Biology Day features student research, lecture by YSU grad

Marc Malandro

Marc Malandro

Youngstown State University’s eighth annual Biology Day will be April 8, showcasing research of YSU biology students and featuring a lecture by YSU graduate Marc Malandro, associate vice chancellor for Technology Management and Commercialization at the University of Pittsburgh.

Student research posters will be featured from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the third floor of Ward Beecher Hall on the YSU campus. At 12:15p.m. in room 3022 Ward Beecher,  Malandro, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from YSU, will give the Carl Sims Memorial Lecture. The lecture is titled “From YSU to Technology Transfer.. and What is Technology Transfer Anyway?”

Malandro is an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh with appointments in the Schools of the Health Sciences, Swanson School of Engineering and Katz School of Business. He serves on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association, the Pennsylvania Life Sciences Institute and the Pittsburgh Technology Council. He is also a certified licensing professional and registered technology transfer practitioner. He has been with the University of Pittsburgh since 2004, where he previously served in the roles of technology licensing manager and director. Under Malandro’s leadership, the Office of Technology Management has filed more than 770 new U.S. patent applications, has been granted 291 U.S. issued patents, has entered into more than 680 license agreements and has formed 46 companies based on university technologies since 2005.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh, Malandro co-founded Sagres Discovery, a systems biology company focused on the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer, where he served as vice president of Technology and Strategic Alliances. He earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Florida, College of Medicine, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Human Molecular Genetics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

For more information on YSU’s Biology Day, contact Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz, YSU professor of Biological Sciences, at 330-941-3572.