7th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium
After a multi-decade career with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in 2009 Lois Ann Beaver, whose main interest is separation science, founded a consultancy named LAB Enterprises. While working in the FDA's Office of the Commissioner, Lois served on the FDA Pharmaceutical Quality Council that conceived and developed quality by design; led activity for FDA's joining the international Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme; worked as liaison with international organizations such as WHO; recently focusing on biosimilars; managed the export program for unapproved pharmaceuticals, was associate director for international harmonization working on activities such as the International Conference on Harmonization...Pharmaceuticals (ICH); was US coordinator for Veterinary ICH; delegate to the APEC, (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Life Sciences Innovation Forum. Lois also led international projects on anti-counterfeiting of medical products and good manufacturing practices in emerging countries and established a pharmaceutical information center in Cairo.
Dr. William A. Powell received his BS in biology in 1982 at Salisbury University, MD, and his PhD in 1986 at Utah State University studying the molecular mechanisms of hypovirulence in the chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica. He spent over two years as a postdoctoral associate at University of Florida researching transformation techniques using the fungal pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum. In 1989 he became a faculty member at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, NY, where he began collaborating with his colleague, Dr. Charles Maynard, researching methods to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut (Castanea dentata) tree. He has also worked with American elm and hybrid poplar. Dr. Powell currently has over 50 peer reviewed publications and one patent. He teaches courses in Principles of Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, and Biotechnology Freshman orientation. His most significant accomplishment, with Dr. Maynard, is the enhancement of blight resistance in American chestnut by his research team and collaborators.
Dr. Neil Ringler is Vice Provost for Research at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 2011. He is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, teaching courses in comparative vertebrate anatomy, fish ecology and aquatic entomology. He received his B.A. degree in Biological Science at California State University, Long Beach, Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology from Oregon State University, and Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology from the University of Michigan.
Ringler has led regional programs in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, fish reproduction in Lake Ontario tributaries and restoration of Onondaga Lake, NY. His programs are supported through the National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Sea Grant and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He has served as major professor for 75 graduate students at doctoral and Master’s levels. Dr. Ringler has coordinated large interdisciplinary research proposals, guided and assessed Centers and Institutes, and helped to develop new collaborations that include the Hill Collaboration in Environmental Medicine and the Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine.
Dr. Donald D. Simpson, Ph.D., M.P.H. is Dean and Professor of the College of Health Professions at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Environmental Health and Environmental Medicine. Prior to joining Upstate, Dr. Simpson was simultaneously Chair of the Department of Laboratory Sciences and Program Director for the Cytotechnology Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Health Professions. He also was the Director for the Office of Global Health in the Division of Academic Affairs. Dr. Simpson served as a U.S. Representative for cytopathology education to the Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of Hubei Provincial People’s Government in Wuhan, China; serves the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek, Namibia as a member of the Curriculum Advisory Board; and serves on the Medical Technology Professional Standards Committee of the Commission of Graduates of Foreign Nursing School International. At Upstate Medical University Dr. Simpson serves on the President’s University Executive Committee; the Health Professions Alumni Association Board of Directors; the Northern Area Health Education Center, Inc. Board of Directors; the Upstate Medical University Foundation Board of Directors; the Recruitment, Retention and Education Committee of the Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization; and the YMCA of Greater Syracuse Board of Directors. He is also very active with the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions where he is Chair of the Alliances and Partnerships Committee, and Co-Chairs the Task Force for Training Rehab Professionals Globally. Dr. Simpson’s entrepreneurial activities include leading projects that established international partnerships and licensing of both medical laboratory sciences and radiologic imaging sciences curriculum at the King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, National Guard Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Simpson received a B.S. in Microbiology from Louisiana Tech University; a B.S. in Cytotechnology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; a M.P.H. from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and a Ph.D. in Health Sciences from the University of Arkansas.
