Dr. Greene has more than 40 years experience in developmental biology. His research activities and scientific expertise encompass the genetic, epigenetic and environmental causes of birth defects. From 1998 to 2016, he served as founding director of the University of Louisville Birth Defects Center, chairperson of the Department of Molecular, Cellular & Craniofacial Biology, and as an associate in the Department of Pediatrics. As a professor at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, he conducted NIH-funded research into the genetic and biochemical causes of various birth defects. While there, Dr. Greene also served as the associate dean for graduate studies and director of the Daniel Baugh Institute for Birth Defects Research. In addition to being continuously funded by the NIH for 35 years, he has published more than 170 peer-reviewed scientific articles.


  • Postdoctoral Training, National Institutes of Health, 1974-1978
  • PhD, Anatomy/Developmental Biology, University of Virginia, School of Medicine, 1974
  • BA, Biology, Syracuse University, 1967


  • Testified on behalf of the University of Louisville before the U.S. Congressional House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, 2000
  • Best Clinical, Preclinical and Translational Paper of 2013, Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
  • Featured on “EurekAlert!,” American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • NIH Research Career Development Award, R.M. Greene – PI, K-04 – DE00095, 1981-1986
  • NIH (NIGMS) Center for Biomedical Research Excellence, R.M. Greene – PI – 8P20GM103453-10, Molecular Determinants of Developmental Defects, 2002 – 2014
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1980 – Present
  • Teratology Society, 1974 – Present
  • Birth Defects Research A: Clinical & Molecular Teratology, Associate Editor
  • Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research, Editorial Board
  • Open Access Journal of Contraception, Editorial Board
  • Progress in Orthodontics, Editorial Board
  • Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, Editorial Board
  • Frontiers in Craniofacial Biology, subsection of Frontiers in Physiology & Dentistry,
    Editorial Board

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