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View the alphabetical listing of Biology faculty below or sort, according to subprogram, institution, or research focus, using the drop downs to the right.
Neuronal injury and repair, electromagnetic stimulation, rehabilitative techniques and devices
Alonso, Alejandra D.
Mechanisms of neurodegeneration in diseases like Alzheimer
Alter, S. Elizabeth
Marine metagenomics, molecular evolution and population genetics of marine organisms including fishes and marine mammals; environmental DNA techniques for monitoring marine biodiversity; reconstructing evolutionary and demographic histories using genetic data; molecular adaptation to anthropogenic disturbances in marine environments.
Neural circuits and their models, neural coding, statistics of neurophysiological signals
Plant Evolutionary Developmental Genomics
GLOBAL, CLIMATE CHANGE; ECOLOGICAL MODELING, HABITAT LOSS, SPECIES DISTRIBUTION MIDELS; POPULATION DYNAMICS, SPATIAL ECOLOGY, BIOLOGICAL INVASIONS
Anderson, Robert P.
Developing GIS-based methods of modeling species geographic ranges using occurrence records and environmental data.
Angulo, Jesus A.
Multipotency and developmental gene regulatory networks
The role of mitochondrial phospholipids in t-cells apoptosis and development
Baker, Mitchell B.
Behavior, ecology and evolution
Economic botany and medicinal plants
Study of neural mechanisms underlying monogamous mating systems
Neurobiology and neurochemistry
Molecular biology of tumor suppressor P53
Barrowclough, George F.
Ornithology, systematics, population genetic
Basil, Jennifer A.
sensory ecology of marine vertebrates
Beaton, Laura L.
Plant Evolutionary Ecology
Berkov, Amy C.
Tropical plant - insect interactions and urban botany
Role of physical forces in microbiology
Neural engineering, electric field-neuronal interactions, epilepsy, medical devices
Bird, Jeffrey A.
Ecosystem ecology, soil C and N cycling, soil microbial ecology, plant-microbial interactions, and mechanisms of soil C and N stabilization
Molecular Systematics, Phylogeography, Landscape Genetics, Biogeography, Herpetology
Neuropharmacology of analgesia and ingestion
Boom, Brian M.
Systematics and economic botany of neotropical plants
Bratu, Diana P.
Fluorescence microscopy, nanoprobes, dynamic processes of nucleic acids, post-transcriptional control of gene expression with implications in disease
Function and evolution of auditory and hydrodynamic senses in fishes
Brazill, Derrick T.
Extracellular factors regulating cell behavior
Broderick, Patricia A.
In vivo microvoltammetry; neurotransmitters and behavior; human epilepsy; cocaine addiction; schizophrenia; depression and anxiety
Electrophysiology, imaging and anathomy of cortical circuits in the rodent somatosensoty cortex, in vivo and in vitro.
Buck, William R.
Systematics and floristics of mosses
Burbrink, Frank T.
Molecular and morphological phylogenetics
Caplan, Avrom J.
CUNY Associate University Dean for Research
Carnaval, Ana Carolina O. Q.
Evolutionary biogeography, biodiversity studies, herpetology, amphibian chytridiomycosis
Carpenter, James M.
Phylogenetic relationships, taxonomy and behavior of hymenoptera
Chamberlain, John A.
Cephalopod paleobiology and evolution; fossil chondrichthyans; functional morphology
Oxidative stress in autism, amyloid beta-protein fibrillization in Alzheimer
Bacterial molecular mechanism for sensing host and environmental stimuli
Cheplick, Gregory P.
Population and ecology of grasses and fungal symbionts
Ornithology; systematics; biodiversity
Daly, Douglas C.
Systematics, economic botany, and biodiversity in the Amazon
Membrane biochemistry; protein folding
Dennehy, John J.
Bacteriophage evolutionary ecology
Systematic analysis; evolution of drosophilids
Duncan, Robert O.
Physiological mechanisms of visually guided behavior in healthy individuals
Eckhardt, Laurel Ann
Molecular genetics of lymphocyte differentiation
Edelman, Jay Alan
Guidance of eye movements by vision, memory and cognition
Eisenman, Helene C.
Cell biology of melanotic fungi
Synaptic plasticity and mechanisms of epileptogenecity
Emerson, Mark M.
Cone photoreceptor development; Cis-regulatory elements in neuronal development and transcriptional specificity.
Fata, Jimmie E.
Molecular mechanisms underlying mammary gland biology and breast cancer
Feinstein, Paul G.
