Faculty Experts

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Biology
 


        Paul Agris

Paul Agris
College of Arts and Sciences
Director
Department: RNA Institute


Expert in the following: Molecular Biology and Biophysics; structure-function relationships of nucleic acids; introduction of modified nucleosides into RNA and DNA; chemical synthesis of oligonucleotides with phosphoramidite chemistries; RNA-based drug therapeutics
Campus phone: 437-4448
Campus email: pagris@albany.edu



        Marlene Belfort

Marlene Belfort
College of Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Professor
Department: Biological Sciences


Expert in the following: Molecular Biology and Biochemistry; Regulation of Gene Expression; Biology of Introns; Structure and function of inteins and their use in biotechnology; Small RNA (sRNA) regulation of genes in E. coli and Mycobacteria
Campus phone: (518) 437-4466
Campus email: mbelfort@albany.edu



        Guthrie S. Birkhead

Guthrie S. Birkhead
School of Public Health
Professor
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics


Expert in the following: Immunizations; communicable diseases (such as HIV); public health surveillance; integration of public/population health with clinical medicine and health system transformation; public health workforce development
Campus phone: (518) 402 0372
Campus email: gbirkhead@albany.edu



        Michele Caggana

Michele Caggana
Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Through the use of molecular studies, she identifies how human genetic variation influences disease susceptibility and morbidity.
Campus phone: (518) 473-3854
Campus email: michele.caggana@health.ny.gov



        Thomas Caraco

Thomas Caraco
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Biological Sciences


Expert in the following: Population dynamics; invasive species, ecological modals for bacteriophage growth
Campus phone: (518) 442-4343
Campus email: caraco@albany.edu



        Jonathan Carp

Jonathan Carp
School of Public Health
Adjunct
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Identifies the harmful plasticity that occurs after spinal cord injury leads to urinary dysfunction, and the development of methods for counteracting or reversing this harmful plasticity to improve urinary function.
Campus phone: (518) 486-4911
Campus email: jonathan.carp@health.ny.gov



        David Carpenter

David Carpenter
School of Public Health
Director
Department: Institute for Health and the Environment


Expert in the following: Human health effects of environmental contaminants, including metals and organic compounds
Campus phone: (518) 525-2660
Campus email: dcarpenter@albany.edu



        Sudha Chaturvedi

Sudha Chaturvedi
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Fungal and parasite pathogeneses; protein transport; secretion mechanisms; molecular mechanisms
Campus phone: (518) 474-7563
Campus email: sudha.chaturvedi@health.ny.gov



        Sridar V. Chittur

Sridar V. Chittur
School of Public Health
Research Associate Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Drug discovery; genomics; gene-expression; microarrays; flow cytometry; enzymology; high throughput technologies
Campus phone: (518) 591-7215
Campus email: schittur@albany.edu



        Douglas Conklin

Douglas Conklin
School of Public Health
Associate Professor
Department: Cancer Research Center


Expert in the following: cancer genomics; functional genomics; genetics; breast cancer
Campus phone: (518) 591-7154
Campus email: dconklin@albany.edu



        Dan Fabris

Dan Fabris
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Using Mass spectroscopy to investigate macromolecular complexes; protein-nucleic acid interactions in viruses; high-resolution mass spectrometry; RNA-based drug therapeutics
Campus phone: 437-4464
Campus email: dfabris@albany.edu



        Todd Gray

Todd Gray
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Molecular genetics of mycobacteria; infectious diseases; Tuberculosis; human genome; gene therapeutics
Campus phone: (518) 473-7553
Campus email: tgray@albany.edu



        Jan Halámek

Jan Halámek
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Analytical biochemistry; bioelectronics; enzymology; instrumental analysis; analytical chemistry; forensic analysis; bioelectrochemistry; biomolecular logic systems
Campus phone: (518) 442-4447
Campus email: jhalamek@albany.edu



        Jason Herschkowitz

Jason Herschkowitz
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Department: Cancer Research Center


Expert in the following: Cancer; RNA; stem cells; therapy-resistant cancer cells
Campus phone: 591-7204
Campus email: jherschkowitz@albany.edu



        Laura Kramer

Laura Kramer
School of Public Health
Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Studies the interaction of mosquito and tick-borne arboviruses; arthropod vectors; vertebrate hosts, and the impact transmission intensity and perpetuation of the pathogen.
Campus phone: (518) 869-4524
Campus email: lkramer@albany.edu



        Andrei Lapenas

Andrei Lapenas
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Geography and Planning


Expert in the following: Global warming; climate change; climatology; Russia
Campus phone: (518) 442-4191
Campus email: alapenas@albany.edu



        Melinda Larsen

Melinda Larsen
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Biological Sciences


Expert in the following: Organ formation; tissue engineering, cell-cell signaling; cell-extracellular matrix signaling
Campus phone: (518) 591-8882
Campus email: mlarsen@albany.edu



        Igor Lednev

Igor Lednev
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Forensics; forensic analyis; Raman spectroscopy; crime scene investigation; laser spectroscopy; analytical and forensic chemistry, biochemistry, application of laser spectroscopy for biomedical diagnostics
Campus phone: 591-8863
Campus email: ilednev@albany.edu



        Susan Madison

Susan Madison
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Molecular biology of parasites and RNA editing in pathogenic parasites
Campus phone: (518) 473-2692
Campus email: smadison-antenucci@albany.edu



        Kathleen McDonough

Kathleen McDonough
School of Public Health
Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Gene regulation; infectious disease; bacterial pathogenisis
Campus phone: (518) 486-4253
Campus email: kmcdonough@albany.edu



