The MRB lab
We study molecular ecology of aquatic microbes
Life on Earth depends on microbes, especially those that live in the hydrosphere. These microscopic organisms catalyze global geochemical cycles, making life sustainable. They sequester carbon, produce vast biomass, and help larger organisms to gain nutrition from much otherwise-inaccessible food sources through symbioses. They produce bioactive compounds. Microbes affect and are being affected by global climate change. We focus mainly on microbes that can assimilate inorganic carbon or methane, especially those that fuel the astonishing deep-sea chemosynthetic habitats.
We are a young lab at IOLR, Haifa, Israel. We are looking for talented Ph.D. and M.Sc. students.
Dr. Maxim Rubin-Blum
Head, the MRB lab
Researcher at the IOLR
- Molecular ecology of marine microbes
- Marine animal-microbe symbioses
- Microbial degradation of fossil hydrocarbons (gas and oil)
- Carbon fixation
- Deep-sea ecosystems
Specialist in molecular biology,
In charge of the molecular lab.
Yana is also a specialist in DNA barcoding of biota in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea
Amit (Barkai) Yanai
Fascinated by the world of microbes.
I study the rare bacteria that fix inorganic carbon via more than one metabolic pathway.
In my spare time, I love to kitesurf.
Co-advisor: Prof. Laura Steindler,
University of Haifa
Tal Zvi Kedem
I am studying deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems offshore Israel. I look into trophic webs and animal-bacteria symbioses.
Co-advisor: Prof. Dan Tchernov,
The University of Haifa
Marine molecular biology specialist.
Our representative at scientific cruises.
A meiofauna taxonomist. Can extract DNA/RNA from any life form.
Stas uses omics and bioinformatics to study chemosynthetic habitats. One of his quests is to look for the eukaryotes in these systems. Stas previously worked on permafrost, retrieving a 25K years old rotifer.
Dr. Coco Koedooder
I am interested in the interactions between microbes, asking how such interactions can affect iron uptake mechanisms and metabolism.
I focus on Red SeaTrichodesmium populations.
Co-advisor: Prof. Yeala Shaked
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ximena is a Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Tamar Gut-Haim, who collaborates with us in the field of molecular ecology in petroleum spills.
Dr. Sophi Marmen
Sophi studied the deep-sea gas seeps offshore Israel, developing methods for DNA/RNA extraction from low-biomass samples, as well as library preparation.
Now Sophi is a project manager at LabGuru
Alumni M.Sc. student
I study the response of microbial populations to a gas condensate spill in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.