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Research Faculty—Medicine

Cardiology

  • Luna Bhatta, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Atrial fibrillation; Biventricular pacing in CHF; Cardiac pacemaker and implantable defibrillator

  • Robert Carhart, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cardiac rehabilitation; Cardiac ischemia; Aggressive medical therapy; Congestive Heart Failure

  • Lewis Johnson, MD, CDE
    Clinical Professor
    Research Interests:

    Diabetes mellitus and preventive cardiology

  • Hani Kozman, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Coronary artery disease; Acute coronary syndromes; Acute myocardial infarction; Interventional cardiology; Coronary angioplasty/stenting

  • Kan Liu, MD, PhD
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    • Endothelial dysfunction in coronary artery disease
    • Lipotoxicity/glucotoxicity and endothelial/myocyte dysfunction in diabetes
    • Clinical and genetic analysis of valve diseases/Strain/strain rate imagine in cardiomyopathy

  • Harold Smulyan, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Arterial & aortic distensibility; Hypertension

  • Tamas Szombathy, MD
    Associate Professor
  • Daniel Villarreal, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cardio-renal integration in physiological and pathophysiological conditions; Neuro-humoral and hemodynamic mechanisms in homeostasis, heart failure and hypertension.

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

  • Barbara Feuerstein, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Diabetes; thyroid disease; obesity; pituitary disease; lipid disorders; adrenal diseases; adolescents with diabetes

  • George Holz, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Drug development for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  • Roberto Izquierdo, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Thyroid nodules, thyroid cancer, diabetes mellitus

  • Lewis Johnson, MD, CDE
    Clinical Professor
    Research Interests:

    Diabetes mellitus and preventive cardiology

  • Colin Leech, PhD
    Associate Professor
  • Lauren Lipeski, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Thyroid funtion testing methodology

  • 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.

  • Irene Sills, MD
    Emeritus
    Research Interests:

    Type 1 Diabetes

  • Susan Stred, MD
    Clinical Professor
    Research Interests:


     

  • Paula Trief, PhD
    Distinguished Service Professor
    Research Interests:

    My research focuses on the psychosocial issues that affect patients with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes.  I have developed and tested effective and practical interventions for patients with diabetes, those at risk, and their partners, to help them achieve better physical health (e.g., control of blood sugar, weight) and quality of life.  I have also studied the relationship between depression/anxiety and diabetes outcomes. My current NIH-funded project follows young adults with type 2 diabetes to better understand factors that affect medication adherence and healthcare usage, to design more effective behavioral interventions for this vulnerable group. 

  • Ruth Weinstock, MD, PhD
    Distinguished Service Professor
    Research Interests:

    Diabetes and its complications, lipid disorders, obesity, metabolism, metabolic bones diseases including osteoporosis

Gastroenterology

General Internal Medicine

Geriatrics

  • Sharon Brangman, MD
    Distinguished Svc Prof & Chair (Med)
    Research Interests:

    Alzheimer's disease and exercise, improving hearing/communication for older adults in the hospital setting and delirium after moderate sedation

Hematology/Oncology

  • Dipak Dube, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Molecular mechanism of cardiac myofibrillogenesis in vertebrates.

  • David Duggan, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Clinical trials in cancer; Hodgkin's Disease, Lymphoma and  Leukemia.

  • Ajeet Gajra, MD, FACP
    Clinical Professor
    Research Interests:

    Clinical trials- phase III; Geriatric Oncology; Outcomes research in cancer; Prognostic factors in cancer

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

    Bone Marrow/Stem Cell Transplant, Hematologic Malignancies

  • 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

  • Stephen Graziano, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Adham Jurdi, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Participation in the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology

    Participation in Academic and Community Cancer Research United (AACRU)

  • Bernard Poiesz, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Pamela Salisbury, NP
    Nurse Practitioner
  • Abirami Sivapiragasam, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Jonathan Wright, MD
    Clinical Professor
    Research Interests:

    Gastrointestinal malignancies

Infectious Diseases

  • Donald Blair, MD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Renal function in HIV disease. Tachycardia in HIV infected patients. Antibiotic Pharmacokinetic. Antibiotic stewardship.

  • Timothy Endy, MD, MPH
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Understanding the epidemiology and pathogenesis of viral hemorrhagic and encephalitic arboviruses and host-vector interactions.

  • Jerrie Gavalchin, PhD
    Professor
    Research Interests:

    Regulation of pathogenic antibody production in autoimmune glomerulonephritis; Cell-surface receptors for retroviruses

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

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

Nephrology

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Anil Ghimire, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    COPD, Pulmonary Infections, Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis

  • Dana Savici, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Respiratory Bronchiolitis-The Diagnostic Significance of Pigmented Macrophages in the Bronchoalveolar Lavage

  • James Sexton, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cystic Fibrosis, bronchiectasis, infections of the lung, Critical Care and pulmonary hypertension.

Rheumatology

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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