Heidi Busa has been a science educator in the Marcellus School District and the Syracuse City Schools for the past 34 years. She has taught Biology, Chemistry and Earth Science, as well as numerous different senior level elective courses such as Biomedical and Chemical Technologies, Environmental Studies, SUPA Biology and SUNY ESF's Global Environment course. Heidi currently teaches at Marcellus High School and is the 7th -12th grade Science Content Specialist for the district.
Dr. Morris has been in education for over 40 years having taught science at the junior high, senior high and university levels. He was the first science faculty hired to start Shoreham-Wading River high school and retired after 24 years during which time he helped to shape the science program, developed the community education program, was a class advisor and active in the teacher union. After spending 2 years at Southampton College he joined the Office of Educational Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory as an Educational Programs Administrator. He is responsible for undergraduate student internship programs, started the successful Open Space Stewardship Program as well as the Day in the Life of a River programs and organizes teacher workshops. He has taught several teacher workshops in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
He was president of the SUNY Stony Brook alumni association for 7 years, is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of NSTA and STANYS
Currently Dr. Morris is the Manager of Special Projects in the Office of Education Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Laurel Southard wears two hats at Cornell University. She is the Director of the Cornell Institute for Biology Teachers (CIBT). The Institute was founded in 1990 to help teachers of science provide their students with high-quality, hands-on labs and activities. CIBT offers high-quality teacher professional development workshops, hands-on labs and activities and an equipment lending library for teachers associated with the program. To date, over 1600 teachers have participated in workshops organized by CIBT. The Equipment Lending Library, funded by Empire State Development’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation, provides equipment and materials used by over 10,000 students in New York State. CIBT labs and activities are developed by teacher/scientist teams and undergo extensive classroom testing. The labs can be found at http://cibt.cornell.edu/labs-activities/.
She is also the Director of Undergraduate Research for the University. In this position, she works with students, faculty, alums and outside programs to help students become engaged in research during their undergraduate years at Cornell. http://undergraduateresearch.cornell.edu.
Michael Amadori grew up near Buffalo, NY and as an Eagle Scout learned early on the importance of environmental stewardship. His desire to create change led him to join the Americops where he worked on a variety of environmental projects. In May of 2012 he graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with his M.S. in Ecological Engineering. Prior to graduation, he was one of the winners at the Syracuse University IDEA student business plan competition. The funds and mentorship awarded from the prize were used to found Full Circle Feed, an organics recycling company that creates healthy & sustainable dog treats using the leftover buffet food from Turning Stone Casino. Recently Full Circle Feed was awarded an innovation fund award from the Syracuse Center of Excellence to research ways increase efficiency of anaerobic digestion of food waste.
Dr. David Amberg received his B.A. in Biology/Chemistry from Whitman College in 1983 graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. After a brief stint in Biotech at Immunex Corporation in Seattle, Washington he pursued his Ph.D. at Dartmouth Medical School in Biochemistry graduating in 1992. The title of his Ph.D. thesis was “Isolation and characterization of essential genes of Saccharomyces cerevisiae required for the efficient nucleocytoplasmic trafficking of mRNA.” Dr. Amberg then moved to Stanford School of Medicine. His post-doctoral work focused on structure/function studies of novel actin binding proteins. His work on the cytoskeleton continued in his own lab when he moved to SUNY Upstate Medical University in 1996 where he has been promoted through the ranks to professor in 2008. In 2004 he received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 2009 he was named Jacobsen Scholar, in 2011 he received the President’s Award for Excellence and Leadership in Research, and, in 2012 the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. His administrative service at SUNY Upstate has included serving as the Associate Vice President of Research Integrity, the Research Integrity Officer, Research Conflict of Interest Officer. He has served as Vice President for Research at SUNY Upstate Medical University and as the SUNY Research Foundation Operations Manager since July of 2014.
