The Presidential Thought Leadership Series is an initiative to bring well known and innovative visionaries from around the world to our community to enrich and invigorate faculty, staff, students, and guests. The series provides unique opportunities to for faculty and scholarship, learning, growth opportunities and professional development.

The series kicked off on November 17, 2021 with an evening keynote address "Understanding Human Sex and Intimacy with Faith and Reason" by distinguished bioengineer, bioethicist and theologian Rev. Nicanor Austriaco O.P. Fr. Nicanor received his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T. where he was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Leonard Guarente.  Fr. Nicanor also completed a Pontifical Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.  His NIH-funded laboratory at Providence College is investigating the genetic regulation of programmed cell death using the yeasts, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida albicans, as model organisms.  His first book, Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics, was published by the Catholic University of America Press.