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Ahmed, Zaghloul
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.
Amarasingham, Asohan
Neural circuits and their models, neural coding, statistics of neurophysiological signals
Ambrose, Barbara
Plant Evolutionary Developmental Genomics
Anadon, Jose
Anderson, Robert P.
Developing GIS-based methods of modeling species geographic ranges using occurrence records and environmental data.
Angulo, Jesus A.
Arenas-Mena, Cesar
Multipotency and developmental gene regulatory networks
Arsov, Ivica
The role of mitochondrial phospholipids in t-cells apoptosis and development
Baker, Mitchell B.
Behavior, ecology and evolution
Balick, Michael
Economic botany and medicinal plants
Bamshad, Maryam
Study of neural mechanisms underlying monogamous mating systems
Banerjee, Probal
Neurobiology and neurochemistry
Bargonetti, Jill
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
Biais, Nicolas
Role of physical forces in microbiology
Bikson, Marom
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
Blair, Christopher
Molecular Systematics, Phylogeography, Landscape Genetics, Biogeography, Herpetology
Bodnar, Richard
Neuropharmacology of analgesia and ingestion
Boom, Brian M.
Systematics and economic botany of neotropical plants
Bradbury, Louis
Bratu, Diana P.
Fluorescence microscopy, nanoprobes, dynamic processes of nucleic acids, post-transcriptional control of gene expression with implications in disease
Braun, Christopher
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
Brumberg, Joshua
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
Casaccia, Patrizia
Epigenetic regulation of oligodendroglia in development and disease/ Environmental control of brain health and disease, Gut-brain communication/ Multiple Sclerosis/ Glial Tumors
Chamberlain, John A.
Cephalopod paleobiology and evolution; fossil chondrichthyans; functional morphology
Chauhan, Abha
Oxidative stress in autism, amyloid beta-protein fibrillization in Alzheimer
Cheng, Hai-Ping
Bacterial molecular mechanism for sensing host and environmental stimuli
Cheplick, Gregory P.
Population and ecology of grasses and fungal symbionts
Cracraft, Joel
Ornithology; systematics; biodiversity
Daly, Douglas C.
Systematics, economic botany, and biodiversity in the Amazon
Davenport, Lesley
Membrane biochemistry; protein folding
Dennehy, John J.
Bacteriophage evolutionary ecology
Desalle, Rob
Systematic analysis; evolution of drosophilids
Draghi, Jeremy
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
El-Idrissi, Abdeslem
Synaptic plasticity and mechanisms of epileptogenecity
Emerson, Mark M.
Cone photoreceptor development; Cis-regulatory elements in neuronal development and transcriptional specificity.
Emtage, Lesley
Fata, Jimmie E.
Molecular mechanisms underlying mammary gland biology and breast cancer
Feinstein, Paul G.
Molecular cellular development
Figueiredo-Pereira, Maria
Neurodegeneration: focus on the field of protein degradation
Flynn, John
Vertebrate paleontology, mammalian evolution, systematics
Forest, Charlene
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
Foster, David
Oncogenes and signal transduction
Freedland, Robert
Evaluating the relationship between walking gait profiles in young children and earlier behavioral and neurophysiological assessments.
Friedman, Allyson
Dissecting the neural circuits that mediate social behaviors in healthy and diseased states.
Friedman, Eitan
Signal transduction, G.protein coupled receptors, neuronal plasticity
Gaffney, Jean
Gardner, Kevin
Gavin, Ray H.
Cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, basal body component
Ghilardi, M. Felice
Ghirlanda, Stefano
Evolution and neural mechanisms of behavior - especially learning, stimulus processing, and organization of behavior in time
Gilbert, Christopher C.
Goldfarb, Mitchell
Sodium channel structure/function/modulation, synaptic transmission, epilepsy, cardiac arrhythmia, somatosensation, spatial memory
Gong, Cheng-Xin
The molecular mechanism of neurofibrillary degeneration in Alzheimer's
Goodman, Jeffrey H.
Development of deep brain electrical stimulation as a therapy for epilepsy
Gosnell, J. Stephen
causes and consequences of ecological diversity; nature resrouce management
Goss, Dixie J.