Claire Burtch is a 2014 graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with a B.S. in Food Science. She is currently a graduate student in the Cornell Enology Extension Lab at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield. Claire studies anthocyanins as they relate to red wine color. Specifically, her master’s research focuses on the acetaldehyde mediated reactions of mono- and diglucosidic anthocyanins with flavanols and tannins in model wine systems. Claire’s research aims at better understanding the reactivity of anthocyanin diglucosides, which are prominent in non-vinifera and hybrid wines.
Nathaniel Cady is an associate professor at the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), SUNY Polytechnic Institute. He obtained his PhD from Cornell University where he focused on development of biosensors and fabrication of nano and microscale systems. His research group at SUNY Polytechnic focuses on biosensors, biomimetic engineering, and development of resistive memory devices using CMOS compatible processes.
James Price Chuck
James Chuck is a co-founder of the Empire Cider Company LLC, which established the Empire Cider Center and The Cider Lab at the Cornell Agriculture & Food Technology Park in Geneva, NY.
As an entrepreneur, inventor and investor active in consumer goods, real estate, tourism and transportation, James seeks to create opportunities to achieve positive economic and social impacts through innovation and strategic collaboration. His experience in the United States and Europe in management consulting, investment banking, tourism-related commercial real estate and entrepreneurship enable him to execute impact investments and consult to impact ventures with high ethics and strong growth potential.
James earned his MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, an International Economics and Law Diploma from the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In between undergraduate and graduate schools, James worked in post-war Bosnia-Herzegovina as a diplomat, economist and entrepreneur, and was honored with a World Economic Forum Award for Social Enterprise.
Derek received his BS in bioprocess engineering in 2012 from the SUNY-ESF Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering. He recently received his MS from the same department and will be continuing his education at NC State in the fall. Derek's research interests are in the area of lignocellulosic pretreatment, as well as subsequent extraction, characterization, and utilization of the main components of biomass. Outside of school, Derek is involved in many activities most notably as a nationally competitive curler.
Dr. Robert Corona is the John B Bernard Henry Professor of Pathology and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Upstate Medical University, and Clinical Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at University Hospital. Dr. Corona is leading Upstate MIND (Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery), in the newly created position of Vice President for Innovation and Business Development. He is also Director of the medical campus Biotechnology Accelerator Center.
Joe Dickson is a veteran entrepreneur who has served as the founder and/or senior C-Level executive of seven high-tech start-up firms across multiple industry and technology sectors during his 30-year career. His areas of primary focus and expertise are advanced materials, IT, renewable energy, microelectronics, medical devices, biotech, and green tech/clean-tech business development. Mr. Dickson has helped raise over $50MM in venture and private equity capital, and also has extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions. He is an expert in business and financial modeling, market validation, strategic positioning, and business plan execution.
Mr. Dickson has taught entrepreneurship at both Cazenovia College and Syracuse University, and was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Syracuse Citizen’s Foundation in 1992. Mr. Dickson also developed and managed a successful Business Incubator for Syracuse University, and has run business plan competitions, internship programs, and mentored scores of aspiring entrepreneurs. Mr. Dickson has a BS in Chemistry from Syracuse University and an MBA from the University of Rochester. He is currently President of e2e Materials, Inc. in Ithaca, NY, and CEO of Pelitex, Inc. based in Syracuse, NY.
Dr. Klaus Doelle, Associate Professor in the Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering, the Divisio nof Environmental Science and director of the TRINITY Institute at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF). Dr. Doelle has over 22 years of industrial and 9 years of academic experience. His expertise in managing and performing large basic and applied research projects from the initializing stage to final commercial stage with a budget range from $10,000 to several million included in-house, customers, laboratory, universities and governmental agencies on a national and international level is uniquely applicable in that it encompasses both academic and industrial arenas and he is conversant with technology development and commercial implementation.
