Upstate Medical University


Collaborations between ESF researchers and scientists at UMU including areas of vector biology, cardiovascular health effects of road traffic, stressors and infectious disease, and others. The faculty members listed below have over 275 peer-reviewed publications, over $12 million in active grant funding, 2 patents and 7 provisional patents.


Saravanan Thangamani, PhDDirector, SUNY Center for Vector-Borne Diseases Impact of ecological changes on geographic expansion of Powassan virus and other tick borne diseases in Upstate, New York; Mosquito determinants of Chikungunya virus and Zika virus transmission; Effect of tick co-infections on the clinical outcome of Lyme disease; Anti-tick vaccine development.
Stephen Thomas, MDDirector, Institute for Global Health & Translational Science; Chief of Infectious Disease, UpstateVaccine development; flavivirus research
John Stella, PhD Vice President for Research; Professor, ESFDevelopment of biopolymers for medical technologies; microbial physiology; synthetic bio.
Timothy Endy, MDProgram Leader, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)Flavivirus research, international disease surveillance, vaccine development
Christopher P. Morley, PhDChair, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, UpstateHealth Disparities & Social Determinants of Health, including built environment; Public Health Policy
Brian Leydet, PhD, MPHAssistant Professor, Environmental and Forest Biology, ESFVector-borne diseases; novel control methods
Mary Collins, PhDAssistant Professor, Environmental Studies, ESF Models of impact of industrial toxins on cancer; environmental justice and equity
Kristopher Paolino, MDAssistant Professor; Director of Clinical Research for CGHATS, Upstate Clinical trial design and conduct; infectious disease research
Jaime Mirowsky, PhDAssistant Professor, Chemistry, ESF Health impacts of chemical and non-chemical stressors in healthy & susceptible populations
Roxanne Razavi, PhDAssistant Professor, Environmental and Forest Biology, ESF Mercury dynamics in freshwater systems; effects of mercury in food webs
Anna Stewart, PhD, MPAAssistant Professor; Latin America Coordinator, Upstate Ecology of infectious disease; environmental drivers of disease; international collaborations
Telisa Stewart, DrPHAssistant Professor, Public Health & Preventative Medicine, UpstatePublic Health, population based health, community education and participation
Lee Newman, PhDCoordinator, Environmental Health Major; Associate Professor, Environmental and Forest Biology, ESF Hyperspectral imaging of environmental pollutants; nanoparticle toxicity
Tina Lupone, MPHDirector of Education, IGHATS, UpstatePublic health; epidemiology; education initiatives
Joseph Domachowske, MDProfessor; Director of Maternal-Child & Pediatric Health, UpstatePediatric infectious disease clinical care and research; clinical trial design and conduct
Adam Waickman Assistant Professor, Dept of Microbiology & Immunology, UpstateDegue virus pathogenesis and Human immunity.

Faculty Affiliates

Shijie Liu, PhDBioengineering, fermentation, kinetics, separation, pulping, bleaching, fiber properties, sustainability, biofuel, renewable chemicals, biomaterials
Gregory L. Boyer, PhDBiochemistry and Environmental Chemistry, plant and algal biochemistry, chemical ecology and toxins produced by algae. Environmental monitoring, including Buoy and ship-based monitoring systems for water quality
John P. Hassett, PhDEnvironmental chemistry, aquatic chemistry
M. Margaret Bryant, PhDLand Planning
Margaret FormicaCancer epidemiology, including environmental risk factors, built environment effects on health
Melissa K. Fierke, PhDForest entomology, forest ecology, invasive forest pests, insect-tree interactions, tree defenses
Susan E. Anagnostwood anatomy, wood decay, microscopy
Huiting MaoEnvironmental chemistry, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, regional to global budgets of trace gases, long range transport, continental export, climate change
Paula Rosenbaum, PhDPediatric and adult cancers, woman's health, and the role of environmental exposures in reproductive health, endocrine diseases and immunologic disorders, including allergies and asthma
Sharon D. MoranEnvironmental policy, human dimensions of water/wastewater issues, political ecology, environment-society relations, green and innovative technologies, environmental issues in post-communist countries, qualitative research methods, gender and nature, sustainability indicators, emergent technologies, environmental justice, ethical frameworks in public policy
Dongliang Wang, PhDBiomarker evaluation, diagnostic test evaluation, statistical genetics, nonparametric statistics, biostatistics
Martha Wojtowycz, PhDHealth economics, health services research
Donald A Cibula, PhDBiostatistics, ecology, geographic information systems (GIS)
Travis Hobart, Md, MPHEnvironmental health risk factors in the pediatric population, lead screening
Douglas S. WalshClinical drug and vaccine trial experience working with tropical diseases such as malaria, and tropical dermatoses such as leprosy, leishmaniasis and Buruli ulcer
Christopher WhippsFish parasites and diseases, wildlife diseases, parasitology, microbiology, taxonomy, molecular systematics, diagnostics, parasites as biological tags and ecological indicators, epidemiology and control of pathogens of ecological and veterinary importance, evolution and biology of disease causing organisms in animal populations using molecular systematics
Timothy Endy, MDEmeritus Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Upstate
Flavivirus research, international disease surveillance, vaccine development