Prof. Michal Neeman, Department of Biological Regulation
Vice President, Weizmann Institute of Science
Prof. Neeman’s research centers on elucidating the mechanisms that regulate angiogenesis, using magnetic resonance and optical imaging.
She is particularly interested in ovarian cancer and has demonstrated that the hormonal changes that accompany menopause indirectly promote the growth of dormant tumors and the spread of ovarian cancer by inducing the growth of blood vessels that nourish the tumors.
She recently pioneered a method for tracking blood and lymphatic vessels. The method is helping scientists better understand how to suppress vessel growth and prolong tumor dormancy, thereby increasing survival in individuals with ovarian cancer.
It also holds promise for addressing fertility problems of cancer survivors by improving the growth of blood vessels in ovarian grafts.