Professor, Micha Ilan
Ph.D.: Tel-Aviv University, 1990
Phone: (Office) +972-3-640-8613
(Fax) +972-3-640-7274
Room#: Room 221, Sherman Building

National center for high throughput screening



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Personal Information

Academic and professional experience

Period of study

Name of University



2007-2010 Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology Department Head
2007- Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology Full Professor
2003-2007 Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology Associate Professor
1995-2003 Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology Senior Lecturer
1991-1995 Tel Aviv University Department of Zoology Lecturer


Tel Aviv University

Department of Zoology

Senior Teaching Assistant



Period of study

Name of




Date of award

1984 - 1989 Tel Aviv University Zoology - Marine Biology Ph.D. 1990
1981 - 1984 Tel Aviv University Zoology - Terrestrial Ecophysiology M.Sc.


with distinction

1978 - 1981

Tel Aviv University





Further studies

Period of study

Name of University




University of California - Santa Barbara

Molecular Marine Biology

postdoctoral fellowship



Research Interests

The research in my laboratory is centered around two main areas:

1) on the taxonomic level – the phylum Porifera (sponges); and

2) on Symbiosis between marine organisms (usually with a sponge as one of the interacting organisms). Over the years we have thus studied many sponge species and their associates: from microorganisms (cyanobacteria, heterotrophic bacteria, and fungi) through algae and invertebrates (e.g., scyphozoans, barnacles, and polychaetes) to vertebrates (fish and hawksbill turtles).

Sponges – the oldest multicellular organisms, being filter-feeding sessile organisms, frequently non-cryptic, have developed a wide array of natural products (metabolites) that assist them in dealing with their world. In our laboratory we study marine-derived natural products through two different disciplines. One, in Marine Biotechnology , studies how the sponge produces such metabolites. The second, in Chemical Ecology , examines how the sponge utilizes these compounds. We subsequently evaluate the potential of exploiting these metabolites for human benefit, mostly as lead compounds for the development of pharmaceutical drugs.

Another group of studies is in the field of Biomineralization , in which we investigate how organisms deposit various minerals; what is the ecological/physiological function of these minerals, and how can we exploit this in the production of biomimetic materials?

The studies carried out in my laboratory are therefore multidisciplinary and utilize knowledge from fields such as ecology, organic chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and geochemistry, and relate to different levels of organization, from the population level through the physiological and cellular, to the molecular and chemical levels.

Students and Lab Members

Laboratory manager:

Dr. Sigal Shefer


Ph.D. students:


Name of student

Title of thesis

2011- Lavy, A. The benefits of culturing the unculturable -Identifying antibacterial compounds producing bacteria in Theonella swinhoei
2009- Keren,  R. Arsenic (As) metabolism in the Red Sea sponge Theonella swinhoei and its bacterial symbionts
2008 Sokolover, N. The Bryozoa community along the Israeli Mediterranean
2007- Aluma, Y Sponge skeletogenesis
2006 - 2012 Khalfin-Penizel I. Isolation and Identification of Natural Products Produced by Sponge-Associated Fungi and their Effect on Microorganisms
2006 - 2012 Haber, M Chemical ecology of Mediterranean Axinella sponges and their bacterial symbionts
2005 - 2012 Mayzel, B. Metal content and magneticproperties of Israeli Mediterranean and Red Sea demosponges
2005 - 2009 Blihoghe, D

Antifouling activity in marine organisms and their associated microorganisms

2001 - 2006 Steindler, L. New insights in sponge-cyanobacteria symbiosis
2001 - 2006 Hadas, E Organic carbon and nitrogen budgets of a Red Sea sponge

1994 - 2000

Meroz, E.

Phenotypic plasticity in marine invertebrates




M.Sc. students:


Name of student

Title of thesis

2014- Weinberger, A. Arsenic-tolerant sponge-associated bacteria
2012- Farovich, Y. Antimicrobial natural products from sponge-associated bacteria
2012- Idan, T. Sponges and corals of the Mediterranean mesophotic reefs
2012 Naim, A. Analysis of steady state cell proliferation and shedding in a selection of Red Sea sponges. Wageningen University
2011 - 2014 Schwartz, I.
Bioactive compounds from the reef sponge Crella cyatophora
2010 - 2013 Shimon, O. Biotechnological applications of two Mediterranean sponge species
2010 - 2013 Yaniv, M.-T. Life cycle, abundance and distribution of the Mediterranean sponge Chondrosia reniformis
2008 - 2011 Albag, O. Ecological and Morphological characteristics of the sponge Suberites clavatus in the Northern Red Sea
2007 - 2009 Schechtman, Y. Characterization of the archaeal community inhabiting sponges of the family Axinellidae, and monitoring the effect of ammonia enrichment on the community in Axinella verrucosa
2007 - 2009 Sieradzki , E. Disease characterization in Negombata magnifica from the Red Sea
2006 - 2010 Tirosh, G.

