Oksana Polesskaya, Ph.D.

Oksana Polesskaya, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 672
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 275-URMC (8762)

Patient Care Bio

Oksana Polesskaya earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Medical Genetics in Moscow, Russia. Her research was focused on studying changes in genome which are associated with schizophrenia. Her postdoctoral research in NIDA/NIH and at George Mason University (Virginia) was related to the biology of drug abuse.
Oksana came to URMC in 2006 as a post-doctoral fellow. Her current research focuses on the interplay between HIV-1 infection and methamphetamine abuse, as well as on characterization of role of mixed lineage kinase in neuroinflammation and on developing new pharmacological inhibitors of this kinase aiming to create a drug which could curb the neurological complications of AIDS.

Current Appointments

Research Assistant Professor - Department of Microbiology and Immunology (SMD) - Primary
Assistant Professor of Clinical - Department of Nursing (SON)