The award includes an $18,000 stipend to support her research on crustacean molecular endocrinology.
Professor of Biology Sherry Tamone was awarded a Fulbright Research Award through the United States-Israel Educational Foundation (USIEF) to study at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel February 1-May 31, 2015. The award includes an $18,000 stipend to support her research on crustacean molecular endocrinology. Tamone will be working with Dr. Amir Sagi and his post docs and graduate students to isolate a gene from Tanner crab androgenic gland that regulates sexual differentiation. This gene is important for male development and should play a role in establishing the terminal molt of Tanner and snow crabs. Dr. Sagi is the leading expert on the hormonal regulation of development and sex determination and has won multiple prestigious awards for his research. Tamone will bring her analytical skills to Dr. Sagi’s lab and work towards developing a functional assay for the androgenic gland hormone. Tamone will reside in Beersheva during her study and commute by bicycle each day to the medical school. As part of this Fulbright Award, she will explore the culture and historical landmarks in and near Israel including Petra (Jordon), Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. Her hosts are very excited to take her SCUBA diving in the Red Sea during her stay.