Faculty Directory

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Alphabetical listing by last name

A, B, C

Victor A. Albert.

H530 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

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

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

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

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

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

Paul J. Cullen.

C532 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4923

Fax: (716) 645-2975

pjcullen@buffalo.edu

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

Research Interests: Signal transduction and cell polarity

C532 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4923

Fax: (716) 645-2975

pjcullen@buffalo.edu

D, E, F, G

Denise Ferkey.

C530 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4929

dmferkey@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor and Associate Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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

Stephen J. Free.

370 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4935

free@buffalo.edu

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

Omer Gokcumen.

H532 Hochstetter 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

Paul Gollnick.

609 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4972

gollnick@buffalo.edu

Professor and Chair,
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

Shermali Gunawardena.

H535 Hochstetter 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

H, I, J, K, L

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

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

Hoekstra, David A.

C554 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4908

dhoek@buffalo.edu

Clinical Assistant Professor
MA Program Administrator
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Lara D. Hutson.

317 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4958

larahuts@buffalo.edu

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

Research Interests: Undergraduate STEM education, Cell Biology

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

Trevor J. Krabbenhoft.

H533 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4934

tkrabben@buffalo.edu

Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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

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

Jae Lee.

H530 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2363

jlee269@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Genetic and epigenetic regulation of the hypothalamus arcuate nucleus development

Soo Lee.

H530 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-2363

slee229@buffalo.edu

Empire Innovation Professor
Om P. Bahl Endowed Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Development of neurons and glial cells, neurodevelopmental disorders

Charlotte Lindqvist.

H534 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

Christopher A. Loretz.

H509 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

M, N, O, P, Q, R, S

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

Jessica Poulin.

C553 Cooke 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

Laura Rusche.

C531 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-5198

Fax: (716) 645-2975

lrusche@buffalo.edu

Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

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

C531 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

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

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

T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

Derek J. Taylor.

H530 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

Sarah E. Walker.

C534 Cooke 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

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

625 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4969

Fax: (716) 645-2975

zhenw@buffalo.edu

Matthew A. Xu-Friedman.

H551 Hochstetter Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4992

Fax: (716) 645-2975

mx@buffalo.edu

Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Research Interests: Neuronal computation in the auditory system

Michael C. Yu.

C509 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