Translational control of protein synthesis in plants
Gottlieb, Paul
Assembly mechanisms of double stranded RNA containing viruses
Govind, Shubha
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.
Greenbaum, Nancy
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
Henderson, Ann S.
Repetitive DNA in human chromosomes
Hickerson, Michael J.
comparative phylogeography, population genetics, computational biology
Holford, Mandë
Chemical Marine Biology: An evolutionary roadmap to the discovery and characterization of novel neuropeptides from marine organisms.
Holtzman-Glickman, Nathalia
Developmental genetics and organ morphogenesis in Zebrafish
Hua, Shao-Ying
Speed of interneuronal communication
Hubbard, Karen
Cellular senscence and immortalization
Ikui, Amy E.
Molecular mechanism of cell division using budding yeast as a model system
Iqbal, Khalid
Neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related conditions, disease mechanisms, biomarkers and preclinical therapeutic studies; neurofibrillary *(tau) pathology and neuroregeneration with neurotrophic peptide mimetics.
Janakiraman, Anuradha
Bacterial cell biology: molecular genetics of bacterial cell division.
Jenkins, Edmund
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
Kashfi, Khosrow
Dietary regulation of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes
Kelly, Lawrence M.
Angiosperm systematics and flouristics
Kennelly, Edward
Phytochemistry: medicinal plants
Kincaid, Dwight T.
Physiological ecology
Kleiman, Frida
Coordinated response to DNA damage by transcription, RNA processing and DNA repair factors, and their contribution to the risk of getting breast cancer
Knikou, Maria
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.
Krampis, Konstantinos
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
Lendemer, James
Biodiversity and conservation of lichens and other fungi
Levinger, Louis F.
Drosophila and human mitochondrial RNA end-processing
Levitt, Jonathan
Neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of the central visual pathways, organization and development of mammalian cerebral cortex
Li, Christine
Understanding how different chemicals in the nervous system affect behavior. Using genetic model systems to understand neurodegenerative diseases
Likhtik, Ekaterina
Neural syntax of learning and emotional processing, threat and safety, cortical-subcortical communication, inhibitory systems, amygdala.
Lim, Hyungsik
Multiphoton microscopy of live tissue, biomedical instrumentation
Lipke, Peter N.
Role of functional amyloids in cell adhesion; cell surface architecture in yeast
Litt, Amy
Molecular mechanisms; plant genomics
Little, Damon P.
Plant systematics and character evolution, bioinformatics
Loayza, Diego
Telomere function in human cells.
Lohman, David J.
Ecology, evolution, and conservation of insects and other volant animals in Southeast Asia
Ma, Pokay
Structure, functional relationships, development of the nervous system
Maisey, John G.
Fossil fishes especially sharks and cretaceous fishes
Mallikaratchy, Prabodhika
Nucleic Acid Aptamers, In vitro evolution of artificial nucleic acid ligands, Therapeutic drug delivery, Cancer, Biochemical investigations of ligand receptor interactions.
Manne, Lisa L.
Impact of climate and competition on species' abundances. Biogeography. Spatial patterns of biodiversity. Climate change research
Mano, Itzhak
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
McCloskey, Dan
Understanding spontaneous patterns of activity in the brain under normal conditions and in neurological and psychological disorders
McDonald, Kyle C.
Melendez, Alicia
Molecular and genetics study of autophagy in C. Elegans.
Melendez-Vasquez, Carmen Violeta
Glial cell biology, myelination, cytoskeleton
Meng, Jin
Morphology evolution and systematics of mammals
Michelangeli, Fabian
Plant systematics (particularly melastomataceae) and insect-plant co-evolution
Moran, Robbin
Systematics, ecology, and geography of the new world tropics
Mujtaba, Shiraz
Define Epigenetic Mechanisms Directing the Progression of Castrate-resistant Prostate Cancer to Identify Molecular Targets for New Developing Therapeutic Modalities
Muth, Theodore R.
Host pathogen interaction bacterium
Myat, Monn Monn
Collective cell migration in organ development and angiogenesis
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.
