ResearchLabs A-Z Index

Addictive Behaviors Lab

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Our lab focuses on both the basic and applied investigation of addictive behaviors, particularly in the area of pathological gambling because this disorder allows us to study addiction in its "purest" form, i.e. without the confounding effects of substances.

Albany High Energy Physics Lab (AHEPL)

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Lab's mission statement: To understand the structure of matter in terms of the smallest fragments of matter. To understand the forces that hold the fragments together to form the visible and invisible universe of which we are a part. To understand the role played by matter and forces at the beginning of time. To invent the tools and instruments necessary to answer the questions that arise. To apply the knowledge thus attained for the advancement of human civilization. To teach others what we learn from our quest.

Albany Institute for Research in Education

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(AIRE) was formed to foster state-of-the-art research and development projects designed to inform education, learning, leadership and human development for young people and adults

Albany Lab for Privacy Security

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My research interests broadly cover information security, privacy, and trust. I am interested in developing theories and mechanisms to protect information in modern information systems such as social networking systems. I am also interested in privacy-preserving data sharing methods, and have developed an interest in social network analysis and network science

Albany Small Business Development Center

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Provides expert management and technical assistance to start-up and existing businesses across the state

Anxiety Disorders Research Program

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We are dedicated to using scientific know how, with a focus on anxiety disorders, to understand and ameliorate human suffering.

Atmospheric Sciences Research Center

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ASRC’s world-class researchers study the physical and chemical nature of the atmosphere and apply that knowledge to explore the interaction of chemical, physical, geological and biological processes that impact our environment. Through technology transfer and collaboration with state, federal and industrial partners, ASRC enhances New York State’s scientific capacity and infrastructure, while advancing the quality of life and economic well-being of its citizens.

Attention, Memory, and Priming Laboratory

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The research interests of the Neely Laboratory fall into three general areas: reading and word identification, memory, and visual attention.

BITS Laboratory (Breakthrough Interactive Thinking Systems Lab)

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Our lab is engaged in the research of cyber physical systems that enable novel applications such as ones that involve brain-computer interfaces, medical decision support, and smart cities, among many others.

Begley Lab

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Alkylating agents are a major class of chemotherapeutics used to induce apoptosis and treat cancers of the blood, brain and breast. The Begley laboratory studies the genetic determinants that modulate the effects of chemotherapeutic alkylating agents. We employ global systems biology based experiments, computational modeling and targeted molecular analysis of signaling pathways to gain insight into mechanisms of chemotherapeutic resistance.

Behavioral Health Research Laboratory

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The goal of our team to improve self-management. We seek to first understand individuals’ views of their health. We then use this information to develop interventions to improve self-management of health. Our team is particularly focused on improving the health of Veterans post-deployment. Common post-deployment health concerns include poorly understood symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and gastrointestinal distress. These symptoms cause significant distress for many Veterans. Despite this there are few known treatments to improve the quality of life for these Veterans. Our team has a number of studies seeking to understand how Veterans understand these symptoms, how providers can best communicate about these symptoms and testing a novel intervention to improve the quality of life for Veterans with these symptoms.

Belfort Lab

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Our research explores the dynamics of elements that interrupt genes, introns and inteins. We study their basic properties of structure, function and regulation, and their applications in biotechnology and infectious disease.

Bergkvist Lab

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My research is cross-disciplinary and cover areas from nanoscale surface chemistry/surface engineering to "bionanofabrication." Bionanofabrication involve the use of biological systems to fabricate nanoscale structures, and take advantage of naturally occurring biological structures, such a two-dimensional self-assembled protein crystals and viral components, where the aim is to create multi-functional nanohybrid materials and structures from these scaffolds. We also work with nanoparticle science at the biological/chemical interface. We study nanoparticle synthesis on a fundamental level as well as how nanoparticle interacts with biological systems. Other areas of fundamental interest include biological problems such as self-assembly, cell/surface interactions and research in surface chemistry.

Biological Imaging Center

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The Biological Imaging Facility was created to provide advanced microscopy technology to research labs. Originally containing electron miscroscopes and photographic darkrooms, the facility now is focused on light miscroscopy using digital imaging techniques.

Brian E.J. Rose Research Group

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Our group works on the fundamental dynamics of the climate system, particularly coupled atmosphere-ocean interaction. We are primarily a theoretical group and use a variety of numerical and mathematical modeling.

Brian Tang Research Group

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My interests envelop topics in tropical meteorology, mesoscale storm dynamics, synoptic meteorology, and numerical modeling. My research focuses on the formation and intensity of tropical cyclones and their role in the climate system, and on severe weather in the Northeast.

Cancer Research Center

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The central mission of the University at Albany Cancer Research Center is to conduct research and provide training related to understanding the genetic and environmental causes of cancer. The basic research mission is focused on the underlying biology associated with tumor initiation and progression, and the development and evaluation of chemopreventive regimens and therapeutic approaches for common cancers.

Canki Lab

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Our laboratory focuses on translational research of HIV-1 pathogenesis and mechanisms of virus inhibition by novel class of natural small molecules. We investigated a large number of natural products, and from Sargassum fusiforme we isolated and identified several new inhibitors that block virus during different stages of its replication life cycle. Palmitic acid, which binds to the CD4 receptor and blocks gp120-to-CD4 fusion and HIV-1 entry and infection, is being investigated in preclinical studies towards a microbicide application. Several other molecules are being studied to determine their activity and mechanisms of action.

Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success

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CARSS is a support service that was created to provide free academic assistance to intended or declared science majors.

Center for Addictions Research

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The Center for Addictions Research provides a platform for faculty and students to conduct academic and practice research in the field of alcohol, drug as well as other forms of addictions. The Center enhances the capacity of the School of Social Welfare for developing privately and publically funded programs that advance knowledge and improve service through partnerships among universities, government agencies, research institutions, and community providers.

Center for Advancement and Understanding of Social Enterprises (CAUSE)

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A "social enterprise" is an organization created to achieve specific social objectives by reinvesting its profits in its mission. They do so by innovating and targeting areas that are otherwise outside the economic mainstream. This increasingly popular solution to market failure or government budget constraint takes a business approach and market-based solutions

Center for Applied Historical Research

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CAHR fosters and preserves community and institutional historical memory; advocates the application of historical understanding in policy formation; expands the skills of historians; and utilizes information technology to make the fruits of historical research widely available to teachers, students, and the general public.

Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

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CARD Albany provides evidence-based training and support to families and professionals, and through ongoing research, contributes knowledge to the field of autism spectrum disorders.

Center for Biochemistry & Biophysics

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The overall goal of the Center for Biochemistry and Biophysics CBB, a unit of the Department of Chemistry at SUNYA, is to attract more researchers, to strengthen existing programs and to develop research programs on biological, bioorganic, biomaterial or bionanotechnological problems.

Center for Excellence in Aging Services and Community Wellness

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Is a translational research center that develops, tests and implements innovative practices and policies that address the needs of aging persons, their families, and caregivers. The Center's diverse research, training, education, planning and service activities synergistically work to improve the creation, delivery and sustainability of evidence-based approaches to addressing key aging concerns for the years ahead.

Center for Functional Genomics

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We are able to coordinate efforts among our different Facilities so that we can accommodate researchers in projects from start to finish. For example, the CFG is able to isolate genes, design and make DNA constructs through our Molecular Biology Facility, then coordinate with the Mouse Transgenic Facility to make Transgenic or Knock-out mice and then the mice generated can be analyzed at the DNA, RNA or Protein levels through our Molecular Biology, Microarray, Laser Capture Microdissection or Proteomics Facilities

Center for Global Health

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Promoting and ensuring good health is vital not just to the growth and stability of individuals and their families. Good health is also vital to the economic growth and social stability of nations and the world as a whole. We believe that working collaboratively across borders and cultures to address today’s global health challenges is an imperative of our time.

Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS)

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Our work assists health, professional, and educational organizations, policy makers, planners, and other stakeholders to understand issues related to the supply, demand, distribution, and use of health workers. The research conducted by CHWS supports and promotes health workforce planning and policymaking at local, regional, state, and national levels. CHWS is 1 of 7 health workforce research centers in the US, and the only HRSA-sponsored center with a unique focus on the oral health workforce.

