Fred Sherman (scientist)

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Fred Sherman
BornMay 21, 1932
Minneapolis, Minnesota
DiedSeptember 16, 2013 (2013-09-17) (aged 81)
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
University of California, Berkeley
AwardsGeorge W. Beadle Award (2006)[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Rochester
ThesisA Study of the Effects of Elevated Temperature on the Growth and Inheritance of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (1959)
Doctoral advisorRobert K. Mortimer[2]

Fred Sherman (May 21, 1932 – September 16, 2013) was an American scientist who pioneered the use of the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model for studying the genetics and molecular biology of eukaryotic cells.[2][3][4] He also contributed extensively to the genetics of the opportunistic pathogen Candida albicans.[5]


In 1970 Sherman co-founded with Gerald Fink the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's course in yeast genetics and molecular biology, which for 16 years he co-taught.[6][7][8]

Awards and honours[edit]

Sherman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1985,[9] and was awarded the Genetics Society of America's George Wells Beadle Medal in 2006 for "distinguished service to the field of genetics and to the genetics community."[1][10]

See also[edit]

Candida albicans Saccharomyces cerevisiae


  1. ^ a b Hopper, A. (2005). "The 2006 George W. Beadle Medal". Genetics. 172 (2): 723–724. doi:10.1534/genetics.104.17223. PMC 1456237. PMID 16505215.
  2. ^ a b Liebman, S. W.; Haber, J. E. (2013). "Fred Sherman (1932-2013)". Science. 342 (6162): 1059. doi:10.1126/science.1248055. PMID 24288325. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Fink, G. R. (2014). "In Memoriam Fred Sherman--The First Yeast Molecular Biologist". Genetics. 196 (1): 363–364. doi:10.1534/genetics.113.160184. PMC 3872197.
  4. ^ Kresge, N.; Simoni, R. D.; Hill, R. L. (2010). "Isolation and Characterization of Cytochrome c Mutants: The Work of Fred Sherman". Journal of Biological Chemistry. 285 (36): e11. doi:10.1074/jbc.O110.000234. PMC 2938036.
  5. ^ Sherman, Fred. "Tribute to Fred Sherman, a pioneer in genetics" (PDF).
  6. ^ Sherwood, Peter W. (April 1, 2001). "The Yeast Genetics Course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Thirty Years and Counting". Retrieved November 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Laboratory Course Manual for Methods in Yeast Genetics – Fred Sherman, Gerald R. Fink, James B. Hicks – Google Boeken. 1986. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
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  9. ^ "Fred Sherman". August 28, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2013.
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