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Research Faculty—Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Program Director/Department Chair: Patricia Kane, PhD

  • David Amberg, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of actin dynamics and analysis of genomic influences on actin function.

  • Alaji Bah, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Elucidate the structure, dynamics and functions of intrinsically disordered proteins and protein regions (IDPs/IDRs) and their biological regulation by Post-translational modifications.

  • Audrey Bernstein, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Fibrosis; Scarring; Protein degradation; ubiquitin; integrins; cytoskeleton; patient-derived model systems

  • Dimitra Bourboulia, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    • Extracellular kinase signaling
    • Extracellular chaperone function 
    • Targeting extracellular signaling networks in urological cancers

  • Peter Calvert, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular mechanisms of protein transport and localization in retinal neurons; mechanisms of retinal degenerative diseases

  • Xin Jie Chen, PhD
    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
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function

  • Thomas Duncan, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Bioenergetics, enzymology, structural biology, membrane protein function.

  • Wenyi Feng, PhD
    Associate 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

  • Diana Gilligan, MD/PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    My research includes studies of the red blood cell membrane skeleton in patients with inherited hemolytic anemia

  • Steven Hanes, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gene expression in development and disease, RNA pol II regulation, homeobox genes, prolyl isomerases

  • 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

  • William Kerr, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Transplant immunology and stem cell 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, macromolecular 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

  • Vladimir Kuznetsov, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cancer systems biology, bioinformatics, big data and survival prediction analyses, predictive and personalized medicine, computational genome and transcriptome biology, non-B DNA structures, RNA:DNA hybrids, R-loops, G-quadruplexes, ncRNAs, clinical biomarker discovery and validation

  • Stewart Loh, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Protein engineering, design, and folding

  • 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.

  • Mehdi Mollapour, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Andras Perl, MD, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • 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

  • David Pruyne, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Biochemistry and cell biology of formins as actin cytoskeleton organizers, using Caenorhabditis elegans as a model system.

  • Mark Schmitt, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Ribonucleoprotein assembly and biogenesis; mitochondrial RNA import, mRNA degradation, cell cycle control

  • Andrea Viczian, PhD
    Research 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

  • 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.

More About Upstate Research and Faculty

Overview of Research
David Amberg, PhD
Vice President for Research
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Sponsored Programs
Jennifer A. Rudes, Director, Sponsored Programs Pre-Award
Office of Sponsored Programs
Research Administration
Holly Chanatry, MS
Director
Strategic Research Initiatives

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Clinical Research Unit
Ruth S. Weinstock, MD, PhD
Division Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Clinical Research Unit
Research Integrity
Robert H. Quinn, DVM, PhD
Interim Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
Research Integrity Office
Quality Assessment and Improvement Program (QAIP)
Robin Cerro
QAIP Coordinator
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Research Compliance
Marti Benedict
Chief Compliance Officer for Research
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Center for Research & Evaluation (CRE)
Steven Ziemba
Administrative Director
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Post-Awards Services
Gina McMahon
Director, Post-Award Services
Technology Transfer
Scott Macfarlane
Director, Office of Technology Transfer
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