Senior Professor Albert Magro received his B.A. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Montclair University and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Rutgers University. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Public Health Research Institute of New York. Before coming to FSU, his academic appointments included faculty positions at Rutgers University, Albany Medical College, the Graduate School of Public Health of the State University of New York at Albany, the Medical School of the University of Palermo in Italy and Purdue University. His professional appointments have included the positions of Senior Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research and the Director of the Core Laboratory of the Clinical Studies Center at Albany Medical College. He has extensive experience in the testing of anti-allergic drugs and has served as a consultant for a number of pharmaceutical companies, including Merck Sharpe & Dohme, Sterling-Winthrop and Cosmos Drugs of Venezuela. His research interests have included cellular transduction mechanisms and the involvement of the lipoxygenase pathway in the activation of mast cells and basophils. His current National Institutes of Health funded research activities include studies in the cell signaling mechanisms associated with the pharmacological induction of apoptosis in cancer cells. Other projects include studies on the role of evolutionary derived and primitive phenotypic characteristics upon our sense of beauty of human form. His professional interests are also centered around the teaching and the development of students.