About the Editor

Phillip Ortiz

Editor-in-Chief
Office of the Provost
State University of New York
Albany, NY, USA

Phillip Ortiz has wide interests in improving STEM education and educational access for all students.  He earned bachelor's degree from the Binghamton University (Biology and Philosophy, Harpur College) and doctorate from Stony Brook University (Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine).  Before joining the Provost's Office at the State University of New York System Administration, Phillip had served as faculty at Empire State College (2001-2013) and Skidmore College (Assistant Professor of Biology, 1993-2001), and American Diabetes Association Fellow at the National Institutes of Health (1992-93).  At Empire State College his role was as Area Coordinator and Mentor within the Center for Distance Learning where he focused on the STEM curriculum.  He was co-PI on a large NSF-funded project that aimed to determine how scientists in training (i.e., graduate students and post-docs) can best serve as mentors for at-risk middle school children.  Among many accomplishments he has served as chairperson of Empire State College's Senate and the University Faculty Senate's Committee on Diversity and Cultural Competence, and was a founding chairperson of the 'SUNY-STEM conference'.   Outside of SUNY, Phillip has served in roles within the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology where he was a committee chairperson and continues as co-lead the Undergraduate Research Competition, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.  His achievements have been recognized with the President's Award (Skidmore College), the Chancellor's Award, and the Chugh/University Faculty Senate Outstanding Service Award.


About the Editor


Phillip Ortiz

Weizmann Institute of Science