Dr. Palazzo is the Provost and Chief Academic Officer at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest science and technology university in the United States. At Rensselaer, he was the founding Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and served as Chair of the Department of Biology. Palazzo received his B.S. in biology and Ph.D. in biological sciences from Wayne State University in 1979 and 1984, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Virginia, and joined the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA as an independent scientist in 1989. He moved to the University of Kansas in 1992, where he served as Chair of the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, and Professor of Molecular Biosciences.
Palazzo has authored numerous journal and conference research papers, organized conferences, and edited books in areas such as cellular organization, cell motility and cell replication. In addition to teaching and research, Palazzo has a long history in public policy. He served as President of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Palazzo has also served on numerous boards, including the Board of Directors of FASEB, the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America (ASTRA), as Chair of the Science Council and ex officio member of the Board of Trustees for the MBL, and on the Board of Advisers for Scientific American magazine.
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