Prof. Jeffrey Toney, PhD.

Dr. Toney obtained a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia (1981) and a M.S. (1982) and Ph.D. (1985) in Chemistry from Northwestern University. He was a post-doctoral fellow in Molecular Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School (1985-1987) and a post-doctoral fellow in Chemical Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987-1989) before joining Merck Research Laboratories as a Research Fellow (1989-1999) and Senior Research Fellow (1999-2002). At Merck, Dr. Toney studied a variety of therapeutic targets for which high throughput biochemical assays were developed. He oversaw successful Investigational New Drug (IND) and New Drug Applications (NDA) for approval by the FDA.   Dr. Toney joined the faculty of Montclair State University as the Sokol Professor of Chemistry (2002-2008) and served as Department Chairperson, Chemistry & Biochemistry (2005-2008). Dr. Toney joined Kean University in 2008 as Dean of the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences. During his tenure as Dean (2008-2011), Dr. Toney championed the development and enhancement of key academic programs in both traditional and emerging disciplines, including a B.S. in Sustainability Studies, the first of its kind in New Jersey.  Dr. Toney is Chief Academic Officer (2011- present) at Kean University, responsible for academic operations on all instructional sites, including Union, New Jersey, Kean Ocean and at Wenzhou Kean University in the Zhejiang Province of China, the first US-Sino collaborative public University offering American Bachelor degrees in China, with currently over 2,000 students.  He teaches courses in scientific writing and presentation and works with undergraduate and graduate students on a wide range of research projects bridging science, human rights and the arts, including STEAM initiatives.

He served as a founding Board of Directors member of the startup pharmaceutical company, Sunnylife Pharma, at which he is currently on the Scientific Advisory Board.  Since 2009, he has served on the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition and volunteers for human rights organizations including Music For Relief, at which he shared the Grand Prize in the Ebola Prevention Challenge Fundraiser.  He is published widely in the news media including The New York Times, The Hill (Congress Blog) and The Huffington Post. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds six US patents. He has also published short fiction stories in O-Dark-Thirty, the literary journal of The Veterans Writing Project, The East Coast Literary Review, Storyland Literary Review, 2Elizabeths, and in a published Anthology of Crack The Spine. Recently, he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize for his 100 word story, “The Quiet Raspberry Wormhole” published by Crack The Spine.