Biomedical Sciences Faculty

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Featured Researchers
Infectious Disease Researchers
Structural Biology Researchers
Molecular Genetics Researchers
Neuroscience Researchers
Faculty Resources





Featured Researchers

Douglas Conklin (Molecular Genetics Track)


Joseph Wade (Infectious Diseases Track)


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Infectious Disease Research

NOTE: The faculty denoted with an asterisk (*), below, are not currently taking students.  As funding within the department is always changing, we advise students, who are interested in a particular lab, to ask the PI whether funding is currently available.

 

Sudha Chaturvedi
Fungal and parasite pathogeneses, protein transport and secretion mechanisms

Vishnu Chaturvedi
Fungal pathogenesis, diagnostics, antifungals and molecular epidemiology.

Alex Ciota
Arbovirus evolution, adaptation, mosquito biology and ecology, host-pathogen interactions, genomics and evoluationary theory. The majority of these studies focus on understanding how West Nile virus genetics influences interactions with Culex mosquitoes and, ultimately, viral transmission.
alexander.ciota@health.ny.gov

*Jan Conn
Evolutionary genetics of mosquitoes that transmit infectious diseases

Laura D. Kramer
Epidemiology, ecology and evolution of arthropod-borne viruses.

David A. Lawrence
Biochemistry of lymphocyte activation; differential sensitivities of lymphoid subsets; immunotoxicological effects of environmental factors.

*William T. Lee
T-cell development; phenotypic, developmental, and functional characterization of differences between virgin and memory T-helper cells.

*Susan Madison Antenucci
Molecular Biology of Parasites, RNA editing in Pathogenic Parasites.

Nicholas Mantis
Mucosal immunity and vaccine development to enteropathogenic bacteria and toxins.

Kathleen McDonough
Microbial pathogenesis; host parasite interactions; TB and plague.

Kirsten St. George
Detecting and characterizing human pathogenic viruses for surveillance, reference testing and the investigation of disease outbreaks.

Adjunct Faculty:

Rama Ramani
Fungal diagnosis and taxonomy, antifungals,
development of rapid and new techniques for fungal diagnosis and antifungal studies.

Linda Styer
Development of molecular diagnostic assays for blood-borne viruses.
lms24@health.state.ny.us

Gary Winslow
Immunity to intracellular bacteria.

William Wolfgang
Identification of new bacterial species associated with human disease

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Structural Biology Research

NOTE: The faculty denoted with an asterisk (*), below, are not currently taking students.  As funding within the department is always changing, we advise students, who are interested in a particular lab, to ask the PI whether funding is currently available.

 

Rajendra Agrawal
Structure and function of macromolecular assemblies.

Nilesh Banavali
Computational modeling of macromolecular machinery dynamics.

Richard Cole
Advanced Imaging and analysis technologies, LED technology, confocal multi-photon intra-vital imaging studying microvessel angiogenesis in skin.

*James Dias
Structure-function relationships of pituitary glycoprotein hormones; biochemical endocrinology; reproductive immunology.

Joachim Jaeger
Structure/function studies of viral replication complexes using X-ray crystallography, solution scattering, imaging techniques, mutagenesis and kinetics.

Hongmin Li
Crystal structure of macromolecular complexes in bacterial or viral infection and host response.

David LeMaster
Protein structure and dynamics; enzyme catalysis; NMR spectroscopy.

Janice D. Pata
Structure-function studies of specialized cellular and viral polymerases.

Robert Rej
New biochemical tests for dianosis and estimation of severity of disease.
rej@albany.edu

*Erasmus Schneider
New mechanisms of multi-drug resistance in cancer cells; cooperation between drug metabolism and drug transport.

Stewart Sell
Stem cells in tissue renewal and carcinogenesis. Chemical hepatocarcinogenesis.

Haixin Sui
Structure and function of macromolecular assemblies in their cellular context.

*Terence Wagenknecht
Structure and assembly of macromolecular complexes including ribosomes, multienzyme complexes, and ion channels.

Faculty with Secondary Appointments:

Martin P.R. Tenniswood
Studies on the molecular regulation of cell survival and death in prostate and breast cancer to identify new targets for the development of adjuvant therapies for hormone-dependent and refractory cancers.
mtenniswood@albany.edu

JoEllen Welsh
Nutrition, nuclear receptors, genomics and cancer using cellular and whole animal approaches; the molecular mechanisms by which dietary-derived nuclear receptor ligands reduce the risk of breast cancer development.
jwelsh@albany.edu

Adjunct Faculty:

Griselda Hernandez
Protein structure, stability and flexibility; NMR spectrocopy.

Qishan Lin
Application proteomics and mass spectrometry for the study of systems biology.
linq@albany.edu

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Molecular Genetics Research

NOTE: The faculty denoted with an asterisk (*), below, are not currently taking students.  As funding within the department is always changing, we advise students, who are interested in a particular lab, to ask the PI whether funding is currently available.

 

Marlene Belfort
Introns and inteins in biotechnology and infectious disease.
mbelfort@albany.edu

Michele Caggana
Molecular studies identifying how human genetic variation influences both disease susceptibility and outcome.
michele.caggana@wadsworth.org

Douglas S. Conklin
Functional genomics of cellular proliferation regulation, mammalian cell genetics.
dconklin@albany.edu

M. Joan Curcio
Interactions between eucaryotic host genes and mobile retroelements in the formation of RNA-mediated genomic rearrangements.

