Faculty Directory

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Alphabetical listing by last name

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Victor A. Albert

637 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4983

vaalbert@buffalo.edu

Empire Innovation Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Plant evolutionary biology; development and genomics

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637 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4983

vaalbert@buffalo.edu

Richard R. Almon

107 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4909

almon@buffalo.edu

Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Molecular physiology, endocrinology and pharmacology

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107 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4909

almon@buffalo.edu

Ronald Berezney

637 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4956

berezney@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Molecular and cell biology of the nucleus

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637 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4956

berezney@buffalo.edu

James O. Berry

107 Dorsheimer Laboratory and Greenhouse

Phone: (716) 645-4997

camjob@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Molecular and developmental biology; plant gene expression

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107 Dorsheimer Laboratory and Greenhouse

Phone: (716) 645-4997

camjob@buffalo.edu

Mary A. Bisson

623 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4978

bisson@buffalo.edu

Professor
Director of MA Program
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Plant biology: responses to environmental stress

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623 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4978

bisson@buffalo.edu

Kristina Blanke

311 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4951

kblanke@buffalo.edu

Lecturer
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Science writing

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311 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4951

kblanke@buffalo.edu

Paul J. Cullen

341 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4923

Fax: (716) 645-2975

pjcullen@buffalo.edu

Professor, Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Signal transduction and cell polarity

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341 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4923

Fax: (716) 645-2975

pjcullen@buffalo.edu

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Katharina Dittmar

109 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4912

kd52@buffalo.edu

Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Evolutionary biology: parasite-host interactions

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109 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4912

kd52@buffalo.edu

Denise Ferkey

353 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4929

dmferkey@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: C. elegans sensory biology: G protein-coupled signal transduction and regulation

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353 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4929

dmferkey@buffalo.edu

Stephen J. Free

370 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4935

free@buffalo.edu

Department Chair
Professor; SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Molecular genetics; cellular organization

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370 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4935

free@buffalo.edu

Omer Gokcumen

641 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4937

omergokc@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Human and primate evolution, ancient humans (including Neanderthals and Denisovans), anthropological genomics

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641 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4937

omergokc@buffalo.edu

Paul Gollnick

609 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4972

gollnick@buffalo.edu

Professor
Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Molecular genetics: RNA-protein interactions and prokaryotic gene expression

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609 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4972

gollnick@buffalo.edu

Shermali Gunawardena

329 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4915

sg99@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Axonal transport and neurodegenerative disease

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329 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4915

sg99@buffalo.edu

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Todd M. Hennessey

610 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4973

thennes@buffalo.edu

Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Membrane biochemistry and cell physiology

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610 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4973

thennes@buffalo.edu

Clyde Herreid

243 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3344

herreid@buffalo.edu

Professor, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Science education: using case studies to teach science

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243 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-3344

herreid@buffalo.edu

Hoekstra, David A.

231 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4908

dhoek@buffalo.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
MA Program Administrator
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

231 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4908

dhoek@buffalo.edu

Lara D. Hutson

317 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4958

larahuts@buffalo.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Undergraduate STEM education, Cell Biology

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317 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4958

larahuts@buffalo.edu

Gerald B. Koudelka

607 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4940

koudelka@buffalo.edu

Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: DNA-protein interaction; DNA structure, bacterial pathogenesis

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607 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4940

koudelka@buffalo.edu

Trevor J. Krabbenhoft

336 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2525

tkrabben@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Genomics; Evolutionary Biology; Aquatic Ecology; Ichthyology; Climate Change

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336 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2525

tkrabben@buffalo.edu

James R. LaFountain

657 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4965

jrl@buffalo.edu

Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Cell biology: mechanism of chromosome segregation

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657 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4965

jrl@buffalo.edu

Charlotte Lindqvist

645 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4986

cl243@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Evolutionary biology; molecular phylogenetics and population genomics

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645 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4986

cl243@buffalo.edu

Christopher A. Loretz

647 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4985

loretz@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor, SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Endocrine physiology

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647 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4985

loretz@buffalo.edu

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Kathryn Medler

619 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4947

kmedler@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Physiology of neuronal cell signaling pathways

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619 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4947

kmedler@buffalo.edu

Jessica Poulin

621 Hochstetter Hall

jpoulin@buffalo.edu

Clinical Associate Professor, Milton Plesur Excellence in Teaching Award, UB Teaching Innovation Award
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Undergraduate curriculum development; Evolutionary ecology

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621 Hochstetter Hall

jpoulin@buffalo.edu

Laura Rusche

653 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5198

Fax: (716) 645-2975

lrusche@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Chromatin and its impact on gene expression; genome stability; chromosome function

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653 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5198

Fax: (716) 645-2975

lrusche@buffalo.edu

Nitasha Sehgal

202A Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2878

nsehgal@buffalo.edu

Lecturer
Undergraduate Laboratory Instructor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Cell biology of the nucleus

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202A Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2878

nsehgal@buffalo.edu

Randall D. Shortridge

109 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4920

Fax: (716) 645-2975

rds@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Sensory transduction; Cell signaling

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109 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4920

Fax: (716) 645-2975

rds@buffalo.edu

Grayson Snyder

373A Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4939

gsnyder@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Biology Faculty Advisor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Physical biochemistry: protein engineering

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373A Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4939

gsnyder@buffalo.edu

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Derek J. Taylor

208 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2880

djtaylor@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Evolutionary biology: evolutionary genetics of aquatic invertebrates

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208 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2880

djtaylor@buffalo.edu

Sarah E. Walker

653 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2272

walker47@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Translational control of gene expression

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653 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2272

walker47@buffalo.edu

Zhen Wang

625 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4969

Fax: (716) 645-2975

zhenw@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Synthetic biology and plant natural products

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625 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4969

Fax: (716) 645-2975

zhenw@buffalo.edu

Matthew A. Xu-Friedman

661 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4992

Fax: (716) 645-2975

mx@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Neuronal computation in the auditory system

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661 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4992

Fax: (716) 645-2975

mx@buffalo.edu

Michael C. Yu

355 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4931

mcyu@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Biological functions of protein methylation

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355 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4931

mcyu@buffalo.edu