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SUNY Vice Presidents for Research
SUNY Vice Presidents for Research

SUNY Vice Presidents for Research

Vice Presidents for Research oversee all aspects of research on their campuses.  As a group, they collaborate on research projects and meet regularly to discuss research and innovation activities at their campuses to share information and best practices.

Doctoral Campuses

Mark Schmitt of Upstate Medical University

Mark E. Schmitt, PhD 
Upstate Medical University

Mark Schmitt, PhD, has served on the Upstate Medical University faculty for over 24 years teaching both medical and graduate study students. Mark earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in 1985 and a doctorate from Dartmouth College in 1991.

Mark joined the faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. He was named full professor in 2010 and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies in 2013. As of July of 2018, Mark has also served as Interim Vice-President for Research and Operations Manager for the Research Foundation.

Mark’s externally funded research has focused on the biogenesis and structure of a small non-coding RNA that is part of a ribonucleoprotein complex call RNase MRP. Biologically this work has looked at control of the cell cycle by ribonucleases, and mitochondrial RNA import. He has trained a number of Masters, PhD and postdoctoral students, along with undergraduates in his laboratory. He continues to teach both medical and graduate students.

Stewart Bloomfield

Stewart Bloomfield
SUNY College of Optometry

Dr. Bloomfield brings more than 30 years of experience in research and graduate education to the College and an outstanding record of internationally recognized research on retinal neurophysiology. The NIH (National Institutes of Health), through the NEI (National Eye Institute), has continuously funded his research on retinal amacrine cell function since 1988, as well as other grants from NIH and NSF (National Science Foundation).

James Dias

James Dias
University at Albany

James Dias serves as Vice President for Research. His academic affiliation is with the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the School of Public Health, where he served as Chair. His previous work experience includes being a member of the Department of Biochemistry in the Albany Medical College from 1981-1988; a research scientist with the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health; scientific director of the Wadsworth Center’s scientific core facilities; and service on national trade journals, study sections and external advisory panels.

Professor Dias received his B.S degree in biology from the Gonzaga University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in reproductive physiology, with the subspecialty of animal science, from Washington State University. He was the recipient of several NIH career development awards, including an individual National Research Service Award, a New Investigator Award and a Research Career Development Award (1985). He has published more than 100 research articles on the reproductive hormones which control high quality gametogenesis and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for 20 years.

Venu Govindaraju

Venu Govindaraju
University at Buffalo

Dr. Venu Govindaraju, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, is the founding director of the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors. He received his Bachelor's degree with honors from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 1986, and his Ph.D. from UB in 1992. His research focus is on machine learning and pattern recognition in the domains of Document Image Analysis and Biometrics.

Dr. Govindaraju has co-authored about 400 refereed scientific papers. His seminal work in handwriting recognition was at the core of the first handwritten address interpretation system used by the US Postal Service. He was also the prime technical lead responsible for technology transfer to the Postal Services in US, Australia, and UK. He has been a Principal or Co-Investigator of sponsored projects funded for about 65 million dollars. Dr. Govindaraju has supervised the dissertations of 30 doctoral students. He has served on the editorial boards of premier journals such as the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Biometrics Council Compendium.

Dr. Govindaraju is a Fellow of the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science), the IAPR (International Association of Pattern Recognition), and the SPIE (International Society of Optics and Photonics). He is recipient of the 2004 MIT Global Indus Technovator award and the 2010 IEEE Technical Achievement award.

F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, PhD of SUNY Polytechnic Institute

F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, PhD
SUNY Polytechnic Institute

F. Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik is the Vice President for Research Advancement and Graduate Studies at SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Professor of NanoEngineering. She is the author of well over a hundred peer reviewed publications, has co-edited multiple books and has one issued US patent. Her research has been continuously funded by a variety of funding agencies including NSF, DARPA, NRO, Army, NASA, DoE, ARPA-E, NY State and small and large corporations. Her research is centered on materials and device development based on wide bandgap semiconductors for applications in electronics, optoelectronics and sensors. Dr. Shahedipour-Sandvik was appointed the first “Presidential Fellow” with the Research Foundation for SUNY in 2013, SUNY “Provost Fellow” in 2012, and was awarded “NY Governor’s 2005 Woman of Excellence” for her professional accomplishment and contribution to the community. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Electronic Materials. She joined the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in 2002 after completion of a postdoctoral appointment at Northwestern University. She earned a PhD in Solid State Physics from University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.Sc. in Physics from Tehran University.

Chris Nomura 
SUNY ESF

Dr. Christopher T. Nomura is the VPR and a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), a member of the SUNY-ESF Center for Applied Microbiology, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and Chutian Visiting Lecturer at Hubei University in Wuhan, China.  He received his BA in Biology with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied immunology and physiology of elephant seals, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University for his research on cyanobacterial electron transport proteins.  From 2001 to 2006, he worked in the internationally recognized Natural Polymer Chemistry laboratory of Dr. Yoshiharu Doi at the RIKEN Institute in Japan.  Since 2006, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at SUNY-ESF.  Dr. Nomura has published and co-authored more than 50 original articles in refereed scientific journals, including 3 reviews, 7 book chapters, and 5 patent disclosures.  Dr. Nomura has a multi-disciplinary research group whose interests span the fields of metabolic engineering, protein engineering, microbial physiology, molecular microbiology, biochemistry, synthetic chemistry, and polymer chemistry.  He received the SUNY-ESF Exemplary Researcher Award in 2011 for his contributions to the field of biopolymer production and has received special recognition for his mentorship of student researchers.  Dr. Nomura’s research programs have been sponsored by DOE, USDA, NIH, NSF, and NYSERDA. 

Richard Reeder

Richard Reeder
Stony Brook University

Professor Reeder's research encompasses geochemistry and mineralogy, with focuses on environmental contamination, materials properties, and links to environmental health.  Major goals of this work are to understand geochemically and environmentally important reaction mechanisms, especially those involving metal species, interactions at mineral surfaces, and bioavailability. Reeder's group makes extensive use of synchrotron X-ray facilities at nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory and at Argonne National Laboratory for studying metal speciation in sediments, soils, and aquatic systems, as well as structural properties of biomaterials and transformations in minerals.

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