Bianca Fuhrman, Adjunct Associate Professor in Biochemistry, obtained her D.Sc. (Doctor of Sciences) degree in Medical Sciences, at the Technion Faculty of Medicine, Haifa, Israel. Since then, Dr. Fuhrman was appointed as a senior scientist in the Lipid Research Laboratory, Rambam Medical Center, Haifa, Israel, which is affiliated with the Technion Faculty of Medicine and the Rappaport Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences. Dr. Fuhrman is teaching elective courses on lipids, lipoproteins, antioxidants and atherosclerosis to medical students, and supervises graduate students (for MSc and DSc / PhD degrees), as well as physicians in basic and clinical research, and she obtained three successive times the Technion Outstanding Lecturer award. Dr. Fuhrman's research focuses on the mechanism responsible for foam cell formation and atherosclerosis, and the atherogenic roles of the urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) and it receptor (uPAR). The hypothesis of LDL oxidation as a major risk factor for atherosclerosis development raised an extensive investigation on the role of antioxidants, including paraoxonases, against LDL oxidation as a preventive treatment of atherosclerosis. The contribution of Dr. Fuhrman to the understanding of the mechanisms involved in the beneficial effects of nutritional antioxidants and of paraoxonases is reflected in many published articles. Dr. Fuhrman was awarded the Israel Society for Clinical Biochemistry Annual Award for Scientific Achievements.
Biography Updated on 11 July 2011