WISH Members


  • Ivana Alexandrova

    Ivana Alexandrova
    DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS

    I am originally from Bulgaria and received my Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley. I have held a postdoctoral position at the University of Toronto and visiting appointments at the Universite de Paris Sud, Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Paris, and the University of Tokyo. My research is in the areas of partial differential equations, scattering theory, semi-classical and microlocal analysis, magnetic Hamiltonians, and the Aharonov-Bohm effect. I am also interested in helping to improve the mathematics education in American high schools and to that effect I maintain a webpage with math problems for high school students and have given a lecture in the Albany Area Math Circle.

  • Jeanette Altarriba

    Jeanette Altarriba
    INTERIM DEAN, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, AND DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

    I am a Cognitive Psychologist with a program of research that focuses on bilingualism, cognition, language, memory, and emotion. My MA and PHD degrees were earned at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee under the guidance of Dr. Timothy P. McNamara. I spent two years as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, working alongside Dr. Keith Rayner, the pre-eminent researcher on reading and eye movements for several decades until his passing. I run a vibrant research Laboratory that includes undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral collaborators both local and abroad, and whose alumni now serve as Professors in their own right at institutions such as the Rochester Institute of Technology, Berry College, Bates College, Tennessee Technological University, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, just to name a few. I am a supporter of developing the careers of all students, particularly women and those who identify themselves as representing a minority group, and I spend quite a bit of time nurturing and counseling students of all ages in setting and achieving their career goals and aspirations. Growing up as a Cuban-American female scientist and researcher in Miami, Florida, my work on bilingualism and biculturalism stems from years of living in a cosmopolitan city and learning to enjoy the multitude of languages, customs, and traditions that make up the mosaic of life in South Florida. Currently, I also spend quite a bit of time serving in administrative capacities at the University at Albany, having Chaired two major Departments, Communication, and, Psychology, and serving in my second role as a Dean, as the current Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. A life of service to others has enriched my academic journey and has added many interesting dimensions to my own learning and development in the academy.)

  • Marlene Belfort

    Marlene Belfort
    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am a microbial geneticist and biochemist with a career-long interest in host-parasite relationships. I continue to strive for balance between my professional and domestic lives and enjoy sharing my perspectives with the next generation of juggling-act scientists. Achieving a wholesome balance is difficult for all professionals but particularly for young women, whom I try to encourage by sharing my views on the mutually reinforcing roles of parenting and mentoring.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIR9rn9Mg8w)

  • Kristen Corbosiero

    Kristen Corbosiero
    DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

    I am an atmospheric scientist who studies the structure and intensity change of tropical cyclones. I am passionate about getting girls excited about STEM fields from a young age and mentoring female graduate students to plug the "leaky pipeline".

  • Diane Dewar

    Diane Dewar
    SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, School of Public Health, and the Department of Economics at the University at Albany, State University of New York. I have over 20 years of teaching experience that includes graduate courses in health economics, health policy and economic evaluation methods; as well as undergraduate courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, health economics, comparative health policy, introductory sociology and introductory psychology. I have a passion for health policy issues domestically and globally, and taught and lived in Canada, and give lectures and full courses in countries such as Ireland, Costa Rica, Colombia, South Korea and Vietnam. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from the University at Albany, with concentrations in health economics and econometrics.

  • Laurie Feldman

    Laurie Feldman
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

    I am a Professor of Psychology at UAlbany and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, CT. I take a Cognitive Science approach to the study of language including both laboratory and big data approaches. My extensive mentoring experience derives from my affiliation with Women in Cognitive Science (WICS) (http://womenincogsci.org/ ) where I served as co-director and now on the advisory board. The mandate of WICS is to redress the lack of correspondence between female academic potential, achievement and recognition. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has supported these efforts since 2001.

  • Gabriele Fuchs

    Gabriele Fuchs
    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am an RNA biologist working at the interface of cellular and molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and virology. As a scientist I have been fascinated by one of the largest cellular protein-RNA complexes called ribosomes. Until recently it had been assumed that ribosomes within an organism and within a cell were identical. Now we know that ribosomes are not identical. I am trying to understand what function particular ribosome subsets have during protein biosynthesis. In the future this knowledge might be used to combat a viral infection and cancer progression.

