Faculty

  • Jeffrey Amack, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Genetics and cell biology of organ morphogenesis during embryonic development.
  • David Amberg, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of actin dynamics and analysis of genomic influences on actin function.
  • Edward Berry, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Biological energy transduction by membrane protein complexes, with emphasis on oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis.
  • Scott Blystone, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Actin Cytoskeletal Dynamics in the leukocyte inflammatory phenotype.
  • Dimitra Bourboulia, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    * Cancer Biology and Cell Signaling

    * Molecular mechanisms of tumor invasion and metastasis 

    * Prostate cancer development and progression

  • William Brunken, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of brain and ocular development; the role of extracellular matrix in ocular development and disease. 

  • Blair Calancie, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: CNS plasticity after trauma; intraoiperative electrophysiology.
  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases
  • Gary Chan, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Human cytomegalovirus pathogenesis and persistence. 

  • Xin Jie Chen, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Mitochondrial biogenesis and inheritance, aging and aging-related degenerative diseases.
  • Michael Cosgrove, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Epigenetic regulation of chromatin, Mixed Lineage Leukemia, structural biology, enzymology.

  • Richard Cross, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests: Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function
  • Timothy Damron, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Radioprotectant strategies: pediatric growth plate. Treatment of Fractures in Pathology Bone, Reconstructive Alternatives: Limb-Sparing Sarcoma Surgery, Genetics of Pagetoid Osteosarcoma
  • Joseph Domachowske, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Pneumovirus pathogenesis.
  • Dipak Dube, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanism of cardiac myofibrillogenesis in vertebrates.
  • Thomas Duncan, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function.
  • Timothy Endy, MD, MPH
    Professor
    Research Interests: Understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral hemorrhagic and encephalitic arboviruses and host-vector interactions.
  • Stephen Faraone, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests:

    Psych. Genetics; ADHD and BP Disorder; Endophenotype. 

  • Bart Farell, PhD
    Voluntary Faculty
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of visual perception of 3-D position, motion, color and object shape, investigated by psychophysical methods.
  • Wenyi Feng, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Chromosomal DNA replication origins (location, timing and regulation), replication fork integrity and checkpoint regulation, genomic instability and chromosome fragility in both the yeast and human genome
  • Gerold Feuer, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: HTLV pathogenesis and Tax function; Humanized SCID mouse models of hematopoiesis; lentivirus vectors; KSHV/HHV-8 infection and pathogenesis; SCID-hu immune responses against HIV envelope
  • Jerrie Gavalchin, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of pathogenic antibody production in autoimmune glomerulonephritis; Cell-surface receptors for retroviruses
  • Debashis Ghosh, MSc, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Structure and function of enzymes in estrogen and androgen biosynthesis; rational design of enzyme modulators in hormonal breast and prostate cancers; characterization of interphotoreceptor retinol binding proteins.
  • Stephen Glatt, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology

  • Steven Goodman, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Proteomic assessment of sickle cell severity.
  • Steven Hanes, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Gene expression in development and disease, RNA pol II regulation, homeobox genes, prolyl isomerases
  • Sandra Hayes, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Roles of B lymphoid kinase (Blk) in lymphocyte development and activation as well as in preventing autoimmunity

  • George Holz, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Drug development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Brian Howell, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: The signal transduction events that regulate the functional organization of neurons in the brain, and the phenotypes caused by defects in the genes that encode these signaling molecules.
  • Huaiyu Hu, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Molecular studies of brain malformations.
  • Ying Huang, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Oncogenic signaling in cellular transformation and apoptosis; tumor suppressor genes.
  • Bihchen Hwang, DDS, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: DNA replication of herpes viruses.
  • Burk Jubelt, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    CNS acute and chronic polio- and entero-virus infections; Growth factors for Post-Polio Syndrome; Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Motor Neuron Gene Expression

