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

Arthur Edelman, PhD
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

Student Mentee
Karla Boeta-Lopez (2015) 

Tracey Ignatowski, PhD

Tracey Ignatowski, PhD

Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Student Mentee
Adriana Pons Calvo (2017)

James Olson, PhD

James Olson, PhD
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology 

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

Te-Chung Lee, PhD

Te-Chung Lee, PhD

Department of Biochemistry 

Student Mentee
Astrid Gutierrez (2018)

John Panepinto, PhD

John Panepinto, PhD
Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

Student Mentee
Ashley Ann Rivera Rodriguez (2013) 

Student Mentee
Jaleel Shepard (2017)

Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD

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

Student Mentee
Courtney Turner (2013) 

School of Dental Medicine

Mira Edgerton, DDS, PhD

Mira Edgerton, DDS, PhD
Department of Oral Biology 

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

Praveen Arany, PhD

Praveen Arany, PhD
Department of Oral Biology

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

Jason Kay, PhD

Jason Kay, PhD
Department of Oral Biology 

Student Mentees
John Lepore (2018)
Janet Park (2015) 

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

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

Student Mentees
Lindsey Euscher (2017)
Jennifer Green (2013) 

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

Student Mentees
Blessing Hunsu (2018)
Brianna Scotland (2017)
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

David Williamson, PhD
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
 

Student Mentee
Kaleish Ambris (2015) 

Xuefeng Ren, MD, PhD

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

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

Hong Xue, PhD

Hong Xue, PhD
Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health 

Student Mentee
Jacob Khuri (2015) 

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD

Jean Wactawski-Wende, PhD

Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Student Mentee
Ashirah Simpson (2018) 

Heather Orom, PhD

Heather Orom, PhD
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Student Mentee
Kennethea Wilson (2016) 

Lina Mu, PhD, MD

Lina Mu, PhD, MD

Deaprtment of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Student Mentee
Renato Quinones (2018)

Jennifer Temple, PhD

Jennifer Temple, PhD
Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences 

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

School of Nursing

Grace Dean, PhD

Student Mentee
Christina Moore (2015) 

Ellen Volpe, PhD

Ellen Volpe, PhD

Student Mentee
Quinn Carroll (2017)

Student Mentee
Christina Moore (2015) 

Student Mentee
Tiffany Chen (2018)

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

Student Mentees
Samantha Manahan (2017)
Dayhna Marti Ojeda (2016)

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

Student Mentee
Jenelle Robinson (2016)

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Ciprian Ionita, PhD

Ciprian Ionita, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering

Student Mentees
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) 

Kevin Burke, PhD

Kevin Burke, PhD
Department of Electrical Engineering 

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

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

Hao Zeng, PhD

Hao Zeng, PhD
Department of Physics 

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

Laura Rusche, PhD

Laura Rusche, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

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

Kristin Gainey, PhD

Kristin Gainey, PhD

Department of Psychology

Student Mentee
Daisy Zavala (2018)

Bernard A. Weinstein, PhD

Bernard A. Weinstein, PhD
Department of Physics 

Student Mentee
Alyssa Yaeger (2013) 

Luis Colon, PhD

Luis Colon, PhD
Department of Chemistry
 

Student Mentee
Kathia Molina Carrasquillo (2013) 

Paul Cullen, PhD

Paul Cullen, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Javier Muniz (2014) 

Stephen Tiffany, PhD

Stephen Tiffany, PhD
Department of Psychology 

Student Mentee
Tiffany Long (2014) 

Denise Ferkey, PhD

Denise Ferkey, PhD
Department of Biological Sciences 

Student Mentee
Javier Muniz (2014) 

Matthew Paul, PhD

Matthew Paul, PhD
Department of Psychology

Student Mentees
Simone John-Vanderpool (2018)
Rosanny Bivieca (2016)
Erika Berta Luis Sanchez (2015)