George T. Tortora, PhD.


George T. Tortora, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Stony Brook University


Research & Scholary Activities

Dr. George T. Tortora earned a B.S. degree in Biology from CCNY in 1959 and a Ph.D. in Biology from St. John’s University in 1970. He came to Stony Brook in 1971 after 13 years as a Clinical Microbiologist, starting his career at St. Luke’s Hospital, continuing at St. Elizabeth’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals while serving as a field consultant and examiner for the NYC Department of Health, Bureau of Laboratory Improvement. He has had a dual role as Head of Clinical Microbiology at Stony Brook University Hospital while continuing as a faculty member of the Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences since 1984. He is certified as a specialist in Public Health and Medical Laboratory Microbiology by the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Dr. Tortora developed and taught courses in General Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Clinical Microbiology, Serology, Parasitology, and Mycology that at various times included students in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Physicians Assistants, Respiratory Sciences in SHP and Surgical Technology in the School of Nursing. He has advised Doctoral students and served on their committees for the Department of Oral Biology.

His research interests have been directed toward diverse applied microbiology fields that have included Clinical, Medical, Public Health, Environmental and Basic Microbiology. For the past 20 years his main research interest has been in the role of the exosporium in bacterial endospore attachment. He has authored or co-authored 2 dozen publications and 40 abstracts in these fields.