Life history traits of sponges from the family Ircinidae in the east Mediterranean

2006 - 2009 Bergman, O. Marine based cultivation of sponges and isolation of their associated bacteria, as first steps towards the accumulation of marine natural products
2006 - 2009 Kochva, Z. Characterization of the bacterial community inhabiting sponges of the genus Amphimedon and locating bacterial symbionts which produce natural compounds
2003 - 2006 Gur A. Relationships between sponges and associated barnacle
2003 - 2006 Rot, H. The complete mitochondrial genom of the sponge Negombata magifica: new insight on the evolution of metazoan mitochondrial genomes
2002 - 2005 Ein-Gil, N. Isolation and structure elucidation of biologically active natural products from sponge associated fungi
2002 - 2004 Oren, M. Aspects of sponge culture for the production of bioactive material
2001 - 2004 Sokolover, N. Chemical ecology of sponges from the Israeli coast of the Mediterranean Sea
2001 - 2003 Cohen, N. The association between marine sponge and filamentous fungi
1999 - 2003 Mayzel, B. Antifouling defense mechanisms in the ascidian P. nigra
1998 - 2002 Daya, A. Ecology and genetics of Hawksbill turtles
1999 - 2001 Ayalon-Burns, E. Comparison of anti-predatory defense mechanisms of Red Sea and Caribbean sponges
1998 - 2000 Perzman-Shemer A. The sponge Cliona vastifica and its contribution to the bioerosion at the coral reef of Elat
1998 - 2000 Steindler, L. Energetic and photoadaptational aspects of the association between photosymbionts and marine sponges
1998 - 1999 Vardi, T. The dynamics of corals and algae as mediated by sea urchins in the Gulf of Eilat ( University of Pennsylvania )
1997 - 2001 Rogel, Y. Sea urchins effect on Red Sea coral reefs
1997 - 2000 Ifrach, I. Chemical defense of Red Sea sponges against predation
1994 - 1998 Blisko, R. Reproductive processes and establishment of cell culture from marine sponges Negombata spp.
1994 - 1997 Gillor, O. Localization of bioactive metabolites within the Red Sea sponges Negombata magnifica & Theonella swinhoei .
1994 - 1997 Hizi, N. Reproduction and settlement of the ahermatypic coral Cladopsammia gracilis and the gastropods associated with it

1993 - 1996

Dembo, M.G.

Ecophysiology and biology of Lake Kinneret sponges.

1992 - 1995

Contini, H.

Propagation methods for obtaining the compound latrunculin, and growth aspects of the sponge Latrunculia magnifica .

1992 - 1994

Meroz, E.

Life history strategy of the sponge Mycale fistulifera and its symbiotic relationship with the scyphozoan Nausithoe cf. punctata in the Gulf of Eilat .





Post-Doctoral fellows


Name of student

Title of research

2014 Sokolover N.

Taxonomy of Israel’s bryozoan fauna

2013 Singh, R.P. Antifouling compounds derived from marine sponges
2006 Sauleau, P Marine natural products with anti-cancer properties

1997 - 1999

Gugel, J.