Center for Human Services Research

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CHSR areas of inquiry cover a wide range of topics including education and training, family support, health care and nutrition, intimate partner violence, and youth development and juvenile justice. Characteristic of all these studies is CHSR’s focus on rigorous methods, strong stakeholder involvement, and the dissemination of timely, accurate and non-partisan information to guide best practices in service delivery.

Center for Humanities, Arts, and TechnoSciences (CHATS)

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Is designed to promote exchange between the sciences and the humanities and to serve as a forum providing the University at Albany and the wider community with a model of intellectual and aesthetic innovation and outreach.

Center for Institutional Investment Management

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Support basic and applied research in the field of institutional investment management. Foster interaction among University at Albany finance students, School of Business faculty, and finance industry practitioners. Support the UASBIG student investment group.

Center for International Development

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CID is a university-wide institution that designs and implements international technical assistance and training projects, conducts policy-oriented research, and contributes to both the theory and the practice of international development. Through its in-country development projects, and its conferences, publications, research, and outreach activities, the Center works to enhance the capacity of developing nations to meet critical challenges.

Center for Language and International Communication

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To that end, we offer leadership and excellence in the application, creation, and dissemination of innovations concerning educational technology, second language pedagogy, global media and materials for all members of the UAlbany community who utilize world languages in their studies, teaching, or research.

Center for Latino, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies

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(CELAC) at the University at Albany, SUNY was established in 1984 to promote research, publications, technical assistance, and resource services to the academic, international, and local communities focused on the Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino populations. CELAC relies on the collective expertise of scholars and specialists from a wide range of fields, and fosters interdisciplinary and transnational research approaches, and international collaborations among faculty and academic, governmental, and non-governmental institutions.

Center for Neuroscience Research

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The Center for Neuroscience Research fosters interdisciplinary research on the nervous system at the undergraduate, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels. Approaches range from anatomy, electrophysiology and behavior to biochemistry, genetics, endocrinology and molecular biology.

Center for Policy Research

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The mission of the Center for Policy Research (CPR) is to advance the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy’s goal of promoting research, teaching, and outreach excellence in the fields of international affairs, political science, public administration, and public policy.

Center for Public Health Continuing Education

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Here at the (CPHCE) we strive to be one of the primary sources of continuing education for the public health workforce. Many of our training opportunities are available free via distance learning. Check out the on-demand webcasts from Public Health Live, the certificate program at Public Health Nurse Ready, the online courses at the Empire State Public Health Training Center, and the Northeast Public Health Leadership Institute as well as our many other programs.

Center for Public Health Preparedness

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CPHP provides highly relevant emergency preparedness training, resources, and assistance to public health professionals and their community response partners across New York State and the nation. The Center has established itself as a national leader in the production of high-quality, award-leader in the production of high-quality, award-winning educational programs including in-person training satellite and archived presentations, interactive, web-based training and academic courses.

Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA)

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Interdisciplinary population research, especially the analysis of spatial inequalities (paying attention to processes of urban and regional development and their impacts on residents) and concerns for vulnerable populations (defined by race and ethnicity, age, social class, and nativity). The Center offers researchers access to first-rate computing facilities and statistical software, computing and statistical consulting, assistance with grant preparation and administration, and other related services.

Center for Technology in Government

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The mission is to foster public sector innovation, enhance capability, generate public value, and support good governance.

Center for Women in Government & Civil Society

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CWGCS seeks to deepen and broaden political access and economic opportunities for women by strengthening the capacity of government, nonprofit and business sectors to implement gender-responsive, inclusive and equitable policies, practices and services

Center for X-Ray Optics

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The Center for X-ray Optics was founded in 1991 as a collection of faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students studying the properties and application of x-ray and neutron optics.

Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities

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CEMHD is a collaborative effort focusing on minority health disparities in the smaller cities and towns of New York. We work toward eliminating health disparities by developing capacity in faculty at the University at Albany and partnering with community groups to identify their health concerns and the sources of disparities, and then plan, implement and test strategies to alleviate them. CEMHD is a partnership among community groups, hospitals, and state and county health departments.

Center on English, Learning, and Achievement (CELA)

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The Center on English Learning & Achievement (CELA) specializes in research, development, and services to improve literacy teaching and learning across the grades and subjects. Two major projects, the Partnership for Literacy and the National Study of Writing Instruction.

Chen Lab

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Our research focuses on the use of physics-based simulations of RNA as a tool for studying RNA folding and biomolecular engineering.

Child & Family Experiences Project

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The main focus of our research is to examine the effects of family violence (e.g. childhood maltreatment, marital conflict, harsh parenting) and community violence (e.g. school, neighborhood) on long term adjustment.

Child Clinical & Developmental Lab

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The CCD Lab is devoted to the study of two areas of interest: a) developmental psychopathology and b) pediatric psychology. Research studies conducted at the CCD Lab have examined the development of problem behaviors in a variety of child populations, ranging from preschoolers in a Head Start program to children with chronic medical conditions.

Child Research and Study Center (CRSC)

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(1) to conduct research in the study of normal and abnormal development, especially as related to school learning; (2) to provide training and field experience in research for graduate and undergraduate students in the School of Education and the University at large; (3) to provide professional development and consultation services to local, state, and national educational agencies and personnel to facilitate improved instruction and improved student learning, especially in the acquisition of literacy and related skills and (4) to provide diagnostic assessment and consultation services on behalf of learners encountering difficulty in literacy acquisition and development, in support of student training and research.

Chinwe Pamela Ekenna Research Group

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Motion planning involves the use of algorithms and methods in planning motions for objects. These algorithms help in identifying a valid path for and object so it can move from a start point to its destination without hitting obstacles and also avoid colliding with the walls of its set environment. Examples of this objects could be automobiles, assemble machines and search and rescue robots. My research is specifically geared towards using this motion planning algorithms for highly articulated linkages. The technique I would be employing in the course of my research are sampling based motion planning. This method samples valid configurations of movable objects and connects them with simple local planning methods from which trajectories can be generated. I would be working on better methods to characterize and analyze these configurations. This research finds high applicability for work currently done in molecular motions in a bid to understand the cause of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Mad-Cow, and Cystic Fibrosis.

Cognition and Language Laboratory

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Current experiments seek to understand the ways in which emotion words and emotion-laden words are coded in monolinguals as well as in the dominant vs. subordinate languages of fluent bilinguals, the differences in mental representations for concrete, abstract, and emotion words for novice and fluent bilinguals, tip-of-the-tongue phenomena in bilingual speakers, use of spatial and temporal language cues in the representation of spatial and temporal information, the acquisition of ASL signs in monolingual English speakers, and many other areas of inquiry. We are a Laboratory with diverse interests, and we seek not only to provide new, original, basic research findings, but also to describe the ways in which those findings apply to important and timely issues in everyday life.

Dalal Lab

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Research interests include applied judgment and decision making, personnel selection issues, psychological testing, and research methods

Damian Zuloaga Laboratory

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The overarching goal of our lab is to determine how disruption of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis function contributes to mood, addiction, and cognitive disorders.

Daphney-Stavroula Zois Research Group

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The group’s research interests include decision making under uncertainty, machine learning, Internet of Things & e-health applications, detection & estimation theory, intelligent systems design, signal processing & communications, optimization, pervasive computing, sensor networks, stochastic control and embedded systems.

De Jesus Lab

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The focus of the De Jesus laboratory is to understand the early events of how antigens (micro and nanoparticle delivery vehicles) and microbes (fungi such as Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis) are sampled by the intestinal mucosa. We are particularly interested in the how immune system cells within intestinal Peyer’s patches (PPs) capture, process and yield a specific immune response to these antigens and microbes. We have recently identified a specific dendritic cell (DCs) subset called Langerin+ DCs within Peyer’s patches that can capture a variety of micro and nanoparticles, fungi, algae and peanut antigens. Our aim is to understand why these DCs can sample such a variety of antigens and microbes and how do these contribute to intestinal immunity.

Derbyshire Lab

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Conjugation in mycobacteria. Mycobacterium tuberculosis accounts for more deaths worldwide than any other infectious agent. The development of new treatments for mycobacteria requires an understanding of the biology of these bacteria and the ability to manipulate their genomes to determine the genetic basis of pathogenesis and drug resistance. We are studying the process of DNA transfer by conjugation in the non-pathogenic species Mycobacterium smegmatis. In particular, we wish to identify the genes and DNA sequences required for DNA transfer and its regulation, as our current studies have shown that DNA transfer occurs by a novel mechanism. This research project will involve characterization of DNA transfer between strains of M. smegmatis and will involve a variety of molecular techniques including, transformation, electroporation, conjugation, cloning, DNA sequence analysis and transposon mutagenesis of mycobacteria and general bacterial genetics in E. coli.

