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Dr.  Robert  S. Greene

Dr. Robert S. Greene

Professor and Chair of Biology



Dr. Greene was appointed to the faculty as a professor of Biology in 1981. He currently holds the position of department chair (1997-present). He received his Ph.D. in Physiology from SUNY at Buffalo (1982), his M.S. in Biology from Niagara University (1977) and his B.S. in Biology from Niagara University (1975). He currently teaches Intro to Oncology and Cell Physiology as well as many special topics courses.

Current Research Interests and Projects

For the past five years, Dr. Greene's research scholarship has been driven by the start-up and establishment of operations for the Academic Center for Integrated Sciences (ACIS's). Starting in August of 2004 with the official NYSTAR Gen*NY*sis Grant award released, and finishing in Spring of 2007 with the final expenditure for startup, the $5 million center became fully operational in the summer of 2007.

Supported by two major external grants from NSF for computing and The Cummings Foundation for the development of proteomics research, and other grants totaling $341,000, ACIS's has significantly advanced student and faculty interdisciplinary research within Niagara. This work has also advanced into the Western New York research and biomedical communities. Our research partnerships with the NY State Center of Excellence at UB, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Hauptman Woodward Research Institute, the Heart Center of Niagara, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and Positron Corporation are strong evidence of the success ACIS's has demonstrated in this community.

Perhaps the strongest example of the scholarly endeavors of ACIS's is the development of (a new research area for Dr. Greene) and the study of coronary artery disease (CAD). Niagara County has the dubious distinction of having the highest incidence of CAD in the nation. In collaboration with Dr. Mike Merhige of the Heart Center and driven by the research efforts of Dr. Deborah Leonard and a cadre of students, Dr. Greene has begun to unravel some of the genetic components of CAD and he and his colleagues are very optimistic that this type of collaborative integrated research will spread into the areas of metabolomics and proteomics.

The interdisciplinary research projects that are successfully ongoing now involve multiple biology, chemistry and psychology faculty and students and, in the future, will expand to include computer science and nursing components. Dr. Greene and his colleagues have begun to publish results in abstracts, proceedings at major professional society meetings and have several manuscripts in preparation. He also maintains collaborations with colleagues at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y., and has an active faculty position there in the Natural Sciences.

His work continues on photodynamic drugs like porphyrins and their induction of apoptosis in cancer cells by photoactivation, the mechanisms of regulation for gene expression and the design and testing of more efficacious photoactive agents for cancer therapies.

Educational Background

A. Professional Preparation Ph.D. - 1982, Physiology, SUNY at Buffalo M.S. - 1977,

Biology, Niagara University B.S. - 1975,

Biology, Niagara University

Current Involvement

Dr. Greene is currently engaged in 13 substantive committees and activities and has completed service on three others. Highlights of current work include chair of Biology, academic director of ACISs, Strategic Planning, Pre-Med, Promotion and Tenure, Middle State co-chair on Faculty, EPA Compliance and the Shepherd for NU's planned new science building.

This, of course, is not to diminish the importance of Dr. Greene's other active committees or activities (including printer use committee!) but is rather to demonstrate a depth and breadth of service that has truly been rewarding and hopefully has made a substantive and coordinated, coherent contribution to the operation and planning of university, department, faculty and student business. This ability to participate in these committees and activities has provided Dr. Greene a unique opportunity for new understandings across disciplines.

Both academic and administrative service has allowed integration of this knowledge so as to be able to better synthesize plans, solve problems and create opportunities for sustaining and advancing university, department, faculty and student goals and objectives. It has also been no small task during the past five years to manage budgets, including the start-up and operation of ACISs, totaling approximately $7.8 million dollars. Thus, the opportunity to integrate many services at many levels has generated synergized combined and coordinated outcomes that advance the mission, goals and objectives of the university, our faculty and staff, our community, but, most importantly, our students.