New sources for biotechnological production of marine derived bioactive compounds


A. Zovko, K. Viktorsson, P. Hååg, D. Kovalerchick, K. Färnegårdh, A. Alimonti, M. Ilan, S. Carmeli, R. M. Lewensohn (2014) Marine sponge Cribrochalina vasculum compounds activate intrinsic apoptotic signaling and inhibit growth factor signaling cascades in non-small cell lung carcinoma. Molecular Cancer Therapeutics In Press DOI: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-14-0329

B. Mayzel, M. Haber, M. Ilan (2014) Chemical defense against fouling in the solitary ascidian Phallusia nigra. Biological Bulletin In Press

L. Koch, A. Lodin, I. Herold, M. Ilan, S. Carmeli, O. Yarden (2014) Sensitivity of Neurospora crassa to two marine-derived Aspergillus tubingensis anhydrides exhibiting antifungal activity that is mediated by the MAS1 protein. Marine Drugs 12:4713-4731 DOI: 10.3390/md12094713

B. Mayzel, J. Aizenberg, M. Ilan (2014) The elemental composition of Demospongiae from the Red Sea, Gulf of Aqaba. PLOS ONE 9:1-16 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095775

I. Fuchs, Y. Aluma, M. Ilan, Y. Mastai (2014) Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Biosilica to Cristobalite by Silicatein. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 118: 2104-2111 DOI: 10.1021/jp4114317

A. Lavy, R. Keren, M. Haber, I. Schwartz, M. Ilan (2014) Implementing sponge physiological and genomic information to enhance the diversity of its culturable associated bacteria. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 87: 486–502 DOI: 10.1111/1574-6941.12240

M. Haber, M. Ilan (2013) Diversity and antibacterial activity of bacteria cultured from Mediterranean Axinella spp. sponges. Journal of Applied Microbiology 116: 519-532 DOI: 10.1111/jam.12401

I. Panizel, O. Yarden, M. Ilan, S. Carmeli (2013) Eight new peptaibols from sponge-associated Trichoderma atroviride. Marine Drugs 11: 4937-4960 DOI: 10.3390/md11124937

M. Wysokowski, V.V. Bazhenov, M.V. Tsurkan, R. Galli, A.L. Stelling, H. Stöcker, S. Kaiser; E. Niederschlag, G. Gärtner, T. Behm; M. Ilan, A.Y. Petrenko, T. Jesionowski, H. Ehrlich (2013) Isolation and Identification of chitin in three-dimensional skeleton of Aplysina fistularis marine sponge. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 62: 94-100 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2013.08.039

H. Ehrlich, P. Simon, M. Motylenko, M. Wysokowski, V.V. Bazhenov, R. Galli, A.L. Stelling, D. Stawski, M. Ilan, et al. (2013) Extreme Biomimetics: Formation of zirconium Dioxide nanophase using chitinous scaffolds under hydrothermal conditions. Journal of Materials Chemistry B 1: 5092-5099 DOI: 10.1039/C3TB20676A

H. Ehrlich, O. Kaluzhnaya, E. Brunner, M. Tsurkan, A. Ereskovsky, M. Ilan, K. R. Tabachnick et al. (2013) Identification and first insights into the structure and biosynthesis of chitin from the freshwater sponge Spongilla lacustris (Linnaeus, 1759). Journal of Structural Biology 183: 474-483 DOI: 10.1016/j.jsb.2013.06.015

H. Ehrlich, O. V. Kaluzhnaya, M. Tsurkan, A. Ereskovsky, K. R. Tabachnick, M. Ilan, A. Stelling et al. (2013) First Report on Chitinous Holdfast in Sponges (Porifera). Proceedings of the Royal Society B Lond. 280: 20130339 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.0339

M. Haber, S. Shefer, A. Giordano, P. Orlando, A. Gambacorta, M. Ilan (2013) Fulvitalea axinellae gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Flammeovirgaceae isolated from the Mediterranean sponge Axinella verrucosa. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 63: 1678-1983 DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.044263-0

M. Haber, A. Gur, D. Blihoghe, M. Ilan (2013) Barnacle fouling in the Mediterranean sponges Axinella polypoides and A. verrucosa. Marine Ecology -An Evolutionary Perspective 34: 467–DOI: 10.1111/maec.12047


A. Szitenberg, L. E. Becking, S. Vargas, J. C. C. Fernandez, M. Ilan, M. Kelly, G. Wörheide, N. Santodomingo, D. Huchon (2013) Phylogeny of Tetillidae (Porifera, Demospongiae, Spirophorida) based on three molecular markers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 67:509-519 DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2013.02.018

M. Haber, S. Shefer, A. Giordano, P. Orlando, A. Gambacorta, M. Ilan (2012) Fulvitalea axinellae gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel member of the family Flammeovirgaceae isolated from the Mediterranean sponge Axinella verrucosa. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology in press DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.044263-0