Dola Saha Research Group

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Research Interests: Analytics for Wireless Networks, Spectrum Forensics, Indoor Localization, CloudRAN, MAC-PHY Crosslayer techniques, Software Defined Radio

Earle Group Research

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The Earle group uses high field Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) to study the structure and dynamics of natural and artificial spin probes in systems of biophysical and chemicophysical interest. High field EPR can provide enhanced resolution of structural features analogously to high field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR).

Eric Block Research Group

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Block's group is very actively involved in an area broadly described as Allium chemistry, e.g. the analysis, isolation, spectroscopy, synthetic and mechanistic organosulfur chemistry, clinical trials of garlic supplements, development of garlic- and onion-oil based pesticides and other applied work on onion, garlic and related, economically important plants including the little studied ramps (Allium tricoccum).

Evaluation Consortium

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The Evaluation Consortium has developed a reputation at the local, state, and national levels for providing both high quality evaluation services as well as being actively engaged in the dissemination of evaluation research. Types of evaluations conducted by the Consortium include technology curriculum and instruction, professional development that supports reform in K-12 settings, and cross-site evaluation of innovative educational practices at the state level, and evaluation of cutting edge federal programs.

Evgeny V. Dikarev Research Group

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Research Interests: Solid state synthesis and crystal growth, inorganic structural chemistry, reaction mechanisms and intermediates, and metals in medicine

Fabris Laboratory

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Research interests: Using mass spectroscopy to investigate macromolecular complexes, protein-nucleic acid interactions in viruses, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and RNA-based drug therapeutics.

Forni Lab

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Correct development of the nose is necessary for detection of environmental odorants but is also crucial for maturation and function of the reproductive system. In fact, during embryonic development a population of neurons, called gonadotropin-releasing hormone-1 neurons (GnRH-1), migrate from the nose to the brain. Once in the brain, these neurons control the reproductive axis. Genetic defects that affect the formation of the nasal/olfactory structures, as well as migration, survival and/or function of GnRH-1 neurons lead to aberrant sexual development and sterility. Our understanding of who are the stem cells and what is the embryonic origin in the developing nose has only recently began, which leaves many blanks yet to be filled.

Friedman Lab

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Research interests include emotion and judgment, media and music psychology

Fuchs Laboratory

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My lab is interested in the following questions: How is ribosome composition altered in cells during stress and during a viral infection? How does ribosome composition regulate how much and which proteins are synthesized? Are ribosomes in cancer cells different from ribosomes in healthy cells? Cab we use ribosome modifications to identify novel biomarkers for early cancer detection?

Gaesser Lab

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The Gaesser Lab investigates the social functions of—and cognitive mechanisms underlying—imagination, memory, and future thinking. We are particularly interested in elucidating how imagining the future and remembering the past can facilitate social decision-making and economic behavior directed at benefiting the welfare of others using a variety of methods, including online crowdsourcing, lab-based behavioral testing, and neurostimulation. In doing so, an aim of our lab is to apply these behavioral and brain findings to better understand and motivate everyday moral behavior (e.g., charitable donations).

George Berg Lab

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The research in our lab is machine learning. A branch of the artificial intelligence area of computer science, machine learning is the theory and practice of finding computational solutions to problems by training the computer to learn to identify them. Our work spans both the theoretical and experimental ends of the field.

Gerd-Uwe Flechsig Research Group

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We conduct research in the field of analytical chemistry. Our main topic is the development of electrochemical sensors for heavy metals, nucleic acids, and other organic molecules.

Global Institute for Health and Human Rights

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The mission of generating a deeper understanding of the intersection between health and human rights, and promoting innovative solutions to contemporary challenges in this arena. Through research, education, policy, advocacy and development, the Institute seeks to advance the understanding and protection of health and human rights in a theoretical, academic, practical, and ethical context.

Group of Remote Sensing

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Climate change alters the radiation, temperature, sea surface pressure, and precipitation distributions, and also forces terrestrial vegetation and ecological systems to adapt. Great attention has being paid to potential aerosol impacts on cloud microphysical and radiative properties, as the indirect effect of aerosols currently produces the greatest uncertainty in climate predictions among all known climate forcing mechanisms. Large climate feedback uncertainties limit the accuracy in predicting the response of Earth's climate to the atmospheric CO2 increase. Also, key physical and dynamical processes associated with severe weather (e.g., hurricanes and tornados) are neither fully understood nor characterized, and so high priority is placed on measurements that will contribute to successful forecasts of such events. To address several key issues, our research group works on the problems of atmospheric physics ranging from the ionosphere to the earth's surface by using numerical models and active and passive remote sensing from multiple platforms (satellite, airborne, and surface-based).

Group of Remote Sensing

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Climate change alters the radiation, temperature, sea surface pressure, and precipitation distributions, and also forces terrestrial vegetation and ecological systems to adapt. Great attention has being paid to potential aerosol impacts on cloud microphysical and radiative properties, as the indirect effect of aerosols currently produces the greatest uncertainty in climate predictions among all known climate forcing mechanisms. Large climate feedback uncertainties limit the accuracy in predicting the response of Earth's climate to the atmospheric CO2 increase. Also, key physical and dynamical processes associated with severe weather (e.g., hurricanes and tornados) are neither fully understood nor characterized, and so high priority is placed on measurements that will contribute to successful forecasts of such events. To address several key issues, our research group works on the problems of atmospheric physics ranging from the ionosphere to the earth's surface by using numerical models and active and passive remote sensing from multiple platforms (satellite, airborne, and surface-based).

Habits and Lifestyles Laboratory

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The research conducted focuses on Substance Use & Abuse, Emotion Regulation, the Role of Expectancies, Statistical Methods, Clinical Psychopathology, and even Meditation. One of Dr. Earleywine's passions is Marijuana research and policy.

Harton Lab

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Similar to Toll-like receptors (TLR), proteins of the NLR family serve as intracellular pathogen sensors and regulators of immune responses. Invading bacteria such as those causing the plague, tularemia, and food poisoning are detected by NLRs. Some NLRs normally drive inflammatory responses when macrophages are infected by activating transcription factors such as NF-kB and MAPK as well as inducing production of inflammatory proteins like IL-1. They can also promote programmed cell death to help limit infection. Mutations within select NLRs are involved in a number of inflammatory diseases including Crohn’s Disease and Muckle-Wells Syndrome. One project currently seeks to understand NLR regulation. A second project considers a large protein, CIITA. Unlike other NLRs, CIITA is a transcription factor controlling expression of Major Histocompatibility Class (MHC) II genes. MHC II is absolutely critical to the normal functioning of both cellular and humoral immunity. Understandably, CIITA plays a role in multiple disease states ranging from arthritis and immunodeficiency to AIDS and cancer. Utilizing a wide array of molecular, cellular, biochemical, and animal based approaches we are advancing our understanding of the underlying molecular basis for how these proteins work in both health and disease. Previous students (depending on the project and the student’s skills/interest) have performed bioinformatics, cell culture, cloning, eukaryotic cell transfection, flow cytometry, gene expression assays, immunofluorescence microscopy, PCR, protein assays, and tumor growth/rejection studies. Undergraduate researchers will have the opportunity to interact with technical staff as well as postdoctoral and graduate students.

Health Behaviors Laboratory

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Work in our lab examines a range of health- and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight, substance use and misuse, non-substance/ behavioral addictions, and living with chronic illness.

Health and Addictive Behaviors Investigative Team (HABITs)

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Dr. Martin and her team are interested broadly in psychosocial risk and protective factors and cultural variables associated with health-related and addictive behaviors among diverse populations. There is an emphasis on investigating alcohol and substance use among college students as well as the design and delivery of prevention and intervention efforts to reduce heavy and problematic college student drinking.

