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Michael Scanlon Michael Scanlon

Plant Biology
Plant developmental genetics

Chris Schaffer Chris Schaffer

Biomedical Engineering
My lab develops and uses advanced optical techniques to observe and manipulate in vivo biological systems, with the goal of constructing a microscopic-scale understanding of normal and disease-state physiological processes in the central nervous system.

Luis M. Schang Luis M. Schang

Baker Institute/College of Veterinary Medicine
We use chemical virology to identify commonalities among unrelated viruses. Our main interest is to find what do virus have in common, as a first step toward broad spectrum antiviral or even vaccines.

John Schimenti John Schimenti

Biomedical Sciences
We study mouse models of cancer and infertility. We focus on gene mutations that drive ovarian and breast cancer. Our fertility research concerns mutations in human populations that compromise reproduction, and we do this by generating mouse models.

Rebecca Schneider Rebecca Schneider

Natural Resources
Schneider has an integrated theoretical and applied research program examining the ecological processes in watersheds that are critical for protection of water resource quantity and quality.

Ynte Schukken Ynte Schukken

Quality Milk Production Services
Research is related to bovine mastitis, bovine immunology, mathematical modeling, systems biology, and epidemiology.

Marci Scidmore Marci Scidmore

Vet Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Mechanisms of Chlamydia pathogenesis with an emphasis on vacuolar biology, vesicular trafficking of the chlamydial vacuole, and host-pathogen interactions.

Jeff Scott Jeff Scott

Our research is characterized by the five major areas: Insecticide resistance and evolutionary biology. Insect genetics and molecular biology are active areas of research in our laboratory. Insecticide toxicology and metabolism studies. Studies have involved neurophysiological investigations into insecticide action.

Jeremy Searle Jeremy Searle

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Evolutionary and related studies of small mammals.

Rebecca Seguin Rebecca Seguin

Nutritional Sciences
My current research focuses on understanding how people's social, food, and physical activity environments influence behavior over time -- particularly in rural communities. I am also working on community mobilization and capacity building initiatives with health educators who serve rural areas.

Vimal Selvaraj Vimal Selvaraj

Animal Science
Please visit my website for details.

Tim Setter Tim Setter

School of Integrative Plant Science
My research seeks better understanding of the underlying biology of drought stress response in cassava, maize and other grain crops, the regulatory systems for flowering in cassava, and better methods to screen breeding germplasm for improved responses to environmental stresses.

Kerry Shaw Kerry Shaw

Neurobiology and Behavior
Behavioral genetics, sexual selection and evolution; speciation; genetic architecture of behavior (QTLs), linkage analysis and genome evolution; orthopteroid insects.

Michael Sheehan Michael Sheehan

Neurobiology and Behavior
The lab is interested in the causes and consequences of variation in social behavior, with a particular focus on the role of recognition systems in mediating social interactions.

Larry Smart Larry Smart

My lab focuses on the breeding and genomics of shrub willow bioenergy crops. We have assembled a large and diverse collection of willows, which serves as a basis for genomics-assisted breeding. We have produced over 500 new families of willow, including a number of novel species hybrids that display high yield and disease and pest resistance.

Christine Smart Christine Smart

School of Integrative Plant Science
My program studies diseases of vegetable crops, focusing on population genetics/genomics, detection, and disease management. Please note that my lab is on the Geneva campus so while some research and meetings can occur in Ithaca, much of the work would be completed in Geneva. Most students work in my lab between semesters or in the summer.

Marcus Smolka Marcus Smolka

Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our research is focused on the DNA damage checkpoint, an evolutionary conserved signaling pathway that functions to protect genomic integrity. We are particularly interested in understanding how dysfunctions in the DNA damage checkpoint kinases lead to genomic instability and, consequently, cancer.

Paul Soloway Paul Soloway

Biomedical Sciences and Nutritional Sciences
Chromatin in the nucleus of cells consists of the DNA, and proteins intimately associated with the DNA. The proteins are primarily histones that are assembled into nucleosomes. Both the DNA and histones are chemically modified, and nucleosome positioning is highly regulated.

Holger Sondermann Holger Sondermann

Molecular Medicine
We use an interdisciplinary approach to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying fundamental cellular processes in the areas of bacterial signaling and eukaryotic membrane fusion. Research designs incorporate structural biology, biophysics, biochemistry, and cell biology with a particular focus on protein structure-function studies.

Mark Sorrells Mark Sorrells

Plant Breeding and Genetics
Plant Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Computational Biology, Breeding and genetics of grains, quantitative genetics, comparative genomics Molecular genetics and breeding of wheat, barley, maize, rice, and oats. Molecular genetics, gene cloning, and comparative genomics of these species.

Jed Sparks Jed Sparks

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
The research in the Sparks lab is focused on understand ing how processes occurring in plants and soils control atmospheric chemistry. Biological processes generate many of the compounds that control air quality and atmospheric.

Chelsea D. Specht Chelsea Specht

Plant Biology
The Specht Lab studies the evolution and diversification of Plant Form and Function.

David Stern David Stern

Boyce Thompson Institute
Nuclear control of plant organelle gene expression focusing on chloroplast RNA maturation and stability, and assembly of Rubisco.

Tracy Stokol Tracy Stokol

Vet Population Medicine and Diagnostic Services
Links between hemostasis and cancer and inflammation, such as that due to virus infection, cancer metastasis, biomarkers for cancer detection.

Abraham Duncan Stroock Abraham Duncan Stroock

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
The Stroock lab focuses on manipulating dynamics and chemical processes on micrometer scales.

Patrick Sullivan Patrick Sullivan

Natural Resources
fisheries problems in marine and freshwater environments. These include statistical methods for population assessment and modeling, methods for data acquisition and utilization, spatial modeling of habitat and abundance, and formulating mechanisms for making better use of information in the management arena

Khena Swallow

We are interested in how people perceive, remember, and learn about everyday events and environments. Because attention is an essential component of these processes, much of our research investigates how and why attention is directed to some events or locations more than others.

Bryan Swingle Bryan Swingle

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
We are investigating the molecular basis of plant-bacterial interactions and interactions among bacteria.  We use a variety of techniques that range from basic microbiology to state of the art genomics.  We currently have projects investigating aspects of the following:

Elad Tako Elad Tako

Food Science - USDA
Dietary iron deficiency affects approximately 30% of the world's population. Hence, my research approach utilizes both cellular and animal models to assess mineral bioavailability (including iron and zinc) in standard and biofortified food crops (including maize, beans and lentil).

Alan Taylor Alan Taylor

Taylor's research is relevant to New York State agriculture and the U.S. and global seed-treatment industries. Research on seed treatments and seed quality/dormancy is being pursued in cooperation with others to benefit New York State growers. Taylor has the only university-based program in the U.S.