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Miray Tonk



Telefon: +49 641 99-39526

E-Mail: miray.tonk@ime.fraunhofer.de

Raum: 2.42

Gebäude: TIG


Since 10/2014 Postdoc at the Fraunhofer IME Bioresources Project Group, Giessen, Germany
06/2014–07/2014 Postdoc am Institut für Parasitologie, Biologisches Zentrum der Akademie der Wissenschaften der Tschechischen Republik in Budweis
04/2012–06/2014 Ph.D. program/ Marie Curie Fellowat the Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences, České Budějovice, Czech Republic
04/2007–08/2010 Wellcome Trust Research Project/ Wellcome Trust Fellow
The University of Edinburgh, The Roslin Institute, The Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Studies, Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh.
In collaboration with The University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
2000–2005 Dr. vet. med. MSc. Veterinary Medicine, the University of Adnan Menderes, Aydin, Turkey

Fellowships and Awards

  • ANTIGONE, ANTIcipating the Global Onset of Novel Epidemics, FP7
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, (POSTICK-Post-graduate training network for capacity building to control ticks and tick-borne diseases; FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008; Marie Curie Actions-Networks for Initial Training (ITN; Project Number: 238511)
  • Grant Agency of the Czech Republic Fellowship (GACR P302/11/1901)
  • Wellcome Trust Fellowship
  • Honorary Degree by the University of Adnan Menderes


Kalsy M, Tonk M, Hardt M, et al. (2020) The insect antimicrobial peptide cecropin A disrupts uropathogenic Escherichia coli biofilms. npj Biofilms Microbiomes, 6 ((6)) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41522-020-0116-3
Tonk M, Vilcinskas A, Grevelding CG, Haeberlein S (2020) Anthelminthic Activity of Assassin Bug Venomagainst the Blood FlukeSchistosoma mansoni. antibiotics, 9 (10) , 664.
Tonk M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Bleackley MR, Valdés JJ, Barrero RA, Hernández-Jarguín A, Moutailler S, Vilcinskas A, Richard-Forget F, Anderson MA, Rodriguez-Valle M (2019) Antibacterial and antifungal activity of defensins from the Australian paralysis tick, Ixodes holocyclus. Ticks Tick Borne Dis., 10 (6) , 101269.
Tonk M, Pierrot C, Cabezas-Cruz A, Rahnamaeian M, Khalife J, Vilcinskas A (2019) The Drosophila melanogaster antimicrobial peptides Mtk-1 and Mtk-2 are active against the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum Parasitology Research, , 1-6.
Tonk M, Couto J, Ferrolho J, Antunes S, Vilcinskas A, de la Fuente J, Domingos A, Cabezas-Cruz A (2018, Epub ahead of print) Antiplasmodial activity of tick defensins in a mouse model of malaria Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases,
Luna-Ramirez K, Tonk M, Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A (2017) Bioactivity of Natural and Engineered Antimicrobial Peptides from Venom of the Scorpions Urodacus yaschenkoi and U. manicatus. Toxins, 9 (1) , 22.
Tonk M, Vilcinskas A (2017) The Medical Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides from Insects. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, 17 (5) , 554-575.
Cabezas-Cruz A, Tonk M, Bouchut A, Pierrot C, Pierce RJ, Kotsyfakis M, Rahnamaeian M, Vilcinskas A, Khalife J, Valdés JJ (2016) Antiplasmodial Activity Is an Ancient and Conserved Feature of Tick Defensins. Frontiers in Microbiology, , 1-12.
Moghaddam MR, Tonk M, Schreiber C, Salzig D, Czermak P, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2016) The potential of the Galleria mellonella innate immune system is maximized by the co–presentation of diverse antimicrobial peptides. Biological Chemistry, epub ahead of print
Tonk M, Vilcinskas A (2016) The Medical Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides from Insects. Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry, 16 , epub ahead of print.
Tonk M, Vilcinskas A, Rahnamaeian M (2016) Insect antimicrobial peptides: potential tools for the prevention of skin cancer. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100 (17) , 7397-7405.
Tonk M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Rego ROM, Grubhoffer L, Estrada-Peña A, Vilcinskas A, Kotsyfakis M, Rahnamaeian M (2015) Ixodes ricinus defensins attack distantly-related pathogens. Developmental and Comparative Immunology, 53 (2) , 358–365.
Tonk M, Knorr E, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Kollewe C, Vilcinskas A (2015) Tribolium castaneum defensins are primarily active against Gram-positive bacteria. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 132 , 208–215.
Tonk M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Rego R, Chrudimská T, Strnad M., Šíma R, Bell-Sakyi L, Franta Z, Vilcinskas A, Grubhoffer L, Rahnamaeian M (2014) Defensins from the tick Ixodes scapularis are effective against phytopathogenic fungi and the human bacterial pathogen Listeria grayi Parasites & Vectors, 7:554 , 1–8.
Tonk M, Cabezas-Cruz A, Valdés JJ, Rego ROM, Rudenko N, Golovchenko M, Bell-Sakyi L, de la Fuente J, Grubhoffer L (2014) Identification and partial characterisation of new members of the Ixodes ricinus defensin family. Gene, 540 (2) , 146–152.
Cabezas-Cruz A, Passos LMF, Lis K, Kenneil R, Valdés JJ, Ferrolho J, Tonk M, Pohl AE, Grubhoffer L, Zweygarth E, Shkap V, Ribeiro MFB, Estrada-Peña A, Kocan KM, de la Fuente J (2013) Functional and immunological relevance of Anaplasma marginale major surface protein 1a sequence and structural analysis. PLoS ONE, 8 (6) , 1–13.