Molecular cellular development
Neurodegeneration: focus on the field of protein degradation
Vertebrate paleontology, mammalian evolution, systematics
Membrane adhesion and fusion during mating of unicellular algae
Forlano, Paul M.
Behavioral neuroendocrinology, cellular and molecular neuroethology of vocal-acoustic communication in fishes, comparative vertebrate neuroanatomy
Oncogenes and signal transduction
Evaluating the relationship between walking gait profiles in young children and earlier behavioral and neurophysiological assessments.
Dissecting the neural circuits that mediate social behaviors in healthy and diseased states.
Signal transduction, G.protein coupled receptors, neuronal plasticity
Gavin, Ray H.
Cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, basal body component
Ghilardi, M. Felice
Evolution and neural mechanisms of behavior - especially learning, stimulus processing, and organization of behavior in time
Gilbert, Christopher C.
Sodium channel structure/function/modulation, synaptic transmission, epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmia, somatosensation, spatial memory
The molecular mechanism of neurofibrillary degeneration in Alzheimer's
Goodman, Jeffrey H.
Development of deep brain electrical stimulation as a therapy for epilepsy
Visual psychophysics and retinal physiology
Gosnell, J. Stephen
causes and consequences of ecological diversity; nature resrouce management
Goss, Dixie J.
Translational control of protein synthesis in plants
Assembly mechanisms of double stranded RNA containing viruses
Signal transduction in drosophila pattern formation and immunity
Goyert, Sanna M.
Understanding the host’s innate immune response to bacterial infection and the genes/proteins that regulate specific responses
Grasso, Frank W.
Conducting research into the neural, ecological & behavioral foundations.
STRUCTUAL BIOLOGY OF NONCODING RNA; DEVELOPMENT OF RNA-BASED BIOIMAGING PROBES
Grimaldi, David A.
Entomology, systematics of diptera, insect fossils
Gruber, David F.
Microbial ecology, marine biogeochemistry, coral reef ecology
Gunner, Marilyn R.
Plant biophysics: electron transfer reactions in photosynthesis
Halling, Roy E.
Systematics, biogeography and conservation of macro-fungi
Hauber, Mark E.
Behavioral ecology of birds, brood parasitism, color vision and bioacoustics, conservation, evolution of mating systems
Henderson, Andrew J.
Systematics, floristics, and ecology of new world palms
Hickerson, Michael J.
comparative phylogeography, population genetics, computational biology
Chemical Marine Biology: An evolutionary roadmap to the discovery and characterization of novel neuropeptides from marine organisms.
Developmental genetics and organ morphogenesis in Zebrafish
Speed of interneuronal communication
Cellular senscence and immortalization
Ikui, Amy E.
Molecular mechanism of cell division using budding yeast as a model system
Neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, disease mechanisms, biomarkers and preclinical therapeutic studies; neurofibrillary *(tau) pathology and neuroregeneration with neurotrophic peptide mimetics.
Bacterial cell biology: molecular genetics of bacterial cell division.
The study of telomere length in people with Down syndrome with and without mild cognitive impairment and/or dementia (Alzheimer's Disease)
Juarez, Michelle T.
Using Drosophila as a model organism to determine the molecular and cellular mechanisms that localize an epidermal response to injury and infection.
Junaid, Mohammed A.
Changes in gene expression in neurodegeneration
Karol, Kenneth G.
Green algal systematics and evolution, comparative organellon genomics
Dietary regulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes
Kelly, Lawrence M.
Angiosperm systematics and flouristics
Phytochemistry: medicinal plants
Kincaid, Dwight T.
Coordinated response to DNA damage by transcription, RNA processing and DNA repair factors, and their contribution to the risk of getting breast cancer
Human neural basis of motor control, spinal neuronal circuits, electromagnetic stimulation of the central nervous system, neuronal plasticity, recovery of neurological disorders
Koder, Ronald L.
Synthetic biology, computational protein/enzyme design
Kottmann, Andreas H.
Understanding the regulation of structural plasticity in the adult brain during motor learning and memory; neurogenesis; molecular etiology of progressive neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s Disease and ALS.
Bioinformatics, Genomics, Cloud Computing, Next-Gen sequencing
Lahti, David C.
Evolutionary and behavioral ecology, especially the evolution of complex and learned traits in birds and humans
L'Amoreaux, William J.
Neuroendocrine control of glucose homeostasis
Lee, John J.
Marine microbiology ecology, symbiosis, dinoflagellates
Biodiversity and conservation of lichens and other fungi
Levinger, Louis F.
