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Stony Brook IRACDA Research Mentors

IRACDA Scholars are not limited to the mentors listed below, any current faculty member at Stony Brook University with a funded biomedical research project is eligible to become an IRACDA mentor.  


  1. Patricia C. Wright: Behavioral Ecology, Senescence in Wild Primates, Population ecology and genetics, Medicinal Plants in Madagascar.

Applied Mathematics and Statistics

  1. Tom MacCarthy: Computational Immunology: modeling somatic hypermutation in Immunoglobulin genes &Evolutionary Systems Biology: modeling the evolution of gene regulatory networks.

Biochemistry & Cell Biology

  1. Nancy Hollingsworth: Regulation of Meiotic Recombination in Yeast
  2. Benjamin Martin: Stem cell development and cancer metastasis
  3. David Q. Matus:Cell, developmental and evolutionary biological approaches to understanding cell invasion.
  4. Aaron Neiman: Vesicle trafficking, membrane fusion, cytokinesis, signal transduction, & extracellular matrix assembly.
  5. Steven Smith: Structure & function of membrane proteins .
  1. Elizabeth Boon: Nitric oxide sensing and signaling inbacteria
  2. Nicole Sampson: Relation between protein structure & function & synthesis of chemical tools to probe & control biological function.
  3. Carlos Simmerling: Development and application of biomolecular simulation methods.
  4. Kenneth J. Takeuchi: Specific inorganic materials of interest include: iron-containing spinels and inverse spinels, bimetallic layered or channeled materials where both metals are redox active, and inorganic materials containing alkali and alkaline earth metals.
  5. Peter Tonge: Drug mechanism of action, drug development for cancer and infectious diseases, positron emission tomography imaging and photoreceptor mechanisms.
Ecology & Evolution
  1. Liliana M. Dávalos: Phylogenetics, molecular evolution, tropical deforestation.

Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology

  1. Kenneth Dill: Computational biology.


  1. Weiqin Lu: Pancreatitis and Pancreatic Cancer.
  2. Shipra Agrawal: Nephrology, kidney disease, glomerular disease, podocyte biology, RNA functions, PPARy, nuclear receptor, therapeutics, biomarkers.

Microbiology and Immunology

  1. Nicholas Carpino: Regulation of host immune responses.
  2. Carol Carter: HIV Replication; Coronavirus Assembly; Anti-Viral Drug Development.
  3. Patrick Hearing: Regulation of innate cellular responses during viral infection.
  4. James Konopka: Candida albicans pathogenesis.
  5. Erick Mackow: Viral Pathogenesis: Viral Regulation of Endothelial Cell Responses in Pulmonary and Neuronal Disease.
  6. Nancy Reich-Marshall: Cellular responses to cytokines and viral infection.
  7. Brian Sheridan: Understand the biology of intestinal T cell memory for application of vaccine design targeting enteric infections and gastrointestinal tumors.
  8. David Thanassi: Secreted virulence factors of bacterial pathogens, including Escherichia coli and Francisella tularensis.
  9. Adrianus Van der Velden: Host interactions with bacterial pathogens.

Neurobiology and Behavior

  1. Alfred Fontanini: Neuroscience of chemical senses and motivated behavior.
  2. Arianna Maffei: Neural plasticity, cortical development, learning.
  3. Howard Sirotkin: Genetic and Molecular analysis of vertebrate neural development.
  4. Lonnie Wollmuth: Molecular mechanisms of synaptic transmission.

Pharmacological Sciences

  1. Bruce Demple: Oxidative DNA damage and repair; genetic toxicology.
  2. Michael Frohman: Lipid signaling, breast cancer.
  3. Miguel Garcia-Diaz: Mechanisms of mitochondrial gene expression/structure based-drug discovery.
  4. Hyungjin Kim: DNA damage and repair.
  5. Chioma Okeoma: Mechanisms of virus-host and tumor-host interactions.
  6. Jessica Seeliger: Infectious disease, tuberculosis, lipid biosynthesis, membrane biology, enzymology.
  7. Markus Seeliger: Structural biology of cancer drug mechanisms.
  8. Styliani-Anna Tsirka: Interactions between the nervous and immune systems.

Physiology and Biophysics

  1. Todd W. Miller: Signal transduction.