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Biomedical Sciences

About

The Department of Biomedical Sciences trains students to be outstanding research scientists for careers in research, teaching and/or public health in academia, government, or the private sector. The department is the result of a partnership between the Wadsworth Center, part of the New York State Department of Health, and the University at Albany. Research addresses the biological aspects of public health problems, including antibiotic resistance, disease vectors, and tumor metastasis. The academic programs offers a unique ability to interact with both research and clinical labs to address urgent public health concerns related to the categories shown below. You’ll work with experienced mentors and researchers to gain fundamental insights into the biological processes that give rise to disease.

Our Department offers three graduate programs: The Master of Public Health (MPH), the Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences, and the PhD in Biomedical Sciences. MPH students can perform research in a laboratory for internship credit, providing an immersive research experience. The MS and PhD degrees in biomedical sciences are even more research-intensive, and the PhD program offers extensive training for independent research projects. MS students have the option to perform their research project in the clinical laboratories located at the Wadsworth Center.

 

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Faculty Spotlight: Bum-Kyu Lee

Learn more about Bum-Kyu Lee, who joined the department in 2020. He received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011, where he gained expertise in molecular biology and genetics - with a primary interest in understanding how transcription factors and cis-regulatory elements influence final gene expression. 

Department of Biomedical Sciences
Rebecca McCarthy
Administrative Manager

1 University Place
Rensselaer, NY 12144
United States

Office Hours

Virtual: Monday - Friday, 8 am-4:30 pm

Faculty

 

 

Primary Faculty
Todd Gray
Associate Professor
Bum-Kyu Lee
Assistant Professor
Yi-Pin Lin
Assistant Professor
Anil Ojha
Associate Professor
Haixin Sui
Assistant Professor
Joseph T. Wade
Chair & Associate Professor
Secondary Faculty
Marlene Belfort
Distinguished Professor, Senior Advisor of The RNA Institute
JoEllen Welsh
Distinguished Professor, Empire Innovation Professor
Clinical Faculty
Michele Caggana
Clinical Assistant Professor
Sudha Chaturvedi
Clinical Associate Professor
Kathy Chou
Clinical Assistant Professor
April Davis
Clinical Associate Professor
Christina Egan
Clinical Assistant Professor
Denise M. Kay
Clinical Assistant Professor
Matthew Kohn
Clinical Assistant Professor
Rama Ramani
Clinical Assistant Professor
Linda Styer
Clinical Associate Professor
Norma P. Tavakoli
Clinical Assistant Professor
William J. Wolfgang
Clinical Associate Professor
Jennifer Yates
Clinical Assistant Professor
Research Faculty
Jonathan Carp
Research Assistant Professor
Sridar V. Chittur
Research Associate Professor
Richard Cole
Research Associate Professor
Ye Ding
Research Professor
Erica Lasek-Nesselquist
Research Assistant Professor
Robert Rej
Research Associate Professor
David Vance
Research Assistant Professor

Programs

Masters

Biomedical Sciences MS | STEM |

Public Health MPH | +JD Option |

Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Public Health MPH | +JD Option |
Doctoral

Biomedical Sciences PhD | STEM |

Biomedical Sciences PhD | STEM |

Meet Our Students

 

Peer Mentors

Kayla Simanek

Kayla completed her master's degree in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. After finishing her degree, she was selected for the Antimicrobial Resistance Laboratory Network Fellowship through the Association of Public Health Laboratories and the CDC. Kayla helped the Virginia State Public Health Laboratory establish a workflow for next-generation sequencing of antibiotic resistant clinical isolates and participated in SARS-CoV-2 sample testing. She joined the Paczkowski lab and studies Pseudomonas aeruginosa quorum sensing pathways. Kayla is excited to begin investigating quorum sensing of clinical P. aeruginosa isolates. Kayla likes films... both biological and on the big screen.

Kayla Simanek sitting on a rock overlooking a lake and mountains in the background

Rachel Fay

PhD candidate Rachel Fay is from Chatham, NY. She completed her undergraduate degree at SUNY Potsdam and now works in the New York State Arbovirus Lab under the guidance of Dr. Alexander Ciota. Rachel studies the influence of temperature on flavivirus evolution, fitness, and vector-virus interactions. Her work investigates the question of whether increases in temperature drive the emergence of high fitness flavivirus strains. Additionally, she is interested in how increases in temperature impact mosquito biology and vector-virus interactions that may facilitate increased transmissibility of mosquito-borne diseases under climate change. Outside of her academic interests, Rachel's hobbies and interests include baking, running, and musicals.

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Sam Lindberg

Third year PhD candidate Sam Lindberg is from Altamont, New York. Because she went directly from her undergraduate degree at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to the PhD program, Sam understands the challenges that students can face with that transition. She established the peer mentorship program to connect new students with more experienced counterparts with the goal of helping them feel welcome and succeed. She also serves as a student representative on the Executive Committee for the BMS department. Sam has always been interested in infectious disease, and she is currently working in Dr. Nicholas Mantis' lab studying Salmonella. Currently, Sam's research interest focuses on identifying the signal transduction pathways in Salmonella Typhimurium that are involved in the response to monoclonal antibody treatment. In her free time, Sam enjoys hiking around Thacher State Park, baking, and cooking tasty vegetarian dishes. She also loves to paint and read, especially non-fiction, mystery and sci-fi.

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Rachel Lange

Rachel Lange is a 2nd year PhD student who is originally from the Virginia Beach area. She got her undergraduate degree in biochemistry from Syracuse University where she worked in an immunology laboratory at SUNY Upstate Medical University and an ecology laboratory at SUNY ESF. Rachel's inherent curiosity and love for the natural world drew her to science and she sought to combine her immunology and ecology background to study the dynamics of emerging vector-borne diseases at UAlbany. Her current work at the Arbovirology Laboratories directed by Alex Ciota, focuses on characterizing tick-borne viruses and investigating viral genetic correlates of host-specificity. In the future, she would like to use her research to educate populations in high-risk areas for zoonotic disease spillovers on sustainable prevention measures and animal health. Outside of the lab you can usually find Rachel in the woods - most likely on a paddleboard.

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Tristan Nowak

Third year PhD candidate Tristan Nowak obtained his undergraduate degree at Syracuse University and a Master of Science at the University of Florida. Currently, Tristan’s research focuses on identifying mechanisms contributing to Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato (Lyme disease bacterium) survival in ticks. This work expands our understanding of how pathogens interact with their vectors, or hosts. It also explores the redundancy of functional proteins that contribute in an overall synergistic manner during tick colonization. These concepts can be exploited to establish reservoir-based preventive strategies against the tick infection cycle by reducing their prevalence in the field, abating transmission, and improving human health.

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PhD Students

Sharon Shaughnessy

Sharon completed an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and molecular biology at UAlbany. She chose the Biomedical Sciences PhD program at UAlbany because her research goal was to study Lyme disease. Currently, Sharon is in Klemen Strle’s lab, looking at transcriptomics to try to better understand the differences in immune response that lead to acute and chronic Lyme.

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Ayesha Tahir

Ayesha is a first year PhD student from Lahore, Pakistan. She did her undergraduate and Master’s degree in Zoology from Lahore College for Women University. She chose the BMS program at UAlbany because her research objectives directly align with the research work within the department. She is interested in breast cancer biomarkers, and is rotating in Douglas Conklin’s lab and working on ABL Tyrosine Kinase’s isoforms and their roles in cancer. Her long-term career goal is to establish a molecular biology laboratory for cancer studies in Pakistan. Outside of lab, she loves food, music and travel!

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Lindsey Tolman

Lindsey Tolman is a PhD candidate in the Mantis lab studying the mechanisms by which therapeutic immune complexes can induce protective mucosal immunity. A native of upstate New York, Lindsey completed her B.S. in biology and forensic science at Russell Sage College before joining the BMS program in 2018 for the opportunity to complete her PhD while working in a state public health laboratory at The Wadsworth Center. After defending, Lindsey plans to transition into industry and continue to work in the fields of immunology and therapeutic development.

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Charity McManaman

Charity McManaman is a first-year PhD student who is local to the Albany area. Through her work in biology laboratories, she became interested in understanding the molecular biology of infectious diseases.  She chose the BMS program for its depth of pathogen research and is enjoying learning about infectious diseases in classes and lab rotations.  Her hobbies include running and cycling, as well as curling up with a good book.

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MS & MPH Students

John Jurczynski

John received his bachelor’s in biology from Marist College. His last semester coincided with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, so he decided to pursue an MPH to better understand the scope of public health. Currently, John works at the Griffin Laboratory (Wadsworth) under Jan Conn, assisting in research pertaining to insecticide resistance in the Latin American malaria vector, Nyssorynchus darlingi. He is also interning at the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities assisting in data analysis on Medicaid service utilization. John’s long-term career goal is to attend medical school.

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Kenneth Okonkwo

Kenneth is a clinician from Nigeria. Since joining the BMS department, he has been involved in multiple projects, gaining hands on public health research experience across different departments within NYSDOH. He assessed quorum sensing strength in multidrug resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, in Jon Paczkowski’s lab and is currently a part of the enteric disease surveillance and outbreak investigation team at the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control. Kenneth loves the small class sizes at UAlbany that allow for connecting with faculty.

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Jennifer Pangburn

Jennifer Pangburn is an MPH student from Voorheesville, New York. She completed her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University in Biology with a minor in Health and Wellness studies. Jennifer decided to pursue public health after taking a class for her minor on health behaviors. She wanted to combine her background in microbiology with her interests in public health, and UAlbany is one of few that offer a BMS concentration. Jennifer was also drawn to the internship requirement of the program, which allows students to gain experience in various areas of public health. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD, and a career working with infectious diseases.

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Saiful Basir

Saiful is from Long Island and received his bachelor’s in biochemistry from Stony Brook University. The biology courses at Stony Brook piqued his interest in microbiology, structural biology, and immunology. He was particularly interested in the locally endemic Lyme disease, and this is what he researches under the supervision of Nick Mantis. At the Mantis Lab, Saiful studies antibodies against proteins of Lyme disease-causing pathogen Borrelia burgdorferi. Researchers at the Mantis Lab are in the process of epitope mapping the Borrelia protein OspA which enables tick vector spread of Lyme disease.

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Samerna Masih

Samerna is originally from Pakistan, but grew up in Albany. She got her bachelor’s in biology from Siena College, and is currently working at a pharmaceutical company. For her master’s research, she plans to do a computational project on cancer cell genomics in Doug Conklin’s lab and would like to make cancer biology the focus of her career. She is fascinated by its ability to go from a single mutated cell to the metastatic stage. Samerna’s goal is to work on the pharmaceutical side to find a therapeutic that would be useful against many diverse types of cancer.

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Research

Research Themes
Cancer and Stem Cells

Faculty in cancer and stem cells conduct research aimed at understanding the genetic and environmental causes of cancer. Research is focused on the underlying biology associated with tumor initiation and progression, and on the development and evaluation of chemopreventive regimens and therapeutic approaches for common cancers. Current lines of investigation include the study of noncoding RNAs in breast and prostate cancer, identifying key regulators of human placenta development, molecular alterations of the metabolism of cancer cells, breast cancer stem cells, and animal modeling approaches to tumorigenesis.

