Distinguished Alumni Award: School of Dental Medicine

Robert J. Genco, DDS ’63.

ROBERT J. GENCO, DDS '63 (posthumously)
Genco was a world-renowned researcher in oral science and a tireless advocate for interdisciplinary research and entrepreneurship at UB.

The late Robert J. Genco, DDS ’63, was a world-renowned researcher in oral science and a tireless advocate for interdisciplinary research and entrepreneurship at UB. Lauded by the Journal of Dental Research as the “father of oral science,” he was widely considered the world’s leading periodontal researcher and pioneer in advancing our understanding the impact of oral health on overall health. A SUNY Distinguished Professor, he served as director of the UB Microbiome Center, and chair of the Department of Oral Biology. He also served as UB’s interim provost and interim vice president for research.

Distinguished Alumni Awards

These awards are given in recognition of exceptional career accomplishments, community or university service, and research and scholarly activity.