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Program in Biology and Medicine

Faculty Directory

Cheeptip Benyajati

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

Xin Bi

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

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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

Michael Clark

Clark, Michael

  • Associate Professor of Instruction
Professor Gloria Culver

Culver, Gloria

  • Professor
  • Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences

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

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Cunningham, Gregory

  • Adjunct Instructor
Professor Thomas H. 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

James Fry

Fry, James D

  • Associate Professor

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

Dragony Fu

Fu, Dragony

  • Assistant Professor


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

Sina Ghaemmaghami

Ghaemmaghami, Sina

  • Associate Professor


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

David Goldfarb

Goldfarb, David S

  • Professor

Interests: Molecular cell biology of the nucleus

Vera Gorbunova

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

John Jaenike

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

 J. David Lambert

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

Amanda Larracuente

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

Robert L. Minckley

Minckley, Robert L.

  • Professor of Instruction


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

Allen Orr

Orr, H. Allen

  • University Professor
  • Shirley Cox Kearns Professor


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

Danielle Presgraves

Presgraves, Danielle

  • Lecturer
  • Associate Director for Student Affairs
Daven C. Presgraves

Presgraves, Daven C.

  • Dean's Professor


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

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

Elaine Sia

Sia, Elaine

  • Professor and Chair
  • Co-Director of UPBM

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

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Uy, J. Albert C.

  • Associate Professor
  • Coming January 2020!


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

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Uy, Floria Mora Kepfer

  • Assistant Professor of Instruction
    Research Assistant Professor
  • Coming January 2020!


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

Michael Welte

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

John H. Werren

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