Graduate Bulletin

Spring 2018

Faculty of Graduate Program in Genetics

Distinguished Professors

Benach, Jorge7, Ph.D., 1971, Rutgers University: Pathogenesis of and host responses to spirochetal infections.

Citovsky, Vitaly3, Ph.D., 1987, Hebrew University, Jerusalem: Nuclear transport and intercellular communication in plants.

Sternglanz, Rolf3, Ph.D., 1967, Harvard University: Chromatin structure and function in yeast;histone modifying enzymes.

Wimmer, Eckard7, Dr.rer.nat., 1962, Gottingen, Germany: RNA virus genetics, replication and pathogenicity; cellular virus receptors; whole viral genome synthesis; development of novel vaccines.


Bahou, Wadie6, M.D., 1980, Massachusetts Medical Center: Human genetics; gene therapy; genetic disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis.

Bliska, James B.7, Ph.D., 1988, University of California, Berkeley: Molecular and cellular basis of bacterial-host cell interactions.

Brown, Deborah3, Ph.D., 1987, Stanford University: Structure and function of sphingolipid and cholesterol-rich membrane domains.

Carter, Carol A.7, Ph.D., 1972, Yale University: HIV and retroviral assembly and replication.

Del Poeta, Maurizio7, M.D., 1992, University of Ancona, Italy: Role of sphingolipids in mediating signaling pathways and fungal pathogenesis.

Demple, Bruce10, Ph.D., 1981, University of California, Berkeley: Mechanisms and roles of human enzymes that repair oxidative (free radical) damage in DNA

Eanes, Walter5, Ph.D., 1976, Stony Brook University: Population and biochemical genetics of Drosophila; molecular evolution.

Enikolopov, Grigori1, Ph.D., 1978, Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow: Stem cells; neurogenesis; imaging; signal transduction.

Frohman, Michael10, M.D., Ph.D., 1985, University of Pennsylvania: Lipid signaling; vesicle trafficking and fusion; mitochondrial fusion; myogenesis.

Furie, Martha B.9, Ph.D., 1980, Rockefeller University: Interactions among endothelial cells, leukocytes, and pathogenic bacteria.

Futcher, A. Bruce7, D.Phil., 1981, University of Oxford: Cell cycle control, microarrays, genomics.

Gergen, J. Peter3, Ph.D., 1982, Brandeis University: Pattern information and the regulation of gene expression during Drosophila development.

Ghebrehiwet, Berhane6, D.V.M./D.Sc., 1974, University of Paris, France: Role of complement C1q receptors during infection and inflammation.

Hearing, Patrick7, Ph.D., 1980, Northwestern University: Adenovirus regulation of cellular proliferation and gene expression; adenovirus vectors for human gene therapy.

Hollingsworth, Nancy3, Ph.D., 1988, University of Washington, Seattle: Regulation of meiotic recombination in yeast.

Kaushansky, Kenneth6, M.D., M.A.C.P, 1979, University of California, Los Angeles: Molecular and cellular biology of thrombopoietin.

Konopka, James7, Ph.D., 1985, University of California, Los Angeles: G-protein coupled receptor signal transduction; fungal pathogenesis (Candida albicans).

Kritzer, Mary8, Ph.D., 1989, Yale University: Sex differences in cortical microcircuitry.

Lin, Richard Z.11, M.D., 1988, University of California, San Francisco: Physiology of phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling.

Mackow, Erich R.7, Ph.D., 1984, Temple University: Viral regulation of cell signaling responses; hantavirus, influenza, dengue and rotavirus pathogenesis.

Marshall, Nancy Reich7, Ph.D., 1983, Stony Brook University: Signal transduction and activation of gene expression by cytokines; cellular defense responses to viral infection.

Moll, Ute9, M.D., 1985, University of Ulm, Germany: Tumor suppressor genes; role of p53 in human cancer.

Powers, R. Scott9, Ph.D., 1983, Columbia University: Cancer gene discovery; cancer diagnostics and therapeutics; cancer biology.

Shroyer, Kenneth9, Ph.D. 1983, M.D. 1987, University of Colorado. Cancer biomarkers as diagnostic adjuncts in cervical pathology and cytopathology; cervical cancer and HPV.

Smith, Steven O.3, Ph.D., 1985, University of California, Berkeley: Structure and function of membrane proteins.

Thanassi, David7, Ph.D., 1995, University of California, Berkeley: Biogenesis of bacterial adhesion organelles.

Thomsen, Gerald3, Ph.D., 1988, Rockefeller University: Embryonic developmental mechanisms, regeneration, stem cells and the evolution of developmental processes.

Tsirka, Styliana-Anna10, Ph.D., 1989, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece: Neuronal-microglial interactions in the physiology and pathology of the central nervous system.

White, Thomas11, Ph.D., 1994, Harvard Medical School: Gap junction functions defined by genetic diseases and gene knockouts.

Zong, Wei-Xing7, Ph.D., 1999, UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Molecular regulation of apoptotic and necrotic cell death.

Associate Professors

Bingham, Paul3, Ph.D., 1979, Harvard University: Regulation of differentiation; transposable elements; regulation of splicing.

