Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D. Professor and Chairperson
Department: Life Sciences School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2012
Michael Hadjiargyrou, Ph.D., has more than 25 years of experience as a biology instructor and laboratory investigator. His research has focused on innovative approaches for engineering new musculoskeletal tissue using knowledge derived from basic molecular/cellular biology and biomaterials. For example, he has examined the expression of genes involved in bone regeneration as a way to better understand the healing of fractures and osteoporosis. He holds four patents and has collaborated on projects with members of private industry and scientists around the world.
The opportunity to lead and transform the Department of Life Sciences and to help Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., implement some of his goals for multidisciplinary research.
I have four: 1. revise and improve the curriculum; 2. increase the rigor and quality of our major degree programs; 3. build a new research laboratory in Theobald Science Center and increase the research output of the department by fostering collaborations among life sciences faculty and the College of Osteopathic Medicine; and 4. increase the visibility of life sciences at NYIT's Manhattan campus.
Push my students to work hard and change their way of thinking; make them question their ideology. I call it mental evolution and self-transformation. This is my main function as a professor.
I am teaching a course in genetic engineering (BIOL 440) this semester and will be offering two more courses in spring 2013: contemporary biotechnology (BIOL 445) and bioinformatics and functional genomics (BIOL 450).
Life Sciences Specialty
By training, I am a molecular and cell biologist. My research seeks to understand the development and regeneration of the musculoskeletal system, particularly, bone, cartilage, and skeletal muscle.
Best Part of the Job?
Since high school, I've found biology fascinating. The thrill of research and discovery is addictive. As an undergraduate, I conducted research at Rockefeller University and NYU and it enabled me to realize the beauty of scientific discovery.