UB establishes Center for Microbiome Research
Friday, April 15, 2016
Source: University at Buffalo
BUFFALO, N.Y. —The University at Buffalo is establishing a new center to conduct research on the human microbiome, the collective microorganisms that live on and in the human body. The goal of research conducted at the center is to develop a base of knowledge about the human microbiome and its role in health and disease.
The multidisciplinary UB Center for Microbiome Research will be directed by Robert J. Genco, DDS, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Oral Biology in the School of Dental Medicine, who also has appointments in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB and the Department of Immunology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Effective May 1, Genco will leave his post as director of the Office of Science, Technology Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR) to head the center. “Bob is stepping down from STOR to pursue research, his first passion,” said Venu Govindaraju, PhD, vice president for research and economic development, “but those of us who have worked with him over the past 14 years that he has directed STOR know that guiding UB innovations toward commercialization has always been close to his heart as well. His robust understanding of the often unpredictable trajectory of scientific research has made him an outstanding advocate for our faculty innovators. Over the years, Bob has instilled in this university a dynamic climate in which faculty entrepreneurs are increasingly successful.”
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