Prof. Tony Futerman received his BSc degree in biochemistry at the University of Bath, England (1981), and his PhD from the Weizmann Institute in 1986. From 1987-1990, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution in Baltimore, Maryland. In 1990, he joined the staff of the Weizmann Institute, where he is currently the Joseph Meyerhoff Professor of Biochemistry and has just completed his term as the the director of the Nella and Leon Benoziyo Center for Neurological Diseases.
One of his major research interests is the inherited metabolic disorder, Gaucher’s disease, which has recently been shown to have a genetic connection to Parkinson’s disease.
He was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biological Chemistry for 10 years, and chair of the 2006 Gordon Conference on Glycolipid and Sphingolipid Biology and of the 2011 Gordon Conference on Lysosomal Diseases. Among his ~200 publications, he has co-edited a book on Gaucher’s disease.