David Roll, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Company: Roberts Wesleyan College
Location: Caledonia, New York, United States

David Roll, Ph.D., Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in biochemistry and higher education.

Becoming interested in chemistry during middle and high school, Dr. Roll started reading books on chemistry at an early age. Discovering a chemistry hobby shop in his hometown, he also created a makeshift laboratory in his home, thus prompting his interest in the field. In 1976, he earned a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and commenced his career as a research associate at the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, a position he held until 1978. Since 1978, he has been a longtime professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, where he teaches chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology.

During his tenure, Dr. Roll cites a highlight of his career to be the publication of a paper regarding topoisomerase enzymes, a protein in liver cancer cells. In addition, he contributed to a prominent case regarding antitrypsin, which caused bleeding akin to hemophilia due to a mutation in the genetic coding. Notably, he holds one patent in the field. Alongside his primary endeavors, he was a visiting professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland from 2002 to 2003.

The former chair of the Rochester section of the American Chemical Society, Dr. Roll also maintains affiliation with the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Highlighted in the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America for his tremendous accomplishments in chemistry and higher education, he enjoys playing tennis, running and reading in his spare time. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue conducting research in Lilac barcoding with his graduate students.

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