Distinguished Alumni Award: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Norma J. Nowak, PhD ’86, MS ’80.

Norma J. Nowak, PhD ’86, MS ’80

Nowak is widely recognized in the field of human genomics; her research contributed directly to the Human Genome Project, an international research program. Nowak is a UB professor of biochemistry and executive director of the university’s New York State Center for Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences. She founded and is chief scientific officer of Empire Genomics, a molecular diagnostics firm. After conducting disease cloning research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCCC), Nowak served as director of the UB/RPCCC Genomics Facility, a collaborative research lab. She has garnered more than $70 million in funding, is a member of state-level review boards, and has served in an editorial capacity for important journals. Among her many awards are the American Association of Cancer Research Team Science award, and RPCCC’s Thomas B. Tomasi award for her outstanding achievements in science