Shermel Sherman, MS, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

B.A. University of Maryland, College Park
Ph.D. University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences

I earned my M.S in Orthopedic Sciences and Bone Biology and my Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences. My Master’s thesis research investigated the sexual dimorphism of bone marrow adipose tissue. With Dr. Jennifer W. Hill, I recently completed my dissertation research to uncover the physiological and behavioral functions of the understudied spexin/neuropeptide Q. I found that this peptide acts as an important neuromodulator in both thermogenesis and stereotypic behaviors, such as nest building.  I will be starting as a postdoctoral fellow and UCSF IRACDA Scholar in the Ingraham Lab and am excited to investigate how estrogen-receptor neurocircuits control female reproduction and physical activity. 

2007 Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics & Science Scholarship

2007 Ministry Alliance Episcopalian Student Scholarship

2010  Campus Recreation Services Outstanding Service Award, University of Maryland, College Park

2016-2020  Northern Ohio Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate Scholarship, NSF

2019  NOA-AGEP Annual Research Symposium Outstanding Poster Award, Case Western Reserve University Research ShowCASE

2019  Frontiers in Reproduction: Molecular and Cellular Concepts and Applications Scholarship Fund, NICHD

2019  Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Travel Award, Bloomington, Indiana