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Research Faculty—Neuroscience Program

Neuroscience Program

  • Stephen Glatt, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Dr. Glatt is Director of the Psychiatric Genetic Epidemiology & Neurobiology Laboratory (PsychGENe Lab).  The mission of the PsychGENe Lab is to develop and apply methods for finding the causes of mental health and mental illness.  The vision of the lab is that we will discover those causes and use that information to design interventions that treat or prevent these disorders, or foster resilience to them.  We are running numerous research projects aimed at finding the genes and environmental risk factors for a wide variety of disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, autism spectrum disorder, and substance abuse disorders, among others.  Our pipeline seeks to identify “risk genes” for these disorders by studying affected individuals and families and then to reveal how such genes alter brain biology leading to a vulnerability to mental illness.

  • 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
    Research Interests:

    Molecular studies of brain malformations.

  • Barry Knox, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Visual transduction, Gene Expression, Membrane proteins

  • Chunyu Liu, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Dr. Liu's major research focuses on identifying the molecular mechanisms of major psychiatric diseases, particularly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia using  comprehensive approaches including genetics, bioinformatics, genomics, cellular and animal models.

  • Russell Matthews, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Role of glycoproteins in oncogenesis and brain development

  • Frank Middleton, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    • Genetic, epigenetic, and neuroanatomical basis of neurological and psychiatric disorders
    • Basal ganglia and cerebellar circuitry in normal and disease states
    • Neural-immune and gut-brain interactions
    • Machine learning approaches for biomarker discovery
    • Next generation sequencing for multiomic data analysis (genome, transcriptome, microbiome, methylome) 

  • Eric Olson, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of cerebral cortex development.

    Lissencephaly / neuronal migration disorders; Dendritogenesis and early cortical wiring; Reelin-Dab1 signaling; Adaptor proteins; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome;  Intellectual disability

  • Daniel Tso, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Neuronal mechanisms of visual perception, studied through physiological, anatomical and functional imaging techniques.

  • Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Neuronal survival and development.

  • Mariano Viapiano, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Brain cancer therapies; tumor microenvironment; tumor invasion; extracellular matrix; nano-therapeutics; immunotherapies

  • 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.

  • Cynthia Weickert, PhD
    Research Interests:

    I research the Neurobiology of Mental Illness with a focus on Schizophrenia. My research also involves projects on Primate Neurogenesis, Neuroinflammation, and Molecular Human Brain Development.

  • Li-Ru Zhao, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Brain plasticity; molecular, cellular and functional mechanisms of brain repair in stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, CADASIL, and traumatic brain injury; live brain imaging; stem cell biology.

  • Sijun Zhu, MD, PhD
    Associate 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.

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
Strategic Research Initiatives

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Clinical Research Unit
Ruth S. Weinstock, MD, PhD
Division Chief of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
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Research Integrity
Robert H. Quinn, DVM, PhD
Interim Associate Vice President for Research Integrity
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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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