Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD


Stony Brook University

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. became the fifth president of Stony Brook University on July 1, 2009, taking the helm of one of the nation's most prestigious research institutions.

A highly distinguished biomedical researcher, Dr. Stanley was one of the nation's highest recipients of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research focusing on enhanced defense against emerging infectious diseases. He is an expert in the biological mechanisms that cells employ when responding to infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria, and viruses, a process commonly called the inflammatory response.

A Seattle native, Dr. Stanley has a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences (Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Chicago. After earning his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1980, he completed his resident-physician training at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 1983 he began a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine, became a professor of medicine in 1999, and in 2004 was appointed a professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology in recognition of the collaborative nature of his research.

Dr. Stanley serves on the SUNY Strategic Planning Steering Committee, which plays a pivotal role in shaping the development of SUNY's new Strategic Plan that will guide SUNY for the next five years and the University for the next ten. As chair of Brookhaven Science Associates, which co-manages Brookhaven National Laboratory with Battelle Memorial Institute, Dr. Stanley joins the leaders of a select group of prestigious academic institutions, including Princeton, Stanford, the University of California Berkeley, and the University of Chicago, in co-managing and collaborating with a national laboratory. He also serves on the boards of the SUNY Research Foundation,

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and NJ, and the Long Island Association. He was a member of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the NIH, and was a member of the NIH Directors Blue Ribbon Panel on the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. Dr. Stanley serves as an ambassador for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research. Dr. Stanley has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science from Konkuk University in Korea. Dr. Stanley is a champion of academic and industry collaborations, knowing the enormous economic potential of successful university and corporate partnerships. With his extensive experience as a researcher, a patent holder and a former leader of technology transfer, Dr. Stanley brings an invaluable perspective to the emerging field of translational research. He also continues to work as a strong advocate for federal funding of basic research, working through organizations such as the AAU and The Science Coalition, to promote the critical role of University research in innovation and discovery.

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