UB research employee dies


An employee found an unconscious colleague in a North Campus lab on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

The unconscious employee, 32-year-old research associate Ajay Singh, was later declared dead at the Milliard Fillmore Suburban Hospital.

University Police responded to the call and Getzville and Amherst medical personnel performed CPR and administered an AED to Singh for over an hour but were unable to revive him. 

Singh’s cause of death was unknown as of Wednesday night, but a preliminary examination pointed to asphyxiation from choking on food.

Singh, an Amherst resident originally from India, was a postdoctoral research associate in UB’s Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics. His research areas included organic synthesis, nanomedicine, drug delivery, photoacoustic imaging and molecular imaging, according to the institute’s website. Singh was also published widely in top-tier scientific journals, was an editor for two respected journals and had several patent applications, according to a university statement.

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