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May 25, 2007
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY’s Research Foundation honors two for outstanding research and scholarship

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Joseph Domachowske, M.D., whose research may lead to new treatments of respiratory virus infections in infants, and Patricia Kane, Ph.D., who is at the forefront of the study of enzyme structure, function and regulation, have been named recipients of the Research and Scholarship Award by the Research Foundation of the State University of New York. The Research and Scholarship Award is the highest honor the Research Foundation can bestow on SUNY faculty for their outstanding scholarly and research contributions. Domachowske and Kane were among 29 SUNY faculty representing 19 campuses to receive the honors.

Domachowske, associate professor of pediatrics, is an expert clinician and a dedicated researcher. He has systematically evaluated virus-induced inflammation at the molecular level, and has become a leader in this research area. As a result of his studies, he created a patented antiviral agent. He is a co-investigator in the NIH/NICHD-funded Pediatric AIDS Clinical trials group. His recent research uses cutting-edge gene array technology with an innovative mouse infection model to identify inflammatory response genes related to pneumovirus infection in vivo. Building on these studies, his results may lead to novel therapies for the treatment of respiratory virus infections, particularly in infants. Domachowske has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Domachowske is managing editor of the infectious disease section of the Internet site Pediatric e-medicine and edits Clinical Microbiology Reviews. He was honored with the prestigious National Young Investigator Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America. In 2004, he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Research by a Young Investigator. Domachowske resides in Syracuse.

Kane professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has established her laboratory as one of the country’s best in biochemistry and cell biology, and she serves as an outstanding role model for student scientists. Her research on vacuolar-type ATPases has placed her at the forefront of unraveling the structure, function and regulation of this enzyme, which is key to the fundamental problem of controlling cellular pH gradients. Kane’s investigations are funded by two multi-year awards from the National Institute of Health. In addition to her productive investigations, Kane is known as an outstanding mentor for the development of graduate and postdoctoral students who rotate through her laboratory. She is encouraging, supportive and rigorous as she consistently guides her students to the next level of scientific endeavor. Kane was previously honored in 1995 with SUNY Upstate’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2004 with the SUNY Upstate’s President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research. Kane resides in Westvale.

Domachowske and Kane were officially recognized at a ceremony May 2 in Albany.

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