Amro Hamdoun is a professor of biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UC San Diego. His interests are in the fields of developmental biology and environmental toxicology. His current research focuses on the defense and survival mechanisms of embryos and the biology of the accumulation and elimination of chemicals in marine animal cells.
In an effort to learn more about the biology of protective mechanisms in cells and embryos, Hamdoun primarily studies sea urchins, animals that produce millions of eggs that can be easily manipulated in the laboratory. Sea urchin embryos have large cells that can be used to characterize the biochemical changes and intracellular movements of proteins that protect cells from environmental chemicals. Hamdoun and his laboratory are applying advanced light microscopy technologies to understand how fine-scale changes in location of intracellular proteins during embryonic development can alter embryo physiology and susceptibility or resistance of the embryo to environmental chemicals. These studies are providing basic insights into the mechanisms of regulation of cellular defenses and predictive insights into how chemicals move from the environment into marine animal cells. Many of these studies underscore the close relationship between the oceans and human health.
Hamdoun was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Research Service Award postdoctoral fellow at Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and is currently an NIH Career Development Award Recipient. He received his Ph.D. in physiology from the University of California at Davis.
Last updated July 2009