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  • Leslie Major, MD
  • Deborah Mann, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Injury prevention; Designer drug use; Automotive safety

  • Kenneth Mann, PhD
    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.

  • Peter Mariani, MD FACHM FAPWH
    Research Interests:
    • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


  • Jeanna Marraffa, PHARMD, DABAT, FAACT
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Pharmacology, Toxicology, Pharmacokinetics

  • William Marx, DO
    Hospital Director
    Research Interests:

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

  • Paul Massa, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Neuroimmunology: Regulation of genes involved in innate immunity and chronic inflammation in the CNS

    Neurovirology: CNS-specific mechanisms involved in viral neurotropis, neuroinvasion, persistence, inflammation and anti-viral state.

    Neurodegeneration: Neuron-specific regulation of apoptotic genes by NF-kappa B and mechanisms regulating CNS-specific mitochondrial bioenergetics.

  • Russell Matthews, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Role of glycoproteins in oncogenesis and brain development

  • Mary McGrath, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Brain Imaging

    Thyroid Disease

    PET Imaging

  • James Megna, MD, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Epidemiology/pharmacotherapy of schizophrenia; Ego strength among inpatients & its relation to engagement in treatment; cardiovascular risk factors in patients with serious mental illness; changes in cognition in response to depression treatment

  • Luis Mejico, MD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Clinical reasearch in various Neuro-Ophthalmic conditions such as idiopathic intracranial hypertension; as well as multiple sclerosis and headache syndromes.

  • Qinghe Meng, MD
  • Zsuzsa Szombathyne Meszaros, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Smoking and alcohol use disorders commonly occur together.  People who drink alcohol are three times more likely to smoke, and smokers are four times more likely than the general population to be dependent on alcohol.  When nicotine and alcohol dependence occur together, the health risks are increased, and the chances of quitting smoking and drinking are lower.  The exact mechanism of co-occurring nicotine and alcohol dependence is not clearly understood.  In everyday clinical practice, interventions used for smoking cessation are not combined with treatment of alcohol dependence.  Our clinical research program is focused on developing new medications to treat alcohol and nicotine dependence simultaneously.  Two investigational new drugs recently tested at our division decreased drinking and/or smoking severity and prevented cognitive problems associated with smoking and drinking.  Our goal is to establish the safety and efficacy of these neuroprotective agents in different patient populations.  Preventing cognitive decline is of great importance to inpatients with addiction.  Development of new, neuroprotective medications may reduce harm associated with heavy smoking and alcohol use.

  • 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) 

  • Cornelia Mihai, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Multiple sclerosis and general neurology.

  • Dragos Mihaila, MD
    Clinical Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Motor fluctuations and non-motor problems of Parkinson's disease; surgical treatment of Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders; experimental therapies for Parkinson's disease

  • Linda Miller, PhD, I, MBCM(ASCP)SI
  • Jennifer Moffat, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Varicella zoster pathogenesis.

  • Mehdi Mollapour, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Role of molecular chaperone Hsp90 in cancers

    Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer

    Tuberous Sclerosis Complex syndrome (TSC)

    Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome (BHD)


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

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

  • Anthony Mortelliti, MD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Management of the pediatric airway. Current research: Pharangeal tears in children due to child abuse, cricoid injury and reconstruction.

  • Brad Motter, PhD
    Research Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Visual Neurophysiology; Visual Attention; Visual Search Behavior

  • Uma Murthy, MD

More About Upstate Research and Faculty

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

Research Development
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
Research Compliance: IRB, IBC & QAIP
Research Compliance
Marti Benedict
Chief Compliance Officer for Research
Research Compliance: IRB, IBC & QAIP
Center for Research & Evaluation (CRE)
Steven Ziemba
Administrative Director
Center for Research & Evaluation (CRE)
Post-Awards Services
Gina McMahon
Director, Post-Award Services
Technology Transfer
Scott Macfarlane
Director, Office of Technology Transfer
Office of Technology Transfer