Alumni Careers

Our graduates report feeling fully prepared and confident as they embark on their careers.

Our alumni enjoy fulfilling careers in local, national and international positions. 


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Jordan Dood
MA "DNA Metabolism" Mark Sutton
Laboratory Technician: Bioscience Laboratories, Inc., Bozeman MT
Gary Iacobucci
PhD "Mechanistic Insights to the Ca2+- Dependent Inactivation of NMDA Receptors by Calmodulin"
Gabriela Popescu Postdoctoral Associate: SUNY Buffalo Department of Biochemistry; Principal Investigator: Gabriela Popescu
Sarah Popadowski MA   "Role of Tramtack69 in Regulating RAS Signaling Within the Drosophila Visceral Mesoderm" Marc Halfon Middle School Teacher: Catholic Academy of Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls NY
Srignesh Ramachandra Rao   PhD "Studies on the Fole of Sterol and Non-Sterol Isoprenoids in Retinal Health and Disease"
Steven Fliesler   Postdoctoral Associate: SUNY Buffalo Department of Ophthalmology; Principal Investigator: Steven Fliesler
Cooper Sailer
MA   "N-Terminal Methylation of VRK2B"
Christine Schaner-Tooley
University of Rochester PhD Program in Cell Biology and Disease
Michelle Scotland PhD "Deciphering the Mechanisms of DNA Polymerase Switching in Escherichia coli"
Mark Sutton
Postdoctoral Associate: Cornell University; Principal Investigator: Dr. Eric Alani
Jasdip Singh MA "Small Molecule Inhibitors of Zika Virus" Amy Jacobs   SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy; Pharm D Program, Fall 2018
Kenny Vu MA   "A Mutation in Hephaestin Decreases Expression in HEK293 Cells"
Daniel Kosman Research Support Specialist: Research Foundation of SUNY Buffalo, Biochemistry
Anna Young MA "GluN3A Subunit of the N-methyl-D-aspartate Receptor"
Gabriela Popescu Applying to Veterinary School, Fall 2019


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Maha Ali   MA "Sub-cellular Localization of ETS-1" Lee Ann Sinha
Fragrances and Flavors Scientist: Bedoukian Research, Danbury CT
Anushila Chatterjee
PhD "Rapid Evolution of an Iron Acquisition System in Bradyrhizobium japonicum"
Mark O'Brian
Postdoctoral Associate: University of Colorado, Department of Immunology & Microbiology; Principal Investigator: Breck Duerkop
Yicheng Huang MA   "Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Human Eyes with Diabetic Retinopathy"
Sarah Zhang
Research Associate 2: LSU Health Sciences Center, Shreveport LA
Lauren Johengen MA   "Requirements for Msh2-Msh3 Mediated Repair in Saccharomyces cerevisiae:
Jennifer Surtees Microbiologist II Quality Control: Perrigo Company, Dayton OH
Ishita Joshi   MA   "Determining the Mechanistics of Chromatin Regulated p63 Targeting Using Next-Generation Dequencing Methods"
Satrajit Sinha   SUNY Upstate Medical University PhD Program in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Principal Investigator: Wenyi Feng
Prontip Saelee   PhD "Understanding the ETS-1 Expression and Function in B Cells"
Lee Ann Sinha
Research Associate: Tactiva Therapeutics, Buffalo NY
Lisa Samuels   MA "Effects of Phenylbutyrate Treatment on Behavior of Pyruvate Dehydrogenase Complex Deficient Mice" Mulchand Patel SUNY Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; MD Program, Fall 2017
Randall Shearer MA "Identification of Sox 10 Enhancers by Demonstrating a Casual Relationship Between Enhancer Repression and Sox 10 Expression"
Yungki Park   SUNY Buffalo School of Pharmacy; Pharm D. Program, Fall 2018
Shichen Shen   PhD "Development of Novel ionstar-Based Methods for Large-Scale Tissue and Plasma Proteomics with High Sensitivity and Reproducibility"
Jun Qu Postdoctoral Associate: SUNY Buffalo Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; Principal Investigator: jun Qu
Gregory Williams   PhD "Mechanistic Contributions of Mismatch Repair (MMR) Proteins to Trinucleotide Repeat Expansion" Jennifer Surtees Postdoctoral Associate: National University of Galway, Ireland


