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Micha Ilan

Faculty of Zoology
Tel Aviv University

Micha Ilan


Micha Ilan, Researcher, Department of Zoology, Tel Aviv University

Research Interest

Micha Ilan focuses on two main areas: phylum Porifera (sponges) and its symbiosis especially with associated microorganisms (bacteria, Archaea & fungi) and macroorganisms (algae, invertebrates, fish & turtles). He studies sponge-derived natural products via marine biotechnology and chemical ecology, evaluating the potential of metabolites for pharmaceutical purposes, antifouling paints, etc. He also studies  material sciences, especially biomineralization,  their ecological/physiological  function, and possible production of biomimetic materials. His multidisciplinary studies cover ecology, chemistry, microbiology, biochemistry, and molecular biology, from the population, physiological and cellular, to the molecular and chemical levels. 


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

  • 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

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