Eriks Rozners, Ph.D.Professor and Chair of Chemistry Department at Binghamton University
Eriks Rozners received a degree in Chemical Engineering (equivalent to M.S.) and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Riga Technical University in Latvia. After postdoctoral stays at Stockholm University and Karolinska Institute (Sweden) and University of Wisconsin, Madison and University of Michigan (USA) he started his independent research career in 2001 as an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in Boston. Dr. Rozners moved to Binghamton University, State University of New York (SUNY), as an Associate Professor of Chemistry in 2008 and was promoted to full professor in 2015. Dr. Rozners' research interests are in organic chemistry and biochemistry of nucleic acids with a focus on RNA structure and function elucidation. The research projects are interdisciplinary in nature and involve design and synthesis of chemically modified RNA and peptide nucleic acids, and the study of structure, biophysical properties, and biological activity of the synthesized analogs. For this work, he received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 2016, was elected as Foreign Member of Latvian Academy of Sciences in 2018. Dr. Rozners has served as the Chair, Program Chair and Secretary of the Carbohydrate Division of American Chemical Society. For his service to the CARB Division and the field of carbohydrate chemistry, he received the 2021 Melville L. Wolfrom Award. Dr. Rozners currently serves as a Chair of Chemistry Department at Binghamton University.