Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

BSA Board Chair; President of Stony Brook University

Samuel StanleySamuel L. Stanley Jr., is the fifth president of Stony Brook University, one of just 62 members of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and recognized for its innovative programs, groundbreaking discoveries, student diversity and integration of research with undergraduate education. In addition to his position as University President, Stanley serves as the Vice Chairman of Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA), an organization that manages Brookhaven National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science; and he is Chairman of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which advises the United States government on issues related to the communication, dissemination and performance of sensitive biological research. 

He also serves on the boards of the SUNY Research Foundation, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Goodwill Industries of Greater NY and NJ, and the Long Island Association. Stanley was a member of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and a member of the NIH Director's Blue Ribbon Panel on the National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and as an ambassador for the Paul G. Rogers Society for Global Health Research and has received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science from Konkuk University in Korea.

Prior to his appointment at Stony Brook, Stanley served 25 years as a physician-scientist and educator and Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University in St. Louis. During his time as a biomedical researcher and Vice Chancellor for Research at Washington University, Stanley distinguished himself as one of the top recipients of support from the NIH for his research focusing on enhanced defense against emerging infectious diseases.

He is an expert in the biological mechanisms that cells employ when responding to infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria and viruses, a process commonly called the inflammatory response. Stanley received his BA in 1976 from the University of Chicago and his MD in 1980 from Harvard Medical School. After his internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, he was named a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine.


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One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.