Herschkowitz Lab

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The research in my laboratory involves integrative approaches, utilizing multidisciplinary techniques including methods in molecular biology, cell biology, mouse models, histology, microscopy, flow cytometry, genomics, bioinformatics and systems biology to elucidate the molecular mechanisms involved in breast cancer progression and therapeutic resistance. Evidence from our laboratory and others has shown that there exist cells within tumors that have an intrinsic resistance to radiation and chemotherapeutics compared to the bulk of the tumor. These cells, often referred to as cancer stem cells (CSCs) or tumor initiating cells may also be responsible for metastatic dissemination and tumor dormancy and recurrence. Breast CSCs can have an epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype and inducing EMT in human mammary epithelial cells can confer on them the properties of stem cells. In addition, we identified an aggressive molecular subtype of breast cancer that is enriched for CSCs. In recent years it has been appreciated that along with protein coding genes, much of our genome encodes tens of thousands of functional RNAs that do not make proteins. This includes small RNAs called microRNAs which have been very well studied as well as a large class of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) the functions of which still very much need to be explored. We hypothesize that lncRNAs play a critical role in an EMT gene expression program governed in part by RNA-mediated epigenetic regulation leading to resistance to conventional therapies in breast cancer. Our goal, using several model systems, is to first identify and then investigate the mechanisms of action of lncRNAs that regulate the EMT/CSC phenotype of claudin-low breast tumors using siRNA or antisense knockdown, CRISPR genome engineering, and lentiviral overexpression in cell culture and in animal models.

Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center

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The primary mission of the Hindelang Center is to conduct quality research. Through this activity, the Center pursues a variety of objectives, including the development of policy recommendations in the field of criminal justice, the dissemination of research results through publication in scholarly journals, sponsorship of brown bag lunches and other colloquia, and the provision of opportunities for graduate students to learn research skills and to develop dissertation topics.

IO Psychology Lab

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Areas of Interest: My research focuses on three general areas: (1) performance evaluations, (2) organizational justice, and (3) group decision-making. Specific areas of interest follow.

Inspire Lab- Interaction Sensing and Perception in Real Environment

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Dr. Kim’s research is in the area of human-centered and affective computing, developing systems and devices for automatic sensing, quantification, and interpretation of affective and social signals during interactive communication. Her research builds upon techniques from diverse areas, including machine learning, multimodal (speech and video) signal processing, computer vision, and behavioral science.

Institute for Financial Market Regulation

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(IFMR) is a cooperative project of professionals in financial market regulation with faculty and students from the University at Albany and Albany Law School. The shared goal is to develop interdisciplinary research and education in financial market regulation. The Institute connects the scholarship of academic researchers with the knowledge and experience of professionals in financial market regulation to understand current issues facing regulators and supervisors.

Institute for Health System Evaluation (IHSE)

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The IHSE advances the University at Albany's mission for increased community engagement. The new Institute is designed to conduct objective research and analysis to help improve policy and decision making concerning the United States health system and to study various international models. The IHSE focuses on the issues that matter most to Americans and beyond, focusing on public health and the improvement of the health care system, the largest sector of the U.S. economy. The IHSE is a new consortium that creates a natural laboratory for research and evaluation of health system developments in partnership with colleges and universities, regional business, and national and international partners. This novel formal collaboration between academics and business enterprise in the regional health economy will allow for the IHSE and its partners to be more nimble in applying for increasingly competitive grants and contracts from public and private sources, since natural synergies exist between the members of the unit, as well as the fact that established teams are already connected for the translation of research into practice.

Institute for Health and the Environment

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The Institute for Health and the Environment was created with the primary purpose of promoting and supporting interdisciplinary research and grants in the broad area of environment and public health among both professional researchers and students.

Institute for Informatics, Logistics, and Security Studies

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This effort aims to assist the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) in developing a world-class computational social science lab complementing its effort in network science and related disciplines as part of the ARL Open Campus initiative. This project aims to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in the emerging field of computational social science. Specifically, the goal is to develop and validate novel methodology for studying language and human behavior using computational methods that are firmly grounded in social science theory.

Institute for Research on Women (IROW)

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Promoting and facilitating individual and collaborative research and scholarship on women and gender; establishing linkages and joint projects with other women's research centers in the United States and internationally, in order to promote research, training and educational exchanges of faculty, students and materials.

Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research

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ITSMR was established in 1978 as a partnership between the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the University and is funded completely with grants. It is a true partnership with the New York Governor's Commission on Traffic Safety. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC), which is part of DMV, originally funded Section 402 funds to receive highway safety funding from the federal government.

Institute of Biomolecular Stereodynamics

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The research areas in the Center include, but are not limited to, the dynamics of proteins and nucleic acids, the kinetic mechanism of protein function, structural characterization, protein-nucleic acid, protein-protein and protein-drug interactions, signal transduction pathways and drug design by chemical methods and combinatorial libraries

Institute of Cypriot Studies

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The search for Cypriot origins progressively led me back in time to investigate the earliest occupants of Cyprus, namely pygmy hippopotami and dwarf elephants, and issues surrounding their sudden disappearance, apparently corresponding to the arrival of the first human colonists. In 1998 the University at Albany hosted a conference on this general topic with the title: The Earliest Prehistory of Cyprus: From Colonization to Exploitation. Since joining the University and becoming director of the Institute of Cypriot Studies, I have organized several field projects on the island, mostly staffed by undergraduate and graduate students from UAlbany. Cypriot studies are enhanced by the availability of the Belcher Collection of Cypriot Antiquities, with representative materials from all periods.

Intelligent Big Data Analytics, Applications, and Systems (IDIAS)

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The UAlbany IDIAS Lab develops models, algorithms, and systems for solving problems involving big (networked) data. We work closely with domain experts to solve challenging problems in the study of Online Social Networks, Internet of Things, and Cyber-Physical Systems. nd Cyber-Physical Systems.

Ion Beam Laboratory

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The Ion Beam Laboratory at SUNY Albany has both a high-energy Dynamitron particle accelerator and a low-energy Extrion ion implanter, providing advanced ion beam capabilities for materials analysis, ion implantation, irradiation, and nanostructure fabrication for students, faculty and off-campus users.

Jeong-Hyon Hwang Research Group

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Research areas: databases and distributed systems (detailed topics: graph data management (G* project), trajectory data management, real-time data stream processing, Internet-scale data management, fault tolerance and load management)

Kleppel Lab

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We are broadly interested in the effects of land use patterns on ecosystems. Among the issues being addressed are: The use of livestock for restoration and management of early successional stage ecosystems, alternative urban typologies (development styles) and their effects on ecosystem structure and function, the use of economic, planning and policy tools to promote landscape scale conservation and sustainable agriculture, and synergies between climate change and land cover patterns of ecosystem structure and function.

Knuth Lab

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The lab focuses on several aspects of Information Physics: Foundations of Inference, Quantum Mechanics and Physics, Inquiry, Relevance and Maximum Entropy, and High-Quality Bayesian Data Analysis

Kristen L. Corbosiero’s Research Group

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Dr. Corbosiero's research focuses on the interaction between tropical cyclones and the environments in which they are embedded, with an emphasis on storm structure, the intensity and duration of convection, and the properties of clouds that comprise the storm. These problems are studied using both observational data and numerical modeling.

Kuznetsov Laboratory

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Due to the recent technological advances in genomic data acquisition, bioinformatics has become a crucial element of genomics. The main task of bioinformatics is to develop computational tools capable of dealing with diverse types of genomic data, filtering out noise, and finding reliable patterns associated with biological properties of interest. Our laboratory is developing bioinformatics methods, stand-alone and web-based software for the analysis of various types of genomic data and applying these methods to genome research. We do this by utilizing a variety of methods from statistics, information theory, classification/pattern recognition, and data mining.

Laboratory of Dr. Ewan McNay

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Metabolic regulation of brain function, insulin signaling within the brain, the impact of diabetes and hypoglycemia on the hippocampus, links between diabetes and Alzheimer’s, amyloid effects on brain function, dietary manipulations. Experiments involve animal models, behavioral testing and in vivo neurochemical measurements as well as post-mortem brain protein analysis and other measures.

Lang Research Group

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Our research group is an enthusiastic group of scientists interested in scale interaction in our atmosphere. We are interested in meso to planetary spacial scales as well as synoptic to subseasonal time scales of the upper troposphere-lower stratosphere region.

Language Laboratory

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The laboratory examines speaking and reading in both native and non-native speakers of a language (bilinguals). Questions include: Does word recognition vary across languages depending on their particular structure? Is morphology more than just conjoint effects of shared meaning and shared form? What makes irregular past tense forms hard for some types of people (e.g., non-native speakers, children) to master? The lab also studies the interaction of linguistic codes at the level of writing systems (bialphabetism) and the effect of accent on understanding. The lab uses a variety of experimental techniques in the laboratory at The University at Albany, SUNY, at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT and in collaboration with colleagues in China, Serbia, and Israel.