  • Patricia Kane, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Vacuolar H+ATPases (structure, function, assembly and regulation), cellular pH homeostasis, cellular stress responses, protein sorting, genomics, yeast as a model system
  • Wendy Kates, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Anatomic and functional imaging investigations of neurodevelopment in individuals with genetic or psychiatric disorders
  • William Kerr, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Transplant immunology and stem cell biology.
  • Dilip Kittur, MD, ScD, FACS
    Professor
    Research Interests: Xenotransplantation, Endothelial cell dysfunction, Use of herbal products in transplant biology
  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins
  • Bruce Knutson, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    RNA polymerase I transcription (structure, assembly, regulation), nucleolar biology, marcromolecular architecture, crosslinking, proteomics, bioinformatics, modeling, molecular genetics, biochemistry, model systems

  • Leszek Kotula, MD/PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cancer biology, cell signaling, the role of actin cytoskeleton in tumor progression, mouse models of cancer

  • Mira Krendel, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Physiological functions of myosin motors and their roles in diabetic kidney disease and cancer
  • Andrzej Krol, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Advanced tomographic reconstruction in PET and SPECT. Breast cancer detection and imaging using molecular, MR and x-ray imaging. Nonrigid multimodality breast image registration and fusion. Advanced breast cancer lumpectomy. Ultrafast laser-based x-ray source for biomedical imaging. Advanced tomographic reconstruction in cone-beam micro-CT.

  • Stewart Loh, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Protein engineering, design, and folding

  • Hong Lu, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gene regulation during liver development and carcinogenesis

    Drug metabolism, liver protection, cancer chemoprevention, and cancer therapy

  • Juntao Luo, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Nanomedicine, drug delivery, cancer imaging and cancer treatment; gene delivery and gene therapy, protein/peptide delivery. biomaterials in tissue engineering; combinatorial chemistry and drug discovery; High throughput screening; microarrays. 

  • Kenneth Mann, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Micro-mechanics of implant interfaces; damage evolution of joint replacements and biomaterials; in vivo models of tumor osteolysis and prediction of fracture risk; general orthopedic biomechanics.
  • Bryan Margulies, MS, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:
    • Mesenchymal Stem Cell Biology
    • Cell Migration and Cell Fate Choices
    • Endochondral Bone Growth
    • Orthopedic Tumor
  • Paul Massa, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of innate immune responses to viruses.

  • Russell Matthews, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Role of glycoproteins in oncogenesis and brain development
  • Frank Middleton, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular basis of cortical-basal ganglia and cortical-cerebellar circuit formation and dysfunction in neurological and psychiatric disease.

  • David Mitchell, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of ciliary dynein activity and assembly, and the role of the central pair complex in ciliary motility regulation.
  • Jennifer Moffat, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Varicella zoster pathogenesis.
  • Golam Mohi, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:
    Stem cell biology, cell signaling, hematopoiesis and blood cancer 
  • Mehdi Mollapour, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Post-translational regulation of the Hsp90 molecular chaperone machinery in cancer

  • Brad Motter, PhD
    Voluntary Faculty
    Research Interests: Visual Neurophysiology; Visual Attention; Visual Search Behavior
  • Christopher Neville, PT, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:
  • Megan Oest, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Orthopedic tissue engineering; angiogenesis & graft/implant viability; fetal basis of adult disease; intrauterine stem cell programming.
  • Eric Olson, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cerebral cortex development.
  • Donna Osterhout, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Biology of oligodendroglia and myelin formation during development, remyelination and repair in spinal cord injury and MS"

  • Andras Perl, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Genes and Viruses Predisposing to Autoimmunity, Genetics, Apoptosis, Endogenous Retroviruses, Transaldolase

  • Arkadii Perzov, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Biophysical mechanisms of cardiac arrhythmias; fluorescence imaging.
  • Francesca Pignoni, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:
    Neurogenesis; Retinal Progenitor Cells Specification and Proliferation; Genetic Control of Stem Cell Identity and Maintenance; Disease Genes Analysis in Drosophila
  • Thomas Poole, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Vascular development and the alignment of growing nerves and blood vessels in quail and zebrafish embryos.
  • Dawn Post, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cancer treatments. My lab is currently investigating two different cancer therapy approaches: (1) oncolytic viruses and (2) inhibitors of the EGFR/Her pathway.

