Zilman, Anton

Assistant Professor

BASc (Tel-Aviv), MSc (Weizmann Institute of Science), PhD (Weizmann Institute of Science)

Main Appointments

  • Department of Physics

Additional Appointments

  • Department of Cell & Systems Biology
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office: McLennon Physical Laboratories (MP), 60 St George St, Room 503

+1 416 978-4946 (office)
zilmana@physics.utoronto.ca (email)
Zilman Lab (web)


Research Themes

Research Interests

Our research lies on the interface of physics, biology and bioengineering. Our group is primarily computational and works in close collaboration with experimental biologists, clinicians and bioengineers on a number of problems in cellular transport in signalling.

Our goal is gaining the quantitative understanding of these systems and processes that can be leveraged for creation of bio-inspired devices and improvement of clinical practices.

Specific current projects in the group include:

  • Transport through the Nuclear Pore Complex and biomimetic transport devices
  • Composite nanoparticle-polymer nanomaterials and biosensors
  • Receptor signalling in innate immune system pathways
  • Dynamics of the immune system
  • Analysis of single molecule fluorescence experiments

Select Publications

Tu LC, Fu G, Zilman A, Musser SM. Large cargo transport by nuclear pores: implications for the spatial organization of FG-nucleoporins. EMBO J. 2013 Dec 11;32(24):3220-30. Epub 2013 Nov 8. PubMed PMID: 24213245.

Opferman MG, Coalson RD, Jasnow D, Zilman A. Morphology of polymer brushes infiltrated by attractive nanoinclusions of various sizes. Langmuir. 2013 Jul 9;29(27):8584-91. Epub 2013 Jun 28. PubMed PMID: 23758614.

Opferman MG, Coalson RD, Jasnow D, Zilman A. Morphological control of grafted  polymer films via attraction to small nanoparticle inclusions. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 2012 Sep;86(3 Pt 1):031806. Epub 2012 Sep 26. PubMed PMID: 23030937.

Jovanovic-Talisman T, Zilman A. Nanobiotechnology: building a basic nanomachine. Nat Nanotechnol. 2011 Jul 6;6(7):397-8. PubMed PMID: 21731070.

Zilman A, Ganusov VV, Perelson AS. Stochastic models of lymphocyte proliferation and death. PLoS One. 2010 Sep 30;5(9). pii: e12775. Review. PubMed PMID: 20941358.

Zilman A, Di Talia S, Jovanovic-Talisman T, Chait BT, Rout MP, Magnasco MO. Enhancement of transport selectivity through nano-channels by non-specific competition. PLoS Comput Biol. 2010 Jun 10;6(6):e1000804. PubMed PMID: 20548778.

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