Faculty in this area:

  • Doug Conklin
  • Jason Herschkowitz
  • BK Lee
  • Sally Temple
  • JoEllen Welsh
Clinical

Faculty within the clinical theme characterize and test for clinically relevant pathogens. They develop modern sequence-based detection methods as well as traditional serological assays. These laboratories focus on pathogen surveillance and sequencing new variants from human and environmental samples. Current viral research includes detecting HIV-2 RNA and correlating genetic changes with pathogenesis in SARS-CoV-2 strains.  Additional projects involve identifying drug-resistance mechanisms in Candida and characterizing novel bacterial pathogens. Clinical faculty provide training to graduate students and Wadsworth fellows.  All graduate students may rotate in clinical laboratories. Only MS students may complete their thesis in a clinical lab. MPH students may do a clinical internship.

Faculty in this area:

  • Sudha Chaturvedi
  • Denise Kay
  • William Lee
  • Kirsten St. George
  • Klemen Strle
  • Linda Styer
Drug Discovery and Therapeutics

The goal of this research concentration is to discover and develop therapeutic molecules that will target known pathogens, neutralizing them from the body. A successful pursuit of drug discovery requires a deep understanding of the pathogen’s method of functioning, so that new therapeutics can be specific, effective, and safe for the patient. Our researchers are employing a variety of methods to identify new targets and the molecules that selectively inhibit them. Structural analysis methods such as cryo-EM, NMR, and X-ray crystallography are used to understand the mechanism of pathogen transmission and replication, to uncover unique molecular targets for inhibition. Methods such as high-throughput small molecule screening, antibody studies and animal models are utilized to identify potential therapeutics against these targets. These therapeutics can then be further modified for effectiveness and specificity with the help of genetic and bioinformatic analysis, and site-directed mutagenesis. Our faculty are using these approaches and more to counteract some of the most urgent threats to public health today, including Covid-19, tuberculosis, Lyme disease, and virulent bacterial infections.

Faculty in this area:

  • Raj Agrawal
  • Yi-Pin Lin
  • Nick Mantis
  • Jon Paczkowski
  • Janice Pata
  • Klemen Strle
  • Haixin Sui
Infection and Immunity

Faculty in the infection and immunity theme study the biological mechanisms of infectious agents and the host immune response.  Various disciplines, from molecular biology and genomics to entomology, are employed to investigate infectious diseases.  Research topics include antibiotic resistance strategies in Mycobacteria and Staphylococcus, transcription regulation in Salmonella and quorum sensing in Pseudomonas.  Additional research topics are the immune response in Lyme progression, antibody development against bacterial toxins, and insect-pathogen interactions in Anopheles and Ixodes species.

Faculty in this area:

  • Alex Ciota
  • Jan Conn
  • Keith Derbyshire
  • Pallavi Ghosh
  • Todd Gray
  • Yi-Pin Lin
  • Nick Mantis
  • Kathleen McDonough
  • Anil Ajha
  • Jon Paczkowski
  • Klemen Strle
  • Haixin Sui
  • Joe Wade
Structural Biology

Faculty in the structural biology theme study the effect of macromolecular shape on cellular function.  Protein and nucleic acid structures are combined with biochemical analyses, to understand the binding and catalytic mechanisms used.  Research topics include quorum sensing receptor-ligand interactions and DNA polymerase kinetics in bacteria, as well as mitochondrial ribosome function and ciliary microtubule structure in eukaryotes.

Faculty in this area:

  • Raj Agrawal
  • Nick Mantis
  • Kathleen McDonough
  • Anil Ojha
  • Jon Paczkowski
  • Janice Pata
  • Haixin Sui
Genes and Genomes

Faculty in genes and genomes theme are focused on the function, regulation, and evolution of genes in vitro, in vivo, and in silico. Researchers use a range of model systems, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, as way of understanding the flow and use of information within genetic networks. The BMS department places an emphasis on understanding the underlying basis of disease, with a strong focus on infectious disease and cancer. Researchers use a wide range of techniques from whole genome sequencing, transcriptomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics. To this end, researchers in the BMS department have gained insight on how infectious Mycobacteria are capable of survival in the host, the mechanisms underlying antibiotic resistance, the mechanisms of bacterial cell-cell communication that control biofilm formation, the function of CRISPR for bacteria immune response, and the function of genes essential to cancer progression.

Faculty in this area:

  • Keith Derbyshire
  • Doug Conklin
  • Pallavi Ghosh
  • Todd Gray
  • Jason Herschkowitz
  • BK Lee
  • Anil Ojha
  • Jon Paczkowski
  • Janice Pata
  • Klemen Strle
  • Joe Wade
Research Publications
2021

Anthropogenic landscape decreases mosquito biodiversity and drives malaria vector proliferation in the Amazon rainforest 

  • Journal: PLOS One 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Deficiency of microglial autophagy increases the density of oligodendrocytes and susceptibility to severe forms of seizures 

  • Journal: eNeuro 
  • Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph 

Malaria in Southern Venezuela: The hottest hotspot in Latin America 

  • Journal: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Mentorship in Science: Response to AlShebli et al., Nature Communications 2020 

  • Journal: Stem Cell Reports 
  • Author(s): Temple, Sally 

Mucoricin is a ricin-like toxin that is critical for the pathogenesis of mucormycosis 

  • Journal: Nature Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

Multiplexed detection and quantification of human antibody response to COVID-19 infection using a plasmon enhanced biosensor platform 

  • Journal: Biosensors & Bioelectronics 
  • Author(s): Strle, Klemen; Lee, William 

Neutralizing Antibody Responses in COVID-19 Convalescent Sera 

  • Journal: Journal of Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Lee, William; McDonough, Kathleen 

Non‐invasive peripheral focused ultrasound neuromodulation of the celiac plexus ameliorates symptoms in a rat model of inflammatory bowel disease 

  • Journal: Experimental Physiology 
  • Author(s): Iannilli, Emilia; Shin, Damian 

Regulatory roles of Escherichia coli 5’ UTR and ORF-internal RNAs detected by 3’ end mapping 

  • Journal: eLife 
  • Author(s): Wade, Joseph 

Small-molecule inhibitors for the Prp8 intein as antifungal agents 

  • Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; Belfort, Marlene; Li, Hongmin 

 

Cancer-Targeted Controlled Delivery of Chemotherapeutic Anthracycline Derivatives Using Apoferritin Nanocage Carriers 

  • Journal: International Journal of Molecular Sciences  
  • Author(s): Herschkowitz, Jason 

GalaxyTrakr: a distributed analysis tool for public health whole genome sequence data accessible to non-bioinformaticians 

  • Journal: BMC Genomics 
  • Author(s): Wolfgang, William 

Membrane-partitioned cell wall synthesis in mycobacteria 

  • Journal: eLife 
  • Author(s): Gray, Todd 

Motor thalamic deep brain stimulation alters cortical activity and shows therapeutic utility for treatment of Parkinson’s disease symptoms in a rat model 

  • Journal: Neuroscience 
  • Author(s): Shin, Damian 

Regulatory Cross Talk between Motility and Interbacterial Communication in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium 

  • Journal: Journal of Bacteriology 
  • Author(s): Wade, Joseph 

Ribosome hibernation: a new molecular framework for targeting nonreplicating persisters of mycobacteria 

  • Journal: Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Banavali, Nilesh; Agrawal, Rajendra; Ojha, Anil 

Serologic Survey of Mosquito-Borne Viruses in Hunter-Harvested White-Tailed Deer (odocoeleus virginianus), New York State 

  • Journal: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura 

A Mycobacterial Systems Resource for the Research Community 

  • Journal: mBio 
  • Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; Gray, Todd; Wade, Joseph; Derbyshire, Keith 

A trend of dropping anti‐SARS‐CoV‐2 plaque reduction neutralization test titers over time in Canadian convalescent plasma donors 

  • Journal: Transfusion 
  • Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen 

An Organotypic Mammary Duct Model Capturing Matrix Mechanics-Dependent Ductal Carcinoma In Situ Progression 

  • Journal: Tissue Engineering Part A 
  • Author(s): Herschkowitz, Jason 

Checkpoint Control of DNA Repair in Yeast 

  • Journal: Saccharomyces 
  • Author(s): Fasullo, Michael 

COVID-19 vaccines under the International Health Regulations - We must use the WHO International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis 

  • Journal: International Journal of Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura 

Development of a Duplex Real-Time PCR Assay for the Differentiation of Blastomyces dermatitidis and Blastomyces gilchristii and a Retrospective Analysis of Culture and Primary Specimens from Blastomycosis Cases from New York (2005 to 2019) 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Vishnu; Chaturvedi, Sudha 

Enhanced CNS transduction from AAV.PHP.eB infusion into the cisterna magna of older adult rats compared to AAV9 

  • Journal: Gene Therapy 
  • Author(s): Butler, David; Messer, Anne 

Interaction between Borrelia miyamotoi variable major proteins Vlp15/16 and Vlp18 with plasminogen and complement 

  • Journal: Scientific Reports 
  • Author(s): Lin, Yi-Pin 

Malaria transmission in landscapes with varying deforestation levels and timelines in the Amazon: a longitudinal spatiotemporal study 

  • Journal: Scientific Reports 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Methylation of rRNA as a host defense against rampant group II intron retrotransposition 

  • Journal: Mobile DNA 
  • Author(s): Belfort, Marlene 

New Human Follitropin Preparations: How Glycan Structural Differences May Affect Biochemical and Biological Function and Clinical Effect 

  • Journal: Frontiers in Endocrinology 
  • Author(s): Dias, James 

Slaying SARS-CoV-2 One (Single-domain) Antibody at a Time 

  • Journal: Trends in Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

The oncogene AAMDC links PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling with metabolic reprograming in estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer 

  • Journal: Nature Communications 
  • Author(s): Lee, Bum-Kyu 

Phylogenetic Network of Mitochondrial COI Gene Sequences Distinguishes 10 Taxa Within the Neotropical Albitarsis Group (Diptera: Culicidae), Confirming the Separate Species Status of Anopheles albitarsis H (Diptera: Culicidae) and Revealing a Novel Lineage 

  • Journal: Journal of Medical Entomology 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Temporal Analysis of Serial Donations Reveals Decrease in Neutralizing Capacity and Justifies Revised Qualifying Criteria for Coronavirus Disease 2019 Convalescent Plasma 

  • Journal: Journal of Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen 

Vector Competence of Aedes albopictus Populations from the Northeastern United States for Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika Viruses 

  • Journal: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
  • Author(s): Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura 

3D Image Analysis of the Complete Ventricular-Subventricular Zone Stem Cell Niche Reveals Significant Vasculature Changes and Progenitor Deficits in Males Versus Females with Aging 

  • Journal: Stem Cell Reports 
  • Author(s): Temple, Sally 

Assessment of Sample Pooling for Clinical SARS-CoV-2 Testing 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): St. George, Kirsten 

Ecology and larval population dynamics of the primary malaria vector Nyssorhynchus darlingi in a high transmission setting dominated by fish farming in western Amazonian Brazil 

  • Journal: PLOS One 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Inhibitor Mimetic Mutations in the Pseudomonas aeruginosa PqsE Enzyme Reveal a Protein–Protein Interaction with the Quorum-Sensing Receptor RhlR That Is Vital for Virulence Factor Production 

  • Journal: ACS Chemical Biology 
  • Author(s): Paczkowski, Jon 

Pilot study on the effects of low intensity focused ultrasound in a swine model of neuropathic pain 

  • Journal: Journal of Neurosurgery 
  • Author(s): Shin, Damian 

Recommendations for Responsible Development and Application of Neurotechnologies 

  • Journal: Neuroethics 
  • Author(s): Wolpaw, Jonathan 

Testing-on-a-probe biosensors reveal association of early SARS-CoV-2 total antibodies and surrogate neutralizing antibodies with mortality in COVID-19 patients 