Larsen Lab

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My lab is interested in deciphering the molecular mechanisms controlling branching morphogenesis, which is a process required for the development of many mammalian organs, including the lung, kidney, prostate, mammary glands, and salivary glands.

Lednev Lab

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Research interests: analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, laser spectroscopy.

Lee Lab

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The laboratory engages in basic research designed to better understand and modulate immunological memory or general host defense. The two main projects we study are 1) the CD4 T lymphocyte which directs both cellular and humoral (antibody-mediated) immune responses. Stimulation of CD4 T cells and promoting their differentiation is a key element that underlies vaccination. 2) Bat immunity. Bats are currently the subject of intense interest due to their decimation by the disease White Nose Syndrome. Projects employ animal models and tissue culture, cellular immunology, flow cytometry, and immunochemical techniques to study immune cell development, activation, regulation, and function.

Lennartz Lab

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Macrophages play a major role in health and disease. Our research focuses on the cell biology of macrophages, using an IgG-phagocytosis system to model uptake and killing of pathogens and to study the underlying causes of heart disease. Using viral vectors to deliver signaling molecules to macrophages, we are studying the pathways linking the IgG receptor to gene activation. We use real time imaging to follow uptake of particles (pathogens or IgG-coated articles) and the movement of signaling molecules during this process. We also have an animal model that we are using to study the pathology of stroke and the role of macrophages and Fc receptors in plaque rupture. Techniques being used include immunofluorescence, electron microscopy, and confocal imaging. These projects use macrophages to bridge the fields of cell and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, and medicine.

Lewis Mumford Center for Comparative Urban and Regional Research

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By promoting broad-based collaboration among urban scholars from a variety of fields and geographic settings, the Center's mission is to further Mumford's ideal of local involvement with global vision. To this end, Center projects and activities range from international urban conferences (July 1999 in Shanghai), to local planning initiatives, to national endeavors examining urban change over time.

Li Laboratory

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We study the molecular structure, function, and mechanism of proteins or complexes related to bacterial or viral infection and host response, using crystallography, biochemistry, and molecular biology. Current projects include bacterial and viral superantigens, signaling proteins involved in apoptosis and stem cell regulation, and rational drug design against key viral enzymes.

Li Niu Research Group

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Our laboratory is interested in understanding the structure-function relationship and the mechanism of regulation of glutamate ion channel receptors. These receptors mediate rapid synaptic neurotransmission and are indispensable in the brain function, such as memory and learning. Abnormal receptor activity, however, has been implicated in various neurological diseases and disorders

Life Sciences Initiative

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University at Albany scientists are advancing knowledge across a broad spectrum of research in the life sciences with special emphasis on cutting edge investigation into the structure and function of biologically active molecules. Scientific research is coalesced around core interests in RNA science and technology, neuroscience, molecular evolution of disease and molecular biology. Founded on the philosophy that scientific discovery is a multidisciplinary, collaborative and highly interactive enterprise, the Life Science Research Initiative is based on a dynamic approach to scientific discovery and education. Discovery occurs at the frontiers and intersections of science and Life Sciences faculty provide a critical focus for collaborative discovery across traditional departments as well as with other University at Albany and regional scientists.

Marina Petrukhina Research Group

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Research Interests: synthetic inorganic and organometallic chemistry, coordination and structural chemistry of transition elements, polynuclear metal complexes and metal clusters, supramolecular chemistry, and materials science

Mariya Zheleva Research

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My research interests are in the field of mobile wireless networks and include network monitoring and analysis as well as system design and implementation. Part of my work focuses on design of cellular networks to provide connectivity in remote and under-provisioned areas. I am also interested in Dynamic Spectrum Access networks for broadband connectivity. In the past, I have worked on other projects related to wireless networking including monitoring, medium access control for 60 GHz networks and smart phones

McDonough Laboratory

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The focus of Dr. McDonough's laboratory is gene regulation in the context of bacterial pathogenesis, or the means by which bacteria cause disease. The team is primarily interested in two well-known pathogens: Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB, and Yersinia pestis, the etiologic agent of bubonic and pneumonic plague. The lab uses a variety of techniques in their studies with both pathogens, ranging from molecular genetics and biochemistry to bioinformatics, proteomics and fluorescence microscopy.

Melendez Lab

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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are major contributors to numerous disease conditions including arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, ischemia-reperfusion injury, nervous system disorders and the process of aging. Studies in the laboratory focus on how mitochondrial-derived ROS and antioxidant enzymes regulate signaling transduction cascades, gene expression, cell growth, proliferation and ultimately, pathogen infection, tumor growth and metastases. We utilize state-of-the-art cell, biochemical, microscopy and molecular methodologies to perform these studies. Our ultimate goal is to develop antioxidant-based therapies for the prevention and treatment of infection and cancer. We are also applying technologies available at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering to develop nanodevices to assess cellular redox state, matrix destruction and perform high throughput screening. A Cadre of post-doctoral, graduate and undergraduate students and numerous outside collaborations are the foundation for these studies. Depending on the project the student will perform cell culture, western blot analysis, PCR, plasmid construction, immunofluorescence microscopy and a variety of spectroscopic techniques.

Miller Lab

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Our research area is called micrometeorology - "meteorology" because atmospheric motions are a key component of our work, and "micro" reflects a focus on the relatively thin layer (tens of meters) of the atmosphere just above land or water. Our research is field-oriented, meaning that we deploy scientific instruments in field settings, including forests, lakes and rivers, and the ocean. We are interested in Surface Exchange Processes, or the way that things like heat, momentum, and trace gases (e.g., CO2) are transferred between the earth's surface and the atmosphere. These fluxes are driven to a large degree by atmospheric turbulence, and we measure them directly using techniques such as eddy covariance. These data can be used to improve the understanding of processes controlling surface exchange. These results can then feed into climate models used to address questions about current and future biogeochemical cycles and climate. Our research covers a broad range of topics that has involved collaborations with physical and chemical oceanographers, ecologists, biologists, hydrologists, limnologists, and meteorologists.

Minder Research Group

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Research interests: Mountain weather and climate, regional climate dynamics, meoscale dynamics and modeling, lake-effect snow, and hydrometeorology

Moslehi Laboratory

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Dr. Moslehi is a genetic epidemiologist with expertise in designing family-based and population-based genetic epidemiologic investigations and in statistical analysis of genetic and epidemiologic data. The overall objectives of most of Dr. Moslehi's studies are to identify genetic factors involved in the etiology of human disorders and to quantify the effects of genetic and environmental factors on disease risk. Various malignant and pre-malignant conditions have been the focus of most of her research activities; however, Dr. Moslehi's research projects have also involved other complex disorders besides cancer. Dr. Moslehi has been studying cancer risks associated with DNA repair gene mutations for a number of years. In the past few years, she has also initiated several studies into the role of DNA repair and transcription genes in human reproduction and fetal development.

Multimedia, Security, and Privacy Research Group

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Multimedia systems and applications such as surveillance, social media and networks, and cloud computing have conflicting goals. How do you balance increasing system capabilities and preserve privacy of users? We seek to achieve this balance by building models and algorithms in the area of multimedia analysis.

Multiplex Biotechnology Laboratory

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Our group is focused on development of multiplex biotechnologies based on nanotechnology and microfluidics, particularly barcode arrays, for disease diagnostics and forensic investigation. This unique lab also aims to apply the multiplex tools and employ principles in systems biology and physics to tackle the major challenges in immunology and cancer therapeutics, and to offer new perspectives of multi-scale biosystem development.

Music and Cognition Laboratory

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Areas of interest: music cognition, perceptual matching and pattern recognition, selective attention, word recognition processes in reading, information-processing functions of consciousness

NYS Center for Information Forensics and Assurance

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CIFA's mission is research and education to better enable practitioners to address real problems in information forensics and assurance, especially in the area of public protection.

National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services

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Through a consortium of social work schools, we strengthen homeless services by creating partnerships, supporting leaders, and sharing excellence. Our approach is informed by the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model, which synthesizes research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), resilience, and recovery into a holistic, multi-system method that supports consumers and staff while strengthening systems within communities.

