The future of research and scholarly activity to be Harpur Forum topic


Gerald Sonnenfeld, Binghamton University’s vice president for research, will speak on “The Future of Research and Scholarly Activity at Binghamton University” at the Harpur Forum’s annual faculty spotlight luncheon, Thursday, January 13, in the Mandela Room on campus. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the program will begin at noon.

Sonnenfeld believes that Binghamton fares well with its collaborative efforts with businesses and industry, as well as among faculty. “We’re already ahead of the game in interdisciplinary efforts,” he said. “That’s how we’re unique. When teams are effective and work together, we’ve done a good thing.” Fashioning more interdisciplinary activities is Sonnenfeld’s goal.

An internationally recognized immunologist and a groundbreaking space flight researcher, Sonnenfeld also brings his success in obtaining funding to the University. He is serving as a professor of biological sciences and continuing his research into the regulation of the immune system by the neuro-endocrine system and how stress affects reactions.

Sonnenfeld holds two U.S. patents and one from Canada, and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Association of Immunologists, the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society for Virology and the Surgical Infection Society.

He is the recipient of the 2004 Orr E. Reynolds Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology.

Prior to coming to Binghamton, Sonnenfeld was chair of the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology and associate dean for basic sciences and graduate studies at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

He earned his bachelor of science degree in biology at City College of New York and his doctorate in microbiology/immunology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He also received postdoctoral training in immunology and infectious diseases at the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Last Updated: 9/17/13