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Research Faculty—Cell and Developmental Biology

Program Director/Department Chair: Joseph Sanger, PhD

  • Jeffrey Amack, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Genetics and cell biology of organ morphogenesis during embryonic development.

  • Marie Bechler, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Mechanisms that drive central nervous system myelin sheath formation, and how myelin contributes to CNS function in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disease 

  • Scott Blystone, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

    Actin Cytoskeletal Dynamics in the leukocyte inflammatory phenotype.

  • Mira Krendel, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Donna Osterhout, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Biology of oligodendroglia and myelin formation during development, remyelination and repair in spinal cord injury and MS

  • David Pruyne, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Jessica Ridilla, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

    Research Interests: Cytoskeletal coordination of the actin and microtubules in cell migration, phagocytosis, cancers, and neurodegenerative disorders.

  • Jean Sanger, PhD
    Research Interests:

    Analysis of the assembly of the actin/myosin cytoskeleton in muscle and non-muscle cells.

  • Joseph Sanger, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Research Interests:

    Cellular analysis of the formation of myofibrils, stress fibers, and cleavage furrows in living cells.

  • Vladimir Sirotkin, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Research Interests:

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

  • Christopher Turner, PhD
    Distinguished Professor
    Research Interests:

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

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