Dr. Ponzio received his B.A. in Biology and M.S. in Biology/Immunology from Seton Hall University, and his Ph.D. in Anatomy/Immunology from S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center. After completing post-doctoral work at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and NYU Medical Center, Dr. Ponzio joined the faculty of Northwestern University Medical School before coming to UMDNJ in 1981. Dr. Ponzio was named Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics of the New Jersey Medical School and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1987, and currently serves as Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, as Associate Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Neurological Institute of New Jersey (NINJ), and as Interim Director of the Brain Cell Regeneration program at NINJ
Dr. Ponzio has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology since 1988, and has served on the editorial boards of Clinical Immunology & Immunopathology and International Immunopharmacology. He has served on or is currently serving on: the NJ Cord Blood Bank Scientific Advisory Committee; the Ruth Estrin Goldberg Memorial for Cancer Research; the New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network; the Association of Medical and Laboratory Immunology: Education Committee; American Association of Immunology: Education Committee, Committee to Develop High School Teacher Intern Program; NJ State Commission on Cancer Research; American Cancer Society, NJ Division: Board of Trustees and Executive Committee.
In 2003, Dr. Ponzio was inducted into the UMDNJ Master Educators' Guild, a prestigious, university-wide selection of faculty members recognized for their outstanding teaching skills. Dr. Ponzio currently serves as the Guild's Vice-President. Click here for an article about Dr. Ponzio's induction into the Guild.