Anthony A. Campagnari, PhD ’84, has been honored for his scientific achievements and for engaging in scholarly and creative pursuits beyond his teaching responsibilities.
Campagnari Receives SUNY Award, Inducted as Fellow
A. Campagnari, PhD ’84, has received a SUNY
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative
Activities and has been inducted as a fellow into the American Academy of
Chancellor’s Awardees are ‘Best of Our Best’
Campagnari, senior associate dean for research and graduate
education and professor of microbiology and
immunology and medicine,
has been recognized with a Chancellor’s Award for engaging
actively in scholarly and creative pursuits beyond his teaching
“The many faculty and staff honored with the
Chancellor’s Award for Excellence are the best of our
best,” says SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.
They have “ensured student success as they educate and
mentor students with innovative approaches to academic instruction,
infuse curricula with applied learning opportunities, adapt best
practices from throughout the State University of New York and
much more,” she says.
1 of 73 Worldwide to be Elected for Academy Fellowship
Campagnari was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology
through a highly selective peer-review process; he was chosen based
on his long record of scientific achievements, which have advanced
understanding of microbial pathogenesis.
He was one of only 73 people worldwide to be elected for
fellowship in 2017. This year’s inductees include fellows
from countries including Germany, Australia, Canada, India, China
and the United Kingdom.
Campagnari was inducted into the academy in June in New
Orleans during a reception at ASM
Microbe, the largest gathering of microbiologists in the world
and the only meeting in the field that explores the full scope of
The American Academy of Microbiology is an honorific leadership
group within the American Society
The academy recognizes scientists for outstanding contributions
to microbiology and provides microbiological expertise in the
service of science and the public.
National and International Reputation for Research
Campagnari is nationally and internationally recognized for his
research on the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis of gram
negative bacterial infections, in particular the human respiratory
tract pathogen, Moraxella catarrhalis and the nosocomial pathogen
Acinetobacter baumannii. He focuses his research on bacterial
virulence factors, biofilm-associated components and putative
vaccine antigens for these pathogens.
Through new collaborative projects, he is working to identify
novel antimicrobial treatments. For instance, he is exploring the
novel use of antimicrobial
photodynamic therapy as a noninvasive treatment for otitis
media, or middle ear infections.
Additionally, his lab is working to develop a new
model that provides a novel view of secondary bacterial
Other research highlights include:
- his group’s discovery that Moraxella catarrhalis is able
to use iron from serum carrier proteins to maintain growth
- the seminal discovery of “iron-repressible
proteins” and a groundbreaking discovery of iron binding
proteins that may facilitate persistent colonization of the mucosal
His was the first group to demonstrate that antimicrobial
photodynamic therapy elicits significant bactericidal activity
versus Moraxella catarrhalis biofilms.
Additionally, Campagnari’s lab was the first to identify a
specific cell surface protein directly involved in biofilm
formation by A. baumannii, a gram-negative nosocomial pathogen
known for longevity in the hospital environment and resistance to
Mentoring Students, Directing Doctoral Program
“Dr. Campagnari has distinguished himself as a gifted
teacher and mentor,” emphasizes Timothy
F. Murphy, MD, senior associate dean for clinical and
translational research and SUNY Distinguished Professor of
Campagnari routinely involves graduate students in collaborative
research. “He has trained 12 doctoral students in his
laboratory, all of whom have influential positions in academic
institutions, industry and government agencies,” says
Campagnari oversees the University at Buffalo’s PhD Program in Biomedical
Sciences. All doctoral students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and
Biomedical Sciences spend their first year of study in this
comprehensive gateway program.
received an Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award from
the University at Buffalo Graduate School. He was one of three
faculty members across UB to receive the honor for
mentees have spoken enthusiastically about his mentorship,
saying: “His character, warmth and guidance completely
changed my mind and made me choose UB,” and “he treated
graduate students as colleagues with valued opinions and
contributions,” and “I hope to emulate the type of
mentorship Dr. Campagnari always provided me when I work with my
As senior associate dean for research and graduate education,
Campagnari works to advance biomedical research at UB, especially
interdisciplinary and translational research collaborations.
A UB alumnus himself, Campagnari earned both his master’s
degree in biochemistry and his doctorate in tumor immunology from
‘Faculty Member and Researcher of the Highest Order’
In 2016, Campagnari
received the Stockton Kimball Award for outstanding scientific
achievement and service.
At the time that she presented the award, Suzanne
G. Laychock, PhD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and
facilities and a professor of pharmacology and
toxicology, noted that Campagnari is “a faculty member
and researcher of the highest order — a world-class scientist
and an extraordinary mentor and educator.”
Campagnari has received continous funding for more than 25 years
from sources including the National Institutes of Health, the U.S.
Department of Defense, industry and private foundations, and his
research has led to 77 peer-reviewed publications, eight book
chapters and five U.S. patents. He is currently the principal
investigator on two National Institutes of Health R01
He has delivered more than 30 invited national, regional and
In recognition of his many achievements, Campagnari was honored
with the UB Inventor and Entrepreneur Award in 2009, and the UB
Visionary Innovator Award in 2008. He received the UB Sustained
Achievement Award in the Exceptional Scholar Program in 2002.
Campagnari was appointed at UB in 1987, joined the faculty as a
tenured associate professor in 1996 and was promoted to professor