M. Haber, S. Shefer, A. Giordano, P. Orlando, A. Gambacorta, M. Ilan (2013) Aureivirga marina gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel marine bacterium isolated from the Mediterranean sponge Axinella verrucosa. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 63: 1089–1095. DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.043257-0

M. Haber, S. Shefer, A. Giordano, P. Orlando, A. Gambacorta, M. Ilan (2013) Luteivirga sdotyamensis gen. nov., sp. nov., a novel bacterium of the phylum Bacteroidetes isolated from the Mediterranean sponge Axinella polypoides. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 63:939–945.DOI: 10.1099/ijs.0.043398-0

F. Belinky, I. Goldfarb, A. Szitenberg, T. Feldstein, G. Wörheide, M. Ilan, D. Huchon (2012) ALG11 - a New Variable DNA Marker for Sponge Phylogeny. Comparison of Phylogenetic Performances with the 18S rDNA and the COI gene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 63: 702–713. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2012.02.008

S. Schmitt, P. Tsai, J. Bell, J. Fromont, M. Ilan, N. Lindquist, T. Perez, A. Rodrigo, P. J. Schupp, J. Vacelet, N. Webster, U. Hentschel, M. W. Taylor (2012) Assessing the complex sponge microbiota: core, variable and species-specific bacterial communities in marine sponges. The ISME Journal 6: 564–576. DOI:10.1038/ismej.2011.116

E. Kapri-Pardes, A. Katz, H. Haviv, Y. Mahmoud, M. Ilan, I. Khalfin-Penigel, S. Carmeli, O. Yarden, S.J.D. Karlish (2011) Stabilization of the alfa2 isoform of Na,K-ATPase by mutations in a phospholipid binding pocket. Journal of Biological Chemistry 286: 42888–42899 DOI:10.1074/jbc.M111.293852

O. Bergman, B. Mayzel, M. A. Anderson, M. Shpigel, R. T. Hill, M. Ilan (2011) Examination of marine-based cultivation of three demosponges for acquiring bioactive marine natural products. Marine Drugs, 9: 2201-2219 DOI:10.3390/md9112201

E. Cohen, L. Koch, K. Myint Thu, Y. Rahamim, Y. Aluma, M. Ilan, O. Yarden, S. Carmeli. (2011) Novel terpenoids of the fungus Aspergillus insuetus isolated from the Mediterranean sponge Psammocinia sp. collected along the coast of Israel. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 19: 6587-6593. DOI:10.1016/j.bmc.2011.05.045

O. Bergman, M. Haber, B. Mayzel, M. A. Anderson, M. Shpigel, R. T. Hill, M. Ilan (2011) Marine Based Cultivation of Diacarnus Sponges and the Bacterial Community Composition of Wild and Maricultured Sponges and Their Larvae. Marine Biotechnology 13: 1169–1182. DOI:10.1007/s10126-011-9391-6

Y. Aluma, M. Ilan, D. Sherman (2011) Comments on a skeleton design paradigm for a demosponge.
Journal of Structural Biology 175: 415–424 DOI 10.1016/j.jsb.2011.05.006

M. Haber, M. Carbone , E. Mollo, M. Gavagnin, M. Ilan (2011) Chemical defence against predators and bacterial fouling in the Mediterranean sponges Axinella polypoides and A. verrucosa
Marine Ecology Progress Series 422: 113-122 DOI: 10.3354/meps08921

A. Szitenberg, C. Rot, M. Ilan, D. Huchon (2010) Diversity of sponge mitochondrial introns revealed by cox 1 sequences of Tetillidae BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 288 DOI: 10.1186/1471-2148-10-288

H. Ehrlich, E. Steck, M. Ilan, M. et al. (2010) Three dimensional chitin-based scaffolds from Verongida sponges (Demospongiae: Porifera). Part II. Biomimetic potential and applications. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 47: 141-145 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2010.05.009

H. Ehrlich, M. Ilan, M. Maldonado, G. et al. (2010) Three dimensional chitin-based scaffolds from Verongida sponges (Demospongiae: Porifera). Part I. Isolation and Identification of Chitin. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 47: 132-140 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2010.05.007

M. Haber, M. Carbone, M. Ilan, M. Gavagnin (2010) Structure of debromo-carteramine A, a novel bromopyrrole alkaloid from the Mediterranean sponge Axinella verrucosa. ARKIVOC 2010(ii): 233-239 ISSN 1551-7012

