Norma J. Nowak PhD

Norma Nowak

Norma J. Nowak
PhD

Professor

Department of Biochemistry

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Bioinformatics; Genomics and proteomics; Molecular genetics

Contact Information
701 Ellicott Street
Room B2-293
Center of Excellence
BUFFALO, New York 14203
Phone: 716-881-8903
njnowak@buffalo.edu



Awards and Honors:

  • Buffalo Business First Most Powerful 200 Women #23 (2021)
  • City and State's 2021 Life Sciences Power Fifty New York #10 (2021)

Research Centers:

  • Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences

UB 2020 Strategic Strengths:

  • Molecular Recognition in Biological Systems and Bioinformatics

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • July 2017–June 2027
    Center for Advanced Technology in Big Data and Health Sciences
    New York State Department of Empire State Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $9,200,000
  • June 2020–April 2025
    The Metagenomics Education Partnership
    NIH/NIGMS
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,288,542
  • January 2014–December 2024
    The NYS Genomic Medicine and Big Data Center
    Empire State Development
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $41,500,000
  • September 2019–July 2024
    A UB-Buffalo Public School Partnership to improve student achievement in Biological Sciences
    Cullen Foundation
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $94,700
  • October 2021–April 2023
    Genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in Western New York
    NYSDOH
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $2,000,000
  • January 2021–December 2022
    New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
    Empire State Development
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,762,067
  • December 2020–December 2021
    Personalizing Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC)
    Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $22,380
  • April 2020–March 2021
    Bioinformatic Approaches for understanding macrophage plasticity
    NIDCR
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $94,393
  • June 2014–May 2019
    Western New York Genetics in Research and Healthcare Partnership
    NIH
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    $1,249,995
  • April 2006–March 2010
    Biomarkers for the Progression of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    NCI
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,270,914
  • December 2005–December 2009
    Genomic and Bioinformatic Approaches to Understanding Animal Development
    NASA
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $330,667
  • November 2005–October 2009
    NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences: Structural Biology
    NASA
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $3,968,000
  • September 2005–September 2009
    Systems Biology and Bioinformatics in Medical Applications
    Army
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $4,872,680
  • August 2005–July 2009
    NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences: Functional Genomics
    NASA
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $5,606,724
  • July 2004–June 2009
    Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics
    DOE
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $2,655,000
  • March 2007–February 2009
    Empirical Assessment of Analysis Methods for DNA Microarrays
    NIH/NLM
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $79,250
  • July 2003–June 2008
    Restriction landmark genomic analysis of cancer
    NIH/NCI
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $250,000
  • January 2004–May 2007
    Buffalo Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics: Astrobiology
    NASA
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $4,471,000
  • December 2005–December 2006
    Genomic and Bioinformatic approaches to understanding animal development
    NASA
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $992,000
  • May 2003–April 2006
    Pilot and Feasibility Program Related to the Kidney Array Based CGH for Genome Wide Analysis of Wilm's Tumor
    NCI/NIH
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $200,000
  • April 2005–March 2006
    Determination of copy number changes using BAC array-CGH and RLS Technology
    Invitrogen, Inc.
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $120,000
  • April 2003–March 2006
    Pharmacogenetics: Breast Cancer Treatment and Prognosis
    NCI
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $225,000
  • February 1998–March 2006
    Genomic Instability in Human Colorectal Cancer
    NCI
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $166,250
  • March 2005–February 2006
    Biomarkers for the Progression of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma
    The Charlotte Geyer Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $83,000
  • October 2000–February 2004
    High Throughput Analysis of Gene Expression Patterns in the Nervous System
    Rochefeller University - Subcontract NINDS
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $1,854,259
  • September 1998–September 2003
    A Resource of arrayed BAC Clones for FISH Mapping of the Human Genome
    NCI
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $1,084,188
  • April 2002–April 2003
    Affymetrix 437 Arrayer
    NCI - National Center for Research Resources
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $125,000
  • April 2000–March 2001
    DNA Microarray Infrastructure for Model Organism Research
    Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $98,000
  • Traffic Air Pollution, Genetic Variation and Autism Spectrum Disorder
    RENEW Institute and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $32,990
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Professional Memberships:

