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Omar Aljitawi
Research Interest: Studying the human hematopoietic stem cells and their interaction with their microenvironment

Brian Altman
Research Interest: Role of Circadian Rhythm in in gene regulation and cancer cell biology and metabolism.

Jeffrey Andolina
Research Interest: The treatment and comprehensive care for children with leukemia and lymphoma, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), as well as the care for children with other cancers and blood diseases.

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

Jeevisha Bajaj
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of cancer stem cell interactions with tumor microenvironment in disease progression

Paul Barr
Research Interest: The development of novel therapeutics for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma.

Michael Becker
Research Interest: Malignant stem cell populations in myeloid neoplasms

Nancy Bennett
Research Interest: Population science and community interventions related to the prevention of communicable and chronic diseases.

Danielle Benoit
Research Interest:

Therapeutic biomaterials development for tissue engineering and drug delivery with applications ranging from bone regeneration to antioral biofilm treatments

Benoit Biteau
Research Interest: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms that Control Tissue Homeostasis and Somatic Stem Cells

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

Paul Boutz
Research Interest: Regulation of pre-mRNA splicing and polyadenylation in healthy and diseased states; the contribution of RNA processing to cancer biology; effects of small molecule drugs on RNA processing and gene expression.

Paul Brookes
Research Interest: Cardioprotection against ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. Role of Mitochondria and metabolism in ischemic preconditioning and anesthetic preconditioning.

Edward Brown
Research Interest: Multiphoton Laser Scanning Microscopy, novel in vivo imaging and measurement techniques, tumor biology, angiogenesis

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)

Timothy Bushnell
Research Interest: The development and application of high-end flow cytometric assays to support the research programs of members of the URMC community

Laura Calvi
Research Interest: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Microenvironmental Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in the Bone Marrow

Erin Campbell
Research Interest: The role of plant-based nutrition as a therapy in various diseases

Darren Carpizo
Research Interest: My laboratory studies cancer biology with an emphasis in developmental therapeutics and pancreatic cancer metastasis and dormancy

Carla Casulo
Research Interest: Newly diagnosed and relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, diffuse large B cell lymphoma ,and peripheral T cell lymphoma

Joe Chakkalakal
Research Interest: Contribution of stem cells to the maturation, regeneration and lifelong maintenance of skeletal muscle in growth aging and cancer

Chawnshang Chang
Research Interest: Androgen receptor / Steroid hormones function and pathophysiology in the Prostate

Regine Choe
Research Interest: Diffuse optics for in vivo cancer detection, diagnosis and therapy monitoring

Thomas Ciucci
Research Interest: Regulation of T cells responding to pathogens and tumors

Lisa DeLouise
Research Interest: Understanding the toxicological and biochemical properties of nanomaterial interactions with skin and the immune system; develop in vivo models to investigate nanoparticle skin penetration mechanisms, and develop novel biosensors to improve transdermal drug delivery and tissue engineering approaches.

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

Marvin Doyley
Research Interest: Tissue characterization, inverse problems, breast imaging, elastography, cardiovascular disease, molecular imaging, ultrasound, and MRI

Roman Eliseev
Research Interest: Role of Mitochondria in regulation of cell fate in normal stem cells and cancer cells

Rudi Fasan
Research Interest: Bioorganic chemistry, chemical biology, and biomolecular engineering and evolution

Jacob Finkelstein
Research Interest: Delineating the role of alveolar epithelium in modulating the pulmonary injury response to physiological and toxicological stimuli, including oxidant induced signaling in the pulmonary epithelium and macrophages, and epithelial production of mediators that regulate inflammatory functions of macrophages.

Marie Flannery
Research Interest: Symptoms in older adults, Patient-Reported Outcomes, Quality of Life, Geriatric Oncology

Thomas Foster
Research Interest: Photodynamic Therapy of Cancer and Microbial Infections

Jonathan Friedberg
Research Interest: Development of novel therapies for patients with lymphoma

Benjamin Frisch
Research Interest: Role of inflammatory mediators in bone marrow microenvironmental dysfunction during hematologic malignancies

Chunkit Fung
Research Interest: Cancer control, particularly in the development, implementation, and dissemination of mHealth behavioral interventions to prevent and manage treatment- and cancer-related toxicities in cancer survivors, with a specific focus in cardiovascular complications from cancer treatment

Scott Gerber
Research Interest: The Gerber lab studies tumor immunology with a focus on harnessing the immune system to recognize and kill cancerous cells utilizing an immunotherapeutic approach to enhance the efficacy of chemo/radiotherapies to control or even cure both primary and metastatic malignancies.

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

Nikesha Gilmore
Research Interest: Biological markers of aging, supportivive care interventions, mechanisms of frailty and resilience

Vera Gorbunova
Research Interest: Mechanisms of aging and the role of DNA repair and genomic instability in the aging process.

Stephen Hammes
Research Interest: Androgen Effects on Reproduction and Cancer

Isaac Harris
Research Interest: Understanding the roles of antioxidants in cancer

Aram Hezel
Research Interest: The molecular biology and genetics of pancreatic and biliary tract cancers

Elaine Hill
Research Interest: Early origins research, linking in utero environment to later life health and educational attainment

Orna Intrator
Research Interest: Utilization and costs of nursing home residents; Organization and management of nursing homes; Veterans Health Administration Geriatrics and Extended Care Data and Analyses Center; Evaluation of implemented programs; Big Data systems and infrastructure for efficient analyses of health care utilization and costs.