Canli, Turhan12, Ph.D., 1993, Yale University: Biopsychology; neural and genetic basis of emotion and cognition.

Carpino, Nicholas7, Ph.D., 1997, Stony Brook University: Positive and negative regulation of T cell receptor signaling.

Chen, Jiang9, M.D., Ph.D., 1995, Henan Medical University, China; 2001, University of Heidelberg, Germany: Planar cell polarity and primary cilia in skin and hair follicle development and skin cancers.

Chung, Jun9, Ph.D., 1999, Washington University School of Medicine: Mechanisms of tumor cell invasion and metastasis.

Colognato, Holly10, Ph.D., 1999, Rutgers University: Extracellular matrix in the brain: roles during development and neurodegeneration.

Davalos, Liliana M.5, Ph.D., 2004, Columbia University: Conservation biology; climate change; phylogeny.

Dubnau, Joshua1, . Ph.D., 1995, Columbia University:  Genetics of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in flies and humans; genetic circuits underlying olfactory behavior in flies.

Ge, Shaoyu8, Ph.D., University of Science and Technology of China: Molecular mechanisms and function of new neurons in the brain.

Girnun, Geoffrey D.9, Ph.D., 1999, University of Iowa: Cancer metabolism and transcriptional regulation.

Ju, Jingfang9, Ph.D., 1996, University of Southern California: The mechanism of translational control mediated by non-coding RNAs in cancer.

Karzai, Wali3, Ph.D., 1995, Johns Hopkins University: Structure and function of RNA-binding proteins and biochemical studies of the SmpB- SsrA quality control system.

Kernan, Maurice8, Ph.D., 1990, University of Wisconsin: Genetics of touch and hearing in Drosophila; ciliogenesis and ciliary signaling.

Krug, Laurie7, Ph.D., 2001, Emory University: Virus-host interactions during chronic gammaherpesvirus infection.

Leatherwood, Janet7, Ph.D., 1993, Johns Hopkins University: Cell cycle control of DNA replication.

Martinez, Luis A.8, Ph.D., 1998, University of Texas at Austin: Gain-of-function activity of mutant p53 oncogene.

Neiman, Aaron3, Ph.D., 1994, University of California, San Francisco: Vesicle trafficking and intracellular signaling in yeast.

Rest, Joshua S.5, Ph.D. 2004, University of Michigan: Regulatory evolution; protein network evolution; bioinformatics.

Sirotkin, Howard8, Ph.D., 1996, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Specification and patterning of the neural plate; vertebrate developmental genetics.

Takemaru, Ken-Ichi10, Ph.D., Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan: Cell signaling and ciliogenesis in mammalian development, health, and disease.

True, John R.5, Ph.D., 1995, Duke University: Evolutionary and developmental genetics of color patterning in Drosophila.

van der Velden, Adrianus7, Ph.D., 2000, Oregon Health and Science University: The mammalian T cell response to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium.

Assistant Professors

Acosta-Martinez, Maricedes11, Ph.D., 2002, Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Neuroendocrine regulation of the reproductive axis; signal transduction pathways and metabolic control.

Aguirre, Adan10, Ph.D., 2002, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados IPN, Mexico: Endogenous NG2 progenitor cells as cell-based replacement for a variety of brain pathologies.

Chan, Chia-Hsin10, Ph.D. 2007, National Taiwan University: Molecular mechanisms of cancer development; cancer metabolism and stemness.

Czaplinski, Kevin1, Ph.D., 1999, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School: Post-transcriptional control of gene expression in the nervous system.

Henn, Brenna5, Ph.D., 2009, Stanford University: Human evolutionary genetics; population genetics; genomics.

Levy, Sasha3, Ph.D., 2005, University of California, Santa Barbara: Evolutionary dynamics; network dynamics; yeast genomics; high-throughput technology development.

Luk, Ed3, Ph.D., 2003, John Hopkins University: Chromosome biology and genome regulation.

MacCarthy, Thomas2, Ph.D., 2005, University College London, United Kingdom: Computational immunology; evolutionary systems biology.

Martin, Benjamin L.3, Ph.D., 2005, University of California, Berkeley: Stem cell maintenance and differentiation; developmental mechanisms of cancer pathogenesis.

Matus, David Q.3, Ph.D., 2006, University of Hawaii: Evolutionary, cellular, and developmental approaches to studying nematode uterine-vulval morphogenesis.

Seeliger, Markus10, Ph.D., 2004, Cambridge University, United Kingdom: Molecular mechanisms of protein kinase and ubiquitin ligase signaling in cancer and aging.

Shelly, Maya8, Ph.D., 2004, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel: Molecular mechanisms of embryonic brain development; axon regeneration; neurodegenerative disorders.

Sheridan, Brian7, Ph.D., 2008, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine: Generation and maintenance of effector and memory T cells in intestinal tissues in response to bacterial pathogens.

Talos, Flaminia9, M.D., 2002, Ph.D., 2006, Stony Brook University: Intra-tumor heterogeneity in prostate cancer; tissue reprogramming in the urinary bladder.