  • American Society of Human Genetics and Genomics; Member

Presentations:

  • "Biotechnology, Medical Technology, & Personalized Medicine" NYS Innovation Summit (2021)
  • "The Future Is Upon Us: How Genomics Is Tackling The Pandemic And Healthcare Challenges Of Our Times" JSMBS Medical Emeritus Faculty Speaker Event UB Virtual (2021)
  • "The Role of Small Biotech in Innovation" NY Bio Patient Engagement Summit (2021)

Service Activities:

  • Med Tech Association; Board Member (2021–2022)
  • As a Board member I support the 434North mission to grow and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in WNY. This organization holds a business competition resulting in $1mil for the top company and $500k for the runners up. These young companies in addition to the funds are incubated at Seneca One and must take up residency in western NY for at least 1 year. Life science company successes include 2 companies focused on democratizing clinical trials in communities outside of large academic medical centers as well as enrolling individuals from non white populations. The portfolio companies include founders of color, women and as an organization 43North strongly supports inclusive companies that will leverage the talent across our community for their growth.; Board Member
  • As a board member for the Buffalo Center for the Arts and Technology I support the vision and mission of the organization which serves both youth and adults from economically marginalized and disadvantaged areas of Buffalo. The youth program supports high school children at risk of not graduating high school through an arts program (performing and visual) while at the same time provides support to lift them up academically to graduate from high school. Many then attend 2 year and 4 year colleges or continue on with one of the adult training programs. Similarly the adult program provides educational training in medical coding, IT Help desk, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, and landscape design along with 13 other programs.; Board member
  • Empire State Stem Cell Advisory Board; Board Member
  • Governor's Life Science Advisory Board; Board Member
  • As Co Chair of the CBLS Core Advisory Committee provide guidance to the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core and the Protein and Bioanalysis Core at CBLS. Advocate with the University for support such as technology upgrades, operations as well as scientific experts in the cores.; Co Chair of CBLS Core Advisory Committee
  • As a Co Director of GEM work with Jennifer Surtees (Co-Director GEM) to achieve GEM's goals.; Co Director of GEM (Genome, Environment, Microenvironment)
  • As the Executive Director of the NYS CENter of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences I serve on the CTSI board with other members of the Buffalo Translational Consortium to enable the CTSI goals and mission.; CTSI Board Member
  • The CTSI Steering Committee enables the members of the Buffalo Translational Consortium in their translational research programs goals as part of the mission funded by the CTSA. The CTSA provides experts in team science, funding for pilot projects, cores (ie. BNAC Imaging Core, Informatics), community engagement and outreach and training for the next generation of translational scientists with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion.; CTSI Steering Committee
  • As Director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core I lead the scientific direction of the core focusing on leading edge genomic technologies (ie. Next Generation Sequencing platforms) as well as the bioinformatic tools and experts required to fully leverage these datasets.; Director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Core
  • As the Executive Director of New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics I provide the vision and direction for the CBLS in its mission to enable scientific discoveries and their commercialization. This includes providing state of the art infrastructure in our laboratory and core resources. These resources include cores in genomics, bioinformatics, and proteomics, a clean room facility as well shared equipment. As part of the portfolio, the Executive Director serves as the Principal Investigator for the UB Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) in Big Data and health sciences a grant matching program serving to fund industry partner projects with UB faculty and students. The CBLS and CAT also fund student internships with Life Science companies through our Career Experience Program with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.; Executive Director of New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences
  • As the Executive Director of the UB Biorepository I oversee its operations and programmatic direction. The biorepository was established to create an enterprise wide collection of human and model system biomaterial for biomedical research. The biorepository is a regulatory compliant, automated, and technology forward infrastructure that meets all of the demands for government, academic and commercial projects.; Executive Director of the UB Biorepository
  • Represent the Biochemistry Department at Faculty Council meetings; Faculty council representative

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Contact Information

701 Ellicott Street
Room B2-293
Center of Excellence
BUFFALO, New York 14203
Phone: 716-881-8903
njnowak@buffalo.edu