Russell J. DiGate, Ph.D.

Russell J. DiGate, Ph.D., served as Provost at University of the Sciences (USci) in Philadelphia from 2008–12. He previously served as Dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy at USci. He came to the University of the Sciences from the University of Maryland where he served as Chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and Acting Dean (August 2001 through February 2002) within the School of Pharmacy. Under his direction, grants and contracts increased from $8.9 million to more than $12 million in less than two years.

Dr. DiGate earned a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and conducted postdoctoral research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York before assuming a faculty position at Maryland. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of topoisomerases and DNA replication. He has published in many well-respected journals such as Nature, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Molecular Cell.

Dr. DiGate is originally from East Hampton, NY, where he grew up on Three Mile Harbor. He earned his B.A. in 1980, his M.A. in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1986 from the University of Rochester, where he was the recipient of an NIH predoctoral fellowship. He performed postdoctoral research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, receiving both Exxon and NIH postdoctoral fellowships. He is an internationally recognized expert in the field of topoisomerases and DNA replication and has received continuous NIH funding for his research for more than 13 years.