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John Ashton
Research Interest: Co-Director of the Rochester Genomics Center
Director, Wilmot Cancer Institute Shared Resources
Director, Functional Genomics Resource

Dirk Bohmann
Research Interest: The biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics of signal-transducing transcription factors and their role in development, aging and disease

Michael Bulger
Research Interest: Chromatin domains and long-range activation by enhancers

W. Richard Burack
Research Interest: Activation induced cytidine deaminase (AID) impact on Follicular lymphoma (FL) tumors as a prognostic factor for Diffuse Large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL)

Stephen Dewhurst
Research Interest: Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research

Timothy Dye
Research Interest: Developing and understanding community-driven solutions to public health problems

Justin Fay
Research Interest: The genetic basis of evolutionary change and specifically interested in the role of changes in gene regulation

Dragony Fu
Research Interest: Nucleic acid modification and repair mechanisms linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, mitochondrial diseases, and cancer.

Steven Gill
Research Interest: Microbial pathogens and the impact of human microbial flora on human health and disease.

Elizabeth Grayhack
Research Interest: Role of the genetic code in regulating protein synthesis and mRNA metabolism in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

Alan Grossfield
Research Interest:

Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation

Jeffrey Hayes
Research Interest: Regulation of transcription, nuclear processes, related to chromatin structure and function

Henry Kautz
Research Interest: Artificial intelligence; Pervasive computing; Data science

Hartmut Land
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Signaling and Cancer Cell Metabolism

Amanda Larracuente
Research Interest: Satellite DNA (repetitive DNA typically found at centromeres and telomeres), Meiotic Drive, and Selfish DNA using genomic, population genetic, molecular and cytological methods.

Xin Li
Research Interest: Epigenetic inheritance, small silencing non-coding RNAs, translational control, lead toxicity, and comparative genomics.

Richard Libby
Research Interest: Neurobiology of glaucoma, molecular processes that lead to retinal ganglion cell death.

Lynne Maquat
Research Interest:

RNA metabolism in human cells (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay/mRNA surveillance); influence of pre-mRNA splicing on mRNA translation; Staufen-mediated mRNA decay and Staufen-regulated RNA metabolism; post-transcriptional gene control via lncRNAs and SINEs; miRNA metabolism; Fragile X Mental Retardation Syndrome/Autism; therapeutics of nonsense diseases.

Thomas Mariani
Research Interest: Genetic mechanisms of susceptibility to chronic lung diseases, focusing on developmental antecedents and influence of environmental factors.

David Mathews
Research Interest: Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics.

Matthew McCall
Research Interest: Developing methods to estimate gene regulatory networks from gene perturbation experiments

Helene McMurray
Research Interest: Analysis of gene regulatory networks in cancer; role of immunogenetics in transplant

Cynthia Monaco
Research Interest: Effect of the Microbiome/Virome on Mucosal and Systemic Inflammation in Health and Disease

Tim Mosmann
Research Interest: The regulation of cytokine responses of human and mouse T-cell subsets in infections asthma, allergy and autoimmunity

Joshua Munger
Research Interest: Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.

Patrick Murphy
Research Interest:

The genetics, genomics, and chromatin biochemistry of cell state transitions that occur during embryonic development and carcinogenesis.

Mitchell O'Connell
Research Interest: Biochemical mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation; RNA-targeting CRISPR tool development

Eric Phizicky
Research Interest: tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications.

Christoph Pröschel
Research Interest:

Within the context of our work on glial progenitor cells, we are now focusing on the role of astrocytes as critical modulators in response to injury or stress. The importance of understanding this process is emphasized by our discovery that the generation of mature astrocytes may be impaired in Vanishing White Matter leukodystrophy

Andrew Samuelson
Research Interest: Understanding the genetic, cell biological and molecular basis for age-driven proteostatic deterioration

Gaurav Sharma
Research Interest: Computational biology of RNA; RNA comparative sequence analysis; RNA structure prediction; analysis of HIV RNA genomes.

Laurie Steiner
Research Interest:

Understanding how regulation of RNA Polymerase II activity regulates cellular differentiation, with a focus on erythropoiesis. Delineating epigenetic control of normal erythropoiesis; determining the contribution of disrupted epigenetic regulation to inherited anemias.

Juilee Thakar
Research Interest: Systems approach utilizing bioinformatics, and dynamic modeling tools to study immune response to infections and vaccination.

David Topham
Research Interest: Multiple roles of virus-specific Band T cells in determining the outcome of viral infection of the respiratory tract. Long term protective effect of immunological mechanisms.

Jack Werren
Research Interest: Evolutionary Genetics

Peng Yao
Research Interest: Pathophysiological function and molecular mechanism of new non-coding RNAs (and RBPs) and new modes of gene regulation in cardiac system and cardiovascular disease.