Department of Marine Biology


Aquatic Ecology and Biological Oceanography

cruise2017The microbial (bacterioplankton and phytoplankton) members of aquatic environments contribute ~ 50% to global primary production, are essential to aquatic food-webs, nutrient recycling, and all major biogeochemical cycles (e.g. carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus). In my laboratory we use both field (in-situ) and laboratory approaches to explore how these organisms respond to environmentally relevant changes and how they influence bio-geochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen in the face of climate changes

Lab Leader: Prof. Ilana Berman-Frank

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Cnidarians Developmental Biology and Molecular Ecology

MAPK signalingNow recruiting MSc and PhD Students
We have an open position for a post-doc

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

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Coral Biomineralization and Physiology

We study hCourtesy of of The Leon H. Charney School of Marine Sciencesow 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

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Deep Med

msc 1The 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: Prof. Dan Tchernov

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Gene Regulation in Development and Evolution

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The lab ultimate goal is to decipher how developmental gene regulatory networks control morphogenetic processes and how they evolve to generate innovations in the body plan. To achieve this goal we study sea urchin and other echinoderm species that have major experimental advantages that enable us to investigate the regulation of developmental process starting from fertilization. Our research has strong implications to the understanding of cell fate specification and differentiation as well as dedifferentiation processes that occur during genetic diseases, like cancer.

Lab Leader: Dr. Smadar Ben Tabou deLeon

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Marine Chemical Ecology

Research09Chemically mediated communication, eavesdropping, deceit and death in the sea.

Lab Leader: Dr. Daniel Sher

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Marine Microbiology

Courtesy of of The Leon H. Charney School of Marine SciencesThe 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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Morris Kahn Marine Research Station & Top Predator Laboratory

Courtesy of of The Leon H. Charney School of Marine SciencesTwo long-term marine ecological research stations that focus on coastal water research and monitoring of the ecology and species in shallow seas, as well as anthropogenic impact on the marine environment and on apex predator distribution (including dolphins, sharks, rays, and tunas).

Lab Leader: Prof. Dan Tchernov

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