Drosophila and human mitochondrial RNA end-processing
Neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of the central visual pathways, organization and development of mammalian cerebral cortex
Understanding how different chemicals in the nervous system affect behavior. Using genetic model systems to understand neurodegenerative diseases
Neural syntax of learning and emotional processing, threat and safety, cortical-subcortical communication, inhibitory systems, amygdala.
Multiphoton microscopy of live tissue, biomedical instrumentation
Lipke, Peter N.
Role of functional amyloids in cell adhesion; cell surface architecture in yeast
Molecular mechanisms; plant genomics
Little, Damon P.
Plant systematics and character evolution, bioinformatics
Telomere function in human cells.
Lohman, David J.
Ecology, evolution, and conservation of insects and other volant animals in Southeast Asia
Structure, functional relationships, development of the nervous system
Maisey, John G.
Fossil fishes especially sharks and cretaceous fishes
Manne, Lisa L.
Impact of climate and competition on species' abundances. Biogeography. Spatial patterns of biodiversity. Climate change research
Neuronal cell death that occurs when the brain is flooded with too much of the neurotransmitter glutamate
Marra, John F.
Phytoplankton ecology, ocean productivity, food resources from the ocean
Martin, John H.
Understanding development of the motor systems and motor behavior; repair of the damaged motor systems
Understanding spontaneous patterns of activity in the brain under normal conditions and in neurological and psychological disorders
McDonald, Kyle C.
Role of RNA-binding proteins in early Drosophila development and regulation of circadian rhythms
Molecular and genetics study of autophagy in C. Elegans.
Melendez-Vasquez, Carmen Violeta
Glial cell biology, myelination, cytoskeleton
Morphology evolution and systematics of mammals
Plant systematics (particularly melastomataceae) and insect-plant co-evolution
Systematics, ecology, and geography of the new world tropics
Define Epigenetic Mechanisms Directing the Progression of Castrate-resistant Prostate Cancer to Identify Molecular Targets for New Developing Therapeutic Modalities
Ecology, behavior, and genetics of vertebrates in disturbed landscapes; conservation biology, especially of tropical mammals
Muth, Theodore R.
Host pathogen interaction bacterium
Naczi, Robert F.C.
Floristics of eastern North America, systematics and ecology of Cyperaceae, systematics and ecology of Sarraceniaceae
Naro-Maciel , Eugenia
Conservation genetics and molecular evolution with a focus on turtles and marine organisms, conservation biology, protected areas, and turtle ecology.
Mechanisms of metastasis; tumor cell biology and epigenetics; organ cancers
Ortiz, Benjamin D.
Chromatin, gene regulation and immune system development
Function and dysfunction of auditory circuits
Probabilistic modeling of neuronal signals with particular focus on real-time neuro imaging
mitochondrial biogenesis and functional interactions in normal and diseased cells. More specifically, my laboratory applies biochemistry, electrophysiology, and live cell imaging approaches to study exchange of mitochondria signals and mitochondrial dynamics in yeast and mammalian cells
Perkins, Susan L.
Systematics, biogeography, and evolutionary studies of parasites and symbionts including malaria parasites, edosymbiotic bacteria of bloodfeeding leeches and St. Louis encephalitis viruses.
Tropical plant ecology and the management of tropical forests
Immunology T-cell development
Philips, Greg R.
Synaptic development, intracellular trafficking, cell adhesion.
Plunkett, Gregory M.
Vascular plant systematics using molecular and structural data, with an emphasis on the dicot order Apiales (e.g. Araliaceae and Apiaceae); biogeography of plants from the Pacific and Indian ocean basin
Polle, Juergen E.W.
Physiology and biotechnology of microalgae
Empirical study of phylogeny, macroevolution, speciation, biogeography, and comparative evolutionary biology, using scorpions and minor arachnid orders as model organisms.
Function and regulation of new neurons born in the post-embryonic brain, particularly in adulthood
Microbes, genomics, population genetics, evolution, and bioinformatics
Quadri, Luis E. N.
Genetics and biochemistry of cell-wall component and secondary metabolite biosynthesis in clinically-relevant mycobacteria
Drug abuse, hormonal effects on behaviors and intracellular mechanisms, gender differences in drug abuse and pain responses.
Fisheries science, resource partitioning, aquatic toxicology
Host pathogen interactions: parasites and bacteria
Cyanobacterial plasmid toxins and phycobilisomes toxins
Redenti, Stephen M.
Stem cell physiology, development and tissue engineering
Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention and Perception
Rockwell, Patricia Boyle
Signal transduction pathways
Rockwell, Robert F.
