Dr. Venkat Sharma

Dean, Natural and Mathematical Sciences & Professor of Biology

334 Netzer Admin. Bldg.


Venkat Sharma is Founding Dean of the School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Biology at SUNY Oneonta since July 2013. As the chief academic and executive officer of the newly created School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Sharma oversees five departments, a biological research station, Science Discovery Center, and several programs consisting of 92 faculty, 1,300 students and an annual base budget of approximately $4,281,143. Prior to joining SUNY Oneonta, Dr. Sharma served as Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at University of West Alabama (UWA), Livingston, AL. Dr. Sharma participated in the Management of Leadership Education (MLE) program at Harvard University during the summer of 2011. He is a member of the Arden seminars. Prior to his appointment at UWA he had held several positions of academic leadership at University of West Florida as Associate Dean/Administrative Fellow in the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor, Department of Biology; and Director, Health Sciences Advisory Programs. Dr. Sharma conducted research in transcription and cytokine biology as Research Scientist at the Arthur James Cancer Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH and also as a Project Investigator/Post-doctoral Fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Dean Sharma has over 25 years of teaching and research experience in Immunology, Nano-Immunology, Biochemistry of Leukemia, HIV-associated B-cell lymphomas, Biomedical Ethics and allied subjects.
Dean Sharma has published extensively research papers, abstracts in research journals, and proceedings of various national and international conferences. He has mentored over 116 undergraduate students in research (46 of them are women and minority), has supervised ten graduate thesis and six postdoctoral fellows, and over 21 early career scientists in STEM discipline. His co-authored work has been cited by scores of investigators around the globe including Dr. Jonas Salk, inventor of Polio Vaccine. Dean Sharma continues to serve on the editorial board of the Journal of Complimentary and Alternate Medicine and has been the reviewer for several grant agencies and various research journals. He has also reviewed book chapters for Molecular Biology of the Gene, 5th Edition, by James D. Watson (Nobel Laureate) et al., and Fundamental & Applied Immunology. Dr. Sharma has received multiple grants from Merck & AAAS, PBI formula grant from the Department of Education, and private foundations. Dean Sharma has initiated several outreach and service-learning activities at UWA, such as Science Saturdays, Women in Sciences Educating Girls engaged in Math and Science (WISE GEMS), faculty forum to develop a community of learners, Share Science, and Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS@NSM). Dean Sharma established research laboratories in plant genomics, environmental studies, watershed studies and Laboratory of Cytokine Research for the first time in the 175 year history of UWA. He also helped create a leadership program for faculty development. Dean Sharma, as a member of the P&T ad hoc committee, advocated and successfully implemented online P&T review. As Chair of Faculty Evaluation Committee, Sharma created clear guidelines for faculty and Chair evaluation instruments.
Dean Sharma is a recipient of numerous awards and honors. He has been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) 2011, recognized for distinguished service to the Friends of India Association (FIAT), Tuscaloosa, AL 2011; recipient, outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, UWF Student Activities Division, 2009; listed in the 2009 Edition of Who's Who in the World; recipient, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award, UWF 2008; listed in the 61st Edition of Who's Who in America, 2007; recipient, President's Award for Leadership in Diversity, UWF 2006; recipient, Annual Distinguished Teaching Award, UWF Student Government Association 2005; recipient, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Advising Award, UWF 2005 & 2001; recipient, Nautilus Excellence Awards: Gabor Award (University Wide) UWF 2004; recipient, Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Awards for excellence in teaching, UWF 2003 and 1998; finalist, Father of the Year 2002 Escambia County Award, Chief Judge's Children's Council (CJCC), Florida; recipient of the Distinguished University Research and Creative Activities Award, UWF 2001; and was nominated for the volunteer of the year award at R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School 2000.
Dean Sharma is married to Sunita Sharma and has two children, Adrika & Arvind. He has travelled Canada, France, Great Britain, India, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Monte Carlo, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, and USA.