  • Julia Hormes

    Julia Hormes
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

    I am a clinical and health psychologist, director of the Health Behaviors Laboratory, and a licensed psychologist in New York State. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. I completed my clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Work in my lab examines a range of health and health-compromising behaviors related to food intake and body weight, substance use and misuse, and non-substance/behavioral addictions. A primary aim of my research is to gain a better understanding of the psychology of human food choice, with a focus on the study of (1) food cravings, in particular during the perimenstrum and pregnancy, (2) food avoidances, including of meat and other animal products, and (3) interventions targeting diet and nutrition. I also conduct research on the status of women in academia with the goal to quantify factors that contribute to the “leaky pipeline” and the lack of representation of women at more advanced career stages.

  • Hyun-Kyoung Kwon

    Hyun-Kyoung Kwon
    DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS

    I am a mathematician working on analysis. Of particular interest to me are a special group of operators called Cowen-Douglas operators and the corona problem. Over the years, I have been blessed to have met several mathematicians who I consider my mentors. Doing research in math can be very daunting at times but they helped me feel that it is worth moving on. I want to pay back the encouragement and the support I have been given and will definitely share my career experiences with others who need it.

  • Andrea Lang

    Andrea Lang
    DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

    I am an atmospheric scientist and my research focuses on understanding how variability in the jet stream and tropopause level flow impacts weather and forecasts. My enthusiasm for science developed by participating in extracurricular and outreach activities from a young age. I hope that I can pass that enthusiasm along to others young women and be a role model for other young women not only in science but those trying to find a work-life balance.

  • Melinda Larsen

    Melinda Larsen
    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am a cell and developmental biologist with a primary interest in how organs form. In my lab, we are studying the basic processes required for salivary gland development using cell biology, developmental biology, biochemistry and imaging techniques together with systems biology analysis methods and computation. We are also collaborating with engineers to apply basic principles to develop a bioengineered salivary gland and to learn how to stimulate regeneration of diseased salivary gland. I am a researcher today because I was mentored by excellent female (and male) scientists, and I want to in turn help the new generation of scientists achieve their career goals.

  • Jennifer Manganello

    Jennifer Manganello
    SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    Jennifer Manganello is on the faculty of the University at Albany School of Public Health. She is a health communication scholar who incorporates theories, concepts, and methods from the fields of public health and communication. Her research focuses on health literacy, especially as it relates to adolescents and young adults. She has published her work in journals such as the Journal of Health Communication, Public Health Management and Practice, Journal of Children and Media, and Public Health Nutrition. Before starting at UAlbany, Dr. Manganello was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently a Distinguished Research Fellow. She earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

  • Roxana Mosiehi

    Roxana Moslehi
    SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    I have expertise in genetic epidemiology and cancer epidemiology. I received a bachelor's degree with honors, (B.Sc., Honours), in Cell and Developmental Biology, and Master (M.Sc.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Medical Genetics from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada. I completed a post-doctoral training in Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland before joining the Faculty of the University at Albany. I currently serve as an associate professor in the School of Public Health. Please see the following links for information about my research and teaching: https://www.albany.edu/cancergenomics/people/moslehi.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roxana_Moslehi https://www.albany.edu/news/experts/35147.php https://www.albany.edu/sph/Roxana-Moslehi.php

  • Rabi Musah

    Rabi Musah
    DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

    I am a natural products chemist whose primary research interests lie in how plants synthesize and deploy molecules that are used in chemical defense and signaling, and the development of methods that can be used to study these chemicals in plants. I also conduct research in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in higher education, with the goal of developing intervention strategies that can be used to enhance interest in and retention of students in STEM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTmjunNXVPg). I believe that all students, irrespective of race/ethnicity, disability status, creed, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation (and other diversity indicators), should have ready access to any assistance needed to perform optimally in STEM courses. In this regard, I am able to provide academic and mentoring support to students taking gateway STEM courses through programs offered by the Center for Achievement, Retention and Student Success (CARSS), where I serve as Director.

  • Cara Pager

    Cara Pager
    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am a molecular virologist fascinated by the amazing ways viruses interface and subvert the host cell to establish an infection and disease. In particular we study how RNA viruses, such as hepatitis C virus and dengue virus, commandeer the cell's protein synthesis and RNA regulation machinery to duplicate the viral genomes and assembly new virus particles. In understanding these fundamental mechanisms we are laying the foundation for the development of therapies that will reign in these scourges. As a mommy scientist my little boy provides that all important work-life balance (also microtube racks and conical tubes are great toys for tomorrow's scientist).

