Francis Antonawich, Ph.D.

Francis Antonawich, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Biology BK LI


SJC Long Island

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Ph.D., Biology — Neuroscience, New York University, 1994

M.S., Neurobiology, New York University, 1990

B.S., Biology — Neuroscience, University of Rochester, 1988


Dr. Frank Antonawich completed his undergraduate training at the University of Rochester, earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from New York University and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at Stony Brook University. He is a professor of biology at St. Joseph’s College in New York, as well as the chair of the biology department. Dr. Antonawich serves as a senior scientist and the clinical research administrator at Garnett McKeen Laboratory Inc. in Bohemia, New York.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Dr. Antonawich's research focuses on ischemia, stroke, neoplasia, apoptosis, neuroendocrinology, stem cells and metabolic dysfunction/disease. His most recent publication examines the cellular and molecular benefits of the palladium lipoic acid complex (Poly MVA) on the energy and antioxidant status of the aged brain. Recent collaborative work has examined vascular remodeling and anti-inflammatory effects of a novel organometallic complex in lungs exposed to Iraqi burn pit dust.

Select Publications

Szema, A.M.,Razi, R., Qamar, N. Levine, L., Zimmerman, T. Hamidi, S.A., Lyubsky, S., Said, S.I., Rueb, T., Golightly, M.G., Garnett, M., Antonawich, F., Sobecki, T.M., Harrington, A., Schmidt, M., Reeder, R.J.,Schoonen, M. (2014) Novel Organo-Metallic Complex, RUX, Attenuates Airway Inflammation from Iraq Burn Pit Dust, by Upregulating Treg, in Mice. submitted.

Anthony M. Szema, A.M., Garnett, M., Antonawich, F., Zimmerman, T., Levine, L., Hamidi, S.A. (2014) RUX, a novel anti-inflammatory drug, suppresses CCL12 gene expression and increases lung compliance in VIP KO Mice. Laboratory Investigations -submitted.

Ajith TA, Nima N, Veena RK, Janardhanan KK, Antonawich F. (2014) Effect of Palladium α-Lipoic Acid Complex on Energy in the Brain Mitochondria of Aged Rats. Altern Ther Health Med. 20(3):27-35.

Krishnan, C.V., Garnett, M., Antonawich, F. (2012) Free Radicals in Neurodegenerative Diseases: Modulation by Palladium α-Lipoic Acid Complex. Chapter 4: Neurodegenerative Diseases - Processes, Prevention, Protection and Monitoring, edited by Raymond Chuen-Chung Chang, ISBN 978-953-307-485, p. 89-126.

Krishnan, C.V., Garnett, M., Antonawich, F. (2011) Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cancer: Modulation by Palladium α-Lipoic Acid Complex. Recent Advances in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery, Apple Academic Press.