H. Ehrlich, P. Simon, W. Carrillo-Cabrera, V. Bazhenov, J. Botting, M. Ilan, et al., (2010) Insights into chemistry of biological materials: newly-discovered silica-aragonite-chitin biocomposites in demosponges. Chemistry of Materials 22: 1462-1471 DOI: 10.1021/cm9026607

Z. Paz, M. Komon-Zelazowska, I.S. Druzhinina, M.M. Aveskamp, A. Schnaiderman, Y. Aluma, S. Carmeli, M. Ilan, O. Yarden (2010) Diversity and potential antifungal properties of fungi associated with a Mediterranean sponge. Fungal Diversity, 2: 17–26 DOI: 10.1007/s13225-010-0020-x

E. Hadas, M. Shpigel, M. Ilan, (2009) Particulate organic matter as a food source for a coral reef sponge. Journal of Experimental Biology, 212: 3643-3650. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.027953

N. Ein-Gil, M. Ilan, S. Carmeli, G.W. Smith, J.R. Pawlik, O. Yarden (2009) Presence of Aspergillus sydowii, a pathogen of gorgonian sea-fans in the marine sponge Spongia obscura. ISME Journal 3: 752-755. DOI 10.1038/ismej.2009.18

E. Hadas, M. Ilan, M. Shpigel (2008) Oxygen consumption by a coral reef sponge. Journal of Experimental Biology, 211: 2185-2190. DOI 10.1242/jeb.02627

F. Belinky, C. Rot, M. Ilan, D Huchon (2008) The complete mitochondrial genome of the demosponge Negombata magnifica (Poescilosclerida). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 47: 1238-1243. 

DOI 10.1016/j.ympev.2007.12.004

N. Sokolover and M. Ilan (2007) Assessing anti-predatory chemical defences among ten East Mediterranean sponges. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom , 87: 1785-1790

L. Steindler, S. Schuster, M. Ilan, A. Avni, C. Cerrano, S. Beer (2007) Differential gene expression in a marine sponge in relation to its symbiotic state. Marine Biotechnology 9: 543-549

Y. Paran, , M. Ilan, Y. Kashman, S. Goldstein, Y. Liron, B. Geiger, Z. Kam (2007) High-throughput screening of cellular features using high-resolution light-microscopy; Application for profiling drug effects on cell adhesion. Journal of Structural Biology, 158: 233-243

N. Hizi-Degany, E. Meroz-Fine, S. Shefer, M. Ilan (2007) Tale of Two Colors - Cladopsammia gracilis (Dendrophylliidae) color morphs distinguished also by their genetics and ecology Marine Biology 151 (6). p.2195

A. Zundlevich, B. Lazar, M. Ilan (2007) Chemical versus mechanical bioerosion of coral reefs by boring sponges – Lessons from Pione cf. vastifica. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 91-96

J.R. Pawlik, L. Steindler, T.P. Henkel, S. Beer, M. Ilan (2007) Chemical warfare on coral reefs: Sponge metabolites differentially affect coral symbiosis in situ. Limnology & Oceanography, 52: 907-911

E. Hadas, D. Marie, M. Shpigel, M. Ilan (2006) Virus predation by sponges is a new nutrient-flow pathway in coral reef food webs Limnology & Oceanography, 51: 1548– 1550

C. Rot, I. Goldfarb, M. Ilan, D. Huchon (2006) Putative cross-kingdom horizontal gene transfer in sponge (Porifera) mitochondria. BMC & Evolutionary Biology, 6: 71-

E. Hadas , D. Marie, M. Shpigel, M. Ilan (2006) Virus predation by sponges is a new nutrient-flow pathway in coral reef food webs .Limnology & Oceanography – 51: 1548-1550.

