Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.Th.D.
Professor of Biology
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Providence College, Providence, RI
Professor of Biology, 2016-Present
Professor of Theology, 2016-Present
Associate Professor of Biology, 2011-2016
Associate Professor of Theology, 2015 – 2016
Assistant Professor of Biology, 2005 – 2011
Templeton Foundation Grant #61360: "Thomistic Evolution and the Defense of Faith and Reason," (2019-2021)
NIH Grant P20 GM103430 to the Rhode Island INBRE Program (2019-2020)
NIGMS R15 GM110578 “Genetic Dissection of Yeast Bax Inhibitor Function in UPR and Calcium Signaling.” (2014-2017)
ECF Grant, BioLogos Foundation “Disputed Questions in Evolutionary Creation: Thomistic Responses for the Catholic Faithful and Other Curious Minds,”  (2013-2016)
NIGMS R15 GM094712 “Genetic Identification of Sulforaphane's Mechanism of Action in Yeast Cell Death” (2010-2013)
NSF MRI-R2 0959354 “Acquisition of a Laser Scanning Confocal Microscope for Research and Training in Biology at Providence College” (2010-2013)
NIH Grant P20 RR016457 to the Rhode Island INBRE Program (2005-2014)
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), 2020
University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.Th.D), magna cum laude, 2015
Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC
Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.), summa cum laude, May 2005
Thesis: Life and Death from the Systems Perspective: A Thomistic Bioethics for a Post-Genomic Age
Master of Divinity, summa cum laude, May 2003
Bachelor in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.), summa cum laude, May 2003
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research/University College London, London.
Fellow of the International Human Frontier Science Program, 1996-1997
Mentor: Parmjit Jat, Ph.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Doctor of Philosophy (Biology), June 1996
Fellow of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 1990-1996
Thesis: UTH1 and the Genetic Control of Aging in the Yeast, Saccharomyces
Mentor: Leonard P. Guarente, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Bioengineering), summa cum laude, May 1989
Thesis: Vertebral Body Densitometry Using Interactive Image Analysis
Mentors: Denis S. Drummond, M.D., and John L. Williams, Ph.D.
Office Telephone: (401) 865-1823
Laboratory Telephone: (401) 865-1620
FAX: (401) 865-2959