P. Sloan Foundation Names Scripps
Scientist as Research Fellow
Martin Tresguerres selected as early
career scientist of ‘outstanding promise’
Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California, San Diego
Martín Tresguerres, an assistant professor of marine biology
at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, has been selected as a
2013 Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Sloan Research Fellowships “seek to stimulate fundamental
research by early career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise.” The
two-year research fellowships “are awarded yearly to 126 researchers in
recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make
substantial contributions to their field.”
A native of Argentina, Tresguerres joined Scripps in 2011
and conducts research on a wide range of organisms, from sharks to corals to
one-celled microalgae called diatoms. His interests include the evolutionary
relationships between basic cellular functions and complex “whole organism”
His studies utilize biochemical, molecular and cell biology,
and physiological techniques to elucidate how marine organisms sense and adjust
to acid/base disturbances arising from environmental and metabolic stress. Recently,
he has been focusing on how these mechanisms may trigger physiological
responses to ocean acidification. Other areas of his interest include
aquaculture, biofuels, drug discovery, and evolution.Tresguerres received bachelor’s and master’s degrees specializing
in aquatic biology at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He received
a Ph.D. in physiology and cell biology at the University of Alberta (Canada),
and completed his postdoctoral training in molecular chemosensors and signal
transduction at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.
His research has also included marine invertebrate ecology,
marine mammal taxonomy, aquatic physiology, and fisheries.
The Sloan Foundation also named two Scripps alumni as research fellow recipients: Greg Dick (2006), now at the University of Michigan, and Loren McClenachan (2009), currently at Colby College.
-- Mario C. Aguilera
February 14, 2013