mass


Deep Med

The Lab's research focuses on the following topics:

  • Physiology of Photosynthesis
  • Ecology and biodivesity of the deep Levantine basin
  • Deep benthos microbiology and biogeochemistry
  • Global change - ocean acidification and coral bleaching

Lab Leader: Dr. Dan Tchernov



Marine Chemical Ecology

Chemically mediated communication, eavesdropping, deceit and death in the sea.

Lab Leader: Dr. Daniel Sher




Marine Microbiology 

The Lab's research focuses on the following topics:

  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Cell-cell signaling in host-associated microbiomes (quorum sensing)
  • Adaptations of marine bacteria (e.g. SAR11) to the ultra-oligotrophic Eastern Mediterranean Sea
  • Photoheterotrophy in marine bacteria

Lab Leader: Dr. Laura Steindler

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