Prof. Ariel Kushmaro


B.Sc. Biology, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1990.

M.Sc. (Cum Laude) in Microbiology, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Tel Aviv University, 1992. ,Name of advisors: Prof. E. Rosenberg and Prof. E. Z. Ron, Title of thesis: Application of bacteria & fertilizer F-1 for treatment of petroleum contaminated beach sand on the Israeli Mediterranean coast.

Ph.D. (Cum Laude), Departments of Zoology and Microbiology, Tel Aviv University, Israel, 1999. Name of advisors: Prof. Y. Loya and Prof. E. Rosenberg Title of thesis: Interactions between corals and their associated bacteria.

Research Interests:

Biological treatment of industrial wastewater.

Microbial degradation of haloorganic compounds.

Biology of wastewater reservoirs.

Molecular microbial ecology.



Publications (last 5 years):    Google Scholar Citations

E. Arkhangelsky, E. Ben-Dov, A. Kushmaro and V. Gitis. 2008. Influence of pH and Ionic Strength on Transmission of Plasmid DNA through Ultrafiltration Membranes. Desalination, 227: 111–119.

D. Z. Ben-Yosef, E. Ben-Dov and A. Kushmaro˚. 2008. Amorphus coralli g. nov. s. nov. in the order ‘Rhizobiales’: a marine bacterium isolated from coral mucus. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 58:2704-2709.

E. Eltzov, D. Z. Ben-Yosef, A. Kushmaro˚ and R. Marks. 2008. Detection of sub-inhibitory concentration of antibiotics via luminescent sensing bacteria and prediction of their mode of action. Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical. 129 (2): 685-692.

M. Harel, E. Ben Dov, D. Rasoulouniriana, Z. Wiesman E. Kramarsky-Winter, Y. Loya, B. Zeev and A. Kushmaro˚. 2008. A new Thraustochytrid, strain Fng1, isolated from the surface-mucus of the hermatypic coral Fungia granulosa. FEMS Microbial Ecology 64 (3): 378-387.

N. Siboni, E. Ben-Dov, A. Sivan and A. Kushmaro˚. 2008. Global diversity and distribution of coral associated Archaea and their possible role in coral nitrogen cycle. Environmental Microbiology 10 (11): 2979-2990.

E. Ben-Dov, O. Shapiro R. Gruber A. Brenner and A. Kushmaro˚. 2008. Changes in microbial diversity in industrial wastewater evaporation ponds following artificial salination. FEMS Microbial Ecology 66(2): 437-46.

M. Shnit-Orland and A. Kushmaro˚. 2009. Coral mucus bacteria as a source for antibacterial activity. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 7-11 July 2008. Session number 8.

N. Siboni, E. Ben-Dov, A. Sivan, A. Kushmaro|˚. 2009. Coral-associated ammonium oxidizing Crenarchaeota and their role in the coral holobiont nitrogen cycle. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 7-11 July 2008, Session number 8-31.

E. Rosenberg, A. Kushmaro, E. Kramarsky-Winter, E. Banin and Y. Loya. 2009. The role of microorganisms in coral bleaching. ISME Journal 3:139-146.

C A. Downs, E. Kramarsky-Winter, J. Martinez, A. Kushmaro, C. M. Woodley, Y. Loya, G. K. Ostrander. 2009. Symbiophagy as a cellular mechanism for coral bleaching. Autophagy 5(2): 1-6.

M. Shnit-Orland and A. Kushmaro˚. 2009. Coral mucus associated bacteria as a possible first line of defense FEMS Microbial Ecology 67(3): 371-80.

O. Segev, W. Meusel, A. Brenner and A. Kushmaro˚. 2009. Aerobic Biodegradation of the Brominated Flame Retardants Dibromoneopentyl Glycol and Tribromoneopentyl Alcohol. Biodegradation, 20 (5): 621-627.

E. Ben-Dov, D. Z. Ben Yosef, and V. Pavlov and A. Kushmaro˚. 2009. Corynebacterium maris sp. nov. a marine bacterium isolated from the mucus of the coral Fungia granulosa International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 59: 2458 – 2463.

A. Lieber, A. Leis, A. Kushmaro, A. Minsky and O. Medalia. 2009. Chromatin organization and radio-resistance in the bacterium Gemmata obscuriglobus. J Bact. 191(5):1439-45.

E. Ben-Dov, A. Kushmaro˚ and A. Brenner 2009. Long-term surveillance of sulfate-reducing bacteria in highly saline industrial wastewater evaporation ponds Saline Systems. 2009; 5: 2.

O. Segev , A. Kushmaro˚ and A. Brenner. 2009. Environmental Impact of Flame Retardants (Persistence and Biodegradability). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 6:478-491.

E. Eltzov, D. Prilutsky, A. Kushmaro, R.S. Marks, C.D. Geddes. 2009. Metal-Enhanced Bioluminescence: A New Approach for Monitoring Biological Luminescent Processes. Applied Physics Letters 94 (published online).

E. Ben-dov, E. Kramarsky-winter, A. Kushmaro˚, 2009. An in situ method for cultivating microorganisms using a double encapsulation technique. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 68 (3): 363-371.

D. Rasoulouniriana, N. Siboni, E. Ben-Dov, E. Kramarsky-Winter, Y. Loya and A. Kushmaro˚. 2009. Pseudoscillatoria coralii gen. nov. sp. nov., a Cyanobacterium Associated with Coral Black Band Disease (BBD). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (DAO) 87: 91–96.

N. Siboni, S. Martinez, A. Abelson, A. Sivan, and A. Kushmaro˚. 2009. Conditioning film and initial biofilm formation on electrochemical CaCO3 deposition over metallic net in the marine environment. Biofouling 25 (7): 675 - 683.

