Professor Emeritus Sheldon Greer Passes Away, Services on Friday

Sheldon Greer, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, passed away on Monday, December 19. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 23, at 1 p.m., at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel, 20955 Biscayne Boulevard, Aventura, Florida 33180. Following the services, a gathering of family and friends will be held at the same location until 6 p.m.

Greer earned a B.A. at Brooklyn College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Columbia University. He was a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons before joining UM as an Associate Professor in 1961. He was promoted to Professor in 1974. He also held appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Radiation Oncology.

Greer’s clinical interests were in the field of molecular genetics, and his research interests included cancer therapy, radiation therapy, gene silencing and cancer, and repair mechanisms. He published dozens of scholarly articles in leading academic journals and held several patents for radiation therapy for cancer. He received Professor of the Year and Outstanding Professor awards (twice each) from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He remained active in his work after becoming Professor Emeritus in 2009.

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