Amber Doiron’s research interests lie in molecular imaging, drug delivery and nanotoxicity. Her lab uses nanoparticles in several capacities, studies their properties and works to understand their impact on the human body. She has three central thrusts for this research:
Molecular imaging: Current clinical imaging of atherosclerosis relies on plaque size as a measure of severity, yet the two are poorly correlated. Doiron has developed nanoparticles that can target molecular indicators of plaque severity such as the presence of inflammatory mediators, macrophages and oxidative stress.
Drug delivery: Doiron’s lab creates polymeric nanoparticles to combat the problem of surface-associated bacterial communities (biofilms) that pose significant problems in medicine. Recent evidence suggests that biofilms require a specific metabolite for growth and maintenance of the bio lm structure. Doiron aims to develop a nanoparticle capable of delivering an enzyme that breaks down the metabolite as a treatment strategy for bio lm-related infections.
Nanotoxicity: With the rapid expansion of nanoparticle use in research, manufacturing and consumer products, it’s important to understand the risk of nanoparticle exposure to human health. Doiron’s lab uses in vitro mimics of the vascular endothelium, a critical barrier between blood flow and body tissues, to determine nanoparticle uptake in living systems.
Doiron, who earned a doctorate in biomedical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, completed a post- doctoral fellowship in radiology and chemical engineering at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. She was also the chief scientific officer at NanoPulse Biosciences in Massachusetts for four years.
Steve Giarrusso is the plant supervisor and a research biologist at the Village of Minoa Waste Water Treatment Plant. Steve holds a BS in Biology from Lemoyne College.
Kathleen Hefferon received her PhD from the Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto and continued her post-doctoral studies at Cornell University. Dr. Hefferon has worked on faculty at the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell and has written two books on biopharmaceuticals in plants. She has taught and conducted research at both the University of Toronto and at Cornell University. Kathleen has 4 patents, is the editor of 6 books and has multiple research publications. Kathleen currently lives with her family near Ithaca NY.
James H. Henderson
James (Jay) Henderson, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and the Bioengineering Graduate Program Director at Syracuse University. His training in Mechanical Engineering was performed at Rice University (BS) and at Stanford University (MS, PhD), where he was a dual Hertz Foundation/Burt and Deedee McMurtry Stanford Graduate Fellow. He performed postdoctoral training in the departments of Biology and Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve University as an Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Having joined the faculty of Syracuse University in 2008, Dr. Henderson’s lab focuses on the study and application of mechanobiology, with a special emphasis on orthopedic tissue engineering. Dr. Henderson is a faculty member of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute and of the SUNY Upstate Medical University Cancer Research Institute and holds an adjunct position in the Syracuse University department of Biology. He received the Aspiring Investigator Award at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Tissue Engineering Consortium in 2005, the New Investigator Recognition Award at the Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Societies in 2007, the College of Engineering and Computer Science Faculty Excellence Award in 2010, and the DARPA Young Faculty Award in the class of 2012.
Christopher R. Henke
Christopher R. Henke is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Upstate Institute at Colgate University. He has research and teaching interests in science and technology studies, food and agriculture, and environmental studies. Henke is the author of Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California (MIT Press 2008).
Dr. James Hewett is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Syracuse University. He received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Michigan State University in 1991, and his B.S. in Microbiology from Michigan State in 1986. He teaches Principles of Human Toxicology and a seminar in Neurotoxicology. Dr. Hewett’s research focuses on neuromodulators as substances that influence information processing and transfer within the nervous system. His laboratory explores the function of endogenous neuromodulatory mechanisms within the brain under pathological conditions, with a particular interest in epilepsy. This is a debilitating disorder of the brain whereby groups of neurons are prone to abnormal hyperexcitability, provoking episodes of spontaneous seizures. The prevalence of epilepsy in the general population is ~1% and brain injury can increase the risk of acquiring the malady by 10-30 times. Cures and preventative measures remain elusive, and the incidence of resistance to current antiepileptic drugs is a serious clinical limitation to effective treatment. A better understanding of the function of endogenous neuromodulatory mechanism in epilepsy may identify novel therapeutic targets for new antiepileptic drug development.
