Department: Anatomy School: College of Osteopathic Medicine Campus: Old Westbury
Member of NYIT Since: 2004
In a quest to understand the history of life on earth, Associate Professor Robert Hill, Ph.D., has encountered his share of behemoths. His research into the fossil record of extinct reptiles includes the 75 million-year-old Pinacosaurus, an armored dinosaur that once roamed Asia, and Simosuchus clarki, a 66 million-year-old crocodile indigenous to Madagascar.
Hill has discovered fossils on four continents during paleontological expeditions to Argentina, Madagascar, Mongolia, Senegal, and the American West. In addition to paleontology, his expertise includes evolutionary biology, histology (the study of tissues), and comparative and clinical anatomy. Students participate in his studies, including investigations of osteoarthritis and human anatomical variation. His methods range from classic (i.e., dissection) to cutting-edge (i.e., using technology such as CT scanning to explore the anatomy of vertebrate animals).
When not engaging in research, Hill spends a great deal of time in the lab teaching human anatomy to NYIT students. "One of the best parts of my job is that I get to meet over 300 bright, enthusiastic students every year," he says. "It's so rewarding to see them develop from anxious novices into competent, confident health care professionals."
As anatomy chair, Hill also oversees the daily activities of his department and administers the college's body donation program. He was recently appointed acting assistant dean for academic affairs, a role in which he helps develop the curriculum for the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine.
He is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and serves as a peer-reviewer of scholarly articles for anatomy and paleontology journals. He received the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine's Standard of Excellence Award in 2010, and was named Basic Science Faculty Member of the Year by the Class of 2012.
A lifelong resident of Long Island, N.Y., Hill enjoys traveling, reading, music, and good food. He lives in Suffolk County with his wife and two young sons.
"I'm looking forward to the years ahead at NYIT," says Hill. "There are so many advances in research, technology, and medical education that are just exploding right now. To be in the middle of that and get to share it all with brilliant students and colleagues is a dream come true."
Read more about Robert Hill and the Department of Anatomy in "Finders, Teachers" in NYIT Magazine.