Francis Antonawich, Ph.D.

Francis Antonawich, Ph.D.


Biology BK LI


Long Island

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Ph.D., Biology — Neuroscience, New York University, 1994

M.S., Neurobiology, New York University, 1990

B.S., Biology — Neuroscience, University of Rochester, 1988


Dr. Frank Antonawich completed his undergraduate training at the University of Rochester, earned a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from New York University and completed his post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Neurology at Stony Brook University. He is a professor of biology at St. Joseph’s University, New York, as well as the chair of the biology department. Dr. Antonawich serves as a senior scientist and the clinical research administrator at Garnett McKeen Laboratory Inc. in Bohemia, New York.

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Dr. Antonawich's research focuses on ischemia, stroke, neoplasia, apoptosis, neuroendocrinology, stem cells and metabolic dysfunction/disease. His most recent publication examines the cellular and molecular benefits of the palladium lipoic acid complex (Poly MVA) on the energy and antioxidant status of the aged brain. Recent collaborative work has examined vascular remodeling and anti-inflammatory effects of a novel organometallic complex in lungs exposed to Iraqi burn pit dust.

Select Publications

Antonawich, F., and Garnett, M. (2018) Lipoic Acid Mineral Complex Modulates Free Radicals in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Townsend Newsletter #423 p.49–57.

Lin, D., Li, J., Razi,R., Qamar, N., Levine, L., Zimmerman, T., Hamidi, S.A., Schmidt, M., Golightly, M.G., Rueb, T., Harrington, A., Garnett, M., Antonawich F., McClain, S., Cox, C., Huang, P.H., Szema, A.M. (2018) RUX Large Restores Lungs in Ira PM-exposed Mice, Up-Regulating Regulatory T-cells (Tregs). Experimental Lung Research 0: 1-14;

Antonawich F, Veena RK, Ajith TA, Janardhanan KK. (2017) Preparatory Liquid Blend, Poly-MVA and Rejeneril-A Protect the Radiation-Induced DNA Damage and Lesions of Ileum. J Basic Clin Pharma 8: S054-S059.

Sridharan, V., Seawright, J., Antonawich, F.J., Garnett, M., Cao, M., Singh, P., Boerma, M. (2017) Late Administration of a Palladium Lipoic Acid Complex (Poly-MVA) Modifies Cardiac Mitochondria but not Functional or Structural Manifestations of Radiation-Induced Heart Disease in a Rat Model. Journal of Radiation Research 187(3): 361-366.

Veena RK, Ajith TA, Janardhanan KK, Antonawich F. (2016) Antitumor Effects of Palladium-a-Lipoic Acid Complex Formulation as an Adjunct in Radiotherapy. Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology, 35(4):99-107.

Veena RK, Ajith TA, Janardhanan KK, Antonawich F. (2015) Poly-MVA attenuates 7,12- dimethylbenzene [a] anthracene initiated, and croton oil promoted skin papilloma formation on mice skin. Journal of Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology, 11(2): 125-132.

Ajith TA, Nima N, Veena RK, Janardhanan KK, Antonawich F. (2014) Effect of Palladium α-Lipoic Acid Complex on Energy in the Brain Mitochondria of Aged Rats. Altern Ther Health Med. 20(3):27-35.

Krishnan, C.V., Garnett, M., Antonawich, F. (2011) Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Cancer: Modulation by Palladium α-Lipoic Acid Complex. Nanomedicine and Cancer Therapies, edited by Mathew Sebastian, Neethu Ninan, Eldho Elias, Apple Academic Press. ISBN 9781926895185, Ch 7.