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March 3, 2006
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Cross to chair Microbiology and Immunology

Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine, has announced the following appointment:

Richard Cross, Ph.D., has been named chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. The appointment was announced by Steven J. Scheinman, M.D., executive vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.

In his new post, Cross will oversee one of the college’s key departments where faculty are engaged in research projects aimed at advancing our understanding of molecular mechanisms of viral diseases and their treatment and how immune systems cause and prevent disease pathogensis. Cross will continue to serve as chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, a post he has held since 1982.

“I am thrilled that Dr. Cross is willing to take on the responsibility of leadership of this important department,” said Scheinman. “Dr. Cross is the longest-serving chair at Upstate and has built a stellar department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His exemplary skills in faculty development, his stature as a groundbreaking scientist, and his administrative talent will serve the department of Microbiology and Immunology well at this critical point in its history.”

Cross, who joined the SUNY Upstate faculty in 1973, is internationally known researcher in the field of cellular bioenergetics and has received continuous funding for his work from the National Institutes of Health since the mid-1970s. In 2002, Cross was honored by the State University of New York as one of New York’s most important and innovative scientists. Cross received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

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