Dr. Jerome L. Hojnacki is an Emeritus full professor in Biological Sciences at the UMass Lowell. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Biology, and a Master of Health Administration. He held previous appointments at Harvard University School of Public Health and Massachusetts General Hospital, and was a research consultant for a National Cancer Institute project at Beth Israel Hospital, publications from which were cited in the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco and Health. He was also the Dean of the Graduate School at UMass Lowell for 18 years. He is currently a participant in the UMass Medical School Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Hojnacki is the author of numerous scientific research publications and book chapters and was the Principal Investigator on outside grants and contracts totaling $1.7 million. His research expertise is in the area of atherosclerosis and lipid metabolism. He has presented his research in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Anaheim, and Palm Springs, in the former Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, Rome, Italy, and Nice, France as well as at Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Hojnacki is currently a Fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Nutrition, a Certified Nutrition Specialist, and a member of the American Society of Nutrition.
Hojnacki played a key role in establishing Lowell’s joint Biology and Chemistry Ph.D. option in Biochemistry. He also developed Lowell’s first graduate certificate in Biotechnology and Bioprocessing, and participated in the approval process of Lowell’s 50+ other graduate certificates. He was Principal Investigator on a grant from the UMass President’s Office that resulted in the publication of the first five-campus UMass Research Compendium. He was also the senior author on the doctoral proposal, approved by the UMass Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth’s Board of Higher Education, that resulted in the first system wide Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology. He later authored Lowell’s first Biology Professional Science Master’s degree proposal that was approved by the Council of Graduate Schools. He has had extensive experience in curriculum development.