L. Arotsker, N. Siboni, E. Ben-Dov, E. Kramarsky-Winter , Y. Loya and A. Kushmaro˚.2009. Vibrio sp. as a potential pathogen of Black Band Disease (BBD) in Red Sea corals. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 70: 515–524.

Segev O., Brenner A. and Kushmaro A|*. (2010). Brominated Flame-Retardants Environmental Impact, Persistence and Biodegradability. In: Flame Retardants: Functions, Properties and Safety (ISBN: 978-1-60741-501-5, Chapter 3). Editor: Merlani P.B. Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

M. Shnit-Orland, A. Sivan, and A. Kushmaro˚. 2010. Shewanella coralli sp. nov., a marine bacterium isolated from Red Sea corals. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (Published online doi:ijs.0.015768-0).

O. H. Shapiro, A. Kushmaro˚, A. Brenner. 2010. Bacteriophage Specific Predation, Regulates Microbial Abundance and Diversity in A Wastewater Treatment Bioreactor. ISME Journal 4, 327-336.

N. Siboni, D. Rasoulouniriana, E. Ben-Dov, E. Kramarsky-Winter, A. Sivan, Y. Loya, O. Hoegh-Guldberg and A. Kushmaro*. 2010. Stramenopile Microorganisms Associated with the Massive Coral Favia sp. J. Eukarot. Microbiol. 57(3): 236–244.

E. Ben-Dov, N. Siboni, O. H. Shapiro, L. Arotsker and A. Kushmaro*. 2010. Substitution by Inosine at the 3'-Ultimate and Penultimate Positions of 16S rRNA Gene Universal Primers. Microbial Ecology 61(1): 1-6.

L. Arotsker and A. Kushmaro˚. 2011, Vibriosis. Diseases of coral, by Downs C., Woodley C. Bruckner A. and Porter J.W. (eds), ISUP, John Wiley and Sons, Ames, IA ,USA

E. Roseneberg and A. Kushmaro. 2011. Microbial Diseases of Corals: Pathology and Ecology (p 451-464), in Coral Reefs: An Ecosystem in Transition, Springer (Ed. Dubensky and Stambler, ISBN 978-94-007-0113-7).

K. Golberg, E. Eltzov. M. Shnit- Orland, R. S. Marks* and A. Kushmaro. 2011. Characterization of Quorum Sensing Signals in Coral-Associated Bacteria. Microbial Ecology 61(4): 783-92. Impact factor = 3.25 (4/88, Marine & Freshwater Biology) Q1.

O. H. Shapiro*, A. Kushmaro. 2011. Bacteriophage ecology in environmental biotechnology processes. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 22(3): 449-55.

Eltis LD, Kushmaro A. 2011. Environmental biotechnology for sustainability: unleashing the might of the small. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 22(3): 386-7.

M. Krivorot, A. Kushmaro, Y. Oren and Jack Gilron*. 2011. Factors Affecting Biofilm Formation and Biofouling in Membrane Distillation of Seawater. Journal of Membrane Science 376 (1-2): 15-24.

E. Ben-Dov, O.H. Shapiro and A. Kushmaro*. 2012. "Next-base" effect on PCR amplification. Environmental Microbiology Reports, 4 (2): 183-188 (published online: doi: 10.1111/j.1758-2229.2011.00318.x).

O. Barneah, E. Ben Dov, Y. Benayahu, I. Brickner and A. Kushmaro*. 2012 Molecular diversity and specificity of acoel worms associated with corals in the Gulf of Eilat (Red Sea). Aquatic Biology 14 (3): 277-281.

N. Siboni, E. Ben-Dov, A. Sivan and A. Kushmaro*. 2012. Geographic specific coral-associated ammonia-oxidizing archaea in the northern Gulf of Eilat (Red Sea). Microbial Ecology 64:18–24. M. Shnit-Orland, A. Sivan and A. Kushmaro*. 2012. Antibacterial Activity of Pseudoalteromonas in the Coral Holobiont. Microbial Ecology (DOI 10.1007/s00248-012-0086-y).

N. Paramasivam, E. Ben-Dov, Luba Arotsker, E. Kramarsky-Winter, A. Zvuloni, Y. Loya and A. Kushmaro*. 2012. Bacterial Consortium of Millepora dichotoma Exhibiting Unusual Multifocal Lesion Event in the Gulf of Eilat, Red Sea. Microbial Ecology (DOI 10.1007/s00248-012-0097-8).

E. Eltzova, S. Pennybakerc, M. Shnit-Orlanda, R. S. Marks* and A. Kushmaro∗. 2012. Multi-resistance as a tool for detecting novel beta-lactam antibiotics in the environment. Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical B 174: 342– 348.

N. Paramasivam, E. Ben-Dov, Luba Arotsker and A. Kushmaro*. 2012. Eilatimonas milleporae gen. nov., sp. nov., a marine bacterium isolated from Millepora dichotoma, a hydrocoral of the Red Sea. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology (ijs.0.043976-0).

Yin, S.; Goldovsky, Y.; Herzberg, M.; Liu, L.; Sun, H.; Zhang, Y.; Meng, F.; Cao, X.; Sun, D. D.; Chen, H.; Kushmaro, A.; Chen, X.* 2013. "Functional Free-stansding Graphene Honeycomb Films" Adv. Funct. Mater. 2013, 23 (Article first published online: 17 JAN 2013 DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201203491).

O. Segev, O. Shapiro, A. Brenner and A. Kushmaro*. 2013. Application of a unique miniature MBR for screening the biodegradation of brominated flame-retardants. Desalin. Water Treat. (Accepted).