Principal Investigator of LMME



Lab Manager


Lab Technician

I earned my B.Sc. in marine science and biology from the Ruppin Academic Center in Israel. 




Post-Doctoral Researcher

- Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication - (L. Da Vinci)

Trained as a developmental biologist in France, I like tackling big questions in small and apparent simple systems. During my Ph.D. at the Center of Integrative Biology, Paul Sabatier University in France, I combined long-term live-imaging and functional genetics to assess how cell identity and cell movement are coordinated during the early olfactory organ development in zebrafish larvae. My current research focuses on animals with one of the simplest and primitive nervous system – Cnidarians – by using two emerging models, Nematostella vectensis and Aiptasia Pellida, I study how cellular physiology and symbiosis could affect a behavioral state.




Ph.D. Candidate

I am working to understand the natural rhythms and symbiotic complexity of the clock apparatus in cnidarians. In my Ph.D., I focus on characterizing the circadian and circatidal clocks in three model cnidarian species by comparing between symbiotic and aposymbiotic morphs, using different genomic and molecular toolkits. My M.Sc. focused on characterizing the expression pattern of circadian genes in the cnidarian sea anemone, Nematostella vectensis.




Ph.D. Candidate

My research aims to establish a geological and historical record of the coral reef in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba (GoE/A), Red Sea, Israel through radiocarbon dating, reconstructing the distribution of coral species throughout the Holocene, and reconstructing their chemical and isotopic composition to differentiate between anthropogenic and natural climatic effects. In addition, I am working on estimating population demographics and genetic connectivity among reefs within and between Singapore and the GoE/A. In my M.Sc. I focused on the reproduction of mesophotic corals in Prof. Yossi Loya’s lab at Tel Aviv University, Israel.


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Ph.D. Candidate

My research focuses on innovating tools and methods to support the restoration process for degraded coral reef ecosystems. I am working on developing unique, artificial reefs using 3D printing technology, to help sustain global coral reefs. In addition, I am exploring new potential methods to upgrade reef restoration and more efficiently monitor the restoration progress, using a combination of molecular tools and reef health surveys. In my M.Sc. research, I studied a novel bacterium species found in the coral eating sea star Acanthaster c.f. solaris, known as Crown-of-Thorns Sea stars (CoTS), from the Indo-Pacific. This research developed insights into the potential for using a disease-inducing bacterium as a biological control agent for CoTS in coral reef ecosystems. My M.Sc. took place at James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Queensland, Australia.




Ph.D. Student

My main research topic examines the mechanisms of sleep in the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea spp. Studying the correlation between behavior and the molecular level of sleep in Cassiopea spp. can help us understand the reasons for sleep throughout evolution. In my M.Sc., I studied the behavioral and neural correlates of the 'Sense of Self’ in humans in Dr. Roy Salomon’s lab at Bar-Ilan University. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) I was able to associate human brain activity with fundamental aspects of the 'Sense of Self' - the experience of identifying with the body and its actions. 




M.Sc. Candidate

In my M.Sc., I wish to characterize sleep and wakefulness states of the coral reef fish Chromis viridis, using behavioral criteria in the aquarium and on the reef. This will allow us to examine the effect of Artificial Light at Night (ALAN) on sleep, DNA damage, repair during sleep, and wakefulness, in these common reef fish in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, Red Sea. 




Yaeli Rosenberg - Ph.D. - Head of Experimental Lab for the Spatial Genomics Group at Bar-Ilan University
Eviatar Weizman - Ph.D. - Bioinformatics Analyst at the Nancy and Stephen Grand Israel National Center for Personalized Medicine (G-INCPM) at the Weizmann Institute of Science
Inbal Ayalon – M.Sc. – Works for the Israel National Monitoring Program in Eilat
Adi Zweifler – Lab Technician – Ph.D. student at the University of Western Australia
Gili Misrael – Lab Technician – Video account manager at Boldwin LTD
Dalit Meron (Ph.D) – Post-Doc – Sediment microbiome project manager at the University of Haifa
Michal Sorek (Ph.D) – Ph.D. and Post-Doc - Maarag
Yisrael Schnytzer (Ph.D) – Ph.D. – Postdoctoral researcher Bar-Ilan University
Keren Maor-Landaw (Ph.D.) – Ph.D. – Postdoctoral research at the Lotan Lab at the University of Haifa
Matan Oren (Ph.D.) – Post-Doc – Principal investigator at Ariel University
Orly Perry (Ph.D.) – Ph.D. – Matach science program
Sarit Lampert-Karako (Ph.D.) – Post-Doc – Molecular Unit, the Scientific Equipment Center at Bar-Ilan University
Kenny Schneider (Ph.D.) – Post-Doc – Faculty of Agriculture at the Hebrew University
Eli Shemesh (Ph.D.) – Ph.D – Lab manager for the Tchernov Lab at Haifa University
Eldad Gutner-Hoch (Ph.D.) – Ph.D. – Postdoctoral researcher at the Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole
Modi Roopin (Ph.D.) – Ph.D. – Head of R&D at Synvaccine LTD
Marina Yoffe – M.Sc. – Ph.D. candidate at Rutgers University
Tom Halevy (MBBS) – M.Sc. – Medical doctor at Sheba Medical Center
Mor Samuelson – Lab Technician – Technician at Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research
RivQua Bar-Noy – Lab Technician – Employee at the Safari Park in Ramat Gan, Israel