  • Journal: Biosensors & Bioelectronics 
  • Author(s): Lee, William 

Temporal and Microspatial Heterogeneity in Transmission Dynamics of Coendemic Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in Two Rural Cohort Populations in the Peruvian Amazon 

  • Journal: Journal of Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Vector role and human biting activity of Anophelinae mosquitoes in different landscapes in the Brazilian Amazon 

  • Journal: Parasites and Vectors 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Widespread divergent transcription from bacterial and archaeal promoters is a consequence of DNA-sequence symmetry 

  • Journal: Nature Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Wade, Joseph 

Within-Subject Reaction Time Variability: Role of Cortical Networks and Underlying Neurophysiological Mechanisms 

  • Journal: NeuroImage 
  • Author(s): Schalk, Gerwin 

Early introductions and transmission of SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 in the United States 

  • Journal: Cell 
  • Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; St George, Kristen 

Evaluation of Specimen Types and Saliva Stabilization Solutions for SARS-CoV-2 Testing 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): St George, Kristen 

Integrating Parasitological and Entomological Observations to Understand Malaria Transmission in Riverine Villages in the Peruvian Amazon 

  • Journal: Journal of Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Mechanisms of typhoid toxin neutralization by antibiotics targeting glycan receptor binding and nuclease subunits 

  • Journal: Iscience 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

New Records of Anopheles benarrochi B (Diptera: Culicidae) in Malaria Hotspots in the Amazon Regions of Ecuador and Peru 

  • Journal: Journal of Medical Entomology 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Postconvalescent SARS-CoV-2 IgG and Neutralizing Antibodies are Elevated in Individuals with Poor Metabolic Health 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 
  • Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen 

Recombinant Human Secretory IgA Induces Salmonella Typhimurium Agglutination and Limits Bacterial Invasion into Gut-Associated Lymphoid Tissues 

  • Journal: ACS Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

RNA-Seq analysis of blood meal induced gene-expression changes in Aedes aegypti ovaries 

  • Journal: BMC Genomics 
  • Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; Kramer, Laura 

Utilization of Standard Method Performance Requirements for the Detection of Coxiella burnetii in Environmental Samples 

  • Journal: Journal of AOAC International 
  • Author(s): Egan, Christina 

A Novel Approach to Improve Newborn Screening for Congenital Hypothyroidism by Integrating Covariate-Adjusted Results of Different Tests into CLIR Customized Interpretive Tools 

  • Journal: International Journal of Neonatal Screening 
  • Author(s): Caggana, Michele; Tavakoli, Norma 

An alternative domain-swapped structure of the Pyrococcus horikoshii PolII mini-intein 

  • Journal: Scientific Reports 
  • Author(s): Li, Hongmin 

Blocking Borrelia burgdorferi transmission from infected ticks to nonhuman primates with a human monoclonal antibody 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Investigation 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

Distinct mechanisms of the human mitoribosome recycling and antibiotic resistance 

  • Journal: Nature Communications 
  • Author(s): Banavali, Nilesh; Agrawal, Rajendra 

Evidence of West Nile Virus Circulation in Lebanon 

  • Journal: Viruses-Basel 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura 

Fatal Neonatal Sepsis Associated with Human Adenovirus Type 56 Infection: Genomic Analysis of Three Recent Cases Detected in the United States 

  • Journal: Viruses-Basel 
  • Author(s): St George, Kristen 

Integrating High-Throughput Approaches and in vitro Human Trophoblast Models to Decipher Mechanisms Underlying Early Human Placenta Development 

  • Journal: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 
  • Author(s): Lee, Bum-Kyu 

Bruton's Tyrosine Kinase and Its Isoforms in Cancer 

  • Journal: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 
  • Author(s): Conklin, Douglas 

CACO-2 cells: A continuous cell line with sensitive and broad-spectrum utility for respiratory virus culture 

  • Journal: Journal of Virological Methods 
  • Author(s): Ramani, Rama; St George, Kristen 

Group 2 lymphoid cells are numerically deficient in the triple transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer's disease 

  • Journal: Journal of Neuroinflammation 
  • Author(s): Shin, Damian; Chittur, Sridar 

High-Throughput Multiplex SARS-CoV-2 IgG Microsphere Immunoassay for Dried Blood Spots: A Public Health Strategy for Enhanced Serosurvey Capacity 

  • Journal: Microbiology Spectrum 
  • Author(s): Styer, Linda 

Host tropism determination by convergent evolution of immunological evasion in the Lyme disease system 

  • Journal: PLOS Pathogens 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Lin, Yi-Pin 

Prospective identification by neonatal screening of patients with guanidinoacetate methyltransferase deficiency 

  • Journal: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism 
  • Author(s): Kay, Denise; Caggana, Michele 

Serological analysis reveals an imbalanced IgG subclass composition associated with COVID-19 disease severity 

  • Journal: Cell Reports Medicine 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas; McDonough, Kathleen; Lee, William 

Small Proteins; Big Questions 

  • Journal: Journal of Bacteriology 
  • Author(s): Gary, Todd 

Structural Analysis of Toxin-Neutralizing, Single-Domain Antibodies that Bridge Ricin's A-B Subunit Interface 

  • Journal: Journal of Molecular Biology 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

ELAVL4, splicing, and glutamatergic dysfunction precede neuron loss in MAPT mutation cerebral organoids 

  • Journal: Cell 
  • Author(s): Temple, Sally 

Neurohormones: A major new dimension in the problem of brain injury 

  • Journal: Elife 
  • Author(s): Wolpaw, Jonathan; Carp, Jonathan 

Pyrophosphate release acts as a kinetic checkpoint during high-fidelity DNA replication by the Staphylococcus aureus replicative polymerase PolC 

  • Journal: Nucleic Acids Research 
  • Author(s): Pata, Janice 

Ribosome protection as a mechanism of lincosamide resistance in Mycobacterium abscessus 

  • Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 
  • Author(s): Ghosh, Pallavi 

STAU2 binds a complex RNA cargo that changes temporally with production of diverse intermediate progenitor cells during mouse corticogenesis 

  • Journal: Development 
  • Author(s): Temple, Sally 

The future of newborn screening for lysosomal disorders 

  • Journal: Neuroscience Letters 
  • Author(s): Caggana, Michele 

The prospect of orally administered monoclonal secretory IgA (SIgA) antibodies to prevent enteric bacterial infections 

  • Journal: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

West Nile virus is predicted to be more geographically widespread in New York State and Connecticut under future climate change 

  • Journal: Global Change Biology 
  • Author(s): Ciota, Alexander 

Current Developments in Diagnostic Assays for Laboratory Confirmation and Investigation of Botulism 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Egan, Christina 

Differential ER Stress as a Driver of Cell Fate following Ricin Toxin Exposure 

  • Journal: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

Investigation of US Cyclospora cayetanensis outbreaks in 2019 and evaluation of an improved Cyclospora genotyping system against 2019 cyclosporiasis outbreak clusters 

  • Journal: Epidemiology and Infection 
  • Author(s): Madison-Antenucci, Susan 

LBA02-09 A High Through-Put Test Interrogating 442 Small Non-Coding RNAs (SNCRNA) Extracted from Urine Exosomes Accurately Identifies and Stratifies Prostate Cancer into Low-, Intermediate- or High-Risk Disease 

  • Journal: The Journal of Urology 
  • Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin 

Rapid Assessment and Containment of Candida auris Transmission in Postacute Care Settings-Orange County, California, 2019 

  • Journal: Annals of Internal Medicine 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha 

The structural basis of Salmonella A2B5 toxin neutralization by antibodies targeting the glycanreceptor binding subunits 

  • Journal: Cell Reports 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

Tracking the international spread of SARS-CoV-2 lineages B.1.1.7 and B.1.351/501Y-V2 with grinch 

  • Journal: Wellcome Open Research 
  • Author(s): St. George, Kristen; Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica 

Type I Interferon signaling controls the accumulation and transcriptomes of monocytes in the aged lung 

  • Journal: Aging Cell 
  • Author(s): Chittur, Sridar 

Whole Genome Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2: Assessment of the Ion Torrent AmpliSeq Panel and Comparison with Illumina-MiSeq ARTIC Protocol 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; St George, Kristen 

Zika virus infects Aedes aegypti ovaries 

  • Journal: Virology 
  • Author(s): Ciota, Alexander; Kramer Laura 

A Chemical Strategy for Intracellular Arming of an Endogenous Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Nucleotide 

  • Journal: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry 
  • Author(s): Ciota, Alexander 

Brain-computer interface-based assessment of color vision 

  • Journal: Journal of Neural Engineering 
  • Author(s): Carp, Jonathan; Wolpaw, Jonathan 

Cis-acting super-enhancer IncRNAs as biomarkers to early-stage breast cancer 

  • Journal: Breast Cancer Research 
  • Author(s): Chittur, Sridar 

Dissecting psa Locus Regulation in Yersinia pestis 

  • Journal: Journal of Bacteriology 
  • Author(s): Wade, Joseph 

Exome sequencing of child-parent trios with bladder exstrophy: Findings in 26 children 

  • Journal: American Journal of Medical Genetics 
  • Author(s): Kay, Denise 

Experimental Evolution of West Nile Virus at Higher Temperatures Facilitates Broad Adaptation and Increased Genetic Diversity 

  • Journal: Viruses-Basel 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander 

Fluorescence Imaging-Based Discovery of Membrane Domain-Associated Proteins in Mycobacterium smegmatis 

  • Journal: Journal of Bacteriology 
  • Author(s): Wade, Joseph; Gray, Todd; Derbyshire, Keith 

Identification of Novel, Immunogenic HLA-DR-Presented Prevotella copri Peptides in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis 

  • Journal: Arthritis & Rheumatology 
  • Author(s): Strle, Klemen 

In vitro and in vivo characterization of erythrosin B and derivatives against Zika virus 

  • Journal: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica B 
  • Author(s): Hongmin, Li; Butler, David 

Operant Conditioning of the Motor Evoked Potentials for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation 

  • Journal: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
  • Author(s): Wolpaw, Jonathan 

Sequence Analyses and Phenotypic Characterization Revealed Multidrug Resistant Gene Insertions in the Genomic Region Encompassing Phase 2 Flagellin Encoding fljAB Genes in Monophasic Variant Salmonella enterica Serovar 4,5,12:i:- Isolates From Various Sou 

  • Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Wolfgang, William 

So Many Diagnostic Tests, So Little Time: Review and Preview of Candida auris Testing in Clinical and Public Health Laboratories 

  • Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha 

Susceptibility of Field-Collected Nyssorhynchus darlingi to Plasmodium spp. In Western Amazonian Brazil 

  • Journal: Genes 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

The nucleocapsid protein of zoonotic betacoronaviruses is an attractive target for antiviral drug discovery 

  • Journal: Life Sciences 
  • Author(s): Li, Hongmin 

A Practical Guide to Small Protein Discovery and Characterization using Mass Spectrometry 

  • Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 
  • Author(s): Wade, Joseph 

Evaluating Humoral Immunity against SARS-CoV-2: Validation of a Plaque-Reduction Neutralization Test and a Multilaboratory Comparison of Conventional and Surrogate Neutralization Assays 

  • Journal: Microbiology Spectrum 
  • Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen 

Mediator dynamics during heat shock in budding yeast 

  • Journal: Genome research 
  • Author(s): Morse, Randall 

Validation of a Custom Next-Generation Sequencing Assay for Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening 

  • Journal: International Journal of Neonatal Screening 
  • Author(s): Caggana, Michele; Kay, Denise 

