Robert Genco, DDS ’63
Genco earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1967, and returned to UB to begin
teaching periodontics and endodontics that year.
He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor who served as chair of the
oral biology department for 25 years. He and his colleagues were
among the first researchers to connect gum disease with heart
disease and stroke. Genco has published more than 395 scientific
papers. Now director of the UB Microbiome Center, Genco was vice
provost of the university’s Office of Science, Technology
Transfer and Economic Outreach (STOR), where he helped launch more
than 80 companies in Western New York.
Richard T. Sarkin Award For Excellence In Teaching
The award is named to honor the late Richard T. Sarkin, EdM
’98, a pediatrician and UB professor renowned for his work
improving faculty and medical residents’ teaching skills, and
strengthening physicians’ communication with patients. The
award is given to UB alumni who have earned distinction as
educators at accredited institutions of higher education.