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August 19, 2009
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Patricia Kane, Ph.D., to lead the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Patricia M. Kane, Ph.D., professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, has been named chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Upstate Medical University. Kane has served as interim chair since January.

The appointment was announced by Steven Scheinman, M.D., senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.

Kane has been a member of the SUNY Upstate faculty since 1992, when she was appointed assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. She was promoted to full professor in 2003.

Kane has served as vice chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biolology since 1998, and was acting chair of the department when her predecessor, Richard Cross, Ph.D., was on sabbatical in 2003-04. She has served in leadership roles within the College of Medicine, having chaired the college’s Research Advisory Committee for many years, and the search committee for a chair of the department of Cell and Developmental Biology in 2004.

Her research on the structure and function of the proton-ATPase and the control of cellular pH has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1994, attracting more than $5 million to the university. She has supervised a large number of postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate trainees, who are co-authors on the majority of her 54 peer-reviewed publications.

Kane has earned the acclaim of her peers, receiving such honors as the Award for Research and Scholarship from the Research Foundation of SUNY (2007), and SUNY Upstate’s President’s Awards for Excellence in Research (2004) and for Excellence in Teaching (1995). Before joining SUNY Upstate, she received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award.

Kane earned her undergraduate degree from St. Lawrence University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University.

Kane succeeds Richard L. Cross, Ph.D., who stepped down from the post in January 2009, and remains on the faculty.

Kane resides in Syracuse.

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