Zika virus and temperature modulate Elizabethkingia anophelis in Aedes albopictus 

  • Journal: Parasites & Vectors 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander 

Prevalence and distribution of Powassan/deer tick virus in Pennsylvania 

  • Journal: International Journal or Acarology 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura 

Reverse Transcription-Quantitative real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) Assay for the Rapid Enumeration of Live Candida auris from the Healthcare Environment 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha 

Rapid and Quantitative Detection of Human Antibodies against the 2019 Novel Coronavirus SARS CoV2 and Its Variants as a Result of Vaccination and Infection 

  • Journal: Microbiology Spectrum 
  • Author(s): Strle, Klemen 

Friedreich cardiomyopathy is a desminopathy 

  • Journal: Neuropathology 
  • Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph 

Molecular Analysis Reveals a High Diversity of Anopheline Mosquitoes in Yanomami Lands and the Pantanal Region of Brazil 

  • Journal: Genes 
  • Author(s): Conn, Jan 

Neutralization of typhoid toxin by alpaca-derived, single-domain antibodies targeting the PItB and CdtB subunits 

  • Journal: Infection and Immunity 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas; Vance, David 

Spatiotemporal localization of proteins in mycobacteria 

  • Journal: Cell Reports 
  • Author(s): Gray, Todd; Wade, Joseph; Derbyshire, Keith 

Real-time PCR assay for detection and differentiation of Coccidiodes immitis and Coccidioides posadasii from culture and clinical specimens 

  • Journal: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha 

Molecular Characterization of Increased Amplicon Lengths in SARS-CoV-2 Reverse Transcription Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Assays 

  • Journal: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques 
  • Author(s): Chittur, Sridar 

Rapid, Affordable, and Scalable SARS-CoV-2 Detection From Saliva 

  • Journal: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques 
  • Author(s): Chittur, Sridar 

Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Detection of SARS-CoV-2 and Myriad Other Applications 

  • Journal: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques 
  • Author(s): Chittur, Sridar 

Comparative Analysis of Single-Cell RNA Sequencing Platforms and Methods 

  • Journal: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques 
  • Author(s): Chittur, Sridar 

Durable Immunity to Ricin Toxin Elicited by a Thermostable, Lyophilized Subunit Vaccine 

  • Journal: Msphere 
  • Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas 

Normal pancreatic function and false-negative CF newborn screen in a child born to a mother taking CFTR modulator therapy during pregnancy 

  • Journal: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis 
  • Author(s): Kay, Denise 

Conception by fertility treatment and offspring deoxyribonucleic acid methylation 

  • Journal: Fertility and Sterility 
  • Author(s): Lawrence, David 

Rare Variants in RPPH1 qPCR Control Assay Binding Sites Result in Incorrect Copy Number Calls 

  • Journal: The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics 
  • Author(s): Kay, Denise; Caggana, Michele 

Determination of Genomic Epidemiology of Historical Clostridium perfingens Outbreaks in New York State by Use of Two Web-Based Platforms: National Center for Biotechnology Information Pathogen Detection and FDA GalaxyTrakr 

  • Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology 
  • Author(s): Wolfgang, William 

Heartland Virus Transmission, Suffolk County, New York, USA 

  • Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander 

Factors Associated with Candida auris Colonization and Transmission in Skilled Nursing Facilities with Ventilator Units, New York, 2016-2018 

  • Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha 

Exposure, health effects, sensing, and remediation of the emerging PFAS contaminants-Scientific challenges and potential research directions 

  • Journal: Science of the Total Environment 
  • Author(s): Lawrence, David 

Monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Through Trends in Influenza-like Illness, Laboratory-confirmed Influenza, and COVID-19 New York State, Excluding New York City, 1 January 2020-12 April 2020 

  • Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases 
  • Author(s): St George, Kristen 

The Impact of Seasonal Changes on Thyroxine and Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone in Newborns 

  • Journal: International Journal of Neonatal Screening 
  • Author(s): Caggana, Michele; Tavakoli, Norma  
2020

Onygenalean Fungi as Major Human and Animal Pathogens

Journal: Mycopathologia

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Long noncoding RNA BHLHE40‐AS1 promotes early breast cancer progression through modulating IL‐6/STAT3 signaling

Journal: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar; Herschkowitz, Jason

 

Increased temperatures reduce the vectorial capacity of Aedes mosquitoes for Zika virus

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander

 

Mycobacterial HflX is a ribosome splitting factor that mediates antibiotic resistance

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Author(s): Ghosh, Pallavi

 

Evidence for family-level variation of phenotypic traits in response to temperature of Brazilian Nyssorhynchus darlingi

Journal: Parasites and Vectors

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Lexis and Grammar of Mitochondrial RNA Processing in Trypanosomes

Journal: Trends in Parasitology

Author(s): Madison- Antenucci, Susan

 

Passive immunization with an extended half-life monoclonal antibody protects Rhesus macaques against aerosolized ricin toxin

Journal: NPJ Vaccines

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Analysis of small non-coding RNAs in urinary exosomes to classify prostate cancer into low-grade (GG1) and higher-grade (GG2-5)

Journal: Journal of Clinical Oncology

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin

 

Characterization of Primed Adaptation in the Escherichia coli type I-E CRISPR-Cas System

Journal: bioRxiv

Author(s): Wade, Joseph

 

Widespread divergent transcription from prokaryotic promoters

Journal: bioRxiv

Author(s): Wade, Joseph

 

A fluorescent plasmonic biochip assay for multiplex screening of diagnostic serum antibody targets in human Lyme disease

Journal: PLOS ONE

Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; Lin, Yi-Pin

 

Epidemiology of Cryptosporidiosis, New York City, New York, USA, 1995-2018

Journal: Emerging Infectious Disease

Author(s): Madison-Antenucci, Susan

 

The Factor H-binding site of CspZ as a protective target against multi-strain, tick-transmitted Lyme disease

Journal: Microbial Immunity and Vaccines

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Effects of external low intensity focused ultrasound on electrophysiological changes in vivo in a rodent model of common peroneal nerve injury

Journal: Neuroscience

Author(s): Shin, Damian

 

Expression of Small Non-coding RNAs in Urinary Exosomes Classifies Prostate Cancer into Indolent and Aggressive Disease

Journal: The Journal of Urology

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin

 

A methodological investigation of a flexible surface MRI coil to obtain functional signals from the human olfactory bulb

Journal: Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Author(s): Iannilli, Emilia

 

Brucella abortus RB51 Infections Associated with Consumption of Raw Milk from Pennsylvania-2017 and 2018

Journal: MMWR Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

Author(s): Egan, Christina

 

Laboratory Analysis of an Outbreak of Candida auris in New York from 2016 to 2018: Impact and Lessons Learned

Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Author(s): Haley, Valerie; Chaturvedi, Vishnu; Blog, Debra; Lutterloh, Emily; Chaturvedi, Sudha

 

IFCC Working Group Recommendations for Correction of Bias Caused by Noncommutability of a Certified Reference Material Used in the Calibration Hierarchy of an End-User Measurement Procedure

Journal: Clinical Chemistry

Author(s): Rej, Robert

 

Inclusive Science: Inspiring 8th Graders from Underrepresented Groups to Embrace STEM with Microbiology and Immunology

Journal: Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education

Author(s): DeJesus, Magdia

 

Epigenomic and Transcriptomic Changes During Human RPE EMT in a Stem Cell Model of Epiretinal Membrane Pathogenesis and Prevention by Nicotinamide

Journal: Stem Cell Reports

Author(s): Boles, Nathan; Temple, Sally

 

Asian Zika Virus Isolate Significantly Changes the Transcriptional Profile and Alternative RNA Splicing Events in a Neuroblastoma Cell Line

Journal: Viruses-Basel

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander

 

Detecting Cryptosporidium in Stool Samples Submitted to a Reference Laboratory

Journal: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Author(s): Madison- Antenucci, Susan

 

Baloxavir for the treatment of Influenza in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients previously treated with oseltamivir

Journal: Transplant Infectious Disease

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

The Factor H-Binding Site of CspZ as a Protective Target against Multistrain, Tick-Transmitted Lyme Disease

Journal: Infection and Immunity

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Kin28 depletion increases association of TFIID subunits Taf1 and Taf4 with promoters in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Journal: Nucleic Acids Research

Author(s): Knoll, Elizabeth; Morse, Randall

 

Frequency and magnitude of seroreactivity to Babesia microti in 245 patients diagnosed by PCR in New York State

Journal: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Author(s): Madison-Antenucci, Susan

 

Isolation of a novel intertypic recombinant human mastadenovirus B2 from two unrelated bone marrow transplant recipients

Journal: New Microbes and New Infections

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Use of Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Assess How Motor Phenotypes of Parkinson's Disease Respond to Deep Brain Stimulation

Journal: Neuromodulation

Author(s): Shin, Damian

 

In Vitro Evaluation of Toxicant Influences on the Immune System

Journal: Current Protocols in Toxicology

Author(s): Lawrence, David

 

H-reflex conditioning during locomotion in people with spinal cord injury

Journal: Journal of Physiology-London

Author(s): Thompson, Aiko; Wolpaw, Johnathan

 

Transcriptional profiling of Vibrio cholerae O1 following exposure to human anti- lipopolysaccharide monoclonal antibodies

Journal: Pathogens and Disease

Author(s): Baranova, Danielle; Levinson, Kara; Wade, Joseph; Mantis, Nicholas

 

Evaluating the Effects of Cell Sorting on Gene Expression

Journal: Journal of Biomolecular Techniques

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar

 

New twists on long noncoding RNAs: from mobile elements to motile cancer cells

Journal: RNA Biology

Author(s): Herschkowitz, Jason

 

Cell Type-Specific In Vitro Gene Expression Profiling of Stem Cell-Derived Neural Models

Journal: Cells

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Depletion of NK Cells Improves Cognitive Function in the Alzheimer Disease Mouse Model

Journal: Journal of Immunology

Author(s): Chen, Xiang Yang; Chittur, Sridar

 

Conditional DnaB Protein Splicing Is Reversibly Inhibited by Zinc in Mycobacteria

Journal: Molecular Biology and Physiology

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Brain Iron Accumulation and the Formation of Calcifications After Developmental Zika Virus Infection

Journal: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology

Author(s): Snyder-Keller, Abigail; Bolivar, Valerie; Kramer, Laura

 

Redefining fundamental concepts of transcription initiation in bacteria

Journal: Nature Reviews Genetics

Author(s): Wade, Joseph

 

Polycysteine-encoding leaderless short ORFs function as cysteine-responsive attenuators of operonic gene expression in mycobacteria

Journal: Molecular Microbiology

Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; Wade, Joseph; Derbyshire, Keith; Gray, Todd

 

Outbreak of botulism type A in dairy cows detected by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry

Journal: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation

Author(s): Egan, Christina

 

Structures of the human mitochondrial ribosome bound to EF-G1 reveal distinct features of mitochondrial translation elongation

Journal: Nature Communications

Author(s): Agrawal, Rajendra; Banavali, Nilesh

 

Multiplexed non-invasive tumor imaging of glucose metabolism and receptor-ligand engagement using dark quencher FRET acceptor

Journal: Theranostics

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Nanopore MinION Sequencing Reveals Possible Transfer ofbla(KPC-2)Plasmid Across Bacterial Species in Two Healthcare Facilities

Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology

Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica

 

A common partitivirus infection in United States and Czech Republic isolates of bat white-nose syndrome fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans

