Full Directory


Abbondanzieri, Elio

  • Research Associate, Meyer

Ablaeva, Julia

  • Technical Associate, Gorbunova/Seluanov

Arcoraci, Marianne

  • Undergraduate Program Manager & Curriculum Advisor to UPBM

Athar, Fathima

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova


Bellomio, Philip

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Benec, Caroline

  • Project Assistant, Minckley

Benraiss, Anne

  • Lab Technician, Bergstralh

Benyajati, Cheeptip

  • Associate Professor
  • Co-Director of UPBM

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

Bergstralh, Daniel


  • Assistant Professor


Interests: Epithelial Morphogenesis; Spindle orientation; Cell Division

Bi, Xin


  • Professor

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

Biashad, Seyed Ali

  • Lab Technician, Seluanov

Bickel, Ryan

  • Associate Professor of Instruction

Bissell, Mary

  • Facilities Manager

Brady, Morgan

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Meyer

Brisson, Jennifer


  • Professor


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


Cammarota, Christian

Interests: Biological physics and the role of mechanics in tissue development and cell processes

Castano, Maria Isabel

Interests: Behavioral ecology and speciation of Neotropical birds

Cefaloni, Eric

Interests: Epigenetic mechanisms driving breast cancer and epithelial to mesenchymal transition

Chen, Nancy


  • Assistant Professor


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

Clark, Michael

  • Associate Professor of Instruction

Cook, Hannah

  • Lab Technician, Uy

Corson, Nancy

  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova

Courret, Cécile

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente

Culver, Gloria

  • Professor
  • Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

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


Dao, Thao Kim

Interests: The roles of retinoic acid in shell and embryonic development in the mollusc Ilyanassa

Dawney, Nicole

Interests: TBD

Deng, Chenghong

  • PhD Student

Interests: TBD

DiGiorgio, Patricia

  • Graduate Coordinator

Driscoll, Rose


Interests: Evolutionary genetics of phenotypic plasticity in aphids


Eickbush, Danna

  • Research Associate, Larracuente/Eickbush

Eickbush, Thomas H

  • Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus

Emmrich, Stephan

  • Research Associate, Gorbunova


Fay, Justin

  • Professor


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

Firsanov, Denis

  • Research Associate, Seluanov

Fry, James D

  • Associate Professor

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

Fu, Dragony

  • Associate Professor


Interests: RNA modification and translation regulation; Neurodevelopmental disorders linked to RNA function; Biochemistry and molecular biology


Ghaemmaghami, Sina

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Research in the College
    Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor


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

Gigas, Jonathan

Interests: Biochemistry and function of human Sirtuin-6 in cancer and aging

Goldfarb, David

  • Professor Emeritus

Gona, Ram

Interests: TBD

Gorbunova, Vera

  • Doris Johns Cherry Professor
  • Co-director Rochester Aging Research Center


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

Gregory, Lauren

Interests: Investigation of the proximate basis of the aphid wing polyphenism

Gu, Ningyang

Interests: Using microinjection, FISH, and single-particle tracking to understand the intranuclear movement of plasmids


Hamazaki, Sakura

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

He, Luying (Louise)

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

Hillpot, Eric

Interests: TBD

Hinkle, David C.

  • Professor Emeritus

Holz, Jonathan


  • Associate Professor of Instruction

Hopkins, Brian


  • Undergraduate Course Coordinator

Hua, Shan

Interests: Investigating the role of H2A.Z and ANP32E on regulating gene expression


Irvin, Joseph

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD


Jaenike, John

  • Professor Emeritus

Jarrett, Rebecca

  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova

Jencik, Brian

  • Lab Technician, Welte

Johnson, Brad


  • IT Specialist

Jones, Shaun

  • Lab Technician, Meyer/Ghaemmaghami/Larracuente


Keister, Jennifer

  • Lab Technician, Brisson

Kilwein, Marcus

Interests: Embryonic lipid utilization in Drosophila

Korotkov, Anatoly

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

Kovelakuntla, Vamsi


Interests: Bacterially-mediated fabrication of artificial nacre


Lambert, J. David

  • Professor


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

Larracuente, Amanda


  • Associate Professor


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

Lawrence, Deborah

  • Front Office Secretary

Lee, Minseon

Interests: The role of SIRT6 in rejuvenating the epigenome and maintaining heterochromatin stability in aged cells

Lentini, Jenna

Interests: Identification of the damaged RNA transcriptome and surveillance pathways

Leo, Cailyn

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Lewis, Aaron

  • Facilities Assistant

Li, Xin

  • Associate Professor


Interests: Epigenetic inheritance; Small silencing non-coding RNAs; Translational control; Lead toxicity; Comparative genomics

Lindley, Sean

Interests: RNA trans-splicing in cells

Lindsay, Matthew

Interests: Evolutionary Genetics of Gene Drives and Repetitive DNA in Drosophila melanogaster

Liu, Xiaomi

Interests: Wing plasticity in aphids, with a focus on a computational approach

Longan, Emery

Interests: Genetic constraints on adaptation and their role in the evolution of domestication associated traits in the Saccharomyces yeasts

Lopez-Molini, Isabel

  • Project Assistant, Bergstralh

Lu, Jinlong

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova


Macoretta, Nicholas

Interests: TBD

Marti, Emiliano

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Marvin-Foley, Sarah

  • Undergraduate Course Coordinator

McGuire, Jeremy

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

Meadow, Michael

Interests: TBD

Meyer, Anne S.


