Short CV/Education and training


  • 1977 – 1979
    B.Sc. with Honors & Distinction in Plant Pathology, Cornell University

  • 1979 – 1984
    Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science

  • 1984 – 1986
    Post-doc in Genetics, Cornell University


  • 1986 – 1993
    Assistant Professor for Botany/Plant Biology, University of Minnesota

  • 1993 – 1999
    Associate Professor for Plant Biology/Genet&Cell Biology/Micro, University of Minnesota

  • 2000 – 2012
    Full Professor for Mol. Cell. Dev. Biol & Genetics, University of Minnesota

  • since 2000
    Adjunct Full Professor for Microbiology, University of Minnesota

  • since 2012
    Research Full Professor for Mol.Cell.Dev. Biol. & Genet., University of Minnesota

  • since 2012
    Full Professor for Mol.Micro& Biotechnol., Tel Aviv University

Selected publications

  • Kashem, S.W., Igyarto, B.Z., Gerami-Nejad, ., Kumamoto, Y., Jarrett, E., Drummond, R.A., Zurawski, S.M., Zurawski, G., Berman, J., Iwasaki, A., Brown, G.D., and D.H. Kaplan. 2015. Candida albicans morphology and DC subsets determine T-helper differentiation. Immunity, 42(2):356-66. doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2015.01.008.

  • Anderson, M.Z., Wigen, L.J., Burrack, L.S. and J. Berman 2015 Real-time evolution of a subtelomeric gene family, Genetics, 200: 907–919 doi: 10.1534/genetics.115.177451

  • Hickman, M.A., Paulson, C., Dudley, A. and J. Berman 2015 Parasexual ploidy reduction drives population heterogeneity through random and transient aneuploidy in C. albicans GENETICS Vol. 200, 781–794 doi: 10.1534/genetics.115.178020.

  • Gerstein, A., and J. Berman. 2015 Shift and adapt: the costs and benefits of karyotype variations. Curr. Opin. Microbiol. 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.mib.2015.06.010

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Genome dynamics of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans" funded by the Marie Curie European Union Fund, 2012-2016

  • "Replication initiation in Candida albicans" funded by the Israel Science Foundation, 2013-2018

  • "RAPLODAPT, Ploidy change as a rapid mechanism of adaptation" funded by an European Research Council Advanced Grant, 2014-2018

  • "Genome Integrity in Candida albicans" funded by the National Institutes of Health, 2010-2016

  • "Role of Candida albicans genome plasticity during host-pathogen interactions" funded by the National Institutes of Health, 2014-2017

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Australian Society for Microbiology Keynote, 2015

  • American Society for Microbiology, Division X Chair, Vice Chair, Counselor, Division X Lecturer, 2014-2017

  • Genetics Society of America, Elected to Board of Directors, 2012-2014

  • Inaugural Board of Editors G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics of the GSA, since 2010

  • Inaugural Board of Editors mBio® of the ASM, since 2011

  • Editorial Board, Eukaryotic cell, 2007-2015

  • Editor, Yeast; 2004-2009 Editor, Microbiology UK, 2006-2013

Recent Study section service

  • Permanent member NIH AOIC, Ad hoc: NIH Presidential Award panel; NIH Inovator awards; NIH ZRG Mol Mycology; BBSRC; Welcome Trust


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