Javier A. Izquierdo
Dr. Javier A. Izquierdo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Hofstra University. Research in Dr. Izquierdo's lab explores the metabolic diversity of microbial processes and the applications we can derive from them. He utilizes cross-disciplinary approaches incorporating microbiological, ecological, evolutionary, molecular and genomic techniques to 1) understand beneficial plant-microbe interactions promoting plant growth and health to explore their uses in agriculture and 2) discover novel microbial metabolic capabilities that can be turned into biotechnological applications for the production of biofuels. Dr. Izquierdo holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Dr. Kurunthachalam Kannan is the Chief of the Laboratory of Organic Analytical Chemistry at Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health in Albany, New York. He holds a joint appointment as a Professor at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany. He has published more than 500 research articles in peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters and edited a book. Dr. Kannan is one of the top 10 most highly cited researchers (ISI) in Ecology/Environment. His research is focused on the environmental distribution, bioaccumulation and human exposure to trace organic pollutants. Dr. Kannan is a receipt of several international awards and honors throughout his career and to name a few, he has won Governor’s gold medal in 1986 and SETAC’s Weston F Roy Environmental Chemistry award in 1999. He has been the editor-in-chief of Ecotoxiocology and Environmental Safety. He has mentored more than 10 Master’s and doctoral level students and advised more than 20 postdoctoral research associates in his laboratory and secured more than 15 million dollars in research grants in the past 10 years.
Ivan. V. Korendovych received B.S. (1999) and M.S. (2000) degrees with distinction from prestigious National Taras Shevchenko University of Kiev, Ukraine working in the field of organometallic chemistry. Prof. Korendovych continued his education in the United States. His graduate research in the lab of Prof. Elena V. Rybak-Akimova at Tufts University dealt with investigating the mechanisms of small molecule activation and substrate recognition at the metal centers in metalloenzyme models. After receiving his PhD in November 2006, Prof. Korendovych joined the group of Prof. William F. DeGrado at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow working on de novo design of peptide and proteins. In 2011 Prof. Korendovych joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at Syracuse University where he has established a rigorous research program focusing on development of bioinspired materials and protein design. Prof. Korendovych is an author of nearly 50 research publications; he has won numerous awards including the American Chemical Society Young Investigator Award, Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Award and a Humboldt Research Fellowship. He also holds an appointment in the Department of Radiology at the Upstate Medical University.
Jose Lozano, Ph.D. in Biology and Ecological Physiology from Cornell University, a former Scientist at the Boyce Thompson Institute, and currently is Lab Director at Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility. Lozano has over 20 years of experience, and more than 10 industry publications, including an impact study on Effluent and Lake Phosphorus Results, supporting the significant and positive effect on both the performance of the wastewater plant and on the water quality of southern Cayuga Lake. He has recently received an additional award from the Water Resources Institute to expand his research on Endocrine Disruptors / Persistent Organics in Ithaca’s watershed and wastewater treatment system. Lozano is in the process of commercializing his Electroactive Attached Growth for wastewater treatment in NEXUS-NY.
Dr. Juntao Luo graduated from Nankai University, China with Bsc. and Ph.D. degree in Chemistry. He was trained in the fields of synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry/physics and combinatorial chemistry. I have also gained research experience in bio-/nano-materials, computational chemistry, drug discovery, drug delivery, pharmacology and cancer treatment through his postgraduate research career. He has developed a novel, well-defined telodendrimer nanoplatform for efficient anticancer drug delivery. His research has been funded by NIH/NCI, NIH/NIBIB and some public and private cancer research foundations, e.g. ACS, MMRF, Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Foundations. Luo lab has established expertise in computer-aid nanocarrier design, combinatorial nanocarrier synthesis, and preclinical evaluation of nanotherapeutics at the molecular, cellular and animal levels. To date, he has filed 11 patent applications and published about 70 peer-reviewed publications in prestigious journals, including Nature Communications, Angewante Chemie, Biomaterials, ACS Nano, Cancer Research and Journal of Controlled Release, etc. His current research interests focus on the structure-based nanocarrier design and high throughput development of multifunctional nanocarriers for efficient delivery of various drug molecules and protein/peptide therapeutics. He is also interested in the rational design of nanomaterials to interact with biomolecules for various biomedical applications.