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Cummings, Kirstie
"Role of Glycine in NMDA Receptor-Dependent Excitatory Neurotransmission" Gabriela Popescu
Postdoctoral Associate: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Principal Investigator:  Roger Clem
Sree Sai Siddharth Jaggavarapu
PhD "Differential Control of Bradyrhizobium Japonicum Iron Stimulon Genes by the Iron Response Regulator" Mark O'Brian
Postdoctoral Associate:  Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University
Principal Investigator:  David Weiss
Changyi Ji
PhD "Mechanism and Regulation of Iron Uptake and Efflux in Primary Hippocampal Neurons"
Daniel Kosman
Postdoctoral Associate: University of Rochester Medical Center
Principal Investigator:  Gail V. W. Johnson
Vignesh Musuri Periasamy
PhD "Co-ordination of Replication Initiation With Transcriptional Regulation in escherichia coli"
Mark Sutton   Postdoctoral Associate: MIT Department of Biology
Principal Investigator:  Graham Walker
Siva Sankari Iyer Mani Sankaran
PhD "Discovery and Analysis of Iron Export and Iron Import Mechanisms of Bradyrhizobium japonicum and Their Roles in Managing Stress Responses"
Mark O'Brian
Postdoctoral Associate:  MIT Department of Biology
Principal Investigator:  Graham Walker
Isha Sethi PhD "Determining the Mechanistics of Chromatin Regulated p63 Targeting Using Next-Generation Sequencing Methods"
Michael Buck &
Satrajit Sinha
Postdoctoral Associate: Dana Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard School of Public Health
Principal Investigator: Guocheng Yuan
Xiaomeng Shen PhD "Development of a Powerful Quantitative Proteomics Strategy and Its Application for Better Understanding of Myocardial Stunning in Swine Model"
Jun Qu   Scientist: Amgem, Thousand Oaks CA
Kushal Suryamohan
"Regulatory Networks in Development: Understanding the Role of cis-Regulatory Modules in Gene Regulatory Network Evolution"
Marc Halfon
Postdoctoral Researcher:  Genentech, San Francisco CA


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Bard, Jonathan
"Evaluating Genome Wide Chromatin Accessibility using ATAC-Seq" Michael Buck
Senior Programmer, Bioinformatics Analyst
Sidoli, Mariapaola
PhD "The Role of Perk in Myelination and Demyelinating CMT 1B Neuropathy" Lawrence Wrabetz Postdoctoral Fellow in Will Talbot Lab, Dept of Biology, Stanford Neurosciences Institute Interdisciplinary Scholar
Zhou, Bo PhD "The Role of NFIX in Regulating Neural Stem Cell Development in Postnatal Mouse Brain" Richard Gronostajski Postdoctoral Associate:  Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Atkinson, Taylor
"Genetic Regulatory Factors" Marc Halfon
Associate Salesforce Consultant, Huron Consulting Group
Luo, Wei  PhD "The Interplay of Signaling Pathways and Ets Factors" Lee Ann Sinha
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Immunity Transplant Infection, Stanford University
Leung, Yi Kan
"The Role of Nuclear Factor I Proteins in Lung Development" Richard Gronostajski Epic, Technical Service Analyst, Madison WI
McCarthy, Ryan PhD "Mechanistic Analysis of iron Transport Across the Blood-Brain Barrier" Daniel Kosman
Scientist II, Decibel Therapeutics, Boston MA
Rizzo, Jason MD/PhD "Resolving Genome-Wide Views of Chromotin Structure to Identify Fundamental Principles of Genome Organization"
Michael Buck Dermatology Medical Practice; West Seneca NY
Sapkota, Darshan PhD "Onecut1 and Onecut2 Function Redundantly to Determine Multiple Cell Fates During Mouse Retinal Development" Xiuqian Mu
Postdoctoral Associate: Washington university-St. Louis, Department of Genetics; Principal Investigator: Joe Dougherty
Zhou, Yiyun PhD "The cis-trans Regulatory Circuit Mediating RTK/RAS Signaling in Visceral Muscle Founder Cell Specification"
Marc Halfon SUNY Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine Class of 2019


