Tomer Avidor Reiss USA
TomerAvidor-Reiss is an Associate Professor at the University of Toledo. His lab is studying how the subcellular organelles centriole, centrosome, and cilium are formed, function, and involved with diseases such as infertility. His lab discoveries include: a new type of centriole – the proximal centriole-like (PCL) in sperm cells; that sperm centriole must be modified to function in the zygote; that Asterless/Cep152 is essential for centriole duplication; that S-CAP complex of PCM proteins is essential for PCM formation; and that tubulin function as a switch protein in centrosome assembly. Tomer has a major interest in inspiring students at all levels to do research, and you are welcome to contact him with any questions you might have in the area. Before joining the University of Toledo, Tomer was at Harvard Medical School in Boston where he was an Assistant Professor and started studying the centrosome. Before that, he was in the University of California San Diego where he performed his Postdoc studies on how the cilium is formed. Before that, he was in Weizmann Institute of Science, in Rehovot, Israel, studying the mechanism of opiate addiction and obtained his Ph.D. Before that, he was at the Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, Israel. There he studied how cells released neurotransmitters to communicate with other cells and obtained his M.Sc. in biochemistry with distinction. There, he also got his B.Sc. All of us started our life as a single cell (the zygote) that was produced when the sperm fertilized the egg. This cell contained all the information to create an adult made of trillions of cells. Most of these adult cells must have two structures known as the centrioles, which are essential for building the cell’s antenna (the cilium) and skeleton (cytoskeleton) as well as for proper cell division. How the zygote got its first two centrioles is a mystery and is the focus of our research. Also, we study the role of the sperm centrioles in infertility.