Elena Ivanitskaya

Research Interests

Mammalian chromosome evolution.

Focus: Chromosome evolution and reconstruction of the phylogenetic relationships in mole rats (Spalacidae, Rodenria) using chromosome banding and FISH techniques.


  • Comparative molecular cytogenetic analysis of Turkish and Israeli mole rats (Spalax leucodon and S. ehrenbergi superspecies).
  • Cytogenetic monitoring of hybrid zones between different Spalax cytotypes in Israel and Turkey.
  • Comparative analysis of human and Spalax genomes by painting method in the collaboration with Laboratory of Human and Animal Cytogenetics (Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Novosibirsk, Russia).

Selected Publications

Nevo E., Ivanitskaya E.,and Beiles A. 2001. Adaptive Radiation of Blind Subterranean Mole Rats. 102 pp. Backhuys Publishersw, Leiden.

Sokolov V.E., Ivanitskaya E., Gruzdev V.V., and Geptner V.G. 2009. Lagomorphs. Mammals of Russia and Adjacent Regions: 400 pp. Amerind Publishing Co. Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi.

Ivanitskaya E.Yu. 1992. Cladistical approach in interpretation of cytogenetical data: karyotypic analysis of the shrews (Sorex: Insectivora). Archives of the Zoological Museum of the Moscow State University, 29: 201-222 (in Russian with English summary).

Ivanitskaya E.Yu. 1994. Comparative cytogenetics and systematics of Sorex : A cladistical approach. In: Advances in the Biology of Shrews. Eds.: J.F. Merritt, G.L. Kirkland, and R.K. Rose. Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Special publication. 18: 313-323.

Ivanitskaya E., Shenbrot G., and E.Nevo. 1996. Crocidura ramona, sp.n. (Insectivora, Soricidae) a new species of shrew from the central Negev desert, Israel. Zietshrift fur Saugetierkunde. 61: 93-103.

Ivanitskaya E., Gorlov I., Gorlova O., and Nevo E. 1996. Chromosome markers for Mus macedonicus (Rodentia, Muridae) from Israel. Hereditas. 124: 145-150. 

Krasnov B., Shenbrot G., Khokhlova I., and Ivanitskaya E. 1996. Spatial patterns of rodent community in the Ramon Erosion Cirque, Negev Highlands, Israel. Journal of Arid Environments. 32: 319-327. 

Ivanitskaya E., Coskun Y., and Nevo E. 1997. Banded karyotypes of mole rats (Spalax, Spalacidae, Rodentia) from Turkey: a comparative analysis. Journal Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 35: 171-177. 

Ivanitskaya E., and Nevo E. 1998. Cytogenetics of mole rats of the Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies from Jordan (Spalacidae, Rodentia). Zietshrift fur Saugetierkunde. 63: 336-346.

Nevo E., Filippucci G.M., Pavlicek T., Gorlova O., Shenbrot G., Ivanitskaya E., and Beiles A. 1998. Genotypic and phenotypic divergence of rodents (Acomys cahirinus and Apodemus mystacinus) at "Evolution Canyon": Micro- and macroscale parallelism. Acta Theriologica. 5: 9-34.

Nevo E., Ivanitskaya E., Filippucci M.G., and Beiles A. 2000. Speciation and adaptive radiation of subterranean mole rats, Spalax ehrenbergi superspecies, in Jordan. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 69: 263-281. 

Lissovsky A.A., Baranova G.I., and Ivanitskaya E. 2003. Definition of the type material of several nominal taxa of pikas. Russian J. Theriol. 2: 125-128. 

Shams E., Avivi A., Nevo E., and Ivanitskaya E. 2005. Assignment of erythropoietin (EPO) to blind subterranean mole rat chromosome 1q by in situ hybridization. Cytogenet Genome Res. 108: 362. 

Ivanitskaya E., Belyayev A., and Nevo E. 2005. Heterochromatin differentiation shows the pathways of karyotypic evolution in Israeli mole rats (Spalax, Spalacidae, Rodentia). Cytogenet Genome Res111: 159-165. 

Ivanitskaya E., Sözen M., Rashkovetsky L., Matur F., and Nevo E. 2008. Discrimination of 2n = 60 Spalax leucodon cytotypes (Spalacidae, Rodentia) in Turkey by means of classical and molecular cytogenetic techniques. Cytogenet Genome Res. 122: 139-149.