Journal: Scientific Reports

Author(s): Sui, Haixin; Masters, Paul; Chaturvedi, Sudha; Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Evaluation of an ensemble-based distance statistic for clustering MLST datasets using epidemiologically defined clusters of cyclosporiasis

Journal: Epidemiology & Infection

Author(s): Madison- Antenucci, Susan

 

Presence of Segmented Flavivirus Infections in North America

Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

The risk of malaria infection for travelers visiting the Brazilian Amazonian region: A mathematical modeling approach

Journal: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Ibrexafungerp: A Novel Oral Triterpenoid Antifungal in Development for the Treatment of Candida auris Infections

Journal: Antibiotics

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Vishnu; Chaturvedi, Sudha

 

JMX0207, a Niclosamide Derivative with Improved Pharmacokinetics, Suppresses Zika Virus Infection Both In Vitro and In Vivo

Journal: Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Li, Hongmin; Butler, David

 

Microglial mTOR is neuronal protective and anti-epileptogenic in the pilocarpine model of temporal lobe epilepsy

Journal: Journal of Neuroscience

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Temporal and micro-spatial heterogeneity in transmission dynamics of co-endemic Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum in two rural cohort populations in the Peruvian Amazon

Journal: The Journal of Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

The optic nerve lamina region is a neural progenitor cell niche

Journal: PNAS

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Potency determination of ricin toxin using a monoclonal antibody-based competition assay

Journal: Journal of Immunological Methods

Author(s): Czajka, Timothy; Mantis, Nicholas

 

Profiles of urinary neonicotinoids and dialkylphosphates in populations in nine countries

Journal: Environment International

Author(s): Kannan, Kurunthachalam

 

Fetal exposure to phthalates and bisphenols and childhood general and organ fat

Journal: International Journal of Obesity

Author(s): Asimakopoulos, Alexandros; Martinez-Moral, Maria-Pilar; Kannan, Kurunthachalam

 

Susceptibility to COVID-19 in populations with health disparities: Posited involvement of mitochondrial disorder, socioeconomic stress, and pollutants

Journal: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology

Author(s): Lawrence, David

 

Use of Functional MRI to Assess Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation Frequency Changes on Brain Activation in Parkinson Disease

Journal: Neurosurgery

Author(s): Shin, Damian

 

The Origin of COVID-19 and Why It Matters

Journal: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

Development, phenotypes of immune cells in BTBR T+Itpr3tf/J mice

Journal: Cellular Immunology

Author(s): Lawrence, David

 

Multicenter evaluation of the NeuMoDx™ SARS-CoV-2 Test

Journal: Journal of Clinical Virology

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

The Impact of Post-Analytical Tools on New York Screening for Krabbe Disease and Pompe Disease

Journal: International Journal of Neonatal Screening

Author(s): Caggana, Michele

 

SARS-CoV-2 antibody characterization in emergency department, hospitalized and convalescent patients by two semi-quantitative immunoassays

Journal: Clinica Chimica Acta

Author(s): Lee, William

 

Breathable, large-area epidermal electronic systems for recording electromyographic activity during operant conditioning of H-reflex

Journal: Biosensors & Bioelectronics

Author(s): Wolpaw, Jonathan

 

Zika Virus Infection Results in Biochemical Changes Associated With RNA Editing, Inflammatory and Antiviral Responses in Aedes albopictus

Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology

Author(s): Bialosuknia, Sean; Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura

 

Quantifying and Characterizing Distributive Conjugal Transfer in Mycobacterium smegmatis

Journal: Methods in Molecular Biology

Author(s): Gray, Todd; Derbyshire, Keith

 

Multiplexed non-invasive tumor imaging of glucose metabolism and receptor-ligand engagement using dark quencher FRET acceptor

Journal: Theranostics

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Exon and protein positioning in a pre-catalytic group II intron RNP primed for splicing

Journal: Nucleic Acids Research

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Endpoint and epitope-specific antibody responses as correlates of vaccine-mediated protection of mice against ricin toxin

Journal: Vaccine

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Phylogenetic Network of Mitochondrial COI Gene Sequences Distinguishes 10 Taxa Within the Neotropical Albitarsis Group (Diptera: Culicidae), Confirming the Separate Species Status of Anopheles albitarsis H (Diptera: Culicidae) and Revealing a Novel Lineage, Anopheles albitarsis J

Journal: Journal of Medical Entomology

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Prospect of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein: Potential role in vaccine and therapeutic development

Journal: Virus Research

Author(s): Li, Hongmin

 

Reversion to ancestral Zika virus NS1 residues increases competence of Aedes albopictus

Journal: PLOS Pathogens

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander

 

Methylene blue is a potent and broad-spectrum inhibitor against Zika virus in vitro and in vivo

Journal: Emerging Microbes & Infections

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Butler, David; Li, Hongmin

 

Small-molecule antibiotics inhibiting tRNA regulated gene expression is a viable strategy for targeting Gram-positive bacteria

Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Author(s): Schneider, Ryan; Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; McDonough, Kathleen

 

Optimizing open data to support one health: best practices to ensure interoperability of genomic data from bacterial pathogens

Journal: One Health Outlook

Author(s): Wolfgang, William

 

A simple protein-based surrogate neutralization assay for SARS-CoV-2

Journal: JCI Insight

Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen

 

Divergent Mutational Landscapes of Consensus and Minority Genotypes of West Nile Virus Demonstrate Host and Gene-Specific Evolutionary Pressures

Journal: Genes

Author(s): Caldwell, Haley; Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander

 

The Vector-Host-Pathogen Interface: The Next Frontier in the Battle Against Mosquito-Borne Viral Diseases?

Journal: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura

 

Transcription termination and antitermination of bacterial CRISPR arrays

Journal: Elife

Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica; Wade, Joseph

 

Contribution of Pulmonary CYP-mediated Bioactivation of Naphthalene to Airway Epithelial Injury in the Lung

Journal: Toxicological Sciences

Author(s): Kovalchuk, Nataliia; Zhang, Qing-Yu

 

In Vitro Activity of Manogepix against Multidrug-Resistant and Panresistant Candida auris from the New York Outbreak

Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Host feeding patterns of Nyssorhynchus darlingi (Diptera: Culicidae) in the Brazilian Amazon

Journal: Acta Tropica

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Sensitization of Airway Epithelial Cells to Toxin-Induced Death by TNF Superfamily Cytokines

Journal: Methods in Molecular Biology

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Isovaline efficacy in a rat pup model of infantile spasms

Journal: NeuroReport

Author(s): Shin, Damian

 

Increase in temperature enriches heat tolerant taxa in Aedes aegypti midguts

Journal: Scientific Reports

Author(s): Bialosuknia, M. Sean; Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura

 

Serosurvey for dengue virus infection among pregnant women in the West Nile virus enzootic community of El Paso Texas

Journal: PLOS ONE

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

Genome Profiling for Aflatoxin B-1 Resistance in Saccharomyces cerevisiae Reveals a Role for the CSM2/SHU Complex in Tolerance of Aflatoxin B-1-Associated DNA Damage

Journal: G3-Genes | Genomes | Genetics

Author(s): Fasullo, Michael

 

Sites of vulnerability on ricin B chain revealed through epitope mapping of toxin-neutralizing monoclonal antibodies

Journal: PLOS ONE

Author(s): Poon, Amanda; Mantis, Nicholas

 

Heterotrimeric PCNA increases the activity and fidelity of Dbh, a Y-family translesion DNA polymerase prone to creating single-base deletion mutations

Journal: DNA Repair

Author(s): Wu, Yifeng; Pata, Janice

 

Transmission potential of Mayaro virus by Aedes albopictus, and Anopheles quadrimaculatus from the USA

Journal: Parasites & Vectors

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura

 

Baloxavir treatment of oseltamivir‐resistant influenza A/H1pdm09 in two immunocompromised patients

Journal: Transplant Infectious Disease

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Roger Williams, CBE, 1931-2020

Journal: Hepatology

Author(s): Lee, William

 

Replacement of S14 protein in ribosomes of zinc-starved mycobacteria reduces spectinamide sensitivity

Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Author(s): Agrawal, Rajendra; Ojha, Anil

 

Candida auris colonization after discharge to a community setting — New York City, 2017–2019

Journal: Open Forum Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha

 

Vector Competence of Aedes albopictus Populations from the Northeastern United States for Chikungunya, Dengue, and Zika Viruses

Journal: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura

 

Drug repurposing approach to combating coronavirus: Potential drugs and drug targets

Journal: Medicinal Research Reviews

Author(s): Li, Hongmin

 

Targeting Crucial Host Factors of SARS-CoV-2

Journal: ACS Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Li, Hongmin

 

Performance evaluation of antibody-based point-of-care devices intended for the identification of immune responses to SARS-CoV-2

Journal: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease

Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen; Lee, William

 

Disparities in Care Outcomes in Atlanta Between Black and White Men Who Have Sex With Men Living With HIV: Protocol for a Prospective Cohort Study Engagement

Journal: Neuroscience Letters

Author(s): Shin, Damian

 

Pan-resistant Candida auris: New York subcluster susceptible to antifungal combinations

Journal: Lancet Microbe

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha

 

Bacterial group II intron genomic neighborhoods reflect survival strategies: hiding and hijacking

Journal: Molecular Biology and Evolution

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Genetic Characterization of Mumps Viruses Associated with the Resurgence of Mumps in the United States: 2015–2017

Journal: Virus Research

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Performance of ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes for identifying children with Sickle Cell Anemia

Journal: Health Services Research

Author(s): Caggana, Michele

 

Surface coatings alter transcriptional responses to silver nanoparticles following oral exposure

Journal: NanoImpact

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar

 

Emerging Tick-Borne Diseases

Journal: Clinical Microbiology Reviews

Author(s): Madison-Antenucci, Susan; Kramer, Laura

 

Caries and periodontitis associated bacteria are more abundant in human saliva compared to other great apes

Journal: Archives of Oral Biology

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin; Chittur, Sridar

 

Toward point-of-care diagnostics of Candida auris

Journal: medRxiv

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Activation of group 2 innate lymphoid cells alleviates aging-associated cognitive decline

Journal: Journal of Experimental Medicine

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar; Temple, Sally

 

West Nile Virus fidelity modulates the capacity for host cycling and adaptation

Journal: Journal of General Virology

Author(s): Janice Pata; Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander

 

Integrated Arbovirus Surveillance Improves the Detection Onset of Zika Virus in Panama

Journal: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

A Humanized Monoclonal Antibody Cocktail to Prevent Pulmonary Ricin Intoxication

Journal: Toxins

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Unique cell surface mannan of yeast pathogen Candida auris with selective binding to IgG

Journal: ACS Infectious Disease

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Human Adenovirus 7d Strains Associated with Influenza-Like Illness, New York, USA, 2017–2019

Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Optimizing Open Data to Support One Health: Best Practices to Ensure Interoperability of Genomic Data from Microbial Pathogens

Journal: Europe PMC

Author(s): Wolfgang, William

 

Group II intron as cold sensor for self-preservation and bacterial conjugation

Journal: Nucleic Acids Research

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Understanding, verifying and implementing Emergency Use Authorization molecular diagnostics for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA

Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Progression from remodeling to hibernation of ribosomes in zinc-starved mycobacteria

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Author(s): Ojha, Anil

 

Reply to Flannery, et al

Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases

Author(s): St. George, Kristen

 

COVID-19 Testing, Epidemic Features, Hospital Outcomes, and Household Prevalence, New York State—March 2020

Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases

Author(s): St. George, Kristen

 

