People

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

  • More than $40 million in sponsored research over the past five years
  • More than 650 total peer-reviewed publications, many in top journals
  • More than 45 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

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Leadership

M. Lisa Manning, PhD
Director
Kenan Professor of Physics
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James Henderson, PhD
Associate Director
Associate 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
SUNY Upstate Medical University
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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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Teng Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace 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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Alison Patteson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Physics
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Smart Materials

Christian Santangelo, PhD
Professor, Physics
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Pranav Soman, PhD
Associate 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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Katie Cadwell, PhD
Associate Teaching Professor, Chemical Engineering
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Carlos Castaneda, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biology and Chemistry
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Heather Coleman, PhD
Associate Professor, Biology and Biochemistry
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Andria Costello Staniec, PhD
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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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
Professor and 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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Era Jain, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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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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Liviu Movileanu, PhD
Professor, Physics
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Davoud Mozhdehi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry
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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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Dacheng Ren, PhD
Stevenson Endowed Professor, Department of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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Jennifer Ross, PhD
Professor, Physics
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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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Yiyang Sun, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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Radhakrishna Sureshkumar, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Biomedical and Chemical Engineering
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John Tillotson, PhD
Associate Professor, Science Education
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Nancy Totah, PhD
Associate Professor, Chemistry
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Yeqing Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
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William Wylie, PhD
Associate Professor, Mathematics
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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

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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Robert Cooney, MD
Professor of Surgery
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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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Qinghe Meng, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
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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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Staff

Jeremy L. Steinbacher, PhD
Director of Operations
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Eric B. Finkelstein, PhD
Facilities Manager
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Karen P. Low
Operations Specialist
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