Robert Bogue Trimble, PhD

Title: Research Scientist, Professor Emeritus
Company: The New York State Department of Health, the State University of New York
Location: Delmar, New York, United States

Robert Bogue Trimble, PhD, Retired Research Scientist and Professor Emeritus at the New York State Department of Health and the State University of New York, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in microbiology and biological chemistry.

Driven by intellectual curiosity and an inquiring mind, Dr. Trimble holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biology from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He briefly studied architecture before declaring a major in biology, an interdisciplinary program drawing heavily from concepts in chemistry and geology. This integrated focus set the tone for Dr. Trimble’s study: His early research work involved the isolation and description of marine microorganisms that released rare metals from common ores, and he would later develop a nuclear magnetic resonance protocol for the identification of complex carbohydrate structures.

In 1970, he began a career with the New York State Department of Health, where he would spend the next 34 years rising in seniority as a research scientist and administrator of the Wadsworth Center Office of Research. He retired from research work for the New York State Department of Health in 2004 and remained Director of the Wadsworth Center Office of Research until 2007. From 1989 until 2007, Dr. Trimble was a professor of biomedical science in the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, serving as Associate Chair of the Department of Biomedical Science and as a member of the Executive Committee on Graduate Studies. He was granted professor emeritus status in 2007 and continued to conduct unaffiliated scientific research until his retirement in 2017.

Dr. Trimble is a former member of the editorial boards of the world-class journals Analytical Biochemistry, Glycobiology, and the Journal on Biological Chemistry, and contributed to more than 80 articles, scientific papers, and technical manuals throughout his career. As an expert in diverse topics in public health, he consulted for several panels by the United States Public Health Service and the American Cancer Society Personnel Review Group and was a member of the Executive Board of the Society for Glycobiology. Dr. Trimble is a grantee of the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute on General Medical Science, and the National Center for Research Resources, and the recipient of multiple Recognition Awards from the Wadsworth Center and the New York State Commissioner of Health in recognition of his service to the department. Dr. Trimble has been profiled in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

In his retirement, Dr. Trimble maintains membership in the American Society for Microbiology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Sigma Xi. A former International Skeet Champion, he continues to enjoy shotgun sports and the outdoors and is a volunteer with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

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