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Aman, Teresa K.
Postdoctoral scholar "Gating Modulation of NMDA Receptors by Protein Kinase A" Gabriela Popescu University of Washington
Principal Investigator: William Zagotta
Baxter, Jamie PhD "Characterization of Hda-Beta Clamp Functions Beyond the Regulatory Inactivation of DnaA in Escherichia coli" Mark Sutton Postdoctoral Associate: University of Toronto; Department of Molecular Genetics
Principal Investigator: Dr. Barbara Funnell
Borschel, William F PhD "Influence of the Ligand Binding Domain Heterodimer Interface on NMDA Receptor Kinetics" Gabriela Popescu Postdoctoral Associate: Washington University; Department of Cell Biology & Physiology
Principal Investigator: Colin Nichols
Feiger, Matthew MA "Mechanisms Underlying DNA Damage Induced Mutagenesis in Pseudomonas aeruginosa" Mark Sutton
Research Associate II: Process Development, Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Heltzel, Justin PhD "Mechanisms Underlying Actions of Escherichia coli DNA Polymerase IV in Translesion Synthesis" Mark Sutton Postdoctoral Scholar
University at Buffalo;
Department of Biology
Principal Investigator: Laura Rusche
Kumar, Charanya
PhD "Structure-Function Analyses of Msh2-Msh6 and Msh2-Msh3 Complexes: An Insight Into Molecular Mechanisms" Jennifer Surtees Postdoctoral Associate: Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Department of Molecular Biology
Principal Investigator: Dirk Remus
Lai, William PhD "Computational Tools for Investigating the Role of Chromatin in Regulating Genomic Functional Elements" Michael Buck Postdoctoral Associate: Pennsylvania State University; Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Principal Investigator: Frank Pugh
Mastri, Michalis PhD "Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms in Myocardial Regeneration" Te-Chung Lee Postdoctoral Associate: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; Department of Medicine
Principal Investigator: John Ebos
Yu, Han MS "Modulation and Structural Basis of NMDA Receptor Desensitization" Gabriela Popescu Masters student: University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions; Department of Biostatistics


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Chin, Shu Shien PhD "Investigating Functions of the Transcription Factor ETS1 in Squamous Cell Carcinoma" Lee Ann Garrett-Sinha Pfizer (China)
Hsu, Yu-Chi PhD "The Role of Nfib in Lung Development"
Richard Gronostajski GSK-GlaxoSmithKline, Investigator, Collegeville PA
Swetha E.
PhD "Molecular Determinants of Proton Sensitivity and Gating in NMDA Receptors" Gabriela Popescu Postdoctoral Associate: Scripps Research Institute; Department of Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience Principal Investigator: Ardem Pataputian


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Russell, Lisa
PhD "The Role of the Transcription Factor Ets-1 in B Cell Tolerance" Lee Ann Garrett- Sinha Postdoctoral Associate: National Institute of Aging; National Institutes of Health
Principal Investigator: Patricia Gearhart
Small, Sandra
PhD "Control of Ferric Iron Acquisition and Reduction by Irr in the Bacterium Bradyrhizobium japonicum" Mark O'Brian Workforce Development Associate: University at Buffalo; New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Stacy A.
PhD "Contributions of the Amino-Terminal Domains to NMDA Receptor Functions" Gabriela Popescu Assistant Professor of Biology, D'Youville College
Cassandra L.
PhD "Mechanisms of NMDA Receptor Activation by Agonists" Gabriela Popescu Postdoctoral Associate: University of Massachusetts Medical School; Department of Neurobiology
Principal Investigator: Vivian Budnik
Puri, Sumant
PhD "Heme as an Iron Source and as a Target for Manganese-Mediated Regulation of Iron Metabolism in Bradyrhizobium japonicum"
Mark O'Brian
Research Scientist:  University at Buffalo, Department of Oral Biology
Zisa, David MD/PhD "Mechanism of VGEF Therapy for Heart Failure" Te-Chung Lee Resident: Harvard Medical School


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Yang, Chen PhD "Mechanistic Studies of RNA Polymerase II Species-Specific Transcription Initiation Patterns" Alfred Ponticelli Postdoctoral Associate: Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology; Principal Investigator: Pin-Lan Li


Name Degree Dissertation Topic Mentor/PI Current Position
Scott, Marta MA "Analysis of cis-Regulatory Element Transcription in Drosophilia Melanogaster" Marc Halfon Biologist Consultant: MITRE Corporation, McLean VA
Scouten, Sarah
PhD "Biochemical Analysis of the Role of the Conserved Hydrophobic Cleft on the Escherichia coli Beta Clamp in DNA Replication" Mark Sutton Founder: Illuminating Diagnostics
Shabbir, Arsalan MD/PhD "Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Cardiac Repair" Te-Chung Lee Resident: University of Miami School of Medicine
Zhu, Qianqian
PhD "Drosophila Regulatory Genomics: cis-Regulatory Modules, Promoters, and Microarrays" Marc Halfon Assistant Professor of Oncology: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Biostatisitics & Bioinformatics