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Anthony Almudevar, Ph.D.
Anthony Almudevar, Ph.D.
Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Research Interest: Genetics and bioinformatics

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Nancy Bennett, M.D.
Nancy Bennett, M.D.
Public Health Sciences
Medicine
Research Interest: Population science and community interventions related to the prevention of communicable and chronic diseases.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

Benoit Lab

Chemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest:

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


Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Laura Calvi, M.D.
Laura Calvi, M.D.

Calvi Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Neurosurgery
Research Interest: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Microenvironmental Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in the Bone Marrow

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Laurel Carney, Ph.D.
Laurel Carney, Ph.D.

Carney Lab

Neuroscience
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Auditory Neuroscience; neurophysiological, behavioral, and computational studies of hearing; signal processing for hearing aids.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

Cory-Slechta Lab

Public Health Sciences
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals (e.g., metals and air pollution) on brain development and behavior, with emphasis on attributable risk to neurodevelopmental disorders.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Dewhurst Lab

UofR Cell Therapy Manufacturing Facility (UofR - CTMF)

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Influenza Viruses; Virus Polymerase HIV Vaccine Development; NeuroAIDS Research

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.
Robert Dirksen, Ph.D.

Dirksen Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular Mechanisms of Calcium Signaling in Striated Muscle

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
E. Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A.
E. Ray Dorsey, M.D., M.B.A.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Ann Dozier, RN, Ph.D., FAAN
Ann Dozier, RN, Ph.D., FAAN
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Program evaluation methods including integration of qualitative and quantitative research methods and on maternal child related health outcomes.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D.
Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Paul Dunman, Ph.D.
Paul Dunman, Ph.D.

Dunman Lab

Flaum Eye Institute
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Antimicrobial drug discovery using pathogenic Staphylococcus aureus and Acinetobacter baumannii: exploiting components of the bacterial RNA metabolism machinery; characterizing prokaryotic ribonucleases; understanding the impact of the host environment on antibiotic resistance and virulence factor expression.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Timothy Dye, Ph.D.
Timothy Dye, Ph.D.

Dye Lab

Public Health Sciences
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interest: Developing and understanding community-driven solutions to public health problems

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.
Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.

Eliseev Lab

Orthopaedics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Role of Mitochondria in regulation of cell fate in normal stem cells and cancer cells

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Ann Falsey, M.D.
Ann Falsey, M.D.

Walsh-Falsey Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: Aspects of RSV infection in adults

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Kevin Fiscella, M.D. M.P.H.
Kevin Fiscella, M.D. M.P.H.

Fiscella Lab

Family Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Racial and socioeconomic disparities in health status, the effects of poverty on family function, and health services to underserved populations, particularly those at risk for cancer and heart disease.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
John Foxe, Ph.D.
John Foxe, Ph.D.

UR CABIN

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Edward Freedman, Ph.D.
Edward Freedman, Ph.D.

Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Human neurophysiology in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease, Dyslexia, Autism, Lysosomal Storage disorders, and sports concussions

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Steve Georas, M.D.
Steve Georas, M.D.

Georas Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Environmental Medicine
Medicine
Research Interest: Defining molecular pathways by which allergens and particulates activate epithelia and dendritic cells in the lung immune system

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Gourab Ghoshal, PhD
Gourab Ghoshal, PhD

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Steven Gill, Ph.D.
Steven Gill, Ph.D.

Genomics Research Center (GRC)

Center for Tumor Immunology Research

Gill Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Microbial pathogens and the impact of human microbial flora on human health and disease.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Jill Halterman, M.D., M.P.H.
Jill Halterman, M.D., M.P.H.

Jill Halterman Lab

Pediatrics
Research Interest: Asthma and Improving quality of care

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Elaine Hill, Ph.D.
Elaine Hill, Ph.D.

Causal Inference for Health Policy (CIHP) Lab

Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Early origins research, linking in utero environment to later life health and educational attainment

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

Huxlin Lab

Ophthalmology
Neuroscience
Flaum Eye Institute
Research Interest: Neural mechanisms of visual recovery after stroke; optical correlates and molecular substrates of corneal wound healing and nerve regeneration; LIRIC

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.

Rochester Environment and Child Health (REACH) Laboratory

Public Health Sciences
Pediatrics
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Environmental and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals on immunity and immune-mediated diseases and as a mechanism for susceptibility to other disease outcomes, such as neurobehavioral disorders.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Henry Kautz, Ph.D.
Henry Kautz, Ph.D.

Kautz Lab

Computer Science
Research Interest: Artificial intelligence; Pervasive computing; Data science

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.

Kielkopf Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
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.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Hartmut Land, Ph.D.
Hartmut Land, Ph.D.

Land Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis. Signaling and Cancer Cell Metabolism

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.
B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

Lawrence Lab

Environmental Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Influence of environmental factors on the development and function of the immune system

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Edith Lord, Ph.D.
Edith Lord, Ph.D.

