• Dr. Robert E. Palazzo received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. After conducting four years of post doctorate research at the University of Virginia’s biology department, he received appointment as scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. He joined the University of Kansas in 1992 where he served in a variety of roles including Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology and Professor for the Department of Molecular Biosciences. In 2002, he joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology. In 2004, he received appointment as the first Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer. During this time, he also served as a Research Scientist for the Wadsworth Center with the New York State Department of Health. Palazzo was appointed Acting Provost in 2006 and Provost of Rensselaer in 2007. He currently serves as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    An active contributor to his field, Palazzo is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for Scientific American Magazine and is chair of the Board of Directors for The Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA). He served as the President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which currently represents 26 basic biomedical research societies and more than 100,000 scientists. Palazzo served as Chair of the Science Advisory Council and as ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for the Marine Biological Laboratory.

    He has also served as a panelist or as member of various committees for a variety of organizations throughout his career, including the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Palazzo served as an editorial board member of Biology of the Cell for five years and spent seven years on the editorial board of Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton. Palazzo’s honors include a Junior Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society, a National Research Service Award from the NIH, and a number of fellowships. He is a member of many professional societies, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the American Society for Cell Biology. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2RU).
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021 William R. Brinkley: A giant in biomedical research and public policy 2021
    2009 The small organic compound HMN-176 delays satisfaction of the spindle assembly checkpoint by inhibiting centrosome-dependent microtubule nucleationMolecular Cancer Therapeutics.  8:592-601. 2009
    2009 Using centrosome fragments in the directed assembly of microtubulesJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.  9:871-875. 2009
    2008 Is the US party over?Scientist (Philadelphia, Pa.).  22:25. 2008
    2007 Aurora-A kinase regulates breast cancer-associated gene 1 inhibition of centrosome-dependent microtubule nucleationCancer Research.  67:11186-11194. 2007
    2007 Laser intensity dependence of femtosecond near-infrared optoinjectionPhysical Review E.  75. 2007
    2007 Laser intensity dependence of femtosecond near-infrared optoinjection.Physical Review E.  75:041903. 2007
    2007 BRCA1 regulates γ-tubulin binding to centrosomesCancer Biology and Therapy.  6:1853-1857. 2007
    2007 Cyclin E/Cdk2 is required for sperm maturation, but not DNA replication, in early sea urchin embryos 2007
    2007 Why funding cuts at the National Institutes of Health are so painful.Physiologist.  50. 2007
    2006 Direct patterning of centrosome arrays as templates for the assembly of microtubulesBiotechnology and Bioengineering.  94:1012-1016. 2006
    2006 What's happening to the new investigator? 2006
    2006 Centrosome-associated RNA in surf clam oocytes 2006
    2006 Warming up at the poles. Workshop on Centrosomes and Spindle Pole BodiesEMBO Reports.  7:364-371. 2006
    2003 Rapid tau aggregation and delayed hippocampal neuronal death induced by persistent thrombin signalingJournal of Biological Chemistry.  278:37681-37689. 2003
    2003 Centrosome and spindle pole body dynamics: A review of the EMBO/EMBL Conference on Centrosomes and Spindle Pole Bodies, Heidelberg, September 13-17, 2002Cytoskeleton.  54:148-154. 2003
    2003 Effect of γ-synuclein overexpression on matrix metalloproteinases in retinoblastoma Y79 cellsMolecular cell biology research communications : MCBRC.  410:167-176. 2003
    2002 Characterization of Cep135, a novel coiled-coil centrosomal protein involved in microtubule organization in mammalian cells 2002
