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Dr. Robert G. Van Buskirk

Dr. Robert G. Van Buskirk

Professor of Biological Sciences

BA, MAT, University of Vermont
PhD, Harvard University

Office: Science III - 142
Phone: 607-777-6746

Research Interests:

Cell Stress Pathways

Our research focuses on cell stress pathways (see website above for diagram). This central theme has been the core that drives both our basic and applied (translational) research. In the latter case we have developed new laboratory equipment and associated devices with large biotech companies so that real time cell stress physiology can be monitored. Our work with a variety of small start up biotech companies in the last 20 years has resulted in the development of a human engineered skin used primarily for cell stress toxicity testing and solutions used for shipping and storing human stem cells used in cell therapy applications. We also have an interest in developing new medical devices that capitalize on our cell stress research. On the basic research side we study how agents such as Vitamin D3 can be used to make cancer cryoablation more effective. Current work also focuses on cell stress pathways such as the UPR, MPTP, apoptosis, and AKT cascades. Our laboratory research is supported primarily by the National Institutes of Health while NYSTEM supports our new stem cell course initiatives.

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Last Updated: 2/23/15