Recent iSEED Mentors

Each year, iSEED students are placed with mentors across seven UB schools whose interests align closely with their own in a wide variety of biomedical and STEM disciplines. You are welcome to request to work with any of these faculty or others whose research interests you, and we will try to make you a perfect match!

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Arthur Edelman, PhD
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

Student Mentee
Karla Boeta-Lopez (2015) 

James Olson, PhD
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

Student Mentees
Mobolanle Adebesin (2014) 
Carmen Marable (2013) 

John Panepinto, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

Student Mentee
Ashley Ann Rivera Rodriguez (2013) 

Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

Student Mentee
Courtney Turner (2013) 

School of Dental Medicine

Mira Edgerton, DDS, PhD
Department of Oral Biology 

Student Mentees
Christine Breindel (2015) 
Gino An (2014) 
Adelaeda Barrera (2013) 

Praveen Arany, PhD
Department of Oral Biology

Student Mentee
Ahmad Salah (2016) 

Jason Kay, PhD
Department of Oral Biology 

Student Mentee
Janet Park (2015) 

Chris Li, MD
Department of Oral Biology 

Student Mentees
Rebecca Hojna (2016)
Saiema Alam (2014) 

Stefan Ruhl, PhD
Department of Oral Biology 

Student Mentee
Kendall Sands (2013) 

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Student Mentees
Benita Okeke (2015) 
Alyssa Gbewonyo (2014) 

Student Mentee
Jennifer Green (2013) 

Student Mentees
Sheyanne Santiago (2016)
Yaritza Velez Burgos (2015) 

Student Mentee
Genevieve Stever (2013) 

Student Mentee
Karen Seo (2014) 

Student Mentees
Nana Serwaa (2016)
Karen Seo (2014) 

School of Public Health and Health Professions

David Williamson, PhD
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
 

Student Mentee
Kaleish Ambris (2015) 

Xuefeng Ren, MD, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Student Mentees
Carina Abreu (2014) 
Oumou Keita (2013) 

Hong Xue, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Student Mentee
Jacob Khuri (2015) 

Heather Orom, PhD
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Student Mentee
Kennethea Wilson (2016) 

Jennifer Temple, PhD
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 

Student Mentees
Briana McCloskey (2016)
Rashaun Williams (2015) 

School of Nursing

Student Mentee
Christina Moore (2015) 

Student Mentee
Christina Moore (2015) 

Student Mentee
John Pender (2013) 

Student Mentees
Natalie Weimer (2015)
Kirsten Adams (2014) 

Student Mentee
Dayhna Marti Ojeda (2016)

Student Mentee
Amber Scott (2014) 

Student Mentee
Jenelle Robinson (2016)

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Ciprian Ionita, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Student Mentees
Mariah Costa (2016)
Lauren Shepard (2016)
Stacie Arechavala (2015) 

Jennifer Zirnheld, PhD
Department of Electrical Engineering 

Student Mentees
Akeem Francis (2013) 
Michael Singletary (2013) 

Wenyao Xu, PhD
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 

Student Mentee
Gabriel Kelly (2015) 

Kevin Burke, PhD
Department of Electrical Engineering 

Student Mentees
Akeem Francis (2013) 
Michael Singletary (2013) 

Mark Ehrensberger, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Student Mentee
Stephanie Der (2014) 

Debanjan Sarkar, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Student Mentee
Dominique Saddler (2014) 

College of Arts and Sciences

Hao Zeng, PhD
Department of Physics 

Student Mentees
Lhamo Dorje (2016)
Brett Blizzard (2015) 
 

Denise Ferkey, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Javier Muniz (2014) 

Laura Rusche, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Elizabeth Penner (2015)

Stephen Tiffany, PhD
Department of Psychology 

Student Mentee
Tiffany Long (2014) 

Paul Cullen, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Javier Muniz (2014) 

Luis Colon, PhD
Department of Chemistry
 

Student Mentee
Kathia Molina Carrasquillo (2013) 

Matthew Paul, PhD
Department of Psychology

Student Mentees
Rosanny Bivieca (2016)
Erika Berta Luis Sanchez (2015) 

Bernard A. Weinstein, PhD
Department of Physics 

Student Mentee
Alyssa Yaeger (2013)