Michelle Janelsins-Benton
Research Interest: Understanding clinical, psychological, and biological mechanisms of cognitive difficulties in cancer patients

Charles Kamen
Research Interest: Factors that lead to health disparities among sexual and gender minority populations, specifically disparities in cancer-related health outcomes and psychological distress

Sarah Kerns
Research Interest: Radiogenomics - the study of genetic factors that are associated with increased risk of developing late effects from radiotherapy used in treatment of cancer

Clara Kielkopf
Research Interest: Splicing defects in hematologic malignancies; roles of human pre-mRNA splicing factors in HIV-1 infectivity; development of engineered splicing factors for correction of splicing defects; splice sites and their associated proteins as therapeutic targets.

Ian Kleckner
Research Interest: To ameliorate the symptoms of cancer and its treatment by leveraging an understanding how the brain processes the state of the body.

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

B. Paige Lawrence
Research Interest: Influence of environmental factors on the development and function of the immune system

Yi-Fen Lee
Research Interest: Extracellular vesicles (Evs), Exosomes, for their roles in cancer development, progression and response to treatment in Urology cancers.

Jane Liesveld
Research Interest: Effects of oxygen metabolites/chemokines on hematopoietic stem cell expansion and preservation

Kah Poh Loh
Research Interest: Geriatric hematology, digital health technologies, behavioral and supportive care interventions, physical function, decision-making in AML, prognostic understanding, communication, end-of-life care

Tanzy Love
Research Interest: Finding hidden groups and their meanings; latent variable modeling; methods and techniques for Bayesian solutions.

Alison Magnuson
Research Interest: Cognition, cognitive interventions, GA and management interventions

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.

Stephen McAleavey
Research Interest: Development of Novel, Clinically Applicable Ultrasound Imaging Techniques

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

James McGrath
Research Interest: Cell Motility, and Quantitative light microscopy

Scott McIntosh
Research Interest: Smoking Cessation in special populations, Technology/Web Assisted Risk Behavior Intervention and Dissemination of effective interventions to physician practices

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

Stephano Mello
Research Interest: Understanding how 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.

Nimish Mohile
Research Interest: Understanding the role of cancer stem cells in the progression of brain tumors

Supriya Mohile
Research Interest: Geriatric assessment and management interventions, symptomatic toxicities, tolerability, clinical trial design for older adults with cancer, caregiver research

Richard Moore
Research Interest: Ovarian cancer biomarker research for the early detection and management of ovarian cancer

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.

Mark Noble
Research Interest: Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.

M. Kerry O'Banion
Research Interest: Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure

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

Deborah Ossip
Research Interest: Behavioral medicine and outcomes management include tobacco use and smoking interventions, obesity prevention and exercise

Catherine Ovitt
Research Interest: Protective and regenerative strategies for salivary gland function and radiation therapies.

James Palis
Research Interest: Cellular and Molecular events underlying the ontogeny of the hematopoietic system.

Luke Peppone
Research Interest: The use of nutritional supplementation and exercise to treat the symptoms and side effects of cancer and its related treatment

Archibald Perkins
Research Interest: Genetic mechanisms in acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome with focus on the zinc finger oncoprotein EVI1

Derick Peterson
Research Interest: Biostatistics and Computational Biology

Irfan Rahman
Research Interest: Redox signaling mechanism of Proinflammatory gene expression in pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory lung diseases caused by environmental toxicants.

Erika Ramsdale
Research Interest: Polypharmacy, data science, informatics, implementation science

Jacques Robert
Research Interest: Experimental platform using the amphibian Xenopus for research in immunotoxicology, fundamental and medical immunology

Edward Schwarz
Research Interest: Inflammatory bone loss as seen in rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumor metastasis and wear debris induced osteolysis around prosthetic implants

Laurie Steiner
Research Interest: Utilizes genomics techniques to study the molecular mechanisms underlying erythroid maturation and development in both normal and disease states

Verda Thomas
Research Interest: Identification of relevant cutting-edge microscopy technologies for implementation at the University of Rochester. Application of quantitative imaging and analysis techniques to a variety of research projects.

Director, Center for Advanced Light Microscopy and Nanoscopy

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.

Paula Vertino
Research Interest: Cancer epigenetics: the role of DNA methylation and chromatin in driving cancer phenotypes and as a target for therapeutic intervention

Jacqueline Williams
Research Interest: Discovering the effects of high (therapeutic) and low (environmentally-relevant) doses of radiation and their interactions with other toxic elements, such as commonly encountered infections, and better understanding differential effects of radiation in adults versus children.

Andrew Wojtovich
Research Interest: Optogenetics to study the roles of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in mitochondrial physiology and stress signaling.

Julie Wolf
Research Interest: Uncovering the biological mechanisms of radiation-induced skin toxicities

Guan Wu
Research Interest: Genetic defects in kidney cancer cells and how these defects cause the disease

Lianping Xing
Research Interest: Regulation of bone cell function in inflammatory bone loss

Zhenqiang Yao
Research Interest: The reciprocal interactions between bone cells and immune cells (osteoimmunology) during aging and the development of novel bone-targeted agents for the treatment of osteoporosis; and tumor-associated macrophage and the development of a novel engineered macrophage transfer approach for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer.

Shu-Yuan Yeh
Research Interest: Role of the estrogen receptor (ER) and androgen receptor (AR) in urological diseases, including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and male fertility.

Yi-Tao Yu
Research Interest: RNA modification; pre-mRNA splicing; snRNP biogenesis; telomerase RNA modification and aging; nonsense-disease therapeutics.

Clive Zent
Research Interest: Lymphoid Malignancy Research

Yi Zhang
Research Interest: Mechanisms of hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) and leukemia initiating cells (LIC) regulations