Media Coverage

9/9/19
SciShow, a YouTube channel with over 5 million subscribers, published a video describing the latest research by Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences. SciShow reports that Tseng’s team identified the first fossil evidence of hyenas in the Arctic during an ice age — two fossils that had been tucked away in a Canadian museum for decades.
7/10/19
A new virtual reality program is being used to enhance Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students’ education. “Very recently, virtual reality has become much more prominent in society, and it’s still in its infancy stage, so we’re taking a look at the possibility of virtual reality being used to facilitate cadaver anatomy teaching in the laboratory session and outside of the laboratory session,” said Stuart D. Inglis, PhD, instructor of pathology and anatomical sciences.
3/28/19
A new research study co-authored by Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, examines the oddly shaped skull of an extinct weasel called Leptarctus primus. The study found that the animal was likely a carnivorous predator, with capability for omnivory and a broader diet when prey was scarce, and had a skull that functioned similarly to that of the living American badger. “For a mammal, its skull is really strange,” said Tseng, who also serves as a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History. “It’s heavily built — like a tank — with very thick zygomatic cheek bones. The top of its head looks like it’s wearing a helmet.”
3/15/19
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences researchers have developed a tool that lets medical professionals analyze images without having to rely on engineering expertise to interpret medical images. “We have created an automatic, human-in-the-loop segmentation tool for pathologists and radiologists,” said Pinaki Sarder, PhD, associate professor of pathology and anatomical sciences. “With our system, you don't have to know any machine learning. Now medical professionals can do structure annotation by themselves.”
8/30/18
Research by M. Aleksander Wysocki, a student in the doctoral program in computational cell biology, anatomy and pathology, and Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, found that the jaw joint bone, the center around which chewing activity literally revolves, appears to have evolved based more on an animal’s size than what it eats.
8/24/18
Research by Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, analyzed the fossilized feces of the canine ancestors of dogs and wolves to discover that the extinct species had a jawbone powerful enough to crush the bones of its prey.
5/30/18
Business First reports on how the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences’ RISE (Research, Innovation, Surgical Simulation, Education) initiative is taking a unique approach to teaching anatomy and quotes John E. Tomaszewski, MD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Peter A. Nickerson, PhD, Chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, and Steven D. Schwaitzberg, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.
5/29/18
An article on the blog Rebel Circus reports on a study by Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, that uses cerebral organoids — or mini brains — to understand the cause of schizophrenia. “Neurons that connect different regions of the cortex, the so-called interneurons, become misdirected in the schizophrenia cortex, causing cortical regions to be misconnected, like an improperly wired computer,” Stachowiak said.
5/3/18
Christopher S. Cohan, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, is interviewed about UB’s Brain Museum and what makes its contents so special. “It’s something that continues to amaze me,” he said, “because it’s such a complicated organ. It’s something that we’re never going to figure out in the short term and even the long term we wonder really how much we can understand about it.”
4/15/18
Research by Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, uses cerebral organoids, or mini brains, to understand the cause of schizophrenia. It’s “an important technical advance,” he said, and “an important initial step toward using organoids in regenerative medicine.”
3/19/18
Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, describes his research about what skull size and shape may tell you about an animal’s diet.
3/5/18
Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, discusses new findings that show the early stages of pregnancy as the starting point for schizophrenia. “After centuries of patients suffering horrendous treatment, our findings now reveal that schizophrenia is a disorder of faulty brain construction during the first trimester of pregnancy, and is driven by a common dysregulated pathway,” he said.
2/16/18
New Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences research shows that the evolution of skull shape in the mammalian order Carnivora is more complex than previously thought and influenced by non-dietary factors. “For years, conventional thought surrounding carnivoran skull shape followed the ‘you are what you eat’ paradigm, where distantly related species evolve similar skulls because of shared dietary needs,” said Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences. “We found that to be a dramatic oversimplification.”
12/20/17
A new study led by Michal K. Stachowiak, PhD, professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, uses cerebral organoids, or mini-brains, to understand the cause of schizophrenia. After growing the mini-brains, the research group saw architectural difference in the cortex: immature cells that would one day turn into neurons were spreading out in too many directions with too much distance between them. “I think for the first time we have a proper experimental tool to try to see if we can either correct or prevent some of these events,” he said. 
12/6/17
Research by Jack Tseng, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and anatomical sciences, suggests that a now-extinct Chinese otter that roamed lakes or swamps 6 million years ago was almost as large as a wolf and had jawbones capable of crushing large shells, as well as birds and mammals, making it a key predator in its ecosystem. “We don’t know for sure, but we think that this otter was more of a top predator than living species of otters are,” Tseng says. “Our findings imply that Siamogale could crush much harder and larger prey than any living otter can.”