Gokcumen, Assistant Professor of Biology – Here is his CV and here is his “UB Experts” page for the press.


Dr. Marie SaitouAstellas Foundation Fellow. A graduate of University of Tokyo, she is leading on multiple projects in the laboratory.


Yen Lung ‘Onta’  LinPh.D. student & Presidential Fellow. Onta received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from National Taiwan University, in the Departments of Botany and Plant Biology, respectively. She is now a Ph.D. student working on hotspots of structural variation in primates. She is also a recipient of the Presidential Fellowship here at the UB.

Duo ‘Erica’ Xu, PhD student, Erica is originally from China and received her bachelors degree in biological science from Fudan University. She works on analyzing the distribution of structural variation across time. P.S. Always free for lloyd taco trucks~

Ozgur TaskentPh.D. Student and Presidential Fellow. Ozgur has an interest in the population history of Western Asian populations. Check out his blog at (Turkish).


Skyler Resendez – Ph.D. Student, Presidential Fellow. Skyler is also a member of the CLIMB program and received funding through the IMSD. He studies structural variants found in ