Keynote Speaker

Michael A. Palladino, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
Professor of Biology
Monmouth University, Graduate Studies Office

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Michael A. Palladino is Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Professor of Biology at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. In 1994, he completed a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology from the University of Virginia School of Medicine where he studied genes involved in protecting spermatozoa from oxidative damage and mechanisms of gene expression regulation by sex steroids in the mammalian testis and epididymis. From 1994 to 1999 he was a faculty member in the Biology Department at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. In 1999 he joined the biology faculty at Monmouth University and served as Dean of the School of Science from 2008-15.

Dr. Palladino has taught majors and non-majors in a wide range of undergraduate courses. He has received several awards for research and teaching including the 2005 Distinguished Teacher Award from Monmouth University and the 2005 Caring Heart Award from the New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research.

Dr. Palladino has maintained an active laboratory of undergraduate students involved in research on the cell and molecular biology of male reproductive organs. Dr. Palladino has served as a research mentor for 77 students. Dr. Palladino has authored, co-authored or edited over 35 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and he has delivered over 100 talks as an invited speaker for lectures, keynotes, workshops, and conference presentations nationally and internationally.

Dr. Palladino was a project partner, Governance Board and Executive Committee member for a $5.1 million Department of Labor Workforce in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) Bio-1 partnership grant ( Through the WIRED program, he served as founder and director for the NJ Biotechnology Educator’s Consortium (NJBEC), a statewide association for biotechnology teachers from high schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges and universities.

He was a co-author of BiologyLabs On-Line, a series of Internet based interactive laboratories for undergraduate students produced by Benjamin Cummings Publishing Company. He has presented more than 100 workshops for teachers on DNA techniques, biotechnology, genomics, and integration of instructional technology in the classroom at meetings across the country.

Dr. Palladino authored Understanding the Human Genome Project the first booklet in the Benjamin Cummings Special Topics in Biology Series of six booklets designed to help undergraduate students learn about current topics in biology and he served as Series Editor for the Special Topics booklets. Dr. Palladino is the co-author of Introduction to Biotechnology a textbook that is currently used at over 150 institutions throughout the world.  Dr. Palladino is part of the co-authorship team for two leading textbooks in genetics, Concepts of Genetics, 11e, and Essentials of Genetics, 9e.

Dr. Palladino lives in Howell, NJ with his wife, Cindy, daughters Elizabeth (24 yrs) and Lauren (22 yrs), and son Michael (18 yrs).