Many of the proteins in our bodies contain metals that serve as drug targets, but successful treatment depends on establishing a lock-and-key relationship between the metal and the pharmaceutical.
Edward Snell, president and CEO of Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute and a professor in the UB Department of Materials Design and Innovation, explains how his research team has discovered how to efficiently and accurately identify the molecules central to our understanding of biological processes and treating diseases.
Dr. Snell is a biophysicist originally from the United Kingdom. He has a first class honors degree in Applied Physics and completed his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Manchester, UK. He held a prestigious National Science Fellowship in the NASA laboratory for Biophysics at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville Alabama and worked with the laboratory for over a decade conducting experiments on the Space Shuttle, Mir, and the International Space Station. Dr. Snell was a scientific interface between NASA and scientists from multiple universities conducting experiments in space. He was awarded the Marshall Space Flight Center directors commendation for his work.
Dr. Snell came to the Institute in 2005 and has been supported in his research continuously by competitive awards from NIH, NSF, NASA, and the DoD. He has also received support from local and national foundations. Dr. Snell has served on numerous advisory and review committees and represented the scientific community on the American Institute of Physics News and Media Advisory Committee, the Stanford Synchrotron Lightsource Users Executive Committee, and the International Organization on Biological Crystallization among others. He has published over 70 research papers in international journals, four book chapters, and two books. Holding two patents, he is also a professor at the University of Buffalo Material Design and Innovation Department, a department that spans both the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Snell is an adjunct faculty at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and mentors graduate students from both Roswell Park and the University. He has long-term collaborations with scientific groups worldwide and has given hundreds of presentations at national and international meetings.
In 2014 Dr. Snell became the president and chief executive officer of the Institute. He is forging collaborative links regionally and nationally leading an accomplished, efficient, and skilled team who are committed to working today for the cures of tomorrow.
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Bert Gambini covers the arts and humanities, social sciences and the School of Social Work. He joined University Communications in 2012 after more than two decades working in Buffalo radio, including 18 years as a program host on NPR member station WBFO.
Bert is an avid cook and served as host of Nickel City Chef, Western New York’s local culinary competition, for all 10 of the show’s seasons.
He is also a contributing writer and member of the Professional Football Researchers Association and one of the co-authors of “The 1958 Baltimore Colts: Profiles of the NFL’s First Sudden Death Champions” (McFarland Publishing) and a forthcoming book chronicling the championship season of the 1951 Los Angeles Rams.