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Montclair State Mourns Death of Biology Professor

by Jennifer Portorreal

The Montclair State University community is mourning the death of associate professor of biology, Vladislav Snitsarev, who died unexpectedly in his lab.

Snitsarev was 55 years old and a resident of Montclair. He began to work at the university in 2011.

Elena Petroff, an associate professor of biology and Snitsarev’s wife, described her husband as a motivated person and an exceptional professional.

“[I will remember him] as an original thinker, great scientist and inspiring professor,” Petroff said.

The Chair of the biology department, Dirk Vanderklein, said Snitsarev was a kind and helpful individual.

“I would describe him as a warm and generous person who was always willing to help with anything that needed to be done around the department,” Vanderklein said. “He was very curious and was always looking for interesting ways to teach his courses in animal physiology.”

Petroff shared a similar sentiment.

“[I will remember him] as a happy, kind and driven person,” Petroff said.

Lora Billings, the dean of science and mathematics, also shared her deepest condolences in a message sent to the Montclair State community sharing the sad news.

“Professor Snitsarev was a dedicated member of our faculty who was truly committed to [Montclair State], its mission and to helping students reach their potential,” Billings said.

He will be missed by all of his colleagues in the College of Science and Mathematics and the university community will continue to keep his wife and family in their thoughts and prayers.

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