Prof. Judith Berman received her bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a direct-PhD degree from the Department of Biochemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
She then spent two years on a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Genetics at Cornell University. Prof. Berman joined the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota in 1986 and rose through the ranks as an Assistant, Associate, Full Professor, and Distinguished McKnight University Professor. In 2012, she moved to Tel Aviv University, where she holds the Nathan Galston Chair in Antimicrobial Drug Research.
Prof. Berman studies the basic biology of pathogenic fungi with a focus on how they become tolerant and/or resistant to antifungal drugs. This includes a major study of large sets of strains across the Candida albicans species at the genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic levels in a major collaboration with the Ralser Lab in Germany. They also study dynamic chromosome changes such as aneuploidy and loss of heterozygosity as well as chromosome components including centromeres, telomeres and origins of replication.
Personal Website: https://www.jbermanlab.com/