GIDS-REM Program Faculty


Associate Professor Ajay Anand.

Anand, Ajay

  • Associate Professor
  • Deputy Director, Goergen Institute of Data Science

Interests: Data analytics, machine learning, and deep learning for healthcare; Biomedical/ultrasound signal processing, biomedical instrumentation, predictive modeling, time-series analysis

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Anolik, Jennifer

  • Professor, Interim Chief and Associate Chair (Research), Department of Medicine, Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine 


Interests: Mechanisms of B cell tolerance in systemic lupus, bone marrow B cell development, and B cell regulation by the innate immune system and of the bone compartment in lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Both translational approaches and murine models are utilized to study the diversity of B cell roles in systemic autoimmunity.

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Ashton, John

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics


Interests: Cancer biology, specifically leukemia stem cell (LSC) biology


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Bajaj, Jeevisha

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics


Interests: Define the role of cancer stem cell interactions with their microenvironment in disease progression.

Danielle Benoit

Benoit, Danielle

  • Professor of Biomedical Engineering


Interests: Therapeutic Biomaterials

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Boutz, Paul

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Interests: Implement a multi-disciplinary approach that includes molecular biology, genomics, bioinformatics, and state-of-the-art genome engineering to understand the essential roles of RNA processing in normal and tumor cell physiology, and to uncover the molecular mechanisms by which drugs alter gene expression.

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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


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Calvi, Laura

  • Professor, SKAWA Foundation Professor in Endocrinology and Metabolism - Department of Medicine , Endocrine/Metabolism, Vice Chair for Basic & Translational Science, Department of Medicine Professor - Department of Pharmacology and Physiology (SMD) and Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Interests: Molecular mechanisms of osteoblastic regulation of hematopoietic stem cells; Role of osteoblasts in coordinating the actions of other bone marrow cellular components (osteoclasts, endothelial cells and adipocytes) for HSC regulation; Regulation of malignant stem cells by bone microenvironmental factors; Role of HSC niche components in response to toxic or irradiation injury; Therapeutic targeting of the HSC niche to improve HSC expansion (in vivo and in vitro), response to toxic injury and malignant stem cell eradication

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Carpizo, Darren

  • Professor, Department of Surgery, Cancer center


Interests: Cancer biology with an emphasis on developmental therapeutics. Employ a variety of experimental systems including mouse cancer models, patient derived tissues as well as therapeutic clinical protocols.

Mujdat Cetin

Cetin, Mujdat

  • Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Professor of Computer Science
  • Robin and Tim Wentworth Director, Goergen Institute for Data Science
    Director, New York State Center of Excellence in Data Science

Interests: computational sensing and imaging as applied to radar and biomedical imaging; probabilistic methods for image and video analysis as applied to biomedical image analysis, microscopic neuroimaging, and computer vision; signal processing and machine learning for brain-computer/machine interfaces, with applications for alternative communication and rehabilitation for patients and monitoring of cognitive states

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Chen, Nancy


  • Assistant Professor


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


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Dreisbach, Caitlin


  • Assistant Professor


Interests: The use of data science to make better clinical assessments during pregnancy; Co-creation of health care technologies with patients

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Dylag, Andrew

  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics


Interests: Understanding the effects of neonatal oxygen exposure on lung development, respiratory physiology, airway hyperreactivity, and response to respiratory viral infections in mice. Quantifying neonatal oxygen exposure in preterm infants to understand their effects on long-term pulmonary function, response to respiratory infections, and long-term pulmonary morbidity.


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Fay, Justin

  • Professor


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

Dragony Fu

Fu, Dragony

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Graduate Affairs & Admissions in Biology


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


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Gill, Steve

  • Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Interests: The study of human microbiome communities in neonates and infectious disease; Pathogenesis and genomics of bacterial pathogens

Vera Gorbunova

Gorbunova, Vera

  • Doris Johns Cherry Professor
    Professor of Biology
  • 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

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Groth, Sue

  • Professor, Department of Nursing


Interests: Problem of obesity stems from years of practice where women frequently lamented that they gained weight when they had their children and then never lost it.


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Holden-Wiltse, Jeanne

  • Senior Associate, Department of Clinical and Translational Research (SMD)
    Senior Associate, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology (SMD) - Joint



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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

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Land, Hartmut

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Genetics


Interests: Nature and underlying principles of cancer gene cooperation originating with the discovery that multiple oncogenic mutations are required for malignant cell transformation

Amanda Larracuente

Larracuente, Amanda


  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Chair


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; Centromere organization and evolution

Xin Zhiguo Li

Li, Xin Zhiguo

  • Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Urology


Interests: Interdisciplinary approach that includes genetics, epigenetics, RNA biochemistry, reproductive biology, early embryology, and bioinformatics, and testing our findings across different model organisms including mammals and birds.