  • Jayanti Pande

    Jayanti Pande
    DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

    I am a biophysical chemist and an alumna – returning to UAlbany after many years of science exploration at various institutions (City College of NY, University of Zurich, Columbia University, and M.I.T). Our lab is involved in finding the molecular mechanisms by which genetic mutations, and posttranslational modifications that accompany aging, alter the proteins in the human eye and lead to diseases like cataract, glaucoma and macular degeneration. We study phase transitions in proteins – which I think is pretty cool! Being a woman, and a chemist at heart with a background in physics, I find biochemical problems colorful and lots of fun to tackle. We have been lucky enough to train a small army of undergraduates – mostly women – some of whom became coauthors on publications. I am happiest when I succeed in conveying my love of science to young minds, and manage to find time to indulge in my love of music and the performing arts.

  • Veronica Perez Rodriguez

    Verónica Pérez Rodríguez
    DEPARTMENT OF ANTHROPOLOGY

    My research employs the tools of anthropology and archaeology to study social complexity, the development of urbanism, and their environmental impact. My research has so far focused on the pre-Hispanic societies of Mesoamerica and in particular, Oaxaca. Through a combination of archaeology and ethnography my research projects have asked questions about how urban living impacts the lives and health of urban dwellers, how cities impact the surrounding environment, how urbanites may generate sustainable forms of urbanism and urban agriculture, and more recently, how surviving craft producing communities in the Mixtec highlands may be the key to learning about ancient ceramic production and the traditional knowledge associated with it. In my most recent project, funded by the National Geographic Society, we are recording the traditional practices and knowledge of potters (mostly women). This ethnographic work is not only documenting an endangered craft, but it is also allowing us to map and chemically characterize clay sources and test assumptions about pre-Hispanic ceramic production and trade.

  • Marina A. Petrukhina

    Marina A. Petrukhina
    DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY

    I am a chemist with research interests broadly spanning from synthetic and structural inorganic and organometallic chemistry of transition metal clusters and main group metals to the structures and reactivity, supramolecular chemistry and applications of novel nanocarbon materials.

    I love making new molecules and studying their unique structures and properties and try to pass this passion to all my students.

  • Annalisa Scimemi

    Annalisa Scimemi
    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am a synaptic physiologist, interested in determining the functional abnormalities that occur in the brain at the onset of various types of neuropsychiatric disease. Our lab is hands-on and brain-on: we assemble our own experimental equipment and bring together people with different expertise including (but not limited to): biology, physics, computer science, biomedical engineering, psychology. We love to talk science.

  • Heather Sheridan

    Heather Sheridan
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

    My research focuses on complex cognitive tasks that require eye movements and visual processing (such as reading and visual search tasks). The goal of my work is to understand how visual expertise develops, individual differences in performance, and the link between eye movements and on-going cognitive processing (i.e., the eye-mind link). A key goal of my current work is to understand the time course of the cognitive, perceptual and neural processes that support reading, by integrating findings from a variety tasks and methodologies (e.g., eye tracking, modeling and EEG/ERPs).

  • Wendy Turner

    Wendy Turner
    DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am an animal and disease ecologist studying wildlife disease systems. My research focuses on parasites and pathogens that are transmitted indirectly and have a life stage or prolonged period in the environment. I’m particularly interested in how host, pathogen and environment together influence disease transmission and infection dynamics. My field-based approach integrates observational data with natural experiments, laboratory work in parasitology and microbiology, and draws upon related disciplines including physiology and immunology. I strongly value diversity in science and strive to support and train students from under-represented backgrounds.

  • Junhong (June) Wang

    Junhong (June) Wang
    DEPARTMENT OF ATMOSPHERIC AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

    I am an atmospheric scientist working on weather and climate observations and data analysis, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) measurements and applications, and climate variability and changes. At UAlbany, I am actively involved in building the first NYS Mesonet, a network of 125 weather stations across the state. It continues to be challenging to recognize who I am, a scientist, a mom, a wife, a Chinese, an American and so on. I would love to share my experience, mentor young women and learn from others and work together to strive for what we all love to do.

  • Sho-Ya Wang

    Sho Ya Wang
    DEPARTMENT BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

    I am a molecular pharmacologist using electrophysiological technology. My laboratory is interested in the structure-function relationship of Voltage-gated sodium channels. We study how various drugs and toxins interact with sodium channels. We applied the techniques mutagenesis, patch clamping and computer modeling in our research.

  • Joanna Workman

    Joanna Workman
    DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

    My research focuses on how maternal experience and lactation influence neurogenesis and neuron structure in the hippocampus. My goal is to understand biological bases of risk factors for postpartum depression shortly following giving birth and how these same factors alter hippocampus-dependent cognitive function across the lifespan. I find balance by playing co-ed recreational softball (I've been playing baseball/softball since I was 11!) and in other activities such as cooking and exploring the outdoors.