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Wilmot Members


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. 

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

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

Dr. Bohmann works part-time and doesn’t accept new students.

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

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

Francisco Cartujano-Barrera
Research Interest:

Development and implementation of mobile health interventions for smoking cessation among underserved populations (e.g., Latinos, people living with HIV, people living in low- and middle-income countries).

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

Calvin Cole
Research Interest:

Research Interest: Elucidating the Mechanisms of Disease-related Skeletal Muscle Wasting with the goal of discovering viable therapies that will improve patients’ quality of life, and treatment outcomes related to the underlying pathology.

Anapaula Cupertino
Research Interest:

Community engagement and participatory research to address disparities in primary prevention using culturally and linguistic sensitive mobile intervention, particularly among under-represented minority (URM) populations

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

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

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.

Nikesha Gilmore
Research Interest:

Biological markers of aging, health equity, supportive care interventions, mechanisms of frailty and resilience.

Angela Glading
Research Interest: Role of cell-cell contact in regulating cellular function in both the normal and disease state

Vera Gorbunova
Research Interest:

Mechanisms of aging and the role of DNA repair and genomic instability in the aging process.

Wyatte Hall
Research Interest:

Community engagement and overall reduction of health disparities in deaf populations with a particular focus on the relationship between early childhood language experiences and subsequent health, cognitive, education, and overall quality of life outcomes across the lifespan and the phenomenon of language deprivation

Stephen Hammes
Research Interest: Androgen Effects on Reproduction and 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

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

Jean Joseph
Research Interest: Laparoscopic/minimally invasive urology (prostatectomy, nephrectomy), reconstructive urology, hematuria, genitourinary cancers, kidney stones, benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), urethral strictures, vasectomy, vasectomy reversal

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

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.

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

David Linehan
Research Interest:

Translational cancer research and immunotherapy

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

Director, Geriatric Hematology and Mobile Health Research
Director, Geriatric Oncology Research Observership Program

Allison 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.

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

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

Deborah Mulford
Research Interest:

Hematology, Medical Oncology

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.

Dr. Ovitt works part-time and doesn’t accept new students.

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

Olle Jane (O.J.) Sahler
Research Interest:

Chronic illness, Palliative Care, Long-term childhood cancer survivors, Bereavement, Integrative medicine, Biofeedback, Chronic pain, Bioethics

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:

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.

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

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

Eric Wagner
Research Interest:

Mechanism and physiological importance of alternative polyadenylation; Integrator Complex and transcriptional control, development and application of next-generation sequencing technologies

Karen Wilson
Karen Wilson, MD, MPH

Shu-Chi Yeh
Research Interest:

Developing intravital imaging-based approaches to better understand the bone marrow microenvironment regulating the skeletal, hematopoietic, and malignant stem cells

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