Determination of Genomic Epidemiology of Historical Clostridium perfringens Outbreaks in New York State Using Two Web-based Platforms: National Center for Biotechnology Information-Pathogen Detection and FDA-GalaxyTrakr

Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Author(s): Wolfgang, William

 

Serologic Survey of Mosquito-Borne Viruses in Hunter-Harvested White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus), New York State

Journal: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

2019

Joachim Frank's Binding with the Ribosome

Journal: Structure

Author(s): Agrawal, Rajendra

 

Structural insights into unique features of the human mitochondrial ribosome recycling

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Author(s): Agrawal, Rajendra

 

Structure of Human Mitochondrial Translation Initiation Factor 3 Bound to the Small Ribosomal Subunit

Journal: iScience

Author(s): Agrawal, Rajendra

 

Sterol A-ring plasticity in hedgehog protein cholesterolysis supports a primitive substrate selectivity mechanism

Journal: Chemical Communications

Author(s): Banavali, Nilesh

 

The Mechanism of Cholesterol Modification of Hedgehog Ligand

Journal: Journal of Computational Chemistry

Author(s): Banavali, Nilesh

 

Biocatalysis, Protein Engineering, and Nanobiotechnology

Journal: Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Co-ordinated enzyme catalysis: Designing a cell-free system

Journal: Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Group II Intron RNPs and Reverse Transcriptases: From Retroelements to Research Tools

Journal: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Mechanism of single-stranded DNA activation of recombinase intein splicing

Journal: Biochemistry

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Structure of an engineered intein reveals thiazoline ring and provides mechanistic insight

Journal: Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Author(s): Belfort, Marlene

 

Preconception serum lipids and lipophilic micronutrient levels are associated with live birth rates after IVF

Journal: Reproductive BioMedicine Online

Author(s): Bloom, Michael

 

Laboratory Analysis of an Outbreak of Candida auris in New York from 2016 to 2018-Impact and Lessons Learned

Journal: Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; Blog, Debra

 

Assessment of Environmental and Occupational Exposure while Working with Candida auris a Multidrug Resistant (MDR) Fungus in the Animal Facility

Journal: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; DeJesus, Magdia

 

MycopathologiaGENOMES: The New ‘Home’ for the Publication of Fungal Genomes

Journal: Mycopathologia

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Talaromycosis (Penicilliosis) Due to Talaromyces (Penicillium) marneffei: Insights into the Clinical Trends of a Major Fungal Disease 60 Years After the Discovery of the Pathogen

Journal: Mycopathologia

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Impact on Glioblastoma U87 Cell Gene Expression of a Carborane Cluster-Bearing Amino Acid: Implications for Carborane Toxicity in Mammalian Cells

Journal: ACS Chemical Neuroscience

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar

 

HuR counteracts miR-330 to promote STAT3 translation during inflammation-induced muscle wasting

Journal: PNAS

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar

 

Mating enhances expression of hormonal and trophic factors in the midbrain of female rat

Journal: Gene Expression Omnibus

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar

 

Compartmentalized effects of aging on group 2 innate lymphoid cell development and function

Journal: Aging Cell

Author(s): Chittur, Sridar

 

The role of co-infection and swarm dynamics in arbovirus transmission

Journal: Virus Research

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander

 

The Role of Temperature in Transmission of Zoonotic Arboviruses

Journal: Viruses

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander

 

Genetic diversity of Nyssorhynchus (Anopheles) darlingi related to biting behavior in western Amazon

Journal: Parasites and Vectors

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

High-accuracy detection of malaria vector larval habitats using drone-based multispectral imagery

Journal: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Higher risk of malaria transmission outdoors than indoors by Nyssorhynchus darlingi in riverine communities in the Peruvian Amazon

Journal: Parasites and Vectors

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Malaria vector species in Amazonian Peru co-occur in larval habitats but have distinct larval microbial communities

Journal: PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Minimal genetic differentiation of the malaria vector Nyssorhynchus darlingi associated with forest cover level in Amazonian Brazil

Journal: PLoS One

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Regional variation in life history traits and plastic responses to temperature of the major malaria vector Nyssorhynchus darlingi in Brazil

Journal: Scientific Reports

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Vector competence, vectorial capacity of Nyssorhynchus darlingi and the basic reproduction number of Plasmodium vivax in agricultural settlements in the Amazonian Region of Brazil

Journal: Malaria Journal

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Venezuela's humanitarian crisis, resurgence of vector-borne diseases, and implications for spillover in the region

Journal: Lancet Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Conn, Jan

 

Candida albicans Elicits Pro-Inflammatory Differential Gene Expression in Intestinal Peyer’s Patches

Journal: Mycopathologia

Author(s): DeJesus, Magdia

 

Dectin‐2‐mediated signaling triggered by the cell wall polysaccharides of Cryptococcus neoformans

Journal: Microbiology and Immunology

Author(s): DeJesus, Magdia

 

Polydopamine Coating of Glucan Particles Increases Uptake into Peyer's Patches

Journal: ACS Applied Bio Materials

Author(s): DeJesus, Magdia

 

Setting off the Alarms: Candida albicans Elicits Pro-Inflammatory Differential Gene Expression in Intestinal Peyer's Patches

Journal: Mycopathologia

Author(s): DeJesus, Magdia

 

A novel chemical lysis method for maximum release of DNA from difficult-to-lyse bacteria

Journal: Microbial Pathogenesis

Author(s): Egan, Christina

 

Botulism Outbreak Associated with Home-Canned Peas - New York City, 2018

Journal: MMWR

Author(s): Egan, Christina

 

Molecular Characterization of Clostridium botulinum Harboring the bont/B7 Gene

Journal: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease

Author(s): Egan, Christina

 

Mycobacterial SigA and SigB Cotranscribe Essential Housekeeping Genes during Exponential Growth

Journal: MBIO

Author(s): Ghosh, Pallavi

 

A Role for FACT in RNA Polymerase II Promoter-Proximal Pausing

Journal: Cell Reports

Author(s): Glaser, Robert

 

A phylogenomic approach to clarifying the relationship of Mesodinium within the Ciliophora: a case study in the complexity of mixed-species transcriptome analyses

Journal: Genome Biology and Evolution

Author(s): Lasek-Nesselquist, Erica

 

The cationic (calcium and lead) and enzyme conundrum

Journal: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health Part B-Critical Reviews

Author(s): Lawrence, David

 

Contributions of Hepatic and Intestinal Metabolism to the Disposition of Niclosamide, a Repurposed Drug with Poor Bioavailability

Journal: Drug Metabolism and Disposition

Author(s): Li, Hongmin

 

Hectd3 promotes pathogenic Th17 lineage through Stat3 activation and Malt1 signaling in neuroinflammation

Journal: Nature Communications

Author(s): Li, Hongmin

 

Antigen Engineering Approaches for Lyme Disease Vaccines

Journal: Bioconjugate Chemistry

Author(s): Lin, Yi-Pin

 

Further Insights Into the Interactions of Human and Animal Complement Regulator Factor H With Viable Lyme Disease Spirochetes

Journal: Frontiers in Veterinary Science

Author(s): Lin, Yi-Pin

 

Outer surface protein polymorphisms linked to host-spirochete association in Lyme borreliae

Journal: Molecular Microbiology

Author(s): Lin, Yi-Pin

 

An Intranasally Administered Antibody Cocktail Prevents Ricin Toxin-Induced Lung Inflammation and Alveolar Macrophage Death

Journal: The Journal of Immunology

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Rescue of rhesus macaques from the lethality of aerosolized ricin toxin

Journal: JCI Insight

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Sensitivity of Kupffer cells and liver sinusoidal endothelial cells to ricin toxin and ricin toxin–Ab complexes

Journal: Journal of Leukocyte Biology

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

TNF Family Cytokines Induce Distinct Cell Death Modalities in the A549 Human Lung Epithelial Cell Line when Administered in Combination with Ricin Toxin

Journal: Toxins

Author(s): Mantis, Nicholas

 

Cardiomyocyte orientation modulated by the Numb family proteins–N-cadherin axis is essential for ventricular wall morphogenesis

Journal: PNAS

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Fast fit-free analysis of complex fluorescence lifetime imaging via deep learning

Journal: PNAS

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Fluorescent Lifetime Imaging improved via Deep Learning

Journal: Novel Techniques in Microscopy

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Microvascular pathology in Friedreich cardiomyopathy

Journal: Histology and Histopathology

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Multiplexed Fluorescence Lifetime in vivo FRET Imaging using a Dark Quencher

Journal: Optical Molecular Probes, Imaging and Drug Delivery

Author(s): Mazurkiewicz, Joseph

 

Discovery of Small-Molecule Antibiotics against a Unique tRNA-Mediated Regulation of Transcription in Gram-Positive Bacteria

Journal: Chemmedchem

Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen

 

Early life adversity blunts responses to pioglitazone in depressed, overweight adults

Journal: European Psychiatry

Author(s): McEwen, Bruce

 

Parsing the Hippocampus in Depression: Chronic Stress, Hippocampal Volume, and Major Depressive Disorder

Journal: Biological Psychiatry

Author(s): McEwen, Bruce

 

A FRET-Based Fluorogenic Trehalose Dimycolate Analogue for Probing Mycomembrane-Remodeling Enzymes of Mycobacteria

Journal: ACS OMEGA

Author(s): Ojha, Anil

 

Adaptation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to biofilm growth is genetically linked to drug tolerance

Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Author(s): Ojha, Anil

 

IFCC Working Group Recommendations for Assessing Commutability Part 3: Using the Calibration Effectiveness of a Reference Material

Journal: Clinical Chemistry

Author(s): Rej, Robert

 

Impact of testosterone assay standardization efforts assessed via accuracy-based proficiency testing

Journal: Clinical Biochemistry

Author(s): Rej, Robert

 

A quantitative method for evaluating cortical responses to electrical stimulation

Journal: Journal of Neuroscience Methods

Author(s): Schalk, Gerwin

 

Mouse Models Reveal Role of T-Cytotoxic and T-Reg Cells in Immune Response to Influenza: Implications for Vaccine Design

Journal: Viruses-Basel

Author(s): Sell, Stewart

 

T-bet optimizes CD4 T-cell responses against influenza through CXCR3-dependent lung trafficking but not functional programming

Journal: Mucosal Immunology

Author(s): Sell, Stewart

 

Functional MRI Signature of Chronic Pain Relief From Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson Disease Patients

Journal: Neurosurgery

Author(s): Shin, Damian

 

Advancing the Public Health Laboratory System Through Partnerships

Journal: Public Health Reports

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Detection and Characterization of Influenza B Virus with Reduced Neuraminidase Susceptibility in a Stem Cell Transplant Recipient

Journal: Open Forum Infectious Diseases

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Emergence and re-emergence of respiratory adenoviruses in the United States

Journal: Current Opinion in Virology

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

LB15. Measles Outbreak in New York State (NYS) Outside of New York City, 2018–2019

Journal: Open Forum Infectious Diseases

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

LB16. The Role of Adults in the Measles Outbreak in New York State Outside of New York City, 2018–2019

Journal: Open Forum Infectious Diseases

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

New York State Emergency Preparedness and Response to Influenza Pandemics 1918-2018

Journal: Tropical Medicine Infectious Disease

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten

 

Drug resistance mutations and viral load in human immunodeficiency virus type 2 and dual HIV-1/HIV-2 infected patients in Ghana

Journal: Medicine

Author(s): Styer, Linda

 

Three years of shared service HIV-1 and HIV-2 nucleic acid testing for public health laboratories: worthwhile for HIV-1 but not for HIV-2

Journal: Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Author(s): Styer, Linda

 

High-resolution characterization of centriole distal appendage morphology and dynamics by correlative STORM and electron microscopy

Journal: Nature Communications

Author(s): Sui, Haixin

 

Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry analysis of 17-hydroxyprogesterone in dried blood spots revealed matrix effect on immunoassay

Journal: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

Author(s): Tavakoli, Norma

 

Heterogeneous Expression of SDF1 Retains Actively Proliferating Neural Progenitors in the Capillary Compartment of the Niche

Journal: Stem Cell Research

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Stem Cell Scientists Answer the Question, "Why Is It Important to You to Support Fetal Tissue Research?''

