Christopher T. Nomura is vice president for research and professor of biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). He received his B.A. in Biology with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied immunology and physiology of elephant seals, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology at The Pennsylvania State University for his research on cyanobacterial electron transport proteins and gene regulation.
From 2001-06, he worked in the internationally recognized Natural Polymer Chemistry laboratory of Yoshiharu Doi at the RIKEN Institute in Japan. Since 2006, he has been a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at SUNY ESF and has published and co-authored more than 70 original articles in scientific journals and book chapters and holds four U.S. patents.
Nomura has a multi-disciplinary research group whose interests span the fields of molecular microbiology, microbial physiology, metabolic engineering, protein engineering, biochemistry, synthetic chemistry and polymer chemistry with a focus on producing sustainable materials. In 2011, he received the SUNY ESF Exemplary Researcher Award for his contributions to the field of biopolymer production and has received special recognition for his mentorship of student researchers. Nomura also worked with researchers through the SUNY Networks of Excellence to foster collaborations between SUNY faculty and industry partners. His research programs have been sponsored by NIH, NSF, DOE, USDA and NYSERDA.
As vice president for research at SUNY ESF, Nomura leads, highlights and works to advance research programs by leading initiatives to identify research opportunities and ensure that faculty and staff members have access to the resources needed to compete at a high level for extramural funding. In his role, he is the chief research officer of the institution and oversees the Division of Research, an umbrella for administrative and technical support functions for the research enterprise at ESF, directly supervises the Office of Research Finance, which is responsible for research finance, technology transfer, compliance and operations management from the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of ESF on the ESF campus, the Office of Research Programs, which is responsible for the pre-award and post-award research administration, and Analytical and Technical Services, which manages core equipment and facilities and provides technical support for research space and in collaboration with the provost, allocation of research space at the college. In this capacity, Nomura reports directly to the president and is a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet. He also coordinates administrative functions with the chief operating officer, provost, vice president for administration and chief financial officer, vice president for strategic initiatives and government relations, and others to lead initiatives and maximize efficiency at the college.
Nomura represents ESF at SUNY system meetings, working closely with vice presidents for research from across SUNY to develop strategic initiatives for research across the SUNY system, policies regarding compliance and COVID-19-related issues for restarting research.
The search advisory committee and President Scott Green are pleased to announce that Christopher Nomura has been selected to interview for the position of Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
The open session will be held 3 p.m. Pacific time, 4 p.m. Mountain time, Wednesday, June 24, 2020 in person (attendance limited to 40 attendees) and online via Zoom (registration is required). The recorded session (university login required) and online feedback form will be posted below and will be available until 8 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, July 3, 2020. The President invites feedback on the finalist through the online feedback form.