Veeramah, Krishna5, Ph.D., 2008, University College London, United Kingdom: Evolutionary genomics.

Research Faculty

Luberto, Chiara11, Ph.D., 1997, Catholic University of Rome: Sphingolipid metabolism and signaling.

Zachar, Zuzana3, Ph.D., 1992, Stony Brook University: Cancer chemotherapy and drug discovery.

Adjunct Faculty at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Egeblad, Mikala, Associate Professor. Ph.D., 2000, University of Copenhagen and the Danish Cancer Society: Tumor microenvironment; intravital imaging; tumor-associated myeloid cells; breast cancer.

Gingeras, Thomas R., Professor. Ph.D., 1976, New York University: Genome-wide organization of transcription and the functional roles of non- protein coding RNAs.

Hammell, Christopher, Associate Professor. Ph.D., 2002, Dartmouth Medical School: Genetic regulation of temporal development and the function of animal microRNAs.

Huang, Z. Josh, Professor. Ph.D., 1994, Brandeis University: Development and function of the GABAergic inhibitory circuitry in neocortex; developmental plasticity; neurogenomics; autism.

Jackson, David, Professor. Ph.D., 1991, University of East Anglia, England: Plant development; genetics, cell-to-cell mRNA and protein trafficking.

Joshua-Tor, Leemor, Professor. Ph.D., 1990, Weizmann Institute of Science: Structural biology; nucleic acid regulation; RNAi; molecular recognition; X-ray crystallography.

Krainer, Adrian R., Professor. Ph.D., 1986, Harvard University: Posttranscriptional control of gene expression; alternative splicing; splicing in genetic diseases and cancer; splicing-targeted antisense therapeutics.

Lee, Je Hyuk, Assistant Professor. M.D., Ph.D., 2002, Tufts University: Functional genomics; spatial reconstruction of gene expression and cell lineage information; technology development.

Li, Bo, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2003, The University of British Columbia: Neuroscience; glutamatergic synapse; synaptic plasticity; schizophrenia; depression; rodent models of psychiatric disorders.

Lyon, Gholson J., Assistant Professor. M.D., 2004, Ph.D., 2003, Weill Cornell Medical College, Rockefeller University: Amino-terminal acetylation of proteins; human genetics; neuropsychiatric diseases; whole genome sequencing.

Martienssen, Robert A., Professor. Ph.D., 1986, Cambridge University: Plant genetics; transposons; development; gene regulation; DNA methylation.

McCombie, W. Richard, Professor. Ph.D., 1982, University of Michigan: Human genetics; human genome variation; personal genomics; genetics of psychiatric disorders; genetics of cancer, computational molecular biology.

Mills, Alea A., Professor. Ph.D., 1997, University of California, Irvine: Cancer; development; aging; senescence; epigenetics; autism.

Schatz, Michael C., Adjunct Associate Professor. Ph.D., 2010, University of Maryland:   High performance computing for DNA sequence alignment and assembly

Sheltzer, Jason, CSHL Fellow. Ph.D., 2015, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Consequences of aneuploidy and gene dosage imbalances in development and cancer.

Siepel, Adam C., Professor. Ph.D., 2005, University of California, Santa Cruz: Computational biology; population genetics; molecular evolution; transcriptional regulation.

Sordella, Raffaella, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 1998, University of Turin, Italy: Molecular therapeutics; signal transduction.

Spector, David L., Professor. Ph.D., 1980, Rutgers University: Cell biology; gene expression; nuclear structure; microscopy; non-coding RNAs.

Stillman, Bruce W., Professor. Ph.D., 1979, Australian National University: Cancer; cell cycle; DNA replication; chromatin assembly; yeast genetics.

Tonks, Nicholas K., Professor. Ph.D., University of Dundee: Posttranslational modification; phosphorylation; phosphatases; signal transduction; protein structure and function.

Trotman, Lloyd C., Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2001, University of Zurich: Cancer modeling and treatment; senescence and tumor progression; cancer visualization; PTEN regulation.

Tuveson, David A., Professor. M.D., Ph.D., 1994, Johns Hopkins University: Pancreatic cancer; experimental therapeutics; diagnostics; mouse models; cancer genetics.

Vakoc, Christopher, Associate Professor. M.D., Ph.D., 2007, University of Pennsylvania: Transcriptional regulation of mammalian cell growth.

VanAelst, Linda, Professor. Ph.D., 1991, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium: Signal transduction; Ras and Rho proteins; tumorigenesis; neuronal development and disorders.

Research Faculty at Brookhaven National Laboratory

Freimuth, Paul I., Scientist. Ph.D., 1980, Stanford University: Adenovirus reproduction; virus-cellular receptor binding.

Number of teaching, graduate, and research assistants, Fall 2016: 34

1)  Department of Anesthesiology

2)  Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics

3)  Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology

4)  Department of Biomedical Engineering

5)  Department of Ecology and Evolution

6)  Department of Medicine

7)  Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

8)  Department of Neurobiology and Behavior

9)  Department of Pathology

10)  Department of Pharmacological Sciences

11)  Department of Physiology and Biophysics

12)  Department of Psychology