Journal: Stem Cell Reports

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Highly Differentiated Human Fetal RPE Cultures Are Resistant to the Accumulation and Toxicity of Lipofuscin-Like Material

Journal: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Identifying Windows of Susceptibility by Temporal Gene Analysis

Journal: Scientific Reports

Author(s): Temple, Sally; Boles, Nathan

 

A Comprehensive Resource for Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells from Patients with Primary Tauopathies

Journal: Stem Cell Reports

Author(s): Temple, Sally; Butler, David

 

Greater aortic stiffness is associated with renal dysfunction in participants of the ELSA-Brasil cohort with and without hypertension and diabetes

Journal: PLOS One

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin

 

Prostate carcinoma in African-Americans has miRNA expression and biological markers for aggressive disease

Journal: Journal of Clinical Oncology

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin

 

Starch nanoparticles for delivery of the histone deacetylase inhibitor cg-1521 in breast cancer treatment

Journal: International Journal of Nanomedicine

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin

 

Concerns about “Stress-Induced MazF-Mediated Proteins in Escherichia coli”

Journal: American Society for Microbiology

Author(s): Wade, Joseph

 

Severe oral mucositis (SOM) mitigation by genetically modified lactococcus lactis bacteria (LLB) producing human trefoil factor 1 (hTFF1; AG013) in patients being treated with concomitant chemoradiation (CRT) for oral and oropharyngeal cancers (OCOPC)

Journal: Annals of Oncology

Author(s): Wade, Joseph

 

High-throughput determination of in vivo DNA sequence preferences for Cas protein binding using Library-ChIP

Journal: Methods in Enzymology

Author(s): Wade, Joseph

 

PulseNet and the Changing Paradigm of Laboratory-Based Surveillance for Foodborne Diseases

Journal: Public Health Reports

Author(s): Wolfgang, William

 

Impact of Candida auris infection in a neutropenic murine model

Journal: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy

Author(s): DeJesus, Magdia

 

Designer DNA architecture offers precise and multivalent spatial pattern-recognition for viral sensing and inhibition

Journal: Nature Chemistry

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

The vector ecology of introduced Culex quinquefasciatus populations, and implications for future risk of West Nile virus emergence in the Galápagos archipelago

Journal: Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

Glycosaminoglycan Compositional Analysis of Relevant Tissues in Zika Virus Pathogenesis and in Vitro Evaluation of Heparin as an Antiviral against Zika Virus Infection

Journal: Biochemistry

Author(s): Kramer, Laura

 

Analysis of Protein-Protein Interactions by Split Luciferase Complementation Assay

Journal: Current Protocols in Toxicology

Author(s): Li, Hongmin

 

Impact of Mycobacterial Biofilms on Public Health

Journal: Connections Between Ecology and Infectious Disease

Author(s): Ojha, Anil

 

Screening and optimization of potential injection vehicles for storage of retinal pigment epithelial stem cell before transplantation

Journal: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Why we need fetal tissue research

Journal: Science

Author(s): Temple, Sally

 

Optimizing intracellular antibodies (intrabodies/nanobodies) to treat neurodegenerative disorders

Journal: Neurobiology of Disease

Author(s): Messer, Anne; Butler, David

 

Vector Competence of Aedes caspius and Ae. albopictus Mosquitoes for Zika Virus, Spain

Journal: Emerging Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Ciota, Alexander; Kramer, Laura

 

H-reflex conditioning during locomotion in people with spinal cord injury

Journal: Journal of Physiology-London

Author(s): Thompson, Aiko; Wolpaw, Jonathan

 

Cisplatin mice from challenge of Cryptococcus neoformans by targeting the Prp8 intein

Journal: Emerging Microbes and Infections

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; Belfort, Marlene; Li, Hongmin

 

Mouse Strain and Sex-Dependent Differences in Long-Term Behavioral Abnormalities and Neuropathogies after Developmental Zika Infection

Journal: Journal of Neuroscience

Author(s): Snyder- Keller, Abigail; Kramer, Laura; Bolivar, Valerie

 

REPLY TO TOBIASSON ET AL.: Zinc depletion is a specific signal for induction of ribosome hibernation in mycobacteria

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States

Author(s): Wade, Joseph; Gray, Todd; Derbyshire, Keith; Agrawal, Rajendra; Ojha, Anil

 

Multidrug-Resistant Candida auris Isolates from New York Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities are Susceptible to Antifungal Combinations

Journal: Open Forum Infectious Diseases

Author(s): Chaturvedi, Sudha; Chaturvedi, Vishnu

 

Insights Into the Evolution of Staphylococcus aureus Daptomycin Resistance From an in vitro Bioreactor Model

Journal: Frontiers in Microbiology

Author(s): Pata, Janice; McDonough, Kathleen

 

Use of the immunoglobulin G avidity assay to differentiate between recent Zika and past dengue virus infections

Journal: Clinical Science

Author(s): St. George, Kirsten; Kramer, Laura

 

Adaptation of Rabensburg virus (RBGV) to vertebrate hosts by experimental evolution

Journal: Virology

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota, Alexander

 

Blood treatment of Lyme borreliae demonstrates the mechanism of CspZ-mediated complement evasion to promote systemic infection in vertebrate hosts

Journal: Cell Microbiology

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Lin, Yi-Pin

 

Evolutionary dynamics and molecular epidemiology of West Nile virus in New York State: 1999-2015

Journal: Virus Evolution

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota Alexander

 

Introduction, Spread and Establishment of West Nile Virus in the Americas

Journal: Journal of Medical Entomology

Author(s): Kramer, Laura; Ciota Alexander

 

General Base Swap Preserves Activity and Expands Substrate Tolerance in Hedgehog Autoprocessing

Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society

Author(s): Li, Hongmin; Banavali, Nilesh

 

Spliceosomal Prp8 intein at the crossroads of protein and RNA splicing

Journal: Plos Biology

Author(s): Banavali, Nilesh; Belfort, Marlene; Li, Hongmin

 

Bi-Functional Anti-Tau Polypeptides and Use Thereof

Journal: US

Author(s): Temple, Sally; Messer, Anne; Butler, David

 

Three-dimensional architecture of epithelial primary cilia

Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Author(s): Sui, Haixin

 

Vitamin D and testosterone co-ordinately modulate intracellular zinc levels and energy metabolism in prostate cancer cells

Journal: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Author(s): Tenniswood, Martin

 

Seasonal temperatures and hydrological conditions improve the prediction of West Nile virus infection rates in Culex mosquitoes and human case counts in New York and Connecticut

Journal: PLOS One

Author(s): McDonough, Kathleen; Conn, Jan; Kramer, Laura

 

Biomonitoring of populations in Western New York at risk for exposure to Great Lakes contaminants

Journal: Environmental Research

Author(s): Rej, Robert

Meet Our Alumni

Lauren Cooper

Graduation Year:

2018

Email:

[email protected]

Current Bio:

Scientific Affairs Clinical Project Lead at BD Biosciences

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

Bachelor of Sciences in Biomedical Sciences from Grand Valley State University, Master of Public Health from University of Michigan.

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

Mentor at BMS: Dr. Joseph Wade Research

Topics: My work involved using mutation of bacterial strains to identify mechanisms for pathogenesis. I did extensive research with the E. coli system to study the mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas immunity, including the Cascade protein complex and its role in primed adaption.

Preparation from BMS for current role: 

After my PhD program I went into a Clinical and Public Health Microbiology Fellowship through the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), called CPEP. This fellowship was designed to train PhD level microbiologists to become clinical microbiology lab directors and provide eligibility for those individuals to sit for their medical board (ABMM) exam. The fellowship process is a competitive one but there are several things that the BMS program provided that made me a viable candidate. First, the Wadsworth Center is celebrated for their innovation in diagnostic assay development, their state-of-the-art public health laboratory resources, and their renowned lab directors. Having the ability to do laboratory rotations in the public health diagnostic labs and the ability to learn and utilize those unique resources (such as whole genome sequencing) gave me hand-on experience that set me apart from many other candidates. In addition, having world-celebrated scientists as professors, mentors, and friends, provided me not only with great networking capabilities, but they also served as great sounding boards to discuss my career development strategy. Lastly, the geographical proximity of these diagnostic laboratories, as well as Albany Medical Hospital, allowed me to job shadow lab directors, attend clinical laboratory rounds, and attend meetings and conferences centered on diagnostic microbiology.

As mentioned previously, the Wadsworth Center has many unique and powerful resources and technologies available that, when learned, can really set you apart from other scientists. However, it is one thing to have the resources and another to be able to apply them in a meaningful manner. Joe and I had many discussions regarding my career trajectory, and generally, the trajectory of diagnostic medicine. From these discussions he made it a point to incorporate and expose me to as many technologies as possible to gain skillsets that many diagnostic laboratorians did not yet have but would likely be needed in the future. This, in itself, was an invaluable resource.

After my fellowship and serving as a clinical lab director for two different laboratories, I was shown how my skillsets could be utilized to make a larger impact on clinical diagnostics by joining “industry”. Currently, I am working in Scientific Affairs for a large medical technology company where I am part of a team that performs, analyzes data, and prepares reports from clinical trials for regulatory bodies (i.e., the FDA), partners with doctors and clinical laboratorians to generate real-world evidence of diagnostic technologies in the form of studies, educates clinicians on diagnostic stewardship, and I also serve a role in influencing business decisions for my company, including innovation initiatives, which drives the advancement of diagnostic assays around the world.

Sara B. Griesemer
A portrait of Sara.

Current Bio:

Research Scientist 2, Special Projects Unit (SPU), Laboratory of Viral Diseases, Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH As a research scientist with SPU, my current position involves research and development projects in the laboratory. This includes development and optimization of new molecular technologies, evaluation of new instrumentation, implementation of new assays for viral whole genome sequencing, and, with the emergence of SARS-CoV-2, in vitro replication and growth studies of new and emerging variants.

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

I came into the BMS program with a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science. In 2003 I came to Wadsworth as a CDC/APHL Emerging Infectious Disease Fellow.  I joined the Lab. of Viral Diseases (LVD) and my primary project was the development of a real-time RT-PCR assay for the detection of human metapneumovirus in respiratory samples. In 2004 I was hired as a research scientist in the lab, and from there worked on numerous grant-funded applied research projects. These included whole-genome sequencing of influenza viruses and development of high and low-density viral microarrays for viral detection.

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

I received an MS in Biomedical Sciences, with an emphasis in Infectious Disease and Immunology Mentor: Dr. Alexander Ciota, Arbovirus Laboratory Thesis topic: Ribavirin-Resistant St. Louis Encephalitis Virus Populations Display Phenotypic and Genotypic Characteristics of High-Fidelity RNA Polymerase Variants.

