Rev. Nicanor Pier Giorgio Austriaco, O.P., Ph.D., S.Th.D.

Professor of Biology


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,”  [http://biologos.org/ecf/grantees]  (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)


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.


Email:  naustria@providence.edu     

Office Telephone:  (401) 865-1823

Laboratory Telephone:  (401) 865-1620

FAX: (401) 865-2959