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Faculty Profiles

Sara, Berkelhamer
Berkelhamer, Sara, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: saraberk@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Mahesh, Bommaraju
Bommaraju, Mahesh, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: mb@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Vivien, Carrion
Carrion, Vivien, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: vcarrion@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Pediatrics; Neonatology

Praveen, Chandrasekharan
Chandrasekharan, Praveen, MDResearch Assistant Professor
Email: pkchandr@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Pediatrics; Neonatology

Valerie, Elberson
Elberson, Valerie, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: vde@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Pediatrics; Neonatology

Deepali, Handa
Handa, Deepali, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: deepalih@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Pediatrics; Neonatology

Kai Ling, Kong
Kong, Kai Ling, PhDAssistant Professor
Email: kkong4@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 829-6815

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Pediatrics; Behavioral Medicine; Nutrition

Research Summary:
My primary research focus is on infant health, specifically infant nutrition and physical activity and enriched home environments. My research aims to identify how infant-toddler eating behaviors affect obesity later in life and how early interventions can protect those at risk from obesity. Ultimately, my work will help promote healthy, active lifestyles for families. The motivation to eat varies among individuals. As food is more reinforcing to individuals with obesity, studying the origin of food reinforcement can provide important steps in obesity prevention. I strive to understand the causes of infant obesity and preventative measures that will decrease the risk of obesity during infancy and later life stages. My laboratory recently developed a paradigm to measure infants’ motivation to eat compared to their motivation to engage in other activities. This paradigm uses a computerized task during which infants press a button to earn reward in the form of the infant’s favorite food and a non-food alternative (e.g., playing with bubbles, listening to music). My studies suggest that the reinforcing value of the non-food alternative may drive the motivation to eat, thus infancy weight gain. To support the importance of the reinforcing value of non-food alternatives, my colleagues and I have shown that strengthening the non-food alternative at home can reduce the motivation of food. I am also currently involved in a large, randomized-control trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to examine the effect of a two-year music enhancement program on altering infants’ motivation to eat. I mentor students from UB’s Honors College and its pre-medicine and nutritional sciences programs. I invite interested students to work with me in my research, including data collection and preparation. I help students develop their research, analytical and writing skills to prepare them for their professional goals. Students who work with me on research projects also will gain experience in interpersonal interaction by working with families who participate in my studies.

Vasanth, Kumar
Kumar, Vasanth, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: vkumar3@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics; Cell growth, differentiation and development; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Cell Cycle

Corinne, Leach
Leach, Corinne, MD, PhDAssociate Professor
Email: clleach@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Bobby, Mathew
Mathew, Bobby, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: bmathew2@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Jayasree, Nair
Nair, Jayasree, MDAssistant Professor of Pediatrics
Email: jnair2@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Munmun, Rawat
Rawat, Munmun, MDResearch Assistant Professor
Email: munmunra@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

Anne Marie, Reynolds
Reynolds, Anne Marie, MD, MPHClinical Assistant Professor; Interim Division Chief, Neonatology
Email: amr1@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics

William, Zorn
Zorn, William, PhDClinical Associate Professor
Email: zor@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 323-0260

Specialty/Research Focus:
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine; Neonatology; Pediatrics