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Li, Dongmei

  • Professor, Department of Clinical and Translational Research, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Public Health Sciences


Interests: biostatistics; microarray data analysis; genomic data analysis especially in methylation and transcriptome data analysis; social media data analysis; public health

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Lueck, John

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and Department of Neurology


Interests: Molecular genetics and experimental treatment of diseases resulting from nonsense mutations


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Mariani, Thomas

  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics , Neonatology


Interests: Studying immune cell dysregulation associated with chronic respiratory morbidity following preterm birth; Identifying diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets defining severity of clinical responses to respiratory syncytial virus infection in infants; Determining the contribution of resident cells and the extracellular matrix to normal lung development, lung homeostasis and susceptibility to respiratory disease; Characterizing the cellular and pathological effects of exposure to non-traditional tobacco-related products, particularly during childhood

Matthew McCall

McCall, Matthew

  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics
  • Associate Director, Statistics PhD Program


Interests: Statistical genomics; Systems biology; Bioinformatics

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Mello, Stephano

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics


Interests: Nuclear proteins and non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) regulate gene transcription in pancreatic preneoplastic lesions, gaining knowledge of the process of cellular transformation and tumor initiation.

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Meng, Ying

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing


Interests: Identifying perinatal metabolic and psychosocial risks related to the development of eating behaviors in young children.

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Monaco, Cynthia

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Interests: Elucidating components of the bacterial and viral microbiome in healthy and disease states using next-generation sequencing. Study the lung microbiome in transplant recipients

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Murphy, Patrick

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics


Interests: Mechanisms that activate or silence genes as cells transition from one state to another. In very early embryos, stem cells begin to divide and change.


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Norman-Haignere, Sam

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology (SMD)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering (SMD) - Joint
    Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience (SMD) - Joint


Interests: Developing computational and experimental methods to understand the representation of complex, natural stimuli in the human brain and applies these methods to understand the neural and computational mechanisms that underlie human hearing.


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O’Conner, Tom

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry , Research


Interests: Epidemiological, observational and experimental designs and incorporates behavioral, physiological, genetic, and immunological methods.


Daven C. Presgraves

Presgraves, Daven C.

  • Dean's Professor
    Professor of Biology


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

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Pryhuber, Gloria

  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics , Neonatology


Interests: Chronic Lung Disease of Prematurity; Lung Development


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Qui, Xing

  • Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology


Interests: High-throughput data processing and analysis; multi-modal data integration; functional data analysis; network analysis based on differential equation models


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Samuelson, Andrew

  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics


Interests: understanding why aging organisms increasingly lose the cellular ability to maintain proper function and folding of the proteome (proteostasis)

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Scheible, Kristin

  • Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Microbiology and Immunology


Interests: Understanding the specific ways in which premature birth disrupts normal T cell development, and the impact of abnormal T cell development on a premature infant's clinical outcomes.

Andrei Seluanov

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

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Sohn, Michael

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology


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Steiner, Laurie A.

  • Professor, Department of Pediatrics , Neonatology, Lindsey Distinguished Professorship for Pediatric Research, Department of Pediatrics


Interests: How specific DNA sequences, DNA binding proteins, and chromatin structure interact during normal erythropoiesis.

Robert Strawderman

Strawderman, Robert

  • Donald M. Foster MD Distinguished Professor of Biostatistics
  • Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology (SMD)


Interests: Statistical learning methods with applications to risk prediction and survival analysis; Statistical and computational modeling for high dimensional data; Semiparametric models; Statistical inference for stochastic processes; Collaborative research

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Susiarjo, Martha

  • Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine


Interests: Role of environmental exposure on maternal health during pregnancy and the potential beneficial role of nutritional supplementation.


Juilee Thakar

Thakar, Juilee

  • Associate Professor for the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Department of Biomedical Genetics, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology


Interests: Bioinformatics; Systems biology; Dynamic Modeling Tools

David Topham

Topham, David

  • Professor of Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology (SMD) – Primary


Interests: Virus infections of the respiratory tract; Influenza and immunity


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Uy, J. Albert C.

  • Professor and Chair


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


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Vertino, Paula

  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Genetics, Wilmot Distinguished Professorship in Cancer Genomics - Cancer Center, Senior Associate Dean, Basic Research - Dean's Office M&D - Administration, Professor - Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Interests: Areas of cancer epigenetics and novel mechanisms of gene silencing in cancer.


Michael Welte

Welte, Michael


  • Professor


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.

  • Research Professor
  • Nathaniel and Helen Wisch Professor in Biology

Interests: Evolutionary genetics, genomics, and proteomics. The unifying theme is how interacting elements shape systems at different levels of biological organization. A current research project focuses on combining computational and molecular evolutionary approaches to investigate protein function and protein-protein interactions relevant to biology and disease. Other research topics include the genetics of speciation, nuclear-mitochondrial coevolution, microbe-host interactions, and parasitism across biological levels.


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Xing, Lianping

  • Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Interests: Regulation of bone cell function in inflammatory bone loss using combinations of genetically modified animals, in vivo imaging technologies, histology and in vitro cellular and molecular approaches.


Martin Zand

Zand, Martin

  • Professor of Department of Medicine, Nephrology (SMD) – Primary
  • Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Research, Department of Dean's Office M&D - Administration


Interests: Organ transplantation; B cell immunobiology, vaccine biology, and computational modeling of immune responses