National Center for Security and Preparedness

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Through collaboration, creativity, and a commitment to excellence, the National Center for Security and Preparedness supports the nation's efforts to be secure from acts of terrorism and to be prepared to respond to incidents of high consequence and disasters through research, education, training, and technical assistance.

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

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A National Workforce Institute is proposed which will foster a national learning community to build distributed, adaptive, and inclusive child welfare leadership to implement sustainable systems change, institutionalize effective workforce practices, and improve outcomes for children and families.

Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

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The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government conducts studies and special projects to assist government and enhance the capacity of states and localities to meet critical challenges. Through its conferences, research, and publications, the Institute works with the best experts and top officials at all levels of government to forge creative solutions to public problems. The work of the Institute focuses on the role of state governments in the American federal system.

Neural Systems of Emotion and Memory Lab

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The lab focuses on identifying neural pathways that form circuits responsible for adaptive and maladaptive fear related behaviors. To do this, we combine neuroanatomical, developmental, molecular biological and behavior approaches to define the ontogeny and function of neural pathways that control the learning, remembering and expression of fear.

New York State Writers Institute

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The Writers Institute's central aim is to enhance and celebrate literature, writing, and performance, and to recognize the position of writers as a community within the larger community.

Occupational Health Psychology Lab

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Our lab is devoted to understanding the relationship between organizations and the well-being of workers and society. Our research has delved into a variety of topics. These include job stress, work-family issues, coping, culture, workplace safety, intrinsic motivation, and emotions at work.

Osuna Laboratory

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Areas of interest: DNA binding and bending proteins, role of DksA in cellular response to nutritional stress, role of Fis in E. coli, genes subject to Fis regulation, and mechanisms of Fis regulation

Pager Lab

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The Pager lab is interested in the interaction and mechanisms by which RNA viruses subvert the cellular RNA metabolism pathways. We are particularly intrigued by how flaviviruses such as hepatitis C virus and Dengue virus commandeer the host’s mRNA storage and decay machinery to successfully establish an infection.

Paluh Lab

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The intersection of biology with manmade synthetics will drive improved medical therapies and nonmedical industrial applications. Understanding interfaces and communication networks at the nanoscale is critical to these goals. We are interested in harnessing biology towards three main areas of research, 1) Nanomotors, biological polymers and self-assembling and regulating machines, 2) stem cells and tissue engineering platforms for repair, replacement or biomimicry of human physiology, and 3) biosensing for toxin monitoring or in point of care medical applications. To study these complex areas we apply tools, materials and principles of nanotechnology, polymer engineering, biology/biochemistry and modeling. Students will have the opportunity to learn critical scientific thinking, experimental design and troubleshooting with a variety of experimental approaches and biological questions.

Parasitology Laboratory

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The parasite Trypanosoma brucei is a blood-borne pathogen that causes both human and zoonotic disease. T. brucei and related trypanosomatids are early eukaryotes and successful pathogens. Currently no preventative therapies are available and treatment is difficult, despite our knowledge of several unique biological processes with the potential to be exploited as drug targets. One such unusual process is RNA editing. RNA editing is found in many organisms including plants, yeast, humans and other mammals, although the mechanisms of editing are distinct. Within the trypanosomatids RNA editing is achieved by the insertion of non-encoded uridines or the deletion of encoded uridines. In the most extreme cases over 50% of the mature mRNA is the result of post-transcriptional editing. Editing takes place exclusively in the mitochondria, where it is required in order to generate mature mRNAs competent for translation into the correct proteins, and is carried out by a large ribonucleoprotein complex. Our work focuses on the biochemistry of editing by this multiprotein complex. We have identified a protein, RNA-Editing Associated Protein-1 (REAP-1), which specifically recognizes RNAs requiring editing. Evidence suggests that REAP-1 acts as a recruitment factor to deliver RNAs to the editing complex. REAP-1 is one of only two proteins that have been identified as components not of the core catalytic complex but of a larger (35-40S) complex believed to function in vivo. Through a combination of genetic and biochemical approaches, current work in the lab involves understanding how REAP-1 specifically recognizes and binds to its RNA targets, identifying other proteins with which REAP-1 interacts and determining how REAP-1 influences editing complex assembly and regulation of RNA editing.

Pata Laboratory

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DNA replication is a fundamentally important process in all cells. Mistakes during replication cause mutations as well as large scale genome rearrangements, which can ultimately cause antibiotic resistance in bacteria as well as aging, cancer and resistance to chemotherapy in humans. Over the past decade, the number of known polymerases responsible for genome duplication has expanded dramatically, yet our understanding of how all these enzymes contribute to genome stability is far from complete.

Perez Lab

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Research interests: Solar and renewable energy, environment, economics

Prevention Research Center

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The Mission of the Albany Prevention Research Center is to develop diverse partnerships within and across communities to design, conduct, evaluate and disseminate the findings of studies that show innovative ways in which the resources of the community (e.g., within households, schools, work sites, faith-based organizations, etc.) can promote the health of community residents and reduce the burden of chronic disease.

Professional Development Program

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The Professional Development Program contributes state-of-the art capacities in education, training, research and evaluation, e-learning, video production, and public education campaigns. PDP offers a comprehensive package of services to improve individual and organizational performance, from initial consultation through all phases of needs assessment, organizational analysis, and program development to full implementation and management. Combined with its highly regarded content expertise in public policy and administration, social welfare, human services, computer systems, and instructional technologies.

Program for Research on Private Higher Education (PROPHE)

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PROPHE is a global network dedicated to building knowledge about one of the most striking tendencies in higher education around the world--the development of large and often vibrant private sectors. PROPHE's knowledge mission focuses on discovery, analysis, and dissemination, as well as creation of an international base of researchers. PROPHE neither represents nor promotes private higher education. The core activity is scholarship, which, in turn, aims to inform public discussion and policymaking.

Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Stagecraft (PISCES)

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The Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) is dedicated to conducting research and outreach on policy issues that intersect the realms of economics and security.

Project on Violent Conflict (PVC)

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The PVC's mission is to advance the study of all forms of political violence, including the study of terrorism, insurgency, rebellion, as well as intrastate and interstate war. The mission is accomplished through multidisciplinary research and collaboration with other centers, universities, small businesses, and government entities. The PVC is currently working on multiple projects primarily involving terrorism and insurgency and methods for countering them.

Psychotherapy and Behavior Change Research Lab

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The Psychotherapy and Behavior Change Research Lab conducts research that spans two overlapping areas: psychotherapy process and outcome, and the integration of science and practice.

RNA Institute

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At the RNA Institute, we focus on developing tools and analytics for moving RNA therapeutics down the drug candidate pathway. We disseminate these tools and technologies through collaborations with researchers in a breadth of disciplines and disease focuses, critical to human health.

Rabi Musah Research Group

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The underlying theme of studies in the Musah research lab is in the mechanisms by which the redox versatility of sulfur is exploited by Nature to solve challenging issues in the chemical biology of plants and some viruses. The development of spectroscopic and mass spectrometric tools and methods that can be used to probe reactions involving organosulfur species are also of interest, as the tracking of organosulfur reaction intermediates presents unique challenges not often encountered with other elements.

Randall Lab

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Research interests include 1) training and learning: complex skill acquisition, online self-directed learning, and team training, 2) Motivation and attention: self-regulation, mind wandering, and mindfulness, 2) Personnel selection: retesting, individual differences

Rangan Lab

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The goal of the Rangan Laboratory is to understand how a stem cell fate is initiated, maintained and terminated. Stem cells have the capacity to both self-renew and differentiate. Improper differentiation or self-renewal of stem cells can result in a loss of homeostasis, which has been implicated in human afflictions such as cancer and degenerative diseases.

Regional Adult Education Network

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The primary mission is to improve educational outcomes for adult students by providing professional development courses for teachers working with adult learners. Training and Technical Assistance is designed to increase opportunities for adults to enter, retain and improve employment, enter post-secondary colleges and universities, career and technical schools and improve literacy levels for families in New York State. Courses, training and workshops are developed using scientific and evidence based research that supports professionals in working with specific learners.

Reliene Laboratory

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The focus of the lab is on translational cancer research on gene-environment and gene-nutrient interactions. We investigate whether mutations in DNA repair genes enhance susceptible to cancer associated with environmental causes and whether the risk of cancer can be reduced with intake of dietary antioxidants. For example, we are currently exploring the concept that antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract protects against breast cancer. Other projects include studies on genotoxic and cancer risks of engineered nanoparticles used in consumer products. We use genomic technologies in combination with cell and molecular biology and whole animal approaches to dissect the complexity of cancer.

