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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. learn more

Larry Smart

Horticulture
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. learn more

Chris Smart

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Rapid and accurate detection and identification of plant pathogens is key for successful management of plant diseases. For this reason, we are using a variety of techniques to diagnose disease on plants and to detect plant pathogens in soil, water, and air. learn more

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. learn more

Paul Soloway

Nutritional Sciences
Epigenetics learn more

Holger Sondermann

Molecular Medicine
Our lab is interested in deciphering the basic regulatory principles in signal transduction networks on a molecular level using a combination of X-ray crystallography, biophysical and cellular approaches. We focus on two main areas of research: Bacterial signaling controlling biofilm formation and pathogenicity, and endocytosis in eukaryotes. learn more

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. learn more

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. learn more

David Stern

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

Martha Stipanuk

Nutritional Sciences
Sulfur amino acid metabolism; nutritional and developmental aspects of amino acid metabolism in mammals; intermediary metabolism of cysteine and methionine. Molecular regulation of cysteine dioxygenase, cysteine dioxygenase transgenic mouse model. learn more

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. learn more

Patrick Stover

Nutritional Sciences
Regulation of folate-mediated one carbon metabolism, cellular methylation reactions, embryonic development and cancer in mouse knock out models. learn more

Abraham Duncan Stroock

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

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 learn more

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:
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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). learn more

Alan Taylor

Horticulture
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. learn more

Anna Thalacker-Mercer

Janice Thies

Crop and Soil Sciences
Impact of soil and plant management practices on soil microbial diversity, abundance and activity, Development and testing of biopesticides and biofertilizers, Molecular approaches to bacterial source tracking and their potential use in monitoring total maximum daily load learn more

Michael Thonney

Animal Science
Nutrition, health, and management of sheep and cattle. learn more

Alexander Travis

Vet Biomedical Sciences
Biology of male germ cells, cell biology learn more

Tudorita Tumbar

Molecular Biology and Genetics
The focus of my laboratory is the understanding of basic mechanisms that regulate the fate of stem cells within tissues. We are currently studying skin and hair follicle stem cells using cell culture and the mouse as model systems. learn more

Robert Turgeon

Plant Biology
We study photosynthesis and phloem transport, especially as they are related to increasing crop yield. Students carry out individual research projects that are important and may lead to publication. Recent student projects have been published in the Proc National Acad Sci and J. Exp Botany. learn more

B. Gillian Turgeon

Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Mechanisms of fungal disease to plants, mechanisms of fungal reproduction  learn more

Gerlinde Van de Walle

Baker Institute for Animal Health
Studies on the pathogenesis of alphaherpesviruses, using natural host model systems. Studies on the role of mammary stem cells (MaSC) in mammary cancer. Studies on the biological properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) learn more

Marjolein van der Meulen

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Orthopaedic biomechanics; musculoskeletal mechanobiology; mechanical properties of bone tissue; determinants of bone mechanical behavior; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis. learn more

Saskya van Nouhuys

Entomology
We study host-parasite interactions, and processes affecting community structure and dynamics in a patchy landscape. learn more

Klaas van Wijk

Plant Biology
C4 photosynthesis. Proteolysis, Proteomics, Mass spectrometry, Plant Metabolism, Chloroplasts, Plant Biology (Arabidopsis, maize, rice. learn more

Olena Vatamaniuk

Crop and Soil Sciences
My research program focuses on analyses of the molecular mechanisms of heavy metal detoxification. learn more

Maren Vitousek

Neurobiology and Behavior
Stress physiology, field endocrinology, behavioral and evolutionary ecology, life history trade-offs, sexual selection, and reproduction. learn more

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