Lord Lab

Center for Tumor Immunology Research

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Cell Mediated Immunity to Tumors

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Jiebo Luo, Ph.D.
Jiebo Luo, Ph.D.

Luo Lab

Computer Science
Research Interest: Computer Vision; Machine learning; Data Mining; Social Media; Biomedical Informatics; Human Computer Interaction; Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.
Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.

Mariani Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Medicine
Environmental Medicine
Pediatrics
Research Interest: Genetic mechanisms of susceptibility to chronic lung diseases, focusing on developmental antecedents and influence of environmental factors.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.
David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.

Mathews Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Michael McDermott, Ph.D.
Michael McDermott, Ph.D.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Scott McIntosh, Ph.D.
Scott McIntosh, Ph.D.

Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Research Program

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

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
James McMahon, Ph.D.
James McMahon, Ph.D.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.
Jonathan Mink, M.D., Ph.D.

Mink Lab

Neuroscience
Pediatrics
Neurology
Research Interest: Physiology of movement, function of the basal ganglia, pathophysiology of movement disorders, and development of motor control

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S.
Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S.

Geriatric Oncology Lab

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

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Cynthia Monaco, M.D., Ph.D.
Cynthia Monaco, M.D., Ph.D.

Monaco Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Medicine
Research Interest: Effect of the Microbiome/Virome on Mucosal and Systemic Inflammation in Health and Disease

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Craig Morrell, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Morrell Lab

Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: Platelet functions in hemostasis/thrombosis and vascular inflammation. Platelet driven immune responses.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.
Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.

Shawn Murphy Lab

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Immunoregulatory properties of trophoblast cells

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc
Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., DMSc

Nedergaard Lab

Neurosurgery
Biomedical Engineering
Neurology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: The basic biology of glial cells in the CNS and the role of astrocytes in several neurological diseases, including stroke, spinal cord injury, epilepsy, tremor, and ALS. Research is aimed at defining new strategies for the treatment of neurological diseases that target astrocytic dysfunction.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Katia Noyes, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Katia Noyes, Ph.D, M.P.H.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
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

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Thomas O'Connor, Ph.D.
Thomas O'Connor, Ph.D.

Wynne Center for Family Research

Neuroscience
Psychiatry
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Research Interest: The mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including prenatal maternal anxiety and caregiving stress, may persistently shape children's behavioral and biological health

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
David Oakes, Ph.D.
David Oakes, Ph.D.
Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Research Interest: Univariate and multivariate survival analysis and in the analysis of multiple event-time data

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
John Olschowka, Ph.D.
John Olschowka, Ph.D.

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Mechanisms of neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration within the CNS, primarily Glial Cells and Vascular components of the brain.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Deborah Ossip, Ph.D
Deborah Ossip, Ph.D

Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Research Program

Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Behavioral medicine and outcomes management include tobacco use and smoking interventions, obesity prevention and exercise

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Andrea Sant, Ph.D.
Andrea Sant, Ph.D.

Sant Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Influenza specific immunity, vaccine design and regulation of T cell responses to pathogens.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.
Edward Schwarz, Ph.D.

Schwarz Lab

Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Urology
Medicine
Biomedical Engineering
Microbiology & Immunology
Orthopaedics
Research Interest: Inflammatory bone loss as seen in rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumor metastasis and wear debris induced osteolysis around prosthetic implants

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Robert Strawderman, ScD
Robert Strawderman, ScD

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Thakar Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Systems approach utilizing bioinformatics, and dynamic modeling tools to study immune response to infections and vaccination.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
David Topham, Ph.D.
David Topham, Ph.D.

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Topham Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
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.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Peter Veazie, Ph.D.
Peter Veazie, Ph.D.
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: The decision behavior of health care providers and patients, the consequent health outcomes, and the influence of social and organizational systems on such behavior and outcomes.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Charles Venuto, Pharm.D.
Charles Venuto, Pharm.D.
Neurology
Research Interest: Characterizing the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of approved and investigational drugs and identifying influential sources of variability in drug behavior

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.
Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.

Wedekind Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by non-protein-coding (nc)RNAs as a basis for therapeutic development.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Jack Werren, Ph.D.
Jack Werren, Ph.D.
Biology
Research Interest: Evolutionary Genetics

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Tong Tong Wu, Ph.D.
Tong Tong Wu, Ph.D.

Tong Tong Wu Lab

Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Research Interest: High-dimensional data analysis, survival analysis, machine learning, computational statistics, and computational biology and statistical genetics

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Jin Xiao, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Jin Xiao, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program
Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

VanWijngaarden Lab

Epidemiology
Public Health Sciences
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Environmental and Neurologic Epidemiology: Defining influences of environmental exposures, in particular toxic metals, on cognitive outcomes in children and adults.

Mentor for Translational Biomedical Science Ph.D. Program