Research Group Halamek

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Our research group focuses on the areas of bioelectronics and bionanotechnology. These approaches, often combined with biomolecular engineering, are a rapidly emerging field aimed at development biology-inspired intelligent sensing systems. Our multidisciplinary research approach combines fundamental studies with forward-looking engineering efforts. Some of the projects our group is interested in stem from the fields of biochemistry, analytical science and biotechnology. We are exploring the biorecognition of different characteristics, such as, ethnicity and gender of forensic subjects. These are based on biological markers, detection of toxic compounds such as organophosphates and biochemical steganographic and encryptic systems or "smart" biofuel cells and actuators.

Robinson Lab

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Forest ecology, wildlife conservation, and ecological restoration: Field studies are mixed with laboratory and greenhouse experiments, computer mapping and statistical analyses. Two current topics are (1) mapping and designing control programs for invasive species that threaten natural habitats in nearby forested areas, and (2) exploring responses of forests to ongoing climate changes, with emphasis on tracking effects of lengthening growing periods on trees.

Royzen Lab

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The Royzen Research Group is interested in developing new synthetic and imaging tools for RNA research

Sammons Lab

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Our lab studies how transcription factors decode and transmit information stored on DNA. We are particularly interested in how one such transcription factor, p53, reads DNA information in the context of chromatin/DNA structure. p53 is the most commonly mutated gene in cancer, and loss of p53 activity is the strongest predictor of cancer development in mammalian systems, including humans. We use genetic, molecular, and genomic technologies to explore the relationship between how DNA information is stored and how that information is read and acted upon by the p53 transcription factor.

Schwab Research Group

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Our group is involved in field measurements of atmospheric pollutant gases and particles. Our group is involved in one or more of the following: - Evaluation and calibration of instruments used for atmospheric measurements of particles and gases; - Preparation for deployment of instruments for field studies; - Collection and/or evaluation of field measurement data; - Advanced data processing and analysis of collected data.

Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP)

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STEP prepares historically underrepresented and/or economically disadvantaged K-12 students to acquire the aptitude and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary degrees

Self-Control in Life Laboratory

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The lab is interested in how people set and reach goals. Much of the lab research has focused on self-control, particularly how people set and reach goals that they set for themselves. The lab is especially interested in factors that may contribute to the breakdown of self-control.

Shaghayegh (Sherry) Sahebi Research Group

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My main research interest is in human-centered data science, including recommender systems, educational, and social network problems.

Sharfstein Lab

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Our lab focuses on effects of culture conditions and cell physiology on growth, metabolism, and recombinant protein production from industrially relevant organisms (mammalian cells and bacteria). We apply the tools of modern biology including genomics, proteomics, genetic and metabolic engineering along with the engineering tools including bioreactor design and culture substrate design for optimization of production of recombinant proteins and sugars and tissue engineering applications. Projects include analysis of rapidly growing micro-organisms, understanding the effects of hyperosmotic stress on recombinant protein production, epigenetic analysis of industrial cell lines, and production of a bioengineered trabecular meshwork for testing of glaucoma therapeutics.

Shekhtman Lab

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Research interests: Structural studies of protein-protein interactions involved in cellular signal transduction, structural studies of endocytic proteins and their interactions, development of novel NMR methodologies to effectively study large bio-complexes

Sheng Lab

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Our lab is interested in the structural and functional studies of naturally occurring modifications in nucleic acid, the most important biological macromolecules. The diversified chemical modifications discovered in DNA and RNA (including tRNA, mRNA, rRNA and all the other non-coding RNAs) play critical biological roles and are directly related to many diseases. We hope the atomic-level understanding of their 3D structures and their metabolic pathways will lead to better elucidation of their functions and shed light on the potential drug discovery based on them. In addition, these modifications are the most evolutionarily conserved properties in the early stage of cellular life, providing important clues to study the prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life.

Shi Laboratory

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Areas of interest: molecular and cellular biology of transcription and signal transduction, aptamer-mediated multi-pathway control in living cells and organisms, and drug discovery and development for cancer

Shin Lab

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My lab aims to identify how aberrant neuronal signaling and information processing occurs in the basal ganglia and connected brain areas at the cellular and network level in Parkinson's disease (PD). We also investigate the underlying therapeutic mechanism(s) underlying deep brain stimulation for PD. Findings from our research endeavors will help reveal novel treatment paradigms and/or improve current options for PD. To accomplish these aims, the lab employs a variety of electrophysiological techniques to monitor ion channel activity in brain slices and from multiple brain regions as single-unit spiking activity and oscillations from anesthetized or freely moving animals. As adjunct to the neurophysiological recordings, we also use a variety of behavioral tests such as the limb-use asymmetry test, the step test, the rotarod, elevated plus maze and open field test to assess motor function and state-dependent behavior. Immunohistochemistry and gene-silencing technology are part of the lab’s research armamentarium to identify alteration in protein expression and modulate neural function, respectively.

Signals & Networks Lab

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Our research focus is on wireless and mobile networks, digital signal processing (DSP) and embedded systems towards 5G networks, Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications and cyber-physical systems (CPS). We are particularly experts in visible light communications (VLC) / light fidelity (LiFi) and are interested in optical communications, heterogeneous networks (HetNets), backscatter communication, indoor localization and sensing.

Siwei Lyu Lab

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Research interests include digital image forensics, computer vision and machine learning

Social Identity & Justice Lab

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The Social Identity & Justice Lab examines how prejudice, stigmatization, and other group-based biases develop and persist. We study the psychological processes associated with social identity, intergroup behavior and decision-making, moral judgment, and belief systems that serve to maintain system-level social injustice and inequality. We explore these processes from diverse conceptual and methodological perspectives, including basic social cognition, experimental philosophy, political psychology, and social-cognitive development.

Social Work Education Consortium

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The Social Work Education Consortium was established in 2000 as a formal partnership between the Office of Children and Family Services, Bureau of Training, the New York State Dean’s Association, the social work education community and local social services designed to impact the child welfare workforce. Sixteen graduate and 28 undergraduate social work programs participate in the Consortium, along with 57 county social service districts and NYC’s Administration for Children’s Services.

Stewart Lab

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My research program combines bioinformatic and molecular evolutionary methods to study the evolution of mammalian genes and genomes, with an emphasis on the primates. Our current projects include: (1) identifying genetic changes unique to the human and chimpanzee lineages; (2) understanding the genetic basis of SIV/HIV resistance in certain African primate species; and (3) studying the evolution of the lysozyme multigene family in the mammals, especially as related to fertilization. At present, our research is primarily computational.

Sutherland Lab

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Research interests include psychology of the Black experience, substance abuse and nonverbal behavior among people of African descent, and HIV/AIDS

Szaro Laboratory

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Areas of interest: Developmental neurobiology, molecular neurobiology, neural regeneration, neurofilaments, axonal growth, and xenopus laevis embryology

Tenniswood Lab

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Inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) is the most aggressive and lethal form of breast cancer. Despite its lethality, very little research is focused on understanding the origins of inflammatory breast cancer or development of targeted treatments. Recent studies by our laboratory using cell lines derived from IBC, have identified a non-toxic drug, CG-1521, that is capable of inducing dramatic tumor cell death in cell culture and in animal models of IBC. Microarray analyses of the changes in the expression of microRNAs and mRNAs indicate that CG-1521 targets numerous pathways including: cell cycle progression and cell-to-cell adhesion. Strikingly, the molecules pertinent to the spindle assembly checkpoint are significantly altered, suggesting that CG-1521 disrupts the formation of the mitotic spindle and induces mitotic catastrophe. The next step in the research, which will involve undergraduate students, is to validate the changes in mRNA and microRNA expression using Real-Time PCR and Western analysis. In addition we will use immuno-histochemistry of proteins implicated in spindle checkpoint arrest and mitotic catastrophe, both in cell culture and in tissue sections from orthotopic tumors grown in nude mice.

The Agrawal Laboratory

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The Agrawal laboratory is engaged in studies of the protein-synthesizing machine, the ribosome, which interacts with messenger RNA (mRNA), transfer RNAs, and a number of protein factors, to facilitate translation of the genetic information encoded by the mRNA into the amino-acid sequence of a protein. In particular, his research explores (i) the structure and function of organellar ribosomes, and (ii) the structural dynamics of ligands that interact with the ribosome during protein synthesis.

