Dr. Bob Kane serves as the Faculty-in-Residence (FIR) for the University Parks residential community. Dr. Kane serves as an associate professor in the department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and as Director of the Institute of Biomedical Studies. Bob earned his B.S. degree at Texas Lutheran College and his Ph.D. at Texas Tech, and joined the Baylor faculty in 1996 after completing a postdoc at UCLA. Dr. Kane’s research is focused on specialized applications of synthetic chemistry in areas such as vaccine development and islet transplantation. His lab works closely with immunologists and transplant biologists in Dallas at the Baylor/Scott & White Health Care System, where he is an adjunct investigator at the Baylor Institute for Immunology Research. He has six patents, 43 publications, and has made over 100 scholarly presentations related to his research. During his time at Baylor, his lab has received over $2.5 million in research funding, which has supported the work of six Ph.D. and six MS graduates as well as numerous undergraduate researchers.
Joining him in this Faculty-in-Residence endeavor is his wife, Deb, who grew up in Chicago and earned her BA in Marketing and International Management at Georgetown University. Between them, they have five awesome children, who are currently scattered between Texas, Alaska, and Massachusetts. In addition to taking advantage of all the great opportunities at Baylor - from the BU Theater to concerts at the School of Music to all the great sporting events - Bob and Deb love to travel, attend music festivals, and play tennis. "I have always valued my relationships with students in my classes, research lab, and the student organizations I advise, and I am pleased to have this chance to serve as a FIR at University Parks. As an undergraduate I experienced the challenges of being a transfer student, and so I am especially excited to get to work with the great students in the Transfer Year Experience LLC. Deb and I look forward to this opportunity to make a real contribution to the campus community at University Parks."