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Abbondanzieri, Elio

  • Research Associate, Meyer

Ablaeva, Julia

  • Lab Technician, Gorbunova

Aloi, Patricia

  • Teaching Lab Manager

Anderson, Joe

  • Senior Info Tech Operator

Arcoraci, Marianne

  • Undergraduate Program Manager & Curriculum Advisor to UPBM


Bellomio, Philip

  • 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

Bettinger, John

Interests: TBD

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

Bickel, Ryan

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction

Bissell, Mary

  • Facilities Manager

Brady, Morgan

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Meyer

Brigida, Sara

  • Project Assistant, Presgraves

Brisson, Jennifer

  • Associate 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: TBD

Cefaloni, Eric

Interests: TBD

Chang, Ching-Ho

Interests: Population dynamics and molecular mechanism of the Segregation Distortion system in Drosophila melanogaster

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

Culver, Gloria

  • Professor
  • Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

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


Dao, Thao Kim

Interests: TBD

Dawney, Nicole

Interests: TBD

DeBoard, Allyson

  • Undergraduate Course Coordinator

Dias, Tiffany

  • Lab Technician, Seluanov

Driscoll, Rose

Interests: TBD

Dutta, Asmita

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Welte


Eickbush, Danna

  • Research Associate, Larracuente/Eickbush

Eickbush, Thomas H

  • Mercer Brugler Distinguished Teaching Professor

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

Emmrich, Stephan

  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Gorbunova


Fay, Justin

  • Associate Professor


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

Febles, Cathleen

  • Stockroom Clerk

Fien, Kristin

  • Senior Accountant

Finegan, Tara

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bergstralh

Firsanov, Denis

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Seluanov

Forkpah, Cordelia

  • Lab Technician, Werren

Fry, James D

  • Associate Professor

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

Fu, Dragony

  • Assistant Professor


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


Ghaemmaghami, Sina

  • Associate Professor


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

Gigas, Jonathan

Interests: TBD

Goldfarb, David S

  • Professor

Interests: Molecular cell biology of the nucleus

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

Gorovsky, Martin A

  • Rush Rhees Professor Emeritus

Gregory, Lauren

Interests: TBD

Gu, Ningyang

Interests: TBD


Hammelman, Rachel

  • Lab Technician, Brisson

Hattman, Stanley M

  • Professor Emeritus

Hemmer, Lucas

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente

Heusinkveld, Carrie

  • Project Assistant, Brisson

Hinkle, David C.

  • Professor Emeritus

Holz, Jonathan

  • Associate Professor of Instruction

Huo, Jinlong

  • Visiting Scientist, Bi

Hutti, Chuck

Interests: Using genome wide CRISPR screens to identify genes involved in prion tolerance and its mechanisms


Jaenike, John

  • Professor
  • On sabbatical until January 2020

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

Jencik, Brian

  • Lab Technician, Welte

Jones, Shaun

  • Lab Technician, Culver/Ghaemmaghami/Larracuente


Keister, Jennifer

  • Lab Technician, Brisson

Kelkar, Yogeshwar

  • Research Associate, Werren

Keltz, Roxanne

  • Lab Technician, Culver

Kilwein, Marcus

Interests: TBD

Kovelakuntla, Vamsi

Interests: TBD


Lambert, J. David

  • Associate Professor


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

Landry, Cynthia

  • Graduate Coordinator

Larracuente, Amanda

  • Assistant 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

Lawson, Hannah

Interests: Developmental timing of sex-specific maturation of the C. elegans nervous system

Lentini, Jenna

Interests: Identification of the damaged RNA transcriptome and surveillance pathways

Liu, Xiaomi

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

Liu, Fangzhou

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Brisson

Longan, Emery

Interests: TBD

Lowe, Nicholas

  • Research Associate, Bergstralh

Luo, Jie

Interests: The role of neuroendocrine cells in the development of prostate cancer castration resistance and chemotherapy resistance

Lyon, Hiram

  • Technical Associate, Culver


Macoretta, Nicholas

Interests: TBD

Martinez, Jovany

  • Leave of Absence

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

Millen, Jonathan

  • Visiting Scientist, Goldfarb

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

  • Technical Associate, Presgraves


Na, Daxiang

Interests: TBD

Naganathan, Anusha

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Culver

Navarro, Beatriz

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Larracuente/Presgraves


Oakes, Patrick W.

  • Assistant Professor


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

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


Palardy, Fiona

  • Data Entry Clerk

Parish, Kate

  • PhD Student

Interests: TBD

Perrin, Lindsey

  • Lab Technician, Chen

Phromsiri, Pakinee

Interests: TBD

Portman, Douglas

  • Associate 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

  • Lecturer
  • Associate Director for Student Affairs

Presgraves, Daven C.

  • Dean's Professor


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

Prevost, Christopher

  • Lab Technician, Fu

Putrelo, Julie

  • Lab Technician, Welte


Ramos, Jillian

Interests: Determining the cellular targets and function of human KIAA1456, a putative tRNA methyltransferase enzyme

Ren, Yue

Interests: The role of PCNA in silent chromatin

Rezazadeh, Sarallah

Interests: DNA repair in cancer and aging

Rojas Villa, Sebastian

Interests: Study of novel transcription factors and their role in Drosophila melanogaster intestinal stem cell tissue homeostasis

Rossow, Lisa

  • Finance Assistant

Rybak, Brenna

  • Department Administrator

Rydkina, Elena

  • Research Associate, Seluanov

Rzatkiewicz, Thomas

  • Lab Technician, Presgraves


Saleh Ziabari, Omid

Interests: TBD

Sellix, Michelle

  • Staff Accountant

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

Shannon, Regina

  • Purchasing Agent

Sia, Elaine

  • Professor and Chair
  • Co-Director of UPBM

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

Simon, Matthew

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Gorbunova

Sproul, John

  • Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow, Larracuente

Stein, Alexis

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction

Stephenson, Roxan

Interests: The structure and function of the protein Jabba in Drosophila melanogaster embryos

Stewart, Chad

  • IT Specialist

Summers, Jeremy

Interests: TBD

Sun, Yu

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

Swovick, Kyle

Interests: Protein turnover and aging


Tan, Ruiyue

Interests: TBD

Thomalla, Jonathon

  • Lab Technician, Welte

Tolibzoda, Fara

Interests: TBD

Tombline, Gregory

  • Research Associate, Seluanov/Gorbunova


Walker, Ethan

Interests: TBD

Walunjkar, Nilima

Interests: TBD

Wang, Wei

  • Master's Student

Interests: TBD

Watkins, Lyndsay

  • Lab Technician, Fu

Wei, Xiaolu

Interests: TBD

Wei, Anhui

  • Visiting Scientist, Bi

Welte, Michael

  • Professor
  • On sabbatical until July 2020


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
  • On sabbatical until January 2020


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

Wnuk, Hayley

Interests: TBD

Wright , Lori

  • Technical Associate, Presgraves


Zacher, Maxwell

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Kejia

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Zhihui

Interests: TBD

Zhang, Rui

Interests: TBD

Zhao, Yang

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Gorbunova

Zhu, Mingyi

Interests: TBD