Department News

Congratulations to Holly Colognato, 2023–2024 Chancellor’s Award Winner in Excellence in Faculty Service

This award was developed by faculty for faculty, and only those who have demonstrated a record of sustained, superior service to a wide range of diverse constituents receive this distinction.  Dr. Colognato's contributions to the profession, the campus, SUNY, and the broader community are reflected in her selection for this honor.  Receiving this nomination underscores the respect and esteem of Dr. Colognato's colleagues, students, and campus leadership for her professional accomplishments.

Congratulations to Dr. Ken-Ichi Takemaru, 2023–2024 Chancellor’s Award Winner for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities

This award was developed by faculty for faculty, and only those who have demonstrated a record of sustained scholarship in the sciences, humanities, and professional studies, or consistent creative productivity in the fine and performing arts receive this distinction.  Dr. Takemaru's contributions to developing new knowledge, enhancing the University's vibrancy, and fostering the intellectual and cultural growth of its students are reflected in his selection for this honor.  Receiving this nomination underscores the respect and esteem of Dr.

In Memoriam: Arthur P. Grollman

Dr. Arthur P. Grollman, Distinguished Professor of Pharmacological Sciences, Evelyn G. Glick Professor of Experimental Medicine, and Director of the Zickler Laboratory of Chemical Biology at Stony Brook University School of Medicine—In 1974, Arthur P. Grollman was appointed Chairman (founding) of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences. Under his leadership, Pharmacological Sciences consistently ranked among the top Departments of Pharmacology in the United States.

Francis Johnson Lecture Highlights ‘Undruggable’ Cancer Target

In 1982, researchers discovered the first family of cancer-causing genes, which included the Kirsten rat sarcoma virus (KRAS), a gene that provides instructions for making a protein called K-Ras that relays signals from outside the cell to the cell’s nucleus. The KRAS gene is estimated to be a factor in up to 30 percent of all human cancers, including lung, pancreatic and colorectal cancer. At the time, the protein was deemed “undruggable.”

2023 RSOM Faculty Awards - Congratulations to Jessica Seeliger, Markus Seeliger, and Getu Teressa (former Pharmacology PhD and MSTP student)

The Renaissance School of Medicine has selected the winners of the 2023 Faculty Awards. Every year, the RSOM recognizes faculty members who are nominated for their outstanding work in the areas of research, teaching, clinical service, mentoring and humanism—all of which are vital facets that encompass the mission of the School of Medicine.

We are delighted to announce this year's (2023) RSOM Faculty awards:

Congratulations to Yasharah Raza on receiving awards totaling $45,000

Congratulations to Yasharah Raza, a doctoral candidate in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology in the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences, on being awarded three prestigious fellowships and awards totaling $45,000 supporting her research on Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)! Raza was awarded a $25,000 Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).