Dr. Devinder Mahajan is Professor and Graduate Program Director of Chemical & Molecular Engineering. Concurrently, he serves as Jefferson Science Fellow with the U.S. Department of State and Associate Editor, Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE). His research includes monitoring energy policies and development of low-carbon technologies to address sustainability and climate change issues. He has published over 260 papers, delivered over 100 lectures, edited 8 special journal volumes, and holds 15 patents. Dr. Mahajan’s awards include: NEDO Fellow, Japan (1997); Outstanding Mentor Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (2007, 2009); University Visiting Professor, Universitá di Roma “La Sapienza”; Roma, Italy (2008); Visiting Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan (2009); Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand (2010); Member, International Committee on Science (ICSU)- U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2013-14); U.S. Government Representative, Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT), International Energy Agency; Marie Curie Researcher (2013-16) under the nine-country consortium led by UPM, Madrid and European Commission In 2015, he was selected as a High-End Foreign Expert- Energy & Environment, China. For more information, visit the webpage at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/cme/devindermahajan.html or www.aertc.org
Sharon Moran is an Associate Professor in ESF's Department of Environmental Studies. She works in the field of environmental social science, and her research explores people's engagement with environment, and connections to policy. With a PhD in geography and a master's in public policy, her work has been supported by funders including the US EPA, Fulbright, and Sea Grant-NOAA. One recent study explored the perceptions of people who fail to heed evacuation warnings related to severe storms. Other research is investigating people's risk perceptions regarding toxic hazards, consumer products, and cancer diagnoses. At ESF she leads an interdisciplinary PhD program (ENRP, Environmental and Natural Resources Policy) which is housed in the Graduate Program in Environmental Sciences. And in cooperation with faculty from Syracuse's University's Whitman School of Management, she helps coordinate the Certificate of Advanced Study in Sustainable Enterprise.
Dr. Azam Noori received her Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Tarbiat Modares University (Tehran, Iran) and her Master in Plant Ecology from Shahid Bahonar University (Kerman, Iran). She joined SUNY-ESF as a Postdoctoral Associate in 2013. Her research focuses on plants physiological and molecular responses to biotic and abiotic stresses, phytoremediation and natural medicines. She accomplished two projects at SUNY-ESF. The first is developing an understanding of the impact of endophytic bacteria on plants’ immune responses. The second focuses on how mycorrhizal colonization impacts nanoparticle uptake and toxicity in crops at both the physiological and genetic levels. She has taught multiple courses both in Iran and USA and just concluded teaching Plant Physiology at SUNY-ESF.
Dr. Parimi is a Director of ADWISR Center at SUNY Oswego. Prior to joining SUNY, he worked as a Director, Lambda4D; Senior Director at Newlans; Manager Advanced Technology at SI2 Technologies; and Senior Antenna Engineer at Cobham Defense Electronic Systems. He served Northeastern University as a Research Associate Professor and Senior Research Scientist (2000-2005). He has developed multiple biomedical wireless sensors, next gen GPS, Satcom, EW, and ISR communication and radar systems. His current research interests include biomedical, healthcare delivery and patient monitoring systems, biometric authentication, wearable wireless sensors and devices, mHealth and medical wireless ecosystems, commercial and military wireless systems. Dr. Parimi published more than 50 research papers in peer reviewed journals, obtained 2 patents, and has given numerous invited talks at various industry, universities, DoD agencies, and conferences. He won as a Principal Investigator more than 20 DARPA, NSF, SBIR, STTR and BAA R&D Awards of $11M+.
