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Professor of Biology, Dean of Science Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD in physiology from the Pennsylvania State University, Milton S. Hershey College of Medicine; BA summa cum laude in Chemistry, Susquehanna University
Research Areas: molecular biology, genomic maintenance mechanics
As Dean of Science for NYU Abu Dhabi, David Scicchitano is responsible for faculty recruitment, leading the science departments, and developing research. A molecular biologist by training, his own scholarly interests are in genomic maintenance mechanics, which are biochemical pathways and networks in cells that prevent DNA from accumulating damage and mutations.
He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and academic texts and collaborated with fellow NYU Abu Dhabi faculty member Alexandra Dimitri and others on a forthcoming book on the consequences of DNA damage.
In addition to serving as dean, Scicchitano is directing the development of the innovative, cross-discipline Foundations of Science course required for science majors, and will be teaching a component of that course as well as a core curriculum course for all students on the science and literature of physical immortality. Scicchitano has taught in the department of biology since 1990.
A senior faculty resident fellow and recipient of several awards for excellence in teaching, he has taught undergraduate courses in introductory biology, molecular biology and pharmaceutical ethics, as well as graduate courses in DNA and molecular biology. He has advised nearly 30 graduates and undergraduates in honors theses and doctoral dissertations.
Since 2004, he has served as director of undergraduate science initiatives for NYU's College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Scicchitano was a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in California. For more than 10 years, he has served as a peer reviewer for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and as an advisor to McGraw-Hill on biology education.