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June 21, 2013
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Mark Schmitt, PhD, named dean of the College of Graduate Studies

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Mark Schmitt, PhD, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology who has served on the Upstate Medical University faculty for nearly 20 years, has been named as its dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The appointment, effective June 17, was announced by David Duggan, MD, Upstate senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.

“Mark brings a passion for science, sound judgment, collegiality and a strong commitment to student success to this position,” Duggan said. “I look forward to his leadership of the college.”

Schmitt’s tenure at Upstate has been marked by numerous faculty promotions and participation in numerous programs and research initiatives.

He joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1994, following a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of David Clayton, PhD, at Stanford. Schmitt was named professor in 2010. He has served as a faculty member in various programs, such as Biomedical Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Structural Biology and Biochemistry and Biophysics.

He directs Upstate’s popular Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program, which provides college undergraduates with an intensive 10-week experience doing biomedical research at Upstate.

Additionally, Schmitt is as a member of Upstate Cancer Research Institute, the Cancer Focus Group of the International Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology (a research enterprise consisting of Upstate, National Cheng Kung University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology).

His externally funded research has focused on the biogenesis and structure of the RNase Mitochondrial RNA Processing (MRP) ribonucleoprotein complex, the control of the cell cycle by ribonucleases, and mitochondrial RNA import. His work has been published in dozens of journals, including Genetics, Journal of Biological Chemistry, the Journal of Virology and the Journal of Cell Biology.

Schmitt has served as a manuscript and grant reviewer for numerous organizations and journals. He has served on study sections for both the NIH and the Department of Defense. He is a member of numerous scientific associations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the Genetics Society of America, among others.

Schmitt is a recipient of the (SUNY Upstate) President’s Award for Excellence in Research by a Young Investigator.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell in 1985 and a doctorate from Dartmouth College in 1991.

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