Gary Greenburg, Ph.D.
Gary Greenburg is a program officer in the Foundation’s Science Program.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Gary was the vice president for research and a founding member at Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) where he was responsible for an $80M research grant portfolio. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine, where he led a research effort in development and regeneration of the vertebrate pancreas, and an adjunct faculty member at Pima Community College where he taught courses ranging from introductory biology to anatomy and physiology.
He is internationally known for his pioneering work in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) for which he received the Young Investigator Award from the Society for Developmental Biology. He has published extensively in cell and molecular biology and has 5 issued patents. Gary spent 12 years in biotechnology, most recently as vice president of research at Reconstructive Technologies, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area startup company devoted to developing technologies to grow human skin for grafting to severe burns and skin deformities. Previously, as director of gene therapy at Cell Genesys Inc. (CEGE), he led pre-clinical efforts in cell and gene therapy and adoptive immunotherapy.
Gary received his B.A. in biology from the University of California, San Diego and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University. He was a post-doctoral researcher and Life Sciences Research Foundation Fellow with Nobel Laureate Günter Blobel at Rockefeller University in New York.