People

BioInspired brings together faculty with a distinguished track record of excellence, including:

  • $46 million in sponsored research over the past five years
  • More than 100 total peer-reviewed publications in top journals
  • More than 80 patents
  • Editorial board membership and invited guest editors for leading journals
  • Prestigious grants and fellowships including more than 10 Early Career award winners, Sloan Fellowship, Lush Prize
  • Leadership in national scientific societies
  • Advisory board membership for established and start-up companies (Ichor Therapeutics, Xeragenx LLC, Balchem Corp, Central New York Research Corporation)
  • Teaching excellence, including multiple department, University and external awards

Leadership

M. Lisa Manning, PhD
Director
Professor of Physics
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Dacheng Ren, PhD
Associate Director
Stevenson Endowed Professor
Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Executive Committee

The BioInspired Executive Committee is made up of faculty who actively participate to provide collaborative leadership and scientific guidance to the Institute. The committee leads major institute programming priorities, soliciting feedback from membership and representing all constituents of the institute.

Jeffrey Amack, PhD
Associate Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
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James Henderson, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Associate Professor Department of Biology
Director, Bioengineering Graduate Program
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James Hougland, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry
Adjunct Assistant Professor, SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Ivan Ivanov, PhD
Director, Michael Szwarc Polymer Research Institute
Professor of Chemistry, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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Shikha Nangia, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Interdisciplinary Research Group Leaders

An Interdisciplinary Research Group leader is associated with each focus group within the BioInspired Institute. Leaders’ duties include outlining research goals, communicating with search committees involved in faculty hires and organizing members to submit collaborative grants.

Drug Discovery

John Chisholm, PhD
Professor, Chemistry
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Roy Welch, PhD
Professor, Biology
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Mechanics of Development and Disease

Zhen Ma, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
Samuel and Carol Nappi Research Scholar
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Jennifer Ross, PhD
Professor, Physics
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Smart Materials

Christian Santangelo, PhD
Professor, Physics
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Pranav Soman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Form and Function

Melissa Green, PhD
Associate Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Susan Parks, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology
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Faculty

Syracuse University

Tiago Barreira, PhD
Assistant Professor, Exercise Science
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Carlos Castaneda, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology and Chemistry
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Heather Coleman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology and Chemistry
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Robert Doyle, PhD
Meredith Professor
Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Chair, Chemistry
Associate Professor of Medicine, SUNY Upstate Medical University
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Victor Duenas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Zhenyu Gan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
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Julie Hasenwinkel, PhD
Chair, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Heidi Hehnly-Chang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology
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Sandra Hewett, PhD
Beverly Petterson Bishop Professor of Neuroscience
Professor, Biology
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Linda Ivany, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair, Earth Sciences
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Ivan Korendovych, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry
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Tim Korter, PhD
Professor, Chemistry
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Kate Lewis, PhD
Professor, Biology
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Yan-Yeung Luk, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry
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Jessica MacDonald, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology
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Olga Makhlynets, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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Mary Beth Browning Monroe, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Jennifer Karas Montez, PhD
Professor, Sociology
Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar in Aging Studies
Co-Director of the Policy, Place, and Population Health Lab
Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute
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Liviu Movileanu, PhD
Professor, Physics
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Davoud Mozhdehi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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Alison Patteson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Physics
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Joseph Paulsen, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physics
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Melissa Pepling, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair, Biology
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Zhao Qin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Minghao Rostami, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mathematics
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Jennifer Schwarz, PhD
Associate Professor, Physics
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Wanliang Shan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Lixin Shen, PhD
Professor, Mathematics
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Rachel Steinhardt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Nancy Totah, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry
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William Wylie, PhD
Associate Professor, Mathematics
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Teng Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Weiwei Zheng, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Ivan Ivanov, PhD
Director, Michael Szwarc Polymer Research Institute
Professor, Chemistry
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Michael Swarc Polymer Research Institute

Erica Majumder, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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Christopher Nomura, PhD
Vice President for Research
Professor, Chemistry
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SUNY Upstate Medical University

Audrey Bernstein, PhD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
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Preethi Ganapathy, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology
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Jessica Henty-Ridilla, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Samuel Herberg, PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Assistant Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
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Jason Horton, PhD
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
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Juntao Luo, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology
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Ken Mann, PhD
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
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Megan Oest, PhD
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
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Mariano Viapiano, PhD
Associate Professor of Neuroscience and Physiology
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
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