S. Gesner, N. Cohen, M. Ilan, O. Yarden, S. Carmeli (2005) Pandagolide 1a, a new metabolite of the sponge associated fungus Cladosporium sp. and the absolute stereochemistry of Pandagolide 1 and iso-Cladospolide B . Journal of Natural Products 68: 1350-1353

M. Oren, L. Steindler, M. Ilan (2005) Transmission, plasticity and the molecular identification of cyanobacterial symbionts in the Red Sea sponge Diacarnus erythraenus . Maine Biology, 148: 35-41


L. Steindler, D. Huchon, A. Avni, M. Ilan (2005) 16S rRNA Phylogeny of Sponge-Associated Cyanobacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71: 4127-4131

E. Meroz-Fine, S. Shefer, M. Ilan (2005) Changes in morphology and physiology of an East Mediterranean sponge in different habitats. Marine Biology, 147: 243-25

E. Hadas, M. Shpigel, M. Ilan (2004) Sea ranching of the marine sponge Negombata magnifica (Demospongiae, Latrunculiidae) as a first step for latrunculin-B production. Aquaculture, 244: 159-169

M. Ilan, J. Gugel, R.W.M. van Soest (2004) Taxonomy, reproduction and ecology of both new and known Red Sea sponges. Sarsia – 89: 388-410

M. Ilan, D. Janussen, J. Gugel, B. Galil (2003) Small bathyal sponge species from East Mediterranean revealed by non-regular soft bottom sampling technique. Ophelia, 57: 145-160

E. Meroz-Fine, I. Brickner, Y. Loya, M. Ilan (2003) The hydrozoan coral Millepora dichotoma – speciation or phenotypic plasticity? Marine Biology 143: 1175–1183

V.C. Sundar, A.D. Yablon, J.L. Grazul, M. Ilan, J. Aizenberg (2003) Fibre-optical features of a glass sponge Nature, 424: 899-900

E. Burns, M. Ilan (2003) Comparison of anti-predatory defenses of Red Sea versus Caribbean sponges: II. Physical defense. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 252: 115-123

E. Burns, I. Ifrach, S. Carmeli, J.R. Pawlik, M. Ilan (2003) Comparison of anti-predatory defenses of Red Sea versus Caribbean sponges: I. Chemical defense. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 252: 105-114

L. Steindler, S. Beer, M. Ilan (2002) Photosymbiosis in intertidal and subtidal tropical sponges. Symbiosis 33: 263-273

E. Meroz, I. Brickner, Y. Loya, A. Peretzman-Shemer, M. Ilan (2002) The effect of gravity on coral morphology. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B, 269: 717-720

D. Kelman, Y. Kashman, E. Rosenberg, M. Ilan, I. Yifrach, Y. Loya (2001) Antimicrobial activity of the reef sponge Amphimedon viridis from the Red Sea: evidence for selective toxicity. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 24: 9-16

T. Evan, A. Rudi, M. Ilan, Y. Kashman (2001) Aplyzanzine A, a new dibromotyrosine derivative from a Verongida sponge. Journal of Natural Products 64: 226-227

L. Steindler, S. Beer, A. Peretzman-Shemer, C. Nyberg, M. Ilan (2001) Photoadaptation of zooxanthellae in the sponge Cliona vastifica from the Red Sea as measured in situ. Marine Biology 138: 511-515

O. Gillor, S. Carmeli, Y. Rahamim, Z. Fishelson, M. Ilan (2000) Immuno-localization of the toxin latrunculin B within the Red Sea sponge Negombata magnifica (Demospongiae; Latrunculiidae).Marine Biotechnology 2: 213-223

M. Ilan, Y. Loya, G.A. Kolbasov, I. Brickner (1999) Sponge inhabiting barnacles on coral reefs. Marine Biology 133: 709-716

M. Ilan, S. Beer (1999) A new technique for non-intrusive in situ measurements of symbiotic photosynthesis under water. Coral Reefs 18: 74

B. Rinkevich, R. Blisko, M. Ilan (1998) Further steps in the initiation of cell cultures from embryos and adult sponge colonies. In Vitro Cellular and Developmental Biology 34: 753-756

S. Beer, M. Ilan (1998) In situ measurements of photosynthetic irradiation responses of two Red Sea sponges growing under dim light conditions. Marine Biology 131: 613-617

S. Beer, M. Ilan, A. Eshel, A. Weil, I. Brickner (1998) Use of pulse amplitude modulator (PAM) fluorometry for in situ measurements of photosynthesis in two Red Sea faviid corals. Marine Biology 131: 607-612

J. Aizenberg, M. Ilan, S. Weiner, L. Addadi (1996) Intracrystalline macromolecules are involved in the morphogenesis of calcitic sponge spicules. Connective Tissue Res. 34-5: 17-23

