Name: Prof. Thomas J Farruggella
Title: Visiting Teaching Associate
Office Location: McCann 212
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 7342
Degrees Held:

B.A., Biology, SUNY Buffalo

M.S., Natural Science, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine

N.D., Naturopathy, Clayton College of Natural Health


NYS Teacher's License, permanent


I joined the Marist faculty in 2004 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Biology Department.  I currently teach General Biology 1 and 2, and Human Biology as a Visiting Teaching Assistant.  I have been teaching biomedical sciences to health profession students and undergraduates since 1999.  Prior to that, I had been a research scientist for over twenty-five years, and have co-authored over a dozen research publications in such journals as Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  I earned a B.A. in Biology from SUNY Buffalo and an M.S. in Natural Sciences (Biophysics/Immunology) from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine, Roswell Park Memorial Institute Division.  I also hold a Doctor of Naturopathy degree and a NYS Teacher’s License.   I am a long-time resident of Dutchess County.


hiking, camping, canoeing, photography, guitar, car restoration, antique watches, cold/silver coins

Awards & Honors:


 -"Assay System for Degenerative Muscle Disease."  U.S. Patent No. 5,360,740.


 "Increased expression of CNTF receptor alpha in denervated human skeletal muscle."                    J. Neuropathol Exp. Neurol. 1998 Sep; 57(9):850-7.

 "Enhancing leptin response by preventing SH2-containing phosphatase 2 interaction with Ob receptor." Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1998 May 26; 95(11):6061-6.

 "The protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP-2 negatively regulates ciliary neurotrophic factor induction of gene expression."  Curr Biol. 1997 Sep 1; 7(9):697-700.

 "Detection of receptors for interleukin-6, interleukin-11, leukemia inhibitory factor, oncostatin M, and ciliary neurotrophic factor in bone marrow stromal/osteoblastic cells."  J Clin Invest. 1996 Jan 15; 97(2):431-7.

 "Choice of STATs and other substrates specified by modular tyrosine-based motifs in cytokine receptors."  Science. 1995 Mar 3; 267(5202): 1736-9.

 "Association and activation of Jak-Tyk kinases by CNTF-LIF-OSM-IL-6 beta receptor components."  Science. 1994 Jan 7; 263(5143): 92-5.

 "Released form of CNTF receptor alpha component as a soluble mediator of CNTF responses."  Science. 1993 Mar 19; 259(5102): 1736-9.

"Comparative effects of aminoglycosides on renal cortical and urinary phospholipids in the rat."  Proc Soc Exp Biol Med. 1986 May; 182(1): 1-5.

"Effect of netilmicin on the phospholipid composition of subcellular fractions of rat renal cortex."        J. Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1985 Dec; 235(3): 810-19.

 "[3H]netilmicin binding constants and phospholipid composition of renal plasma membranes of normal and diabetic rats."  J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 1985 May; 233(2): 298-303.

 "A sulphite oxidase deficient rat model: subchronic toxicicology." Food Cosmet Toxicol. 1981 Apr; 19(2): 221-32.

 "A sulphite-oxidase deficient rat model: metabolic characterization." Food Cosmet Toxicol. 1981 Apr; 19(2): 209-20.

"Preferential S-sulfonate formation in lung and aorta." Chem Biol Interact. 1979 May; 25(2-3): 271-7.

Research Interests:

Diet, health, and disease; effects of dietary sugars on body proteins and fat metabolism; C-reactive protein involvement in pathogenesis of inflammatory processes; natural food products with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity.