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Research Faculty—Cancer Research Program

  • Jiri Bem, MD
    Associate Professor
  • Jeffrey Bogart, MD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    • Lung and prostate cancer
    • Clinical investigations through cooperative clinical trials
    • Chair: CALGB Radiation Oncology Committee

  • Gennady Bratslavsky, MD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Basic, clinical, and translational prostate, bladder, and kidney research.   

  • Jayne Charlamb, MD, FACP, FABM, IBCLC
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Breastfeeding Medicine and Benign Breast Disease

    Breast Cancer Screening

    Breast Cancer Prevention

  • Lawrence Chin, MD
    Professor and Chair
  • Donald Cibula, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Health disparities, health-related behaviors and analysis of geospatial variation in health outcomes for populations

  • Robert Cooney, MD
    Professor and Chair
  • Robert Corona, DO,MBA,FCAP,FASCP
    Vice President for Hospital Affairs
  • Michael Cosgrove, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • 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

  • Ola El-Zammar, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Thoracic oncology and inflammatory bowel disease.

  • Joyce Farah, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Dr. Farah is responsible for overseeing clinical research trials pertaining to the field of dermatology.

  • 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

  • Teresa Gentile, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant, Hematologic Malignancies

  • 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 Graziano, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Participation in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
    (Principal Investigator).

  • Marvin Heyboer, MD, FACEP, FUHM, FACCWS
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Hyperbaric Medicine
    Wound Healing

  • George Holz, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Drug development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Ying Huang, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Oncogenic signaling in cellular transformation and apoptosis; tumor suppressor genes.

  • Huaiyu Hu, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular studies of brain malformations.

  • Robert Hutchison, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Pathobiology of malignant lymphomas

  • 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

  • Mitchell Karmel, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

     Computed Tomographic Angiography, Magnetic Resonance Angiography, Interventional Oncology, Hypertension

     

  • William Kerr, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Transplant immunology and stem cell biology.

  • Leslie Kohman, MD, FACS
    Distinguished Service Professor
    Research Interests:

    All aspects of thoracic oncology and lung cancer. Clinical trials in solid organ cancers.

  • Mira Krendel, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Physiological functions of myosin motors and their roles in diabetic kidney disease and cancer

  • David Lehmann, MD, PharmD
    Distinguished Service Professor
    Research Interests:

    Effect of drug metabolism on adverse drug reactions

  • Sheila Lemke, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Clinical trials in Breast Cancer

  • Stewart Loh, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Protein engineering, design, and folding

  • Hong Lu, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    • Nuclear receptor and gene-diet interactions in Fatty liver and hyperlipidemia
    • Progression of fatty liver to steatohepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer
    • Drug metabolism and liver protection
    • Liver-kidney comorbidity

  • 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. 

  • Kristopher Maier, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Vascular disease, Vascular Complications in Diabetes, Endothelial and Smooth Muscle Intracellular Signaling

  • 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.

  • William Marx, DO
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Trauma; GERD; hernias; gallbladder disease; liver tumors; colon cancer; pancreatitis; stomach cancer; pancreas cancer

  • Mary McGrath, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Brain Imaging

    Thyroid Disease

    PET Imaging

  • Jennifer Moffat, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Varicella zoster pathogenesis.

  • Christopher Morley, PhD, MA
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Health Disparities, Medical Sociology, Med Education, Ethics, Research Methods, Behavioral Health, Genetics

  • P James Newman, MD
    Instructor
  • Megan Oest, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Radiation damage to bone and progenitor cells; mechanical regulation of bone cell behavior; osteoclast lineage cells; orthopedic tissue engineering.

  • Nathaniel Ordway, MS, PE
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Clinical and experimental spine biomechanics; Motion analysis and functional assessment

  • 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

  • Bernard Poiesz, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Detection, quantification, and characterization of human retro-viruses, testing of antiviral compounds; understanding the biology of sarcomeric protiens.

  • 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
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Paula Rosenbaum, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Pediatric and adult cancers, woman's health, and the role of environmental exposures in reproductive health, endocrine diseases and immunologic disorders, including allergies and asthma.

  • Mark Schmitt, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Rahul Seth, DO
    Assistant Professor
  • M Saeed Sheikh, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Apoptotic signal transduction and cancer biology.

  • Jody Sima, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Late Effects of Childhood Cancer

    Primary care and cancer survivorship

  • Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mechanisms of the actin cytoskeleton assembly and role of myosin-1 during endocytosis in fission yeast.

  • Telisa Stewart, DrPH
    Assistant Professor
  • Christopher Turner, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of cell migration by focal adhesion adapter proteins and their role in cancer cell metastasis.

  • Richard Veenstra, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of connexin-specific-gap-junctions; gap junction channel biophysics.

  • Ching Wang, PhD
    Emeritus
  • Dongliang Wang, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Clinical trials, biomarker evaluation, diagnostic test evaluation, statistical genetics, nonparametric statistics, biostatistics.

  • Guirong Wang, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Innate immunology; host defense; inflammatory regulation; Surfactant Protein expression, regulation and function; humanized transgenic mice;  Bacterial induced pneumonia and sepsis; acute lung injury and ARDS; lung stem cell and differentiation; PM2.5 induced pulmonary disease 

  • Stephan Wilkens, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Structure and Mechanism of Membrane Bound Transport Proteins

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

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

  • Shengle Zhang, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular Oncology and its clinical application.

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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