Dr. Frances Santiago-Schwarz

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biology
  • Immunology
  • Development of monocyte-macrophages
  • Development of dendritic cells
  • Dendritic cell based immunotherapy

Since 2003 Dr. Santiago-Schwarz has been an Associate Professor of Biology at Farmingdale State. A key player in the development of the new bioscience curriculum at Farmingdale State and of new partnerships with local bioscience industry, she also holds faculty rank in the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University .

In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Santiago-Schwarz was a Research Scientist at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Director of Cellular Immunology Research Laboratory at Winthrop University Hospital and a Senior Research Scientist in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Dr. Santiago-Schwarz earned her BS in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico , her MS in Biology at New York University and her PhD in Immunology/Molecular Biology at the Department of Microbiology at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles , California . Her doctoral thesis was "Characterization of potent accessory cells which stimulate the human mixed leukocyte reaction and two related T cell responses."

Her postdoctoral fellows have been at the Department of Pathology at Stony Brook University , the Department of Pathology at New York University and the VA Medical Center in New York City .

She has edited and reviewed scientific and medical articles for journal such as Blood, Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology , NIAMS, Trends in Immunology, Rheumafonds ( Netherlands ), and Medical Research Council in the UK .

Dr. Santiago-Schwarz has been awarded 19 Fellowships and Grants from prestigious organizations such as NIH, the Arthritis Foundation, and LIJ Medical Center . She has three major grants pending which are valued at almost $650,000.

Dr. Santiago-Schwarz has served as a Research Mentor and Lecturer to medical fellows, residents and both graduate and undergraduate students.

Dr. Santiago Schwarz has authored or co-authored more than thirty articles published in journals such as Journal of Immunology, Journal of Leukocyte Biology, and the Journal of Rheumatology.


Professional Associations:

  • Medical and Scientific Committee, Arthritis Foundation, Long Island Chapter
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • The Reticuloendothelial Society
  • The American Association of Immunologists
  • New York/New Jersey MetroFlow Users Group (Steering Committee Member)


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