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Miguel Garcia-Diaz

miguel garcia-diazInterim Vice President for Research

Miguel Garcia-Diaz was appointed Interim Vice President for Research (VPR), effective July 15, 2023. As the university’s senior research officer, he provides oversight for research administration, strategy, policy, technology transfer and economic development. He also serves as the Operations Manager for the SUNY Research Foundation.

Garcia-Diaz oversees research development as Stony Brook’s Interim Associate Vice President for Research and Deputy Operations Manager for the Research Foundation, positions he was appointed to in 2022 following a long history as an accomplished researcher and educator. He has served in various roles at Stony Brook, including Associate Dean in the Graduate School and Graduate Program Director for the Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology PhD program.  He has also participated in several research initiatives, including Facilitating Research Success and the Strategic Budget Initiative.

Garcia-Diaz received a BS in Biochemistry and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Universidad Autonoma in Madrid, Spain. Following completion of a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, he was appointed as assistant professor in the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacological Sciences in 2007, where he is currently a professor.

Garcia-Diaz is a structural biologist who has focused his research—some of which takes place at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)—on understanding how mitochondria use their genome to build the different structures necessary for mammalian respiration. He has been dedicated to developing the next generation of researchers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical research, including students from groups underrepresented in these fields of research. He has also shown excellent leadership and mentorship qualities as the Director of the T32-funded Training Program in Pharmacological Sciences and as Co-Director of the National Institute of Health’s IRACDA Training Program.


Kathleen A. Green
Executive Asst. & VP Coordinator
Phone: 631.632.7932
Office of the VP for Research
S5422 Melville Library
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3365