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

Jessica Reynolds, PhD.

Jessica Reynolds, PhD

Department of Medicine

Student Mentees
Kritzia Rosado (2022)
Shon Webb (2021)

Terry Connell, PhD.

Terry Connell, PhD

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Student Mentee
Beatrice Gonzalez (2019)

Te-Chung Lee, PhD.

Te-Chung Lee, PhD

Department of Biochemistry 

Student Mentee
Astrid Gutierrez (2018)

Laura Feltri, MD.

Laura Feltri, MD

Department of Biochemistry

Student Mentee
Destinee Bledsoe (2019)

Tracey Ignatowski, PhD.

Tracey Ignatowski, PhD

Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Student Mentee
Adriana Pons Calvo (2017)

Student Mentee
Courtney Turner (2013) 

John Panepinto, PhD.

John Panepinto, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

Student Mentee
Ashley Ann Rivera Rodriguez (2013) 

Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD.

Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD

Student Mentee
Jaleel Shepard (2017)

Student Mentee
Karla Boeta-Lopez (2015) 

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

School of Dental Medicine

Student Mentees
Jalen Bonitto (2019)
LeDaniel Sims (2017 & 2018)
Toneia Washington (2017)
Ahmad Salah (2016) 

Student Mentees
Aadhiti Chendil (2022)
John Lepore (2018)
Janet Park (2015) 

Student Mentees
Amanda Holowatyj (2021) 
Genesis Pagen Cabrera (2019) 
Christine Breindel (2015) 
Gino An (2014) 
Adelaeda Barrera (2013) 

Chris Li, MD.

Chris Li, MD
Department of Oral Biology 

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

Stefan Ruhl, PhD.

Stefan Ruhl, PhD

Department of Oral Biology

Student Mentee
Kendall Sands (2013) 

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Jason Sprowl, PhD.

Student Mentees
Cydney Blake Burroughs (2022)

Youngjae You, PhD.

Student Mentees
Janissa Medwid (2022)

Dhaval Shah, PhD.

Student Mentees
Destiny Overton (2021) 
Benita Okeke (2015) 
Alyssa Gbewonyo (2014) 

Marilyn Morris, PhD.

Student Mentees
Blessing Hunsu (2018)
Brianna Scotland (2017)
Genevieve Stever (2013) 

Sathy Balu-Iyer, PhD.

Student Mentees
Valerie Lepore (2021)
Lauren Heinzinger (2019)
Lindsey Euscher (2017)
Jennifer Green (2013) 

Juliane Nguyen, PharmD, PhD.

Student Mentees
Yadilyz Caballero (2018)
Sheyanne Santiago (2016)
Yaritza Velez Burgos (2015) 

James O'Donnell, PhD.

Student Mentee
Karen Seo (2014) 

Ying Xu, PhD.

Student Mentees
Mebrhit Meheretab (2019)
Nana Serwaa (2016)
Karen Seo (2014) 

School of Public Health and Health Professions

Lina Mu, PhD, MD.

Lina Mu, PhD, MD

Deaprtment of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Student Mentee
Mariana Moreno (2022)
Renato Quinones (2018)

Katarzyna Kordas, PhD.

Katarzyna Kordas, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Student Mentee
Nathaniel Suarez (2021) 

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD.

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Student Mentee
Ashirah Simpson (2018) 

Jennifer Temple, PhD.

Jennifer Temple, PhD
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 

Student Mentees
Violeta Rosario (2022)
Briana McCloskey (2016)
Rashaun Williams (2015) 

James A. Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP.

James A. Lenker, PhD, OTR/L, ATP

Deaprtment of Rehabilitation Science

Student Mentee
Malaike Addo (2019)

Gregory Homish, PhD.

Gregory Homish, PhD

Deaprtment of Community Health and Health Behavior

Student Mentee
Amanda Gamwo (2019)

Xuefeng Ren, MD, PhD.

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

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

Pauline Mendola, PhD.

Pauline Mendola, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Student Mentee
Mariana Moreno (2022) 

David Williamson, PhD.

