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Faculty by research focus:


Cheeptip Benyajati

Benyajati, Cheeptip

Associate Professor
Co-Director of UPBM | (585) 275-8040
474 Hutchison

Interests: Regulation of gene expression during development of Drosophila; Transcription, chromatin structure, and mechanisms of developmental chromatin structure remodeling

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Bergstralh, Daniel

Assistant Professor | (585) 275-2631
326B Hutchison

Interests: Epithelial Morphogenesis; Spindle orientation; Cell Division

Xin Bi

Bi, Xin

Professor, On Sabbatical | (585) 275-6922
307 Hutchison

Interests: Epigenetic regulation of eukaryotic gene expression; Structural and functional domains of the genome; Chromatin boundary elements; Gene silencing; DNA damage repair and tolerance

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Brisson, Jennifer

Assistant Professor | (585) 275-8392
310 Hutchison

Interests: Evolution of morphology; Molecular basis of phenotypic plasticity; Evolution and development in the pea aphid; The role of epigenetics in polyphenism


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Chen, Nancy

Assistant Professor
Coming July 2018!

Interests: Population genetics with pedigrees; Contemporary evolution in natural populations; Evolutionary genetics; Conservation genomics; Avian genomics

Michael Clark

Clark, Michael

Lecturer | (585) 275-3432
444 Hutchison

Professor Gloria Culver

Culver, Gloria

Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences | (585) 273-5000
317 Lattimore

Interests: Macromolecular assembly; RNA-protein recognition; Dynamics of RNA folding


Professor Thomas H. Eickbush

Eickbush, Thomas H

Professor | (585) 275-7247
334A Hutchison

Interests: Molecular biology and evolution ; Integration of retrotransposable elements; Origin and evolution of mobile elements; Regulation of mRNA genes


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Fay, Justin

Associate Professor | (585) 275-2998
319 Hutchison

Interests: Evolution of gene regulation; Comparative genomics and domestication; Disease consequences of human evolution

James Fry

Fry, James D

Associate Professor | (585) 275-7835
318 Hutchison

Interests: Genetics of ecological adaptation in Drosophila; Evolutionary effects of deleterious mutations; Quantitative-genetic theory and methodology

Dragony Fu

Fu, Dragony

Assistant Professor | (585) 276-3346
333 Hutchison

Interests: RNA modification and translation regulation; Genotoxic stress response pathways; Regulated cell death mechanisms


Sina Ghaemmaghami

Ghaemmaghami, Sina

Assistant Professor | (585) 275-4829
326A Hutchison

Interests: Protein folding and degradation; Neurodegenerative diseases and aging; Prion biology; Proteomics

David Goldfarb

Goldfarb, David S

Professor | (585) 275-3890
436 Hutchison

Interests: Molecular cell biology of the nucleus

Vera Gorbunova

Gorbunova, Vera

Doris Johns Cherry Professor
Professor of Biology
Associate Professor of Oncology | (585) 275-7740
434 Hutchison

Interests: Mechanisms of aging; Comparative biology of aging; Comparative biology of aging; DNA repair and genomic instability; Anticancer therapy


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Holz, Jonathan

Lecturer | (585) 275-8973
477 Hutchison


John Jaenike

Jaenike, John

Professor | (585) 276-4594
484 Hutchison

Interests: Ecology and evolution of host-parasite interactions; Sex chromosome meiotic drive; Wolbachia as male killers and causes of reproductive isolation in Drosophila; Ecology of mycophagous Drosophila


 J. David Lambert

Lambert, J. David

Associate Professor | (585) 273-2482
344 Hutchison

Interests: The evolution of developmental mechanisms; Early patterning in molluscs and related groups; Cytoskeletal basis of asymmetric cell divisions; Evolution of novel phenotypes

Amanda Larracuente

Larracuente, Amanda

Assistant Professor | (585) 273-1693
343 Hutchison

Interests: Evolutionary genetics and genomics; Intragenomic conflict and the evolution of selfish DNA; Evolutionary and functional genomics of satellite DNA; Sex chromosome and dot chromosome evolution in Drosophila


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Meyer, Anne S.

Associate Professor
Coming September 2018!

Interests: Synthetic biology; 3D printing of bacteria; Engineering of bacteria to produce biomaterials; Survival strategies of bacteria; Organization of bacterial DNA

Associate Research Professor Robert L. Minckley

Minckley, Robert L.

Senior Lecturer
Adjunct Assistant Professor | (585) 275-0272
446 Hutchison

Interests: Ecology and evolution of host breadth in bees; Community structure of desert bees; Conservation biology of pollinators


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Oakes, Patrick W.

Assistant Professor | (585) 275-5389
420 Bausch & Lomb Hall

Interests: Mechanics of cellular force generation; Cell Shape; Cytoskeleton Dynamics; Mechanosensing; Cell adhesion & migration; Rho GTPase signaling

Allen Orr

Orr, H. Allen

University Professor
Shirley Cox Kearns Professor | (585) 275-3838
342 Hutchison

Interests: Genetics of speciation in Drosophila; Genetics and theory of adaptation; Population genetics


Douglas Portman

Portman, Douglas

Associate Professor | (585) 275-7414
2-9647 KMRB

Interests: Genetics of development and behavior in C. elegans; Neural cell fate specification; Sex differences in neural circuit function; Sexual dimorphism in developmental patterning

Danielle Presgraves

Presgraves, Danielle

Associate Director for Student Affairs | (585) 275-2634
478 Hutchison

Daven C. Presgraves

Presgraves, Daven C.

Dean's Professor | (585) 275-0925
481 Hutchison

Interests: Evolutionary genetics ; Speciation genetics; Molecular population genetics; Selfish gene complexes


Andrei Seluanov

Seluanov, Andrei

Professor | (585) 275-6636
432 Hutchison

Interests: Molecular and cell biology; Tumor suppressor mechanisms in log-lived rodents the Naked Mole-Rat and Eastern Grey Squirrel; Mammalian Sirt proteins in regulation of stress response during aging; Anti-cancer mechanisms in whales

Elaine Sia

Sia, Elaine

Co-Director of UPBM | (585) 275-9275
332 Hutchison

Interests: Molecular biology and genetics; Mutagenesis and repair of the mitochondrial genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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Stein, Alexis

Lecturer | (585) 275-3848
216B Hutchison


Michael Welte

Welte, Michael

Professor and Chair | (585) 276-3897
317 Hutchison

Interests: Cell and developmental biology ; Intracellular trafficking of proteins, RNAs, and organelles ; Regulation of motor-driven transport ; Cell biology of lipid droplets ; Lipid droplets in protein sequestration and innate immunity

John H. Werren

Werren, John H.

Nathaniel & Helen Wisch Professor of Biology | (585) 275-3694
306 Hutchison

Interests: Evolutionary genetics; Microbial-host interactions with emphasis on Wolbachia in arthropods, genetics of speciation and evolution of development; Genetics, genomics and evolution of Parasitoids (e.g. Nasonia and relatives); The role of "selfish" or "parasitic" DNA in evolution