The Agris Laboratory

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Research interests: Structure/function relationships of nucleic acids, RNA-targeted drug discovery, Novel RNA-based antimicrobial targets, Roles of modified nucleosides in tRNA, Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) of RNA, RNA-RNA and RNA-protein interactions

The Arbovirus Laboratory

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The research program of the Arbovirus Laboratories focuses on basic and applied field and laboratory studies examining the interaction of mosquito and tick-borne arboviruses, arthropod vectors, and vertebrate hosts, and how this interaction impacts transmission intensity and perpetuation of the pathogen.

The Chen Laboratory

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Ion channels are membrane proteins which allow ions across cell membranes in response to physical and/or chemical stimulations. They play a key role in electrical signaling of excitable cells such as neurons and cardiac myocytes. Dysfunction of ion channels could cause human neuronal, muscular, and cardiac disorders such as arrhythmia and epilepsy. Our goals are to understand how several subfamilies of potassium channels are gated and regulated in physiological and pathological conditions.

The Conklin Laboratory

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Research interests: Functional genomics of cellular proliferation regulation, mammalian cell genetics.

The Curcio Laboratory

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There is no cure for diseases caused by retroviruses such as HIV-1, the infectious agent that has given rise to the human AIDS pandemic. Antiretroviral therapies can slow the progression of HIV/AIDS, but their usefulness is limited by their toxicity to human cells. The goal of our research is to identify highly specific targets for antiretroviral therapies by identifying replication mechanisms that are conserved among retroviruses and related endogenous retrotransposons but unnecessary for host cell replication or survival.

The Li Lab

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Our goal is to understand the fundamental principles that governing the folding of RNA and to protein-RNA interactions.

The Lnenicka Lab

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The synaptic connections between nerve cells can be strengthened by increased use; this synapse strengthening plays an important role in the development of the brain, and in learning and memory in the adult. We study activity-dependent synapse strengthening in the fruit fly (Drosophila) where synapses are identifiable, accessible and amenable to genetic manipulations. Much of our work focuses on the role of intracellular Ca2+ in synapse strengthening. The following techniques are used in these studies: changes in intracellular Ca2+ levels are measured with fluorescent Ca2+ indicators; Western blots and immunocytochemistry are used to measure activity-dependent changes in specific proteins at the synaptic terminals; the levels of specific proteins are altered using transgenic Drosophila; and synaptic function is assayed using electrophysiology.

The Scimemi Lab

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In our lab, we are interested in understanding the functional properties of central synapses, the specialized structures that convert the electrical activity of a neuron into a chemical signal for its target cells. We want to understand how individual molecules are distributed within the synapse and how their spatial arrangement influences the properties of neurotransmitter release. We want to know how neurotransmitters diffuse outside of the synapse and generate long-distance signals to different cells. Our ultimate goal is to gain insights into the functional consequences of changes in synaptic function associated with the onset of different neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders.

Ting Wang Lab

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Research in the Wang group is focused on the development of new synthetic methods for natural product synthesis. Of particular interest are the discovery of new synthetic strategies via visible light photocatalysis and cooperative catalysis, and their applications in the synthesis of small molecules, peptides, and proteins.

University at Albany Visualization and Informatics Lab (AVAIL)

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The mission of AVAIL is to use the latest technology to solve modern transportation problems. Using a modern, web-based and extensible visualization platform, AVAIL seeks to explore the interaction of current planning and research procedures through the use of visual analytics and informatics.

Visual Cognition Laboratory

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Research Interests: Reading is a complex skill that provides a rich domain for studying language, attention, vision and memory. By studying reading, the lab hopes to understand how visual expertise develops, individual differences in performance, the link between eye movements and on-going cognitive processing (i.e., the eye-mind link), and a variety of related phenomena (e.g., lexical ambiguity resolution, re-reading, and cross-language differences). A key goal of the current work is to understand the time course of the cognitive, perceptual and neural processes that support reading, by integrating findings from a wide range of tasks and methodologies (e.g., eye tracking, distributional analyses, computational modeling, ERP/EEG). More broadly, we are also interested in other domains of visual expertise beyond reading (e.g., chess expertise), as well as learning, memory, and the conscious/unconscious distinction.

Wade Laboratory

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Our laboratory studies how bacteria regulate their gene expression. We are particularly interested in transcriptional regulation in the non-pathogenic model organism Escherichia coli, and in pathogenic strains of Salmonella and Yersinia. We also study regulation of mRNA stability and of translation by non-coding RNAs.

Wagner Lab

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Interests include the role of steroid hormones in neural development, maternal hormones, and cortical development.

Wang Laboratory

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I study experimental evolution by using microorganisms, particularly bacteriophage, as a model system. Currently my research focuses on two areas: (1) the genetic basis for the evolution of life history traits, with phage lambda as a model system, and (2) the identification of bacterial enzymes targeted by ssRNA phage lysis proteins.

Weifu Wang Research Group

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I am interested in locomotion, motion planning and deformable objects manipulation. I and my collaborators have studied robotic knot tying, string manipulation, memory-efficient motion planning, and exact optimal trajectories for vehicles.

Weight and Eating Disorders Lab

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We conduct research on a wide variety of topics related to eating behavior, eating disorders, obesity, and body image disturbances.

Welch Research Group

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Research interests: organic chemistry, anti-mycobacterial agents, genetically engineered materials, and transition metal complex chemistry

Welsh Lab

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Our lab studies nutrition, nuclear receptors, genomics and cancer in relation to several types of cancers, including breast, prostate, skin and colon. Our specific focus is to identify molecular mechanisms by which dietary-derived nuclear receptor ligands reduce the risk of cancer development and progression. Students will contribute to NIH funded research on nuclear receptor signaling and cancer. Projects may include defining the mechanisms by which vitamin D and other nutrients reduce the risk of breast cancer, studying how different cells interact in complex tissues to alter cancer development, analysis of normal and tumor tissue by histochemical methods, or characterization of stem cell differentiation in vitro. Students will work alongside graduate students and/or post-doctoral fellows and may utilize cellular, molecular or whole-animal models as experimental approaches.

Wendy Turner Lab

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We study animal ecology and behavior with an interest in how variation within and among species alters rates of disease transmission. Ongoing research in Etosha National Park, Namibia, focuses on anthrax and on gastrointestinal parasites.

Williams Lab

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Research areas include self-regulation and work motivation, worker satisfaction and job attitudes, and psychology of blame and negligence

Workman Lab

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Interests include animal models relevant to postpartum depression, impact of maternal experience (pregnancy and motherhood) on stress responses, cognition, depression-related behaviors, hippocampal neurogenesis and neuronal remodeling, with particular focus on lactation.

Xie Lab

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We aim at applying nanotechnology to stem cell research in order to create stem cell-based platform for understanding adipogenesis and breast cancer. Recent studies have shown that the microenvironment influenced stem cell fate decisions. Using nanotechnology we are able to manipulate stem cell microenvironments and direct stem cell behaviors. Currently, we are investigating the stem cell-microenvironment interaction in an in vivo-like, 3-D setting. In particular, we are examining the role of biomaterials, surface chemistry, and bio-patterning in the maintenance and differentiation of embryonic stem cells. The students will perform biomaterials fabrication and characterization, stem cell culture, immunocytochemistry, Western blot analysis, PCR, optical and fluorescence microscopy, and spectrophotometry depending on the project assigned.

Yigit Lab

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Our group is interested in studying two and three dimensional nanoparticles for addressing biological, biomedical and environmental challenges.

Zhang Lab

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Our research interests include small molecule natural products synthesis, novel chemical methodology development; complex carbohydrates synthesis and applications; Peptides and proteins chemical synthesis.

Zhang Wang Lab

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Our new research group at SUNY-Albany focus on important questions in synthetic organic chemistry. We aim to develop catalytic asymmetric organic reactions using environmentally benign reagents and catalysts. These organic reactions can serve as key reactions in the synthesis of medicinally important agents. A second field we are interested in is the total synthesis of natural products with intriguing structures and important biological activities, such as neurotrophic lycopodium alkaloids. We aim to achieve concise total syntheses via unique bond disconnections. We hope medicinal chemistry will benefit from our research achievements.