Preparation from BMS for current role:

The BMS program gave me the tools to think critically and independently about science. The courses were challenging, yet expanded my knowledge of biology and infectious disease, and gave me a new perspective on scientific research as a whole. The skills I gained in the laboratory during my thesis project were crucial to the successful research I am performing here in the virology lab.

Other information:

I was a non-traditional MS student. Because I was working full-time in the Lab of Viral Diseases, I completed my course work part-time in BMS.  When I began my thesis work with Dr. Ciota, I switched and worked part-time with LVD, dedicating my full-time to thesis studies.

William Lainhart
A portrait of William.

Graduation Year:

2015

Connect with William on:

Current Bio:

Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine (Infectious Diseases) at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, the Medical Director of the Clinical and Molecular Microbiology laboratory at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson, and a Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases for Sonora Quest Laboratories and Laboratory Sciences of Arizona.

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

I began my education doing a BS in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. I then continued to do an MS in Biological Sciences at the University at Buffalo where I studied predator-prey interactions between Tetrahymena thermophila and pathogenic, Shiga-like toxin-producing Escherichia coli. I also earned an MS in Epidemiology, also at the University at Buffalo where I studied infectious disease epidemiology and completed thesis work focused on using a school absenteeism-based surveillance system to predict increases in cases of 2009 H1N1 Influenza the community during the influenza pandemic.

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

I was in the Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases track. My dissertation work, under the supervision of Dr. Jan Conn, explored the effects of landscape on Neotropical vectors of malaria, and his research included multiple field work trips to Panama and Peru.

Preparation from BMS for current role:

My time in the BMS program and my exposure to the amazing work done at the Wadsworth Center helped me truly understand the public health importance and impact of infectious diseases, and how those infections are diagnosed. The faculty in the BMS program helped me develop my mental framework for approaching, thinking about, and addressing problems or issues in the laboratory.

Other information:

After finishing my PhD in Biomedical Sciences, I went on to a post-doctoral fellowship in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Wadsworth Center, and a second post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical and Public Health Microbiology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Today, I am a Clinical Microbiologist with board certification by the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Clinical Microbiology is a fast-paced and very impactful career. I encourage anyone with interest in Clinical Microbiology to reach out to me for more information!

Todd Miller
A portrait of Todd Miller.

Graduation Year: 2004

Current Bio:

Associate Professor, Dept. of Molecular and Systems Biology and Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

I performed one year of honors thesis research as an undergraduate at UCONN, for which I received course credit (3 hours per semester), and for which I wrote a thesis (3 hours credit).

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

PhD Mentor: Anne Messer

Thesis: Immunization and single-chain Fv intrabody gene therapies for Huntington’s Disease

Preparation from BMS for current position:

The BMS program provided me with molecular biology research training in preclinical models of human diseases. This training qualified me to enter a post-doctoral fellowship that leveraged skills acquired in graduate school.

Purba Mukherjee
A portrait of Purba.

Graduation Year:

2014

Current Bio:

Biochemist and Assistant Professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

Bachelor of Technology, Biotechnology from Heritage Institute of Technology

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

My graduate work involved a detailed kinetic characterization of error prone DNA polymerases belonging to the Y-family and replicative DNA polymerase members of the C-family. I have worked with archaeal, bacterial and eukaryotic proteins, specifically, protein expression and purification, designing biochemical assays and high-resolution structure determination by X-ray crystallography.

Preparation from BMS for current position: My time at BMS was very productive. Other than my own PhD advisor, Dr. Janice Pata, I was lucky to receive mentorship and guidance from several other departmental faculty. I had always thought of pursuing a career in research but was unsure of which direction would be best suited to my natural aptitude. Within BMS, faculty use various techniques to answer questions ranging from fundamental cellular functioning to complex disease biology. As a graduate student I found that being exposed to this diversity in research was particularly exciting and gave me the opportunity to learn about advances in various fields that were distant from my own PhD work. The departmental faculty are friendly and approachable, and provided me mentorship throughout my time there and even afterwards. In all, my experiences helped me grow as a scientist and a mentor in my own right.

Catharine Prussing
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Graduation Year:

2019

Email:

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Current Bio:

Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

Bachelor of Science from McGill University, Master of Health Sciences, Infectious Disease Epidemiology from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; APHL Bioinformatics Fellow

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

Mentor at BMS: Dr. Jan Conn

Research Topics: My dissertation work focused on studying the effect of human-mediated environmental changes on mosquitoes that transmit malaria in Latin America. I investigated the association of long-lasting insecticidal net distributions with malaria vector biting behavior, and the effect of environmental factors including deforestation and the creation of artificial water bodies on malaria vector larval ecology. She also used genomic data to study the population genetics of malaria vectors across different biting behaviors and forest cover levels.

Preparation from BMS for current role:

By giving me the opportunity to take classes from and interact with scientists across both clinical and research laboratories at the Wadsworth Center, I came out of the BMS program with an understanding of the Center’s public health, clinical testing, and applied research activities, which prepared me well to participate in these activities on graduation. In addition, through my dissertation research I was able to build a skillset in bioinformatics, which I use daily in my current position.

Angie Richards
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Graduation Year:

2021

Current Bio:

Scientist, Bacterial Immunology – Infectious Diseases at Moderna.

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

Bachelor of Science, Biology, Ithaca College. Prior to joining the BMS program, I was a lab manager of a cardiovascular sciences research lab at Albany Medical College.

BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic:

Mentor at the BMS program: Nicholas Mantis, PhD

Research focus at UAlbany: Immunology & Infectious Diseases

Thesis title: Passive immunization against invasive Salmonella enterica

Preparation from BMS for current position:

My time in the BMS program taught me how to be resourceful and collaborate with other scientists and institutions to push our scientific objectives forward. Most importantly, the incredible mentorship and guidance of Dr. Nicholas Mantis set a strong foundation for my success in industry following graduation.

Tanya Victor
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Current role:

I am currently a product manager at a biotech company.  

Degree and research experience prior to starting the BMS program:

I went to UAlbany directly after graduating with a BA in Biology. The lab experience I had was obtained through courses and a short project that never really got off the ground.

BMS program and research: 

I joined as an MS student in the Biomedical Sciences program through the Wadsworth Center. I completed my thesis in the lab of Dr. Jim Dias where I used synthetic peptides and molecular modeling to isolate a pancreatitis associated protein for use in assay development for the Newborn Screening Program.

Preparation from BMS for current role:

The BMS program (and the job experience after) gave me the skills to return to school to complete my PhD. I was able to apply the knowledge I gained to be ahead of the curve, receive fellowships and an NSF grant for my dissertation research. These opportunities led to others, such as internships and conference travel, which were instrumental in completing my PhD and getting a job after.

Advice to students:

It can be difficult to navigate the scientific community, especially if you are a URM student. Find organizations and diversity programs in your field. It brings with it shared experiences and camaraderie that can fuel you and your research. Also, don't self deny. Apply for funding and opportunities when you have the chance because the worst that happens is the answer will be no.

Eric J. Yager
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Graduation Year: 2004

Current Bio: Dr. Eric Yager is an Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Basic and Clinical Sciences at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (ACPHS). At ACPHS, Dr. Yager instructs several courses in the life sciences (Immunology, Virology, Microbiology Lab, Biomedical Laboratory Techniques, Introduction to Flow Cytometry) and serves as Program Director of the College’s Pre-Pharmacy Program. As a faculty member of the College’s Stack Family Center for Biopharmaceutical Education and Training (CBET), Dr. Yager is involved with student instruction, the development of workshops for workforce training, and helping to identify opportunities for partnerships and collaborations in industry and academia. Dr. Yager has over 20 years of experience in the areas of virology, immunology, antibody-based therapies, anti-virals, and vaccines. He received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University at Albany and conducted extensive postdoctoral research at The Trudeau Institute and Albany Medical College. His doctoral work revealed mechanisms by which antibodies mediate in protection against the obligate intracellular pathogen Ehrlichia chaffeensis, the causative agent of the tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis in humans. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Yager made novel findings into the impacts of aging on the cellular immune response to influenza and played a key role in an academia-industry cooperative research program focused on the development a DNA-based universal flu vaccine. His research interests include the impacts of aging on immunity; the virology and pathogenesis of enveloped human RNA viruses including COVID-19, influenza, Zika; and vaccine development. Currently, Dr. Yager and his collaborators are investigating how these viruses can co-opt host cell biosynthetic pathways to facilitate their replication with the hope that their findings will lead to the development of improved therapeutics. Dr. Yager has authored more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, has given invited talks at several regional and national scientific conferences, and has been interviewed by several media outlets including CNN and NBC News. Dr. Yager is also enthusiastic about educating individuals on viruses and vaccines, as demonstrated by his continuing guest spot on talk radio to discuss the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and his public webinars on the 1918 flu pandemic.

Degree and research experience prior to enrollment in the BMS program:

Prior to joining the BMS program, I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). During the summer between my junior and senior year at RIT I was fortunate to get the opportunity to work in the laboratory of a BMS faculty member (Dr. William Lee). This valuable experience provided me with an understanding of the research process, opportunities to learn some laboratory techniques, and introduced me to the BMS program. It also increased my interest in biomedical research as a career path. I excitedly applied to the BMS program following the conclusion of the summer program. BMS program, mentor, and thesis topic: I graduated from the PhD program in biomedical sciences. My dissertation mentor was Dr. Gary Winslow.  The topic of my PhD research project was identifying the mechanisms by which antibodies mediate in protection against the obligate intracellular pathogen Ehrlichia chaffeensis, the causative agent of the tick-borne disease ehrlichiosis in humans.

Preparation from BMS for current role:

The BMS program provided me with the knowledge and skills I utilize today as a faculty member at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. My course instructors were recognized experts in the fields of molecular biology, cell biology, and immunology. My instructors took great care to ensure that I became well-versed in these fields by learning about seminal discoveries and discussing current discoveries/advances. Under the careful guidance of my mentor, I was able to learn how scientists work on problems, how to use appropriate lab techniques to test hypotheses, and how to collect and analyze data. I also learned how to manage my time, work independently, to persevere through obstacles, and be confident in my abilities. As an instructor, I work to mirror the traits that my instructors and mentor exhibited- show enthusiasm for science and scientific research, patience, being a good listener, value diversity in opinions, being respectful to my students and peers, empower students with honest and constructive feedback, having a positive outlook on life, and always looking for opportunities to learn. My time in the program introduced me to the concept that, by its nature, science is the best way to develop reliable information. Through empirical evidence and collective observations, science provides reliable knowledge and explanations people can use to make decisions and/or gain a better understanding of the world they live in. With this, I’ve also learned that communication is an essential part of being a scientist. My time in the BMS program taught me the importance of conveying complex information and approaches for communicating and engaging with various audiences (peers, students, general public, etc.). My instructors and mentor taught me ways to connect with my audience in a meaningful way by telling an engaging story (what am I researching), finding common meaning (why this research important), and breaking down complex scientific ideas in a manner that is understandable and inclusive. Effective scientific communication and scientists being seen as a trusted sources of information are key in combating the growing distrust in, and denial of science.

Jennifer Yates
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Prior degrees:

Bachelor of Science in Biology from Union College

Mentor at BMS:

Dr. Gary Winslow Current job: Research Scientist in the Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory at the Wadsworth Center

How did BMS prepare you for your career?

The BMS department provides a rigorous, collaborative, and supportive environment for the training of new scientists. The ability to communicate effectively through writing and oral presentations is essential to a career in science. The BMS department provided me with many opportunities to build effective communication skills through grant writing courses, poster presentations, oral presentations, and attendance at local, national, and international conferences.