Dr. Genco earned a PhD in microbiology and immunology from the
University of Pennsylvania in 1967, and returned to UB to begin
teaching periodontics and endodontics that year. He is a SUNY
Distinguished Professor who served as chair of the oral biology
department for 25 years. He and his colleagues were among the first
researchers to connect gum disease with heart disease and stroke.
Genco has published more than 395 scientific papers making him
arguably the nation's leading peridontal researcher. Now director
of the UB Microbiome Center, Dr. Genco was vice provost of the
university’s Office of Science, Technology Transfer and
Economic Outreach (STOR), where he helped launch more than 80
companies in Western New York.