Keith M. Derbyshire
Mobile DNA elements: the molecular basis of transposition and conjugation in bacteria.

Robert L. Glaser
Genetics of host:arbovirus interactions; Batten Disease; chromatin structure; Drosophila genetics.

Todd Gray
Epigenetics and genomic imprinting in mammals;genetics and function of the MAKORIN zinc-finger protein family.

Bruce J. Herron
Functional analysis of the mouse genome: Investigation of defects in mammalian organogenesis.

Jason Herschkowitz
Elucidating the role of long noncoding RNAs in the regulation of progression from ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) to invasive breast cancer; Studying the role of long noncoding RNAs and RNA modifications in epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) and breast cancer stem cells; and, Developing multi-functional RNA aptamers for EMT diagnosis and therapeutic targeting.

*Paul S. Masters
Molecular virology of coronaviruses; structure and function of viral ribonucleo-proteins.

Randall H. Morse
Transcription and chromatin in yeast.

*Haydeh Payami
Genetics of aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

*Derek Symula
Chemical mutagenesis in mouse embryonic stem cells; microarray-based transcriptional profiling to discover and characterize genes involved in heart disease.

Norma Tavakoli
Molecular detection and typing of viral agents, investigation of viral etiologies of central nervous system infections, diagnostic assay development.

Martin P.R. Tenniswood
Studies on the molecular regulation of cell survival and death in prostate and breast cancer to identify new targets for the development of adjuvant therapies for hormone dependent and refractory cancers.
mtenniswood@albany.edu

Joseph T. Wade
Regulation of gene expression in bacteria.

JoEllen Welsh
Nutrition, nuclear receptors, genomics and cancer using cellular and whole animal approaches; the molecular mechanisms by which dietary-derived nuclear receptor ligands reduce the risk of breast cancer development.
jwelsh@albany.edu

Faculty with Secondary Appointments in MG:

Valerie Bolivar
Genetics of complex behaviors (e.g., learning and memory, anxiety) in the mouse. Development of mouse models of autism.

*James A. Dias
Structure/function relationships of pituitary glycoprotein hormones; biochemical endocrinology; reproductive immunology.

*William T. Lee
T-cell development; phenotypic, developmental, and functional characterization of differences between virgin and memory T-helper cells.

Kathleen McDonough
Microbial pathogenesis; host parasite interactions; TB and plague.

Anne Messer
Studies of the development and degeneration of mouse brain using neurological mutants and cell culture.

Sridar V. Chittur
Application of high throughput technologies in functional genomics; chemical biology and drug discovery.
schittur@albany.edu

Yu-Fen Chou
Tissue Engineering and Stem Cell Biology in Regenerative Medicine.

Denise Kay
Gene-Environment Interaction in Complex Disease.
dmk11@health.state.ny.us

Matthew Kohn
Developmental and stem cell biology, preimplantation mammalian development, and cell cycle regulation.

Dilip Nag
Genetic recombination; yeast genetics and meiosis.

Ann Willey
Elucidation of human gene structure through utilization of classical and molecular cytogenetic methodology; clinical genetics.
ann.willey@wadsworth.org

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Neuroscience Research

NOTE: The faculty denoted with an asterisk (*), below, are not currently taking students.  As funding within the department is always changing, we advise students, who are interested in a particular lab, to ask the PI whether funding is currently available.

 

Valerie Bolivar
Genetics of complex behaviors (e.g., learning and memory, anxiety) in the mouse. Development of mouse models of autism.

David Carpenter
Neurotoxicity of metals (Pb, Hg) and PCBs using electrophysiological and flow cytometric techniques.
carpent@uamail.albany.edu

Xiang Yang Chen
Spinal reflex conditioning.

Chris Fasano
Using embryonic stem cells to model human brain development
chrisfasano@nstemcell.org

Anne Messer
Gene therapy of brain disorders.

Gerwin Schalk
ECoG neurophysiology and translational neuroengineering.

*Abigail Snyder-Keller
Developmental neuroanatomy and neurotoxicology; effects of prenatal drug exposure.

Jonathan Wolpaw
Neuronal and synaptic substrates of memory; EEG-based communication.

Sally Temple
Nervous system stem cells, CNS development, and use of stem cells in neurodegenerative diseases and spinal cord injury.
SallyTemple@nynsci.org

Faculty with Secondary Appointments:

*Derek Symula
Chemical mutagenesis in mouse embryonic stem cells; microarray-based transcriptional profiling to discover and characterize genes involved in heart disease.

Matthew Kohn
Developmental and stem cell biology, preimplantation mammalian development, and cell cycle regulation.

Adjunct faculty:

Richard Keller
Mechanisms of stroke damage in neonates; role of glutamate and freeradicals in neonatal tissue tissue damage produced by ischemia.
kellerr@mail.amc.edu

Joseph Mazurkiewicz
Cell biology; membrane structure and function.
mazurkj@mail.amc.edu

Adjunct Faculty with Secondary Appointment:

Denise Kay
Gene-Environment Interaction in Complex Disease.
dmk11@health.state.ny.us

William Wolfgang
Identification of new bacterial species associated with human disease

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