Dr. Patrick Parsons is currently Chief, Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry at the NY State Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center and Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences. He holds a joint academic appointment at the University at Albany, where he is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Parsons received his Ph.D. degree in 1983 in Chemistry from the University of London, and from 1984 to 1986 he was a Visiting Fellow at NIH.
For more than 35 years, Dr. Parsons’ research has focused on developing novel analytical techniques based on atomic spectrometry for use in human biomonitoring, measuring toxic metals in blood, urine, bone and other tissues and body fluids, as well as in food and environmental matrices. He is is currently supported by NIH and CDC funding. Current projects includes coupling separation techniques with inorganic mass spectrometry for characterizing metal species in biological tissues and fluids; and measuring human exposure to the long-lived actinides by Sector Field-ICP-MS. Dr. Parsons recently received NIH grant funding to work on monochromatic XRF instrumentation to characterize personal exposure to toxic metals. He has authored or coauthored more than 150 peer reviewed papers and 12 book chapters. Dr. Parsons is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC), and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, London.
Mark Polhemus, MD is a physician-researcher who has been at Upstate Medical University for approximately five years. He graduated from Brown University School of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After 23 years in the Army he retired and joined Upstate. He is board certified in Infectious Diseases and holds appointments in Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and continues to be clinically active in inpatient and outpatient medicine. He is Director, Upstate Center for Global Health and Translational Science and remains a funded clinical researcher. His research interests include development of vaccines, drugs and diagnostics for malaria, dengue, rabies and other diseases with global impact.
Dr. Dacheng Ren received his BS in Applied Chemistry with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, in 1996, MS in Chemical Engineering from Tianjin University, China, in 1999, and PhD in Chemical Engineering from University of Connecticut in 2003. After finishing postdoctoral training at Cornell University, he joined Syracuse University in 2006. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering.
Dr. Ren received an Early Career Translational Research Award in Biomedical. Engineering from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation in 2009, a NSF CAREER award in 2011, and a Faculty Excellence award from Syracuse University in 2014. He was named the College Technology Educator of the Year by the Technology Alliance of Central New York in 2010. Dr. Ren currently has 48 journal publications with over 2300 citations and an H index of25, 7 issued patents, and research suppo1ts from NSF, NIH, EPA, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and industrial sponsors. Dr. Ren's research interests include the genetic basis of bacterial multidrug resistance, biofilm control through surface engineering and bioelectric effects, development of novel biofilm and persister inhibitors, as well as biofilm engineering for biofuel production.
Gavin Sacks is an Associate Professor of Enology in the Department of Food Science at Cornell University, where he has been a faculty member since 2007. His research program involves development of rapid analytical tools for flavor analysis, particularly those responsible for negative flavor attributes in wines and grapes, and the translation of these tools to industry partners. He is also director of the Viticulture and Enology (VIEN) undergraduate major at Cornell, and has recently completed a wine chemistry textbook (Understanding Wine Chemistry) in collaboration with colleagues at UC Davis and Adelaide.
Dr. Larry Smart has been an Associate Professor and now Professor in the Horticulture Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University since July 2009 and is located at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. Prior to that he was a member of the faculty at SUNY-ESF for 13 years. Larry is a plant geneticist and physiologist and leads efforts in the genetic improvement of shrub willow as a bioenergy crop. He is a leader of a DOE project that has sequenced the Salix purpurea genome and is using genomic approaches to advance willow breeding and our understanding of hybrid vigor. He received his B.S. in Biology at Cornell University and Ph.D. in Genetics at Michigan State University.
Rebecca Trojanowski received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is now currently working towards her Eng.Sc.D at Columbia University in Earth and Environmental Engineering. She is an Associate Staff Engineer in the Energy Conversion Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. Her interests focus primarily on technical solutions to advance building energy systems, fossil fuel reduction, and emissions. Some of her research and development areas include advanced HVAC concepts, biofuels, solid fuels, air pollution, combustion and system concepts.