David Williamson, PhD
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
 

Student Mentee
Kaleish Ambris (2015) 

Hong Xue, PhD.

Hong Xue, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Student Mentee
Jacob Khuri (2015) 

Heather Orom, PhD.

Heather Orom, PhD
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Student Mentee
Kennethea Wilson (2016) 

School of Nursing

Student Mentee
Amanda Pollard (2019) 
Christina Moore (2015) 

Laura Anderson, PhD.

Student Mentee
Taylor Gietschier (2018)
Amber Scott (2014) 

Suzanne Dickerson, DNS.

Student Mentee
Christina Moore (2015) 

Adrian Juarez, PhD.

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

Rebecca Lorenz, PhD, RN.

Student Mentee
Tiffany Chen (2018)

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Sabrina Casucci, PhD.

Sabrina Casucci, PhD
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Student Mentees
Makayla Roma (2019)

Yun Wu, PhD.

Yun Wu, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Student Mentees
Danielle Usinski (2021)

Barbara Rita Alevriadou, PhD.

Barbara Rita Alevriadou, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Student Mentees
Elaye Ekiyor (2022)

Kevin Burke, PhD.

Kevin Burke, PhD
Department of Electrical Engineering 

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

Ciprian Ionita, PhD.

Ciprian Ionita, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Student Mentees
Hannah Dougherty (2019)
Toni Warnick (2017)
Melinda Tiao (2017)
Mariah Costa (2016)
Lauren Shepard (2016)
Stacie Arechavala (2015) 

Jennifer Zirnheld, PhD.

Jennifer Zirnheld, PhD
Department of Electrical Engineering 

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

Wenyao Xu, PhD.

Wenyao Xu, PhD
Department of Computer Science and Engineering 

Student Mentees
Chris Baker (2018)
Gabriel Kelly (2015) 

Mark Ehrensberger, PhD.

Mark Ehrensberger, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Student Mentee
Stephanie Der (2014) 

Debanjan Sarkar, PhD.

Debanjan Sarkar, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering 

Student Mentee
Dominique Saddler (2014) 

College of Arts and Sciences

Matthew Paul, PhD.

Matthew Paul, PhD
Department of Psychology

Student Mentees
Olivia Maday (2021)
Nashali Massa (2019)
Simone John-Vanderpool (2018)
Rosanny Bivieca (2016)
Erika Berta Luis Sanchez (2015) 

Rebecca Ashare, PhD.

Rebecca Ashare, PhD
Department of Psychology 

Student Mentee
Dianna Solis (2022) 

John P. Richard, PhD.

John P. Richard, PhD
Department of Chemistry 

Student Mentee
Alex Maldonado (2022) 

Jennifer Read, PhD.

Jennifer Read, PhD

Department of Psychology

Student Mentee
Jasmine McClain (2019)

Hao Zeng, PhD.

Hao Zeng, PhD

Department of Physics

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

Bernard A. Weinstein, PhD.

Bernard A. Weinstein, PhD
Department of Physics 

Student Mentee
Alyssa Yaeger (2013) 

Paul Cullen, PhD.

Paul Cullen, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Javier Muniz (2014) 

Denise Ferkey, PhD.

Denise Ferkey, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Javier Muniz (2014) 

Laura Rusche, PhD.

Laura Rusche, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentees
Aylin Flores (2017)
Elizabeth Penner (2015)

Gerald B. Koudelka, PhD.

Gerald B. Koudelka, PhD

Department of Biological Sciences

Student Mentee
Vanessa Schoen (2021)

Kristin Gainey, PhD.

Kristin Gainey, PhD

Department of Psychology

Student Mentee
Daisy Zavala (2018)

Stephen Tiffany, PhD.

Stephen Tiffany, PhD
Department of Psychology 

Student Mentee
Tiffany Long (2014) 

Luis Colon, PhD.

Luis Colon, PhD
Department of Chemistry 

Student Mentee
Kathia Molina Carrasquillo (2013)