        Ewan McNay

Ewan McNay
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Psychology


Expert in the following: Role of insulin in brain function and memory; diabetes; Alzheimer's disease
Campus phone: (518) 437-4404
Campus email: emcnay@albany.edu



        Anne Messer

Anne Messer
School of Public Health
Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Neurodegenerative disorders (Huntington's Disease; Parkinson's Disease); stem cells; human genetics
Campus phone: (518) ) 694-8188
Campus email: amesser@albany.edu



        Roxana Moslehi

Roxana Moslehi
School of Public Health
Associate Professor
Department: Cancer Research Center


Expert in the following: Genetic Epidemiology; Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics; Cancer Genetic Susceptibility; Breast and Ovarian Cancer (BRCA) Genes; DNA Repair Genes; Role of Cancer Genes in Fetal and Placental Development; Gene-Environment Interactions; Family-Based and Genome-Wide Linkage and Association Studies
Campus phone: 591-7225
Campus email: rmoslehi@albany.edu



        Rabi Musah

Rabi Musah
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Isolation, analysis, biological evaluation and structure elucidation of natural products from medicinally important plants; rational evaluation of folkloric, ethno-medical, and traditional medicinal plants; organic chemistry; experimental physical chemistry; biochemistry; experimental methods of organic structure determination; pharmacognosy
Campus phone: (518) 437-3740
Campus email: rmusah@albany.edu



        Li Niu

Li Niu
College of Arts and Sciences
Department Chair and Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Design and discovery of novel molecules to regulate protein function in nerve systems; ALS; neurodegenerative diseases
Campus phone: (518) 591-8820
Campus email: lniu@albany.edu



        Cara Pager

Cara Pager
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor
Department: Biological Sciences


Expert in the following: Liver disease; Hepatitis C; RNA therapies; virus-host interactions; translational control, replication and assembly of RNA viruses
Campus phone: 591-8841
Campus email: ctpager@albany.edu



        Jayanti Pande

Jayanti Pande
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Diseases of the eye such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration; genetics
Campus phone: (518) 591-8842
Campus email: jpande@albany.edu



        Ramune Reliene

Ramune Reliene
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Department: Cancer Research Center


Expert in the following: Cancer, genetic toxicology, chemoprevention, animal models of cancer
Campus phone: (518) 591-7152
Campus email: rreliene@albany.edu



        George Robinson

George Robinson
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: Biological Sciences


Expert in the following: Botany; forest ecology; watershed ecology; disease ecology; biological conservation; ecological restoration; invasive plant species; science of fall color; origins of chocolate; Campus Environmental Task Force
Campus phone: (518) 442-4302
Campus email: grobinson@albany.edu



        Maksim Royzen

Maksim Royzen
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Bio-orthogonal chemistry, RNA synthesis, drug delivery, pharmaceutical chemistry, bioconjugation
Campus phone: (518) 437-4463
Campus email: mroyzen@albany.edu



        Lawrence Schell

Lawrence Schell
College of Arts and Sciences
Professor
Department: Anthropology


Expert in the following: Anthropology; minority health disparities; epidemiology; biostatistics; childhood development; environmental health; risk factors
Campus phone: (518) 442-4714
Campus email: lmschell@albany.edu



        Erasmus Schneider

Erasmus Schneider
School of Public Health
Associate Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: DNA analysis; cancer; drug resistance; laboratory testing techniques
Campus phone: (518) 474-2088
Campus email: eschneider@albany.edu



        Laura Schweitzer

Laura Schweitzer
University at Albany


Expert in the following: Higher education; neuroscience; workforce development; economic development; women's leadership
Campus phone: (518) 956-8010
Campus email: lschweitzer@albany.edu



        Stewart Sell

Stewart Sell
School of Public Health
Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Cancer; aging; stem cells and cancer treatment; alcohol abuse
Campus phone: (518) 473-7553
Campus email: ssell@albany.edu



        Hua Shi

Hua Shi
College of Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor
Department: RNA Institute


Expert in the following: Molecular and cellular biology of transcription and signal transduction; aptamer-mediated multi-pathway control in living organisms; forward engineering approach to drug discovery and development
Campus phone: (518)
Campus email: hshi@albany.edu



        Abigail Snyder-Keller

Abigail Snyder-Keller
School of Public Health
Associate Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Brain pathology; brain development; drug abuse; neurological disorders (Parkinson's)
Campus phone: (518) 486-2590
Campus email: asnyder-keller@albany.edu



        Kirsten St. George

Kirsten St. George
School of Public Health
Clinical Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Virus surveillance; outbreak investigation; human pathogens
Campus phone: (518) 402-2709
Campus email: kstgeorge@albany.edu



        Derek Symula

Derek Symula
School of Public Health
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Human genome; diagnostic tools in gene testing
Campus phone: (518) 473-7553
Campus email: dsymula@albany.edu



        Norma Tavakoli

Norma Tavakoli
School of Public Health
Assistant Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following: Newborn screening; genetic disorders; molecular detection techniques; cystic fibrosis
Campus phone: (518) 402-5210
Campus email: ntavakoli@albany.edu



        Sally Temple

Sally Temple
School of Public Health
Professor
Department: Biomedical Sciences


Expert in the following:
Campus phone: (518) 694-8188
Campus email: stemple@albany.edu



        Jun Wang

Jun Wang
College of Arts and Sciences
Assistant Professor
Department: Chemistry


Expert in the following: Analytical biochemistry; forensic analysis; microarray; multiplexing; single-cell analysis; biosensor; signaling; systems biology; cancer diagnosis
Campus phone: (518) 442-4412
Campus email: jwang34@albany.edu