Peter Vanable was named Interim Dean of the Graduate School on September 30, 2015 and assumed the role of Interim Vice President of Research on January 1, 2016. Vanable is a professor of psychology and adjunct professor of medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Vanable served as chair of psychology for six years, an appointment that began in August of 2009.
Vanable has published more than 100 peer reviewed papers and book chapters on topics related to HIV risk reduction, coping with chronic illness, and substance abuse. He has been principal investigator or co-investigator on more than $8 million in research grants from the NIH, including funding for Project iMPPACS, a four city health promotion intervention for at-risk adolescents. Vanable is a regular reviewer for the NIH and is currently an Associate Editor at the journal AIDS and Behavior.
Vanable is the past recipient of an excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award (2013) and was elected to Fellow status by the Society of Behavioral Medicine in 2012.
Vanable served on Syracuse University’s Institutional Review Board for seven years and was appointed to serve as chair in 2014. Vanable is a past member of Syracuse University’s Senate Budget Committee and was recently appointed to serve on the Chancellor's Steering Committee for oversight of the University's Fast Forward Syracuse initiative, designed to improve operational efficiencies and leverage funds to enhance investment in high impact research.
Vanable earned an undergraduate degree from Kenyon College in 1990 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse University, Vanable completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago.
Sara Velardi is a Ph.D. student at State University of New York School of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) in Syracuse, New York studying environmental and natural resources policy. Her research focuses on perceptions of genetically modified foods and policy surrounding the regulation and labeling of GMOs. Her pervious master’s research focused on science educators’ professional development in environmental education.
Tiffany Victor received her B.S in Chemistry from Grambling State University and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stony Brook University. Her research focuses on nutrient uptake in plants, specifically poplar. This research aims to understand the symbiotic changes in nutrient distribution in the poplar rhizosphere using infrared microspectroscopy.
Douglas Walsh, M.D., M.S., Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development (ACOS/R) at Syracuse VA Medical Center, is responsible for development and oversight of the research program supporting Veterans and their families. Walsh came to the Syracuse VAMC in 2013 as chief of dermatology. He is a 23-year veteran of the US Army, where he held the positions of director of the Army’s malaria clinical research units in Bangkok, Thailand for 12 years, and in Kisumu, Kenya for 3 years. He brings an abundance of bench, pre-clinical and clinical research experience to the VA. As ACOS/R, Walsh will continue to oversee dermatology and treat dermatology patients.
Rick Welsh joined the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition as a Professor of Food Studies in August, 2012. Prior to taking this position he worked at Clarkson University as a Professor of Sociology. Previous positions have included Policy Analyst with the Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture and the Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program for the Southern Region. He also serves as editor-in-chief for the journal Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems published by Cambridge University Press. His research and teaching focus on social change and development with emphases on agri-food systems, science and technology studies and environmental sociology.
Dr. Yun Wu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at State University of New York at Buffalo. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Ohio State University in 2009. After completion of her degree, she received her postdoc training in the NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at the Ohio State University. Dr. Wu’s research interest focuses on the development of multifunctional nanoparticles based nanomedicine and biosensor for cancer imaging, therapy and diagnosis. She has published 3 book chapters and >30 peer-reviewed papers. She received Biomedical Engineering Innovation and Career Development Award from Biomedical Engineering Society in 2013 and UUP Discretionary Lump-Sum Award in 2015.
Yang Xing is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Bioprocess Engineering at SUNY-ESF. She previously studied at Beijing Forestry University, China. Her study focuses on the production of bioethanol from lignocellulosic materials. To improve the glucose yield during the enzymatic hydrolysis, different pretreatment methods have been tried in her study, such as steam explosion, alkaline peroxide, green liquid and bisulfite pretreatment. She has worked on this field for almost 5 years. Outside of studying she loves sports and is a member of SU badminton club.