e s f letters
e s f letters
8th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium


New York State Biotechnology Symposium

 Thursday, May 19, 2016

7:30 a.m.

Check-in, Breakfast, & Sponsor & Exhibitors Interactions


Welcome and Introduction


Plenary I:

Hill Collaboration & The Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine (IEHEM)

Dr. Don Simpson, Dean, College of Health Professions, SUNY Upstate Medical University &

Dr. Neil Ringler, Vice Provost for Research, SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry


Plenary II

Legal and Scientific Perspective on Biosimilars

Lois Beaver, former FDA Health Science Administrator


Mini-plenary I 


Break, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Concurrent Session I


Forest Biotechnology

Session Chair:

Dr. Charleson Poovaiah, Syracuse University


Session Chair:

Dr. Magnus Berkgvist, SUNY Polytechnic

Food Biotechnology & Sustainability

Session Chair:

Dr. Richard Welsh, Syracuse University

Hill Collaboration & The Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine (IEHEM)

Session Chair:

Dr. Neil Ringler, SUNY-ESF


Clostridium clariflavum strains as promising bacterial biocatalysts for lignocellulosic biofuel production

Dr. Javier Izquierdo, Hofstra University

Bioinspired Self-Assembling Catalytic Nanomaterials

Dr. Ivan Korendovych, Syracuse University

Social Controversies and Agricultural Biotechnology

Dr. Rick Welsh, Syracuse University

Neurotoxicity of early life exposure to contaminants isolated from Onondaga Lake bed sediments

Hewitt, Hassett, Middleton

Controlling hospital-acquired infections by targeting bacterial persistence

Ren, An, Endy, Nomura, Javaid


Breeding and sustainability of shrub willow for marginal lands in the Northeast US

Dr. Larry Smart, Cornell University

A novel nanoplatform for protein delivery

Dr. Juntao Luo, SUNY Upstate Medical University

A Call for Transparency in the Food System: Case Studies of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Labeling Initiatives in the Northeast, U.S.

Sara Velardi, SUNY-ESF

Interpersonal communication, knowledge and expertise in the cancer environment nexus: Narrative and social science approaches to understanding and action

Moran, Garden, Devault


Symbiotic Changes In Nutrient Distribution In The Poplar Rhizosphere Observed With FTIR Imaging

Tiffany Victor, Stony Brook University

Memory Resistors and Neurobiology Inspired Circuits

Dr. Nathaniel Cady,

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

The Role of 'Place' in Conflicts over Agricultural Biotechnology

Dr. Christopher Henke, Colgate University


New Opportunities and Options for Research in Environmental Medicine and Health

12:30 p.m.

Lunch & Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Concurrent Session II


Fermentation: The Original Biotechnology

Session Chair:

Dr. Art Stipanovic,SUNY-ESF

Bioenergy & Biofuels

Session Chair:

Dr. Thomas Butcher, Brookhaven National Laboratory


Session Chair:

Dr. Ivan Gitsov, SUNY-ESF


Reaction Kinetics of Monomeric Anthocyanin Conversion to Polymeric Pigment

Claire Burtch, Cornell University

High glucose recovery from direct enzymatic hydrolysis of bisulfite-pretreatment on non-detoxified furfural residues

Yang Xing, SUNY-ESF

Smart materials for accelerated single-surgery repair of bone defects

Dr. James Henderson, Syracuse University


Tannin extraction during winemaking - what goes in is not what comes out

Gavin Sacks, Cornell University

Operating characteristics of a pellet boiler in low loads

Rebecca Trojanowski, Brookhaven National Laboratory

MicroRNA Delivery by Multifunctional Lipoplexes in Lung Cancer Therapy and Imaging

Dr. Yun Wu, University of Buffalo


Empire Cider Company: A Novel Approach to Making Cider and Cider Companies

James Price Chuck, Empire Cider

Conversion of Biomass-derived Synthesis Gas to Mixed Alcohols Catalyzed by Nano-sized Molybdenum Disulfide

Devinder Mahajan, Julia Hasty and Jesse Cole (Stony Brook)

The Design of Nanoparticle Contrast Agents for Environmentally-Sensitive Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Dr. Amber L. Doiron, Binghamton University


Continuous Hard Cider Production

Dr. Klaus Doelle, SUNY-ESF

Catalytic Fast Pyrolysis of Biorefinery Lignins

Derek Corbett, SUNY-ESF

Soy Resin Adhesive Films

Joe Dickson, e2e Materials


Reception, Poster Judging, & Sponsor & Exhibitor  Interactions

Friday, May 20, 2016

8:00 a.m.

Check-in, Breakfast, & Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

8:50 Welcome and Introduction


Plenary III

Using the Tools of Genetic Engineering to Help Save the American Chestnut & the Public Perception

Dr. Bill Powell, Professor, SUNY-ESF and Director, Council on Biotechnology in Forestry


Plenary IV

Panel: "Education: From Theory to Practice"

Moderated by Susi Varvayanis, Senior Director, Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Program at Cornell University

Heidi Busa, ESF in the High School Teacher, Marcellus High School

Tom Keenan, Professor of Biology, Onondaga Community College

Laurel Southard, Director, Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers

Dr. Mel Morris, Special Projects Manager, Office of Educational Programs, Brookhaven National Laboratory


Mini-Plenary II


Break, Sponsor & Exhibitor Interactions

Concurrent Session III


Discoveries in Action

Session Chair:

Mr. Sus Ikuta, SUNY-ESF

Biotechnology & Health

Session Chair:

Dr. Patrick Parsons, Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health

Environmental Biotechnology

Session Chair:

Ms. Amanda Ludlow, Roux Associates


Global Health Initiative

Mark Polhemus, Director, Center for Global Health and Translational Science

Human Exposure to Rare Earth Elements

Dr. Patrick Parsons, Wadsworth Center, NYS DOH



Prospects for the CNY Biotechnology Accelerator

Bob Corona, VP of Innovation and Business Development, CNYBAC

Biomonitoring of Human Exposure to Phthalates

Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannan, Wadsworth Center, NYS DOH

Endocrine Disruptors and Persistent Organics in Ithaca, NY

Dr. Jose Lozano, Environmental Laboratory, IAWWTF


Entrepreneurial Resources for Biotechnology Startups in Central NY

Michael Amadori, Founder of Full Circle Feed

Plant derived Pharmaceuticals for Developing Countries

Dr. Kathleen Hefferon, Cornell University

The Removal of Pharmaceutical Compounds in Wastewater

Steve Giarrusso, Village of Minoa Wastewater Treatment Works


Closing & Student Awards