  • David Pruyne, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Biochemistry and cell biology of formins as actin cytoskeleton organizers, using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system.
  • Rosemary Rochford, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Etiology of viral-associated malignancies, gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis.
  • Michael Roe, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: The Roe laboratory studies signal transduction mechanisms that regulate pancreatic beta cell biology and the pathophysiology of diabetes.
  • Jean Sanger, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Analysis of the assembly of the actin/myosin cytoskeleton in muscle and non-muscle cells.
  • Joseph Sanger, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests: Cellular analysis of the formation of myofibrils, stress fibers, and cleavage furrows in living cells.
  • Mark Schmitt, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Ribonucleoprotein assembly and biogenesis; mitochondrial RNA import, mRNA degradation, cell cycle control
  • M Saeed Sheikh, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Apoptotic signal transduction and cancer biology.
  • Edward Shillitoe, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gene therapy for cancer; Bacterial causes of obesity, diabetes and periodontal disease

  • Allen Silverstone, PhD
    Project Support Specialist
    Research Interests: How dioxins and estrogens and estrogenic compounds affect the immune system.
  • Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of the actin cytoskeleton assembly and role of myosin-1 during endocytosis in fission yeast.
  • Steven Taffet, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of intercellular communication in the heart, gene expression during macrophage activation
  • Daniel Tso, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Neuronal mechanisms of visual perception, studied through physiological, anatomical and functional imaging techniques.
  • Christopher Turner, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of cell migration by focal adhesion adapter proteins and their role in cancer cell metastasis.
  • Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Neuronal survival and development.
  • Richard Veenstra, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: Regulation of connexin-specific-gap-junctions; gap junction channel biophysics.
  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests: Mammalian retinal stem cells formation; molecular mechanism of retinal cell fate decisions; using cell replacement therapy to heal the blinded eye.
  • Stephan Wilkens, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Bound Transport Proteins
  • Gary Winslow, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Host defense against intracellular pathogens, B cell responses, immunological memory


  • Richard JH Wojcikiewicz, PhD
    Professor and Interim Chair
    Research Interests:

    Intracellular signaling via InsP3 receptors and their regulation by the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway and Bcl-2 family proteins.

  • Yunlei Yang, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Deciphering and manipulating the cellular signaling circuits for feeding behaviors using approaches including electrophysiology, pharmacogenetics and optogenetics.

  • Steven Youngentob, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests: In utero ethanol and nicotine exposures and chemsensory systems plasticity, olfactory biomarkers of ADHD, olfactory signal transduction, peripheral and central mechanisms of odorant quality coding.
  • Li-Ru Zhao, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Brain plasticity, Brain repair, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, CADASIL, Traumatic brain injury, Live brain imaging, Stem cell biology and therapy, Cell signaling, Cell-cell interaction.

  • Sijun Zhu, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Genetic mechanisms of Drosophila neural stem cell self-renewal and specification

  • Michael Zuber, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests: The molecular basis of retinal stem cell formation; regulating retinal stem/progenitor cell proliferation; using retinal stem/progenitor cells to heal the injured or degenerating retina.
Eric Wohlford

Eric Wohlford

Eric Wohlford received a 2012 travel award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and spent two months in Kenya working in the lab of Rosemary Rochford, PhD, professor and chair of Upstate’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Eric studied the effects of malaria on B cells (producers of antibodies that fight infection) and Epstein-Barr Virus infection in the region. “Tropical medicine is unique, in that small, focused improvements in patient care make dramatic improvements in the well-being of patients,” he said.

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