    2001 Reconstitution of centrosome microtubule nucleation in SpisulaMethods in Cell Biology.  67:149-165. 2001
    2001 Gamma synuclein: Subcellular localization in neuronal and non-neuronal cells and effect on signal transductionCytoskeleton.  49:218-228. 2001
    2001 Kendrin/pericentrin-B, a centrosome protein with homology to pericentrin that complexes with PCM-1Journal of Cell Science.  114:797-809. 2001
    2001 In vitro reconstitution of fish melanophore pigment aggregationCytoskeleton.  48:1-10. 2001
    2001 Centriole duplication, centrosome maturation and spindle assembly in lysates of Spisula solidissima oocytes.Methods in Molecular Biology.  161:215-228. 2001
    2001 Reconstitution of centrosome microtubule nucleation in SpisulaMethods in Cell Biology.  67:149-165. 2001
    2000 Reconstitution of microtubule nucleation potential in centrosomes isolated from Spisula solidissima oocytesJournal of Cell Science.  113:943-953. 2000
    1999 Dynein is required for spindle assembly in cytoplasmic extracts of Spisula solidissima oocytesJournal of Cell Science.  112:1291-1302. 1999
    1999 Differential regulation of maternal vs. paternal centrosomes 1999
    1999 Centrosome maturationCurrent Topics in Developmental Biology.  49:449-470. 1999
    1999 Identification and function of the centrosome centromatrixBiology of the Cell.  91:429-438. 1999
    1998 The disassembly and reassembly of functional centrosomes in vitro 1998
    1998 Chapter 3 Isolation of Centrosomes from Spisula solidissima OocytesMethods in Cell Biology.  61:35-56. 1998
    1997 Centrosomes isolated from Spisula solidissima oocytes contain rings and an unusual stoichiometric ratio of α/β tubulin 1997
    1996 Analysis of the calcium transient at NEB during the first cell cycle in dividing sea urchin eggsBiological Bulletin.  191:5-16. 1996
    1996 Regulation of maturation-promoting factor by protein kinase C in Chaetopterus oocytesInvertebrate Reproduction and Development.  30:71-79. 1996
    1994 Sperm nuclear transformations in cytoplasmic extracts from surf clam (Spisula solidissima) oocytesDevelopmental Biology.  162:245-258. 1994
    1993 Preferential dendritic localization of pericentriolar material in hippocampal pyramidal neurons in cultureCytoskeleton.  25:336-344. 1993
    1992 Erratum: Centriole duplication in lysates of Spisula solidissima oocytes (Science (219-221))Science.  256:1746. 1992
    1992 Centriole duplication in lysates of Spisula solidissima oocytesScience.  256:219-221. 1992
    1992 Colcemid and the mitotic cycleJournal of Cell Science.  102:387-392. 1992
    1992 Regulation of M-phase progression in Chaetopterus oocytes by protein kinase CDevelopmental Biology.  149:395-405. 1992
    1991 Methylated ubiquitin inhibits cyclin degradation in clam embryo extractsJournal of Biological Chemistry.  266:16376-16379. 1991
    1991 Reactivation of isolated mitotic apparatus: Metaphase versus anaphase spindlesCytoskeleton.  18:304-318. 1991
    1990 Inhibition of mitosis in fertilized sea urchin eggs by inhibition of the cyclic AMP-dependent protein kinaseExperimental Cell Research.  188:122-128. 1990
    1989 Disassembly of the nuclear envelope of spisula oocytes in a cell-free systemDevelopmental Biology.  131:496-504. 1989
    1989 Rearrangements of pterinosomes and cytoskeleton accompanying pigment dispersion in goldfish xanthophores.Cytoskeleton.  13:9-20. 1989
    1989 cAMP-independent and cAMP-dependent protein phosphorylations by isolated goldfish xanthophore cytoskeletons: Evidence for the association of cytoskeleton with a carotenoid droplet proteinCytoskeleton.  13:21-29. 1989
    1988 In vitro reactivation of anaphase B in isolated spindles of the sea urchin egg.Cytoskeleton.  10:197-209. 1988
    1988 Regulation of the distribution of carotenoid droplets in goldfish xanthophores and possible implication to secretory processesCytoskeleton.  10:143-152. 1988
    1986 Role of Microtubules in the Formation of Carotenoid Droplet Aggregate in Goldfish XanthophoresAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  466:887-894. 1986


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    1999 Preface.  Ed. 49.  1999

    Research Overview

  • Microstructure of Cells
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology / Biological Sciences, Wayne State University 1984
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology, Wayne State University 1979
  • Full Name

  • Robert Palazzo