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Program Faculty

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Affiliated Faculty

Jeevisha Bajaj, Ph.D.
Jeevisha Bajaj, Ph.D.

Bajaj Lab

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

Lisa Beck, M.D.
Lisa Beck, M.D.

Beck Lab

Dermatology
Medicine
Research Interest: Cutaneous allergic inflammation, Atopic Dermatitis (eczema)

Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

Cory-Slechta Lab

Public Health Sciences
Environmental Medicine
Neuroscience
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.

Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.
Stephen Dewhurst, Ph.D.

Dewhurst Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest:

Understanding the interaction of HIV with glial cells; Developing an improved live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV); Elucidating the host cell response to infection by viral pathogens (with emphasis on SARS-CoV-2 and Adeno-associated virus, AAV)


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.

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. 


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

Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.
Roman Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D.

Eliseev Lab

Mitochondrial Research and Innovation Group

Orthopaedics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest:

Role of Mitochondria in regulation of cell fate in normal stem cells and cancer cells


Ann Falsey, M.D.
Ann Falsey, M.D.

Walsh-Falsey Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: Aspects of RSV infection in adults

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.

John Foxe, Ph.D.
John Foxe, Ph.D.

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Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory

Neuroscience
Psychiatry
Research Interest:

Basic neurophysiology of schizophrenia and autism


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

Steve Georas, M.D.
Steve Georas, M.D.

Georas Lab

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Microbiology & Immunology
Environmental Medicine
Medicine
Research Interest:

Defining molecular mechanisms for respiratory-virus induced epithelial barrier dysfunction; exploring the use of oscillometry in the diagnosis and management of airways disorders; and determining how race neutral PFT interpretation strategies impact the utility of spirometry


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.

Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.
Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D.

Gorbunova & Seluanov Laboratory

Biology
Research Interest:

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


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


Robert Holloway, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert Holloway, M.D., M.P.H.
Public Health Sciences
Neurology
Medicine
Research Interest: Technology assessment and cost-effectiveness of neurological practices and policies, methods to improve the quality and safety of medical care, and conflicts of interest in research and practice

Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.
Krystel Huxlin, Ph.D.

Huxlin Lab

Mitochondrial Research and Innovation Group

Ophthalmology
Neuroscience
Flaum Eye Institute
Brain & Cognitive Sciences
Research Interest:

Neural mechanisms of visual recovery after stroke; optical correlates and molecular substrates of corneal wound healing and nerve regeneration; LIRIC


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.

Charles Kamen, Ph.D.
Charles Kamen, Ph.D.

Health Equity Research in Oncology Lab

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

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

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

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

Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.
Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.

Mariani Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Medicine
Environmental Medicine
Pediatrics
Research Interest:

Genetic mechanisms of susceptibility to congenital and infectious lung diseases, focusing on developmental antecedents and the influence of environmental factors.


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.

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


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

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

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.

Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.
Shawn Murphy, Ph.D.
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Immunoregulatory properties of trophoblast cells

Reza Yousefi Nooraie, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Reza Yousefi Nooraie, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Reza's main line of interest includes the application of a social network analysis lens to inform and promote the process of knowledge translation and program implementation. He is especially interested in designing network-informed and network-rewiring interventions, and studying networks as the outcome of the implementation. He has applied network analysis in various contexts including co-authorship, information seeking and influential discussions in health care settings, and partnerships among health organizations.

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

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

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.

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


Erika Ramsdale, M.D.
Erika Ramsdale, M.D.
Medicine
Research Interest: Polypharmacy, data science, informatics, implementation science

Cynthia Rand, M.D., M.P.H.
Cynthia Rand, M.D., M.P.H.

Immunization Lab

Pediatrics
Research Interest: Improving preventive services and delivery of immunization for urban adolescents

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.

Kristin Scheible, M.D.
Kristin Scheible, M.D.

Scheible Lab

Pediatrics
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest:

Neonatal immunology; T cell function in preterm infants


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

Christopher Seplaki, Ph.D.
Christopher Seplaki, Ph.D.

Seplaki Lab

Public Health Sciences
Research Interest:

Epidemiology of Aging: Physical and mental health in later life, mechanisms of vulnerability and resilience, population health determinants, issues in measurement and estimation, complex systems analysis


Laurie Steiner, M.D.
Laurie Steiner, M.D.

Steiner Lab

Pediatrics
Medicine
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, Ph.D.
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Thakar Lab

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

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

Sally Thurston, Ph.D.
Sally Thurston, Ph.D.
Environmental Medicine
Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Research Interest: Bayesian inference, modeling multiple outcomes, correction for measurement error bias, informative prior specification, latent variable models, and environmental health applications.

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.

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.

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

Clive Zent, M.D.
Clive Zent, M.D.

Zent Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: Lymphoid Malignancy Research

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.