Population ecology, population genetics, conservation biology
Role of neural activity and early sensory experience in the development of auditory circuits involved in sound localization in rodents
Rotenberg, Susan A.
Biochemistry and cell biology of the motility signaling pathway in human cancer cells
Rothman, Jessica M.
Nutritional Ecology; Primate Ecology and Behavior
Rumschitzki, David S.
Genetic and epigenetic processes regulating hematopoietic stem and progenitor programs and function
Sankaran, Renuka P.
Whole plant mineral nutrition and homeostasis, interaction of metal contaminants such as CD with mineral nutrients in terms of ion transport, and transfer of these minerals through the food chain.
Study the molecular biology of anti-cancer genes that with the goal of improving outcomes of therapeutic strategies for cancer and discovering new therapeutic strategies that can complement with existing ones
Development and molecular genetics of caenorhabditis elegans
Saxena, Anjana D.
Nucleolar stress factors, cell cycle regulators, tumor suppressor pathways, ribosome biogenesis, RNA metabolism
Schaefer, Scott Allen
Systematics, evolutionary morphology of freshwater fish
Biochemistry and molecular biology of neurotransmitter receptors
Molecular, Cellular and genetics study of chromosome and centrosome inheritance during meiosis and the early embryonic divisions in C. elegans.
Mechanism of transcriptional activation Regulation of pH and copper homeostasis Control of phospholipid biosynthesis
Siddall, Mark E.
Parisitology: phylogeny of leeches
Simmons, Nancy Bingham
Singh, Shaneen M.
Bioinformatics, computational biology
Developmental neuroplasticity; neurobiology of learning and memory
CUNY Vice-Chancellor for Research
SYSTEMATICS AND BIOGEOGRAPHY OF FRESH WATER AND MARINE FISHES; EVOLUTION OF BIOLUMINESCENCE AND BIOFLUORESCENCE IN MARINE SYSTEMS
Lupus, regulation of anti-DNA antibodies
Hormonal control of development
Stark, Ruth E.
Structure and development of protective plant polymers; molecular biophysics of lipid metabolism; molecular structure and assembly of fungal melanins; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy
Mechanisms of malignant transformation in human cells
Biodiversity and conservation
Systematics of cycads
Biogeochemistry, radioecology, trace metal and elemental cycling, plankton physiology, food web ecology, carbon flux and sequestration
Stiassny, Melanie L.J.
Ichthyology, systematics and evolution
Identify and characterize host factors that interact with retroviral integrase and modulate the results of viral integration
Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Sociality, Sexual Conflict
The use of songbirds to study mechanisms of vocal learning
Thomas, William W.
Systematics and Evolution of the plant families, Cyperaceae, Simaroubaceae and Picramniaceae. Biodiversity and Conservation of the Atlantic forests of Northeastern Brazil
Torke, Benjamin M.
The systematics, evolution, and biogeography of the leguminosae
Torrente, Mariana P.
investigating the molecular mechanisms underpinning neurodegenerative and psychiatric disease, with an emphasis in epigenetics and protein folding
Bioactivity and conservation of medicinal and food plants for human health and well-being in rural and urban environments.
Veit, Richard R.
Ecology of birds and other vertebrates
Voss, Robert S.
Systematic mammalogy, tropical biology
Vuong, Bao Q.
Molecular mechanisms that regulate immunoglobulin gene diversification and genome stability
Wahlert, John H.
Mammology, evolution of rodentia, dental histology and morphology
Waldman, John R.
Historical ecology and conservation biology of anadromous fishes; environmental history and management of urban waterways
Wallace, William G.
Wang, Hoau -Yan
Molecular mechanism, pathophsiology & neurodegenerative diseases
Weinstein, Daniel C.
Signaling mechanisms underlying germ layer formation and suppression in the early vertebrate embryo
Wheeler, Ward C.
Molecular systematics and evolution
Synaptic plasticity in the brain
Sexual Selection and Speciation in Aquatic Systems
Wurtzel, Eleanore T.
Molecular and structural biology studies on plant biochemical pathways to provide knowledge and tools for developing sustainable solutions to worldwide vitamin A deficiency and malnutrition and meeting the challenges of global food security in the face of climate change
Multi-scale modeling and simulation of genotype-phenotype associations and drug actions, polypharmacology and structure-based drug design
Zakeri, Zahra F.
Regulation of cell death in development aging
Zarnoch, Chester B.
marine ecology, shellfish biology, and aquaculture
Rop small GT-phase signaling mechanisms in environmental stress response in Arabidopsis
Molecular and cell biology/study the mechanisms of nuclear transport