Title: Retired Research Scientist
Company: State University of New York at Buffalo
Location: Amherst, New York, United States
Donald E. Sykes, PhD, Retired Research Associate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements and leadership in biology.
With many years of practiced expertise in biological research, Dr. Sykes retired in September 2019. He excelled as a research associate with the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo, part of the State University of New York. Whilst in that position, he participated in an active research program in the areas of immunology and cancer biology, and maintained his responsibility for the design and execution of research experiments involving the transformed cell line THP-1 and the HIV-1 virus, the causative agent of AIDS. Additionally, Dr. Sykes supervised the organization of laboratory procedures and operations for technicians, medical fellows and graduate students.
Prior to obtaining his current role, Dr. Sykes worked for the University at Buffalo as a research associate with the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine. Earlier in his career, he found success as a research affiliate and a postdoctoral researcher with Roswell Park Memorial Institute, a graduate researcher with Michigan State University and a teacher for Port Huron Area Schools. In pursuit of his career in education, Dr. Sykes earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary biology education from Edinboro State University in 1968, and a PhD in zoology and cell biology from Michigan State University in 1980.
A respected voice in the field, Dr. Sykes has authored and co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications between 1977 and 2019. Studies with protozoans resulted in the discovery of a polyphenol oxidase that is critical for the dormant cyst formation of Acanthamoeba. Further enzymes studies with the protozoan parasite Entamoeba histolytic showed they have a unique cytoplasmic SOD that contains manganese rather than copper. Dr. Sykes is presently reading and writing on the subject of the beauty of evolution by natural selection. In the coming years, he would like to write a book on the area of evolution as it would relate to specialization and why it is not being taught to the population.
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