Novacek, Michael
Systematics, paleontology
Ogunwobi, Olorunseun
Mechanisms of metastasis; tumor cell biology and epigenetics; organ cancers
Ortiz, Benjamin D.
Chromatin, gene regulation and immune system development
Oviedo, Hysell
Function and dysfunction of auditory circuits
Parra, Lucas
Probabilistic modeling of neuronal signals with particular focus on real-time neuro imaging
Peixoto, Pablo
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.
Peters, Charles
Tropical plant ecology and the management of tropical forests
Pezzano, Mark
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
Prendini, Lorenzo
Empirical study of phylogeny, macroevolution, speciation, biogeography, and comparative evolutionary biology, using scorpions and minor arachnid orders as model organisms.
Pytte, Carolyn
Function and regulation of new neurons born in the post-embryonic brain, particularly in adulthood
Qiu, Weigang
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
Quinones-Jenab, Vanya
Drug abuse, hormonal effects on behaviors and intracellular mechanisms, gender differences in drug abuse and pain responses.
Rachlin, Joseph
Fisheries science, resource partitioning, aquatic toxicology
Raper, Jayne
Host pathogen interactions: parasites and bacteria
Raps, Shirley
Cyanobacterial plasmid toxins and phycobilisomes toxins
Redenti, Stephen M.
Stem cell physiology, development and tissue engineering
Reid, Joan
Ro, Tony
Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention and Perception
Rockwell, Patricia Boyle
Signal transduction pathways
Rockwell, Robert F.
Population ecology, population genetics, conservation biology
Rodriguez-Contreras, Adrian
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.
Saleque, Shireen
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.
Sauane, Moira
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
Savage-Dunn, Cathy
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
Schmidt-Glenewinkel, Thomas
Biochemistry and molecular biology of neurotransmitter receptors
Schvarzstein, Mara
Molecular, Cellular and genetics study of chromosome and centrosome inheritance during meiosis and the early embryonic divisions in C. elegans.
Schwab, David
Shen, Chang-Hui
Mechanism of transcriptional activation Regulation of pH and copper homeostasis Control of phospholipid biosynthesis
Siddall, Mark E.
Parisitology: phylogeny of leeches
Simmons, Nancy Bingham
Mammalian systematics
Singh, Shaneen M.
Bioinformatics, computational biology
Sircar, Ratna
Developmental neuroplasticity; neurobiology of learning and memory
Sparks, John
Spatz, Linda
Lupus, regulation of anti-DNA antibodies
Spokony, Rebecca
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
Steinberg, Mark
Mechanisms of malignant transformation in human cells
Sterling, Eleanor
Biodiversity and conservation
Stevenson, Dennis
Systematics of cycads
Stewart, Gillian
Biogeochemistry, radioecology, trace metal and elemental cycling, plankton physiology, food web ecology, carbon flux and sequestration
Stiassny, Melanie L.J.
Ichthyology, systematics and evolution
Studamire, Barbara
Identify and characterize host factors that interact with retroviral integrase and modulate the results of viral integration
Swedell, Larissa
Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, Sociality, Sexual Conflict
Tchernichovski, Ofer
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
Vandebroek, Ina
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.
Estuarian ecology
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
Wieraszko, Andrzej
Synaptic plasticity in the brain
Wilson, Tony
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
Xie, Lei
Multi-scale modeling and simulation of genotype-phenotype associations and drug actions, polypharmacology and structure-based drug design
Yetnikoff, Leora
Development and plasticity of dopamine circuitry, with an emphasis on adolescence. Why is adolescence such a uniquely vulnerable period in the lifespan? How do drugs of abuse administered during adolescence alter the development of dopamine circuitry?
Zakeri, Zahra F.
Regulation of cell death in development aging
Zarnoch, Chester B.
marine ecology, shellfish biology, and aquaculture
Zheng, Zhi-Liang
Rop small GT-phase signaling mechanisms in environmental stress response in Arabidopsis
Zhong, Hualin
Molecular and cell biology/study the mechanisms of nuclear transport