  • Associate Professor


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

Mickol, Christa

  • Lab Technician, Brisson

Miller, James

  • Technical Associate, Fay

Minckley, Robert L.

  • Professor of Instruction


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

Muirhead, Christina

  • Research Associate, Presgraves

Murphy, Patrick J.

  • Assistant Professor


Interests: Regulation of vertebrate gene transcription in vivo; Epigenetics and chromatin; Zebrafish genetics and genomics; Developmental cell state transitions; Bioinformatics


Naganathan, Anusha

  • Research Associate, Culver

Neville, Kathryn

Interests: Directed cell division and polarity maintenance in epithelial tissues


Ocampo, Diego

Interests: TBD

Olland, Marie

  • Project Assistant, Meyer

Olmsted, Joanna B.

  • Dean Emerita of the School of Arts and Sciences

Orr, H. Allen

  • University Professor
  • Shirley Cox Kearns Professor


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


Paige, Victoria


  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova

Palardy, Fiona

  • Data Entry Clerk

Park, Jaeyoung (Jay)

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

Park, Angela

  • Project Assistant, Fry

Phromsiri, Pakinee

Interests: Mechanisms and consequences of histone buffering in the early Drosophila embryo

Portman, Douglas

  • Professor


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

Presgraves, Danielle

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
  • Associate Director for Student Affairs

Presgraves, Daven C.

  • Dean's Professor


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

Putrelo, Julie

  • Lab Technician, Welte


Rathbun, Lindsay

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bergstralh

Romero, Felisha

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Rossow, Lisa

  • Finance Assistant

Rybak, Brenna

  • Department Administrator

Rydkina, Elena

  • Teaching Lab Manager


Saleh Ziabari, Omid

Interests: The parallel evolution of wings in aphids

Sellix, Michelle

  • Staff Accountant

Seluanov, Michael

  • Teaching Lab Assistant

Seluanov, Andrei

  • Professor


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

Seymour, Marete

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Shah, Shailee

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chen

Shannon, Regina

  • Purchasing Agent

Shipley, Alicia

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Shogren, Elsie

  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Uy

Sia, Elaine


  • On sabbatical until July 2022
  • Co-Director of UPBM

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

Sidor, Lynn

Interests: TBD

Simon, Matthew

  • Research Associate, Gorbunova

Stein, Alexis

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction

Summers, Jeremy

Interests: The demographic and genetic effects of habitat fragmentation and degradation on the Florida Scrub-Jay

Sun, Yu

Interests: Define RNA regulation for next generation using both dry and wet approaches


Tahir, Imran

Interests: Studying endothelial barrier dysfunction in the context of acute lung injury

Tan, Ruiyue

Interests: snRNA modification and its role in the pre-mRNA splicing

Tang, Jinghong (James)

  • Lab Technician, Welte

Thomas, Cheyenne

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Tolibzoda, Fara

Interests: Investigation of biochemical contributors of health in long-living animals and their role in aging associated neurodegeneration

Tombline, Gregory

  • Research Associate, Seluanov/Gorbunova


Uy, J. Albert C.

  • Associate Professor


Interests: Evolutionary Ecology; Behavioral Ecology; Evolutionary Genetics; Speciation; Conservation

Uy, Floria


  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Research Assistant Professor


Interests: Evolution of cooperation; Neuroethology; Host-parasite interactions; Behavioral Ecology; Conservation


VanDeMar, Erin

  • Senior Accountant

van Tienhoven, Kyle


  • Lab Technician, Fu


Walker, Ethan

Interests: Interrogation of protein folding and homeostasis using high-throughput methodology

Walker, Tyler

Interests: TBD

Walunjkar, Nilima

Interests: Causes and consequences of thermal divergence in Saccharomyces species

Wei, Xiaolu

Interests: Molecular mechanism of Segregation Distorter in Drosophila melanogaster using a combination of genomic, cytological, and molecular approaches

Welte, Michael


  • Professor and Chair


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

Werren, John H.

  • Nathaniel & Helen Wisch Professor of Biology


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

White, Roger

Interests: The role fatty acid trafficking and usage during Drosophila melanogaster oogenesis

Wnuk, Hayley

Interests: The influence of emotional well-being on Alzheimer's Disease progression

Wright , Lori

  • Technical Associate, Presgraves


Yang, Sifan

Interests: Role of SUMOylation and NEDDylation in aging and proteostasis


Zacher, Maxwell

Interests: Genetic mechanisms underlying longevity and cancer resistance in the bowhead whale

Zerniak, Connor

  • Stockroom Clerk

Zhang, Jiarui

  • First Year PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Kejia

Interests: Molecular functions of tRNA methyltransferase in neuronal development

Zhang, Rui

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Zhihui

Interests: Anti-aging and anti-cancer effects of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid

Zheng, Zhizhong

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

Zhu, Mingyi

Interests: RNA secondary structure prediction