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A sad farewell to Professor Anton Zilman


The Department of Physics is deeply saddened to announce that Professor Anton Zilman passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2024. He had been unwell recently, but we had been hoping for a return to full health. His passing was unexpected and has happened far too soon.

Anton joined the Department of Physics as an Assistant Professor in 2011, followed by promotion to Associate Professor in 2017 and to Professor in 2023. He earned his PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2004 and held postdoctoral fellowships at Rockefeller University (2004-2006) and in the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (2007-2010) prior to coming to UofT.

Anton was a theoretical and computational biological physicist whose research spanned physics, biology, and biomedical engineering. He had collaborations with a wide network of local, national, and international colleagues, including experimentalists in biology, bio-engineering, nanoscience, and clinical science. He was widely known and highly respected for his work investigating the physical principles of biological transport and signaling processes on the molecular, cellular and population levels, and leveraging these principles for bioengineering and biomedical applications and method development.

Anton was a valued member of our Biological Physics research cluster and had an active and productive research group. He also taught many undergraduate and graduate students over the past 13 years, and was fully engaged in the life of our Department, as well as serving as UTFA Council Member for Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics since 2020. His sudden passing is a huge loss to our community and to his many friends and colleagues around the world. We extend our deepest sympathy to Anton's family. He will be greatly missed.