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Gary Skuse

Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science

585-475-6725
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Gary Skuse

Professor
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
College of Science

Education

BA, University of Rochester; Ph.D., Syracuse University

Bio

Dr. Skuse teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Bioinformatics and for students in all programs within the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences. He is also the founding member and chair of the RIT Institutional Biosafety Committee.

 

Dr. Skuse spent more than a decade on the faculty of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. While at the University of Rochester Dr. Skuse studied the genetics of a common disease which predisposes affected individuals to tumors of the central and peripheral nervous system. He has co-authored several US and European patents, written and edited professional books, published numerous scientific articles and has served as the Chief Information Officer and founding partner of a scientific information and services provider. He also provides consulting services to a number of local, national and international clients in the areas of human genetics, biotechnology, forensic DNA analysis, information management and communications.

585-475-6725

Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

BIOL-798
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed, graduate level tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum.
BIOL-790
1 - 6 Credits
Masters-level research by the candidate on an appropriate topic as arranged between the candidate and the research advisor.
BIOL-791
0 Credits
Continuation of Thesis
BIOL-495
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory or field work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their final two years of study.
BIOL-498
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their final two years of study.
BIOL-301
1 - 4 Credits
This course allows students to assist in a class or laboratory for which they have previously earned credit. The student will assist the instructor in the operation of the course. Assistance by the student may include fielding questions, helping in workshops, and assisting in review sessions. In the case of labs, students may also be asked to help with supervising safety practices, waste manifestation, and instrumentation.
BIOL-295
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed student project or research involving laboratory work, computer modeling, or theoretical calculations that could be considered of an original nature. The level of study is appropriate for students in their first three years of study.
BIOL-298
1 - 4 Credits
This course is a faculty-directed tutorial of appropriate topics that are not part of the formal curriculum. The level of study is appropriate for student in their first three years of study.
BIOL-635
3 Credits
The course provides opportunities for students and faculty to develop and share professional interests while discussing current trends and developments in bioinformatics. Material for this course will be drawn from the current scientific literature.
BIOL-122
4 Credits
This course serves as an introduction to the diversification of life, plant anatomy and physiology, animal anatomy and physiology, and ecology. Topics include a survey of the taxonomic diversity of the major groups of living organisms, the anatomical and physiological adaptations of both plants and animals, and the principles of the ecological relationships among organisms and environments. Laboratory exercises are designed to illustrate concepts of taxonomy, anatomical & physiological adaptation, and ecological relationships. Labs are also designed to help the development of laboratory skills and techniques for experiments with live organisms, and improve the ability to make, record and interpret observations.
BIOL-625
3 Credits
This course will be focused on individual and organizational responsibilities in bioinformatics research, product development, product commercialization and clinical and consumer genetic testing.
BIOL-425
3 Credits
This course focuses on individual and organizational responsibilities in bioinformatics research, product development, product commercialization and clinical and consumer genetic testing.
BIOL-296
3 Credits
This course explores major ethical issues in medicine and biology via lecture, readings, films, and presentation and discussion of cases. Students report on current events in ethics as researched on the internet or other news media. The first portion of the course is in a lecture format. Students learn about various theories of ethical analysis that are in current use. Subsequent classes are devoted to particular ethical areas. Relevant cases are given to the students for presentation in both written and oral formats. Any additional background material that may be required to discuss the cases is presented by the instructor and the remainder of the period is discussion based on the philosophical foundation provided at the beginning of the course.

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Book Chapter
Skuse, Gary R., et al. "Computer Science and the Liberal Arts: Hidden Synergies and Boundless Opportunities." New Directions for Computing Education: Embedding Computing Across Disciplines. Ed. Samuel B. Fee, Amanda M. Holland-Minkley, and Thomas E. Lombardy. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature, 2017. 45-62. Print.
Skuse, Gary R. and Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard. "Reverse Engineering Life: Physical and Chemical Mimetics for Controlled Stem Cell Differentiation into Cardiomyocytes." Methods in Molecular Biology. Ed. John W. Ludlow and Joydeep Basu. New York, New York: Humana Press, 2013. 99-114. Print.
Journal Editor
Skuse, Gary R., ed. Journal of Emerging Diseases and Virology. Milpitas: Sci Forschen Inc., 2017. Web.
Invited Paper
Ferran, Maureen C. and Gary R. Skuse. "Evasion of Host Innate Immunity by Emerging Viruses: Antagonizind Host RIG-I Pathways." Journal of Emerging Diseases and Virology. (2017). Web.
Full Length Book
(eds), Skuse, G.R. and Ferran, M.C. Methods in Molecular Biology: Cardiomyocyte Science. volume 1299 ed. New York, NY: Humana Press, 2015. Print.
Journal Paper
Skuse, Gary R. and Anne M. Burger. "Justice as Fairness: Forensic Implications of DNA and Privacy." The Champion. (2015): 24-35. Print.
Lopatto, D., et al. "A Central Support System Can Facilitate Implementation and Sustainability of a Classroom-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) in Genomics." CBE Life Science Education 13. 4 (2014): 711-723. Print.