R. Goobes, A. Rudi, Y. Kashman, M. Ilan, Y. Loya (1996) Three new glycolipids from a Red Sea sponge of the genus Erylus. Tetrahedron, 52: 7921-7928

M. Ilan, H. Contini, S. Carmeli, B. Rinkevich (1996) Sponge cell culture techniques - primary and secondary cultures. Journal of Marine Biotechnology 4: 145-149

L. Stone, E. Eilam, A. Abelson, M. Ilan (1996) Modeling coral reef biodiversity and habitat destruction. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 134: 299-302

M. Ilan, J. Aizenberg, O. Gilor (1996) Dynamics of spicule growth in a calcareous sponge. Proceedings of the Royal Society, London B, 263: 133-139

M. Ilan, M.G. Dembo, A. Gasith (1996) Gemmules of sponges from a warm lake. Freshwater Biology, 35: 165-172

M. Ilan, A. Abelson (1995) The life of a sponge in a sandy lagoon. Biological Bulletin, 189: 363-369

E. Meroz, M. Ilan (1995) Cohabitation of a coral reef sponge and a scyphozoan. Marine Biology, 124: 453-459

E. Meroz, M. Ilan (1995) Life history characteristics of a coral reef sponge. Marine Biology, 124: 443-451

U. Frank, I. Brickner, B. Rinkevich, Y. Loya, R. P. M. Bak, Y. Achituv, M. Ilan (1995) Allogeneic and xenogeneic interactions on reef-building corals may induce tissue growth without calcification. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 124: 181-188

M. Ilan (1995) Reproductive biology, taxonomy, and aspects of chemical ecology of Latrunculiidae (Porifera). Biological Bulletin, 188: 306-312

J. Aizenberg, J. Hanson, M. Ilan, L. Leiserowitz, T.F. Koetzle, L. Addadi, S. Weiner (1995) Morphogenesis of calcitic sponge spicules: a role for specialized proteins interacting with growing crystals. The FASEB Journal 9: 262-268

M. Ilan, N. Ben-Eliyahu, B. Galil (1994) Three deep water sponges from the Eastern Mediterranean and their associated fauna. Ophelia, 39: 45-54

M. Ilan, J. Vacelet  Kebira uteoides (Porifera, Calcarea), a recent "Pharetronid" sponge from coral reefs. Ophelia, 38: 107-116

M. Ilan, R. A. Jensen D. E. Morse (1993) Calcium control of metamorphosis in polychaete larvae. Journal of Experimental Zoology, 267: 423-430

D. Green, I. Goldberg, Z. Stein, M. Ilan, Y. Kashman (1992) Cyanthiwigin A-D, novel cytotoxic diterpens from the sponge Epipolasis reiswigi. Natural Products Letters, 1: 193-199

R. Talpir, R. Rudi, M. Ilan, Y. Kashman (1992) Niphatoxin A and B., two new ichtyo- and cyto-toxic tripyridine alkaloids from a marine sponge. Tetrahedron Letters, 33: 3033-3034

M. Ilan, Y. Loya (1990) Ontogenetic variation in sponge histocompatibility responses. Biological Bulletin, 179: 279-286

M. Ilan, Y. Loya (1990) Sexual reproduction and settlement of a coral reef sponge Chalinula sp. from the Red Sea. Marine Biology, 105: 25-31

A. A. Degen, B. Pinshow, M. Ilan (1990) Seasonal water flux and urine and plasma concentrations in free-living fat sand rats feeding solely on saltbush. Journal of Arid Environments, 18,: 59-66

M. Ilan, Y. Yom Tov (1990) Diel activity pattern of a diurnal desert rodent Psammomys obesus. Journal of Mammalogy, 71: 66-69

S. Carmeli, M. Ilan, Y. Kashman (1989) 2-amino imidazole alkaloids from the marine sponge Leucetta chagosensis. Tetrahedron, 45: 2193-2200



Head of the Department of Zoology Tel Aviv University
Editor in Chief of Israel Journal of Zoology
Editor of - Israel Journal of Ecology and Evolution

Head of Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Committee

Tel Aviv University


Head of Faculty of Life Sciences Graduate School

Tel Aviv University

Professional experience includes research expeditions and field work in the Bahamas, Zanzibar , northern and central Red Sea, Eritrea, and San Juan Island (Friday Harbor Laboratories WA).

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