Ronald E. Block, Ph.D.

(954) 262-1319

Ronald E. Block, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry for the NSU College of Medical Sciences. He also serves as Professor of Biomedical Sciences in both the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel Colleges of Allopathic Medicine (NSU MD) and NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (KPCOM).

Dr. Block received his B.S. in Chemistry from the College of Charleston, M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Clemson University, and received two years of additional training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Florida.

He has taught medical biochemistry courses for various health professions colleges over the past 25 years at NSU, including NSUMD, KPCOM, College of Pharmacy, College of Optometry and College of Dental Medicine. 

In the past he had an interim appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Florida where he taught pre-medical students.  He was a Research Scientist at Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute (now part of the University of Miami), where he rose to the rank of Senior Scientist (10 years adjunct member of the UM Biochemistry and Chemistry Departments, two years as an adjunct member of the UM Department of Neurology). He had a sabbatical at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Health Effects Research Laboratory. He was a Research Scientist and MRI Physicist in the Radiology Department at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach for eight years.

Dr. Block has been a principal investigator on National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 grants. HE also has served as a member of a NIH Study Section for three years, a site visitor for 12 years, and was a member of a Contract Review Team for the National Cancer Institute.

His research interests have been in biochemical and biological applications of magnetic resonance.  His studies have included MR imaging, spectral, analytical and spin relaxation measurements. Research subjects included Parkinson’s disease patients and dementia patients in collaboration with the UM Department of Radiology, properties of cancerous tissues, enzyme solutions, biological membranes, and contrast agents (the latter resulting in obtaining U.S. Patent 5,525,324). Dr. Block also was a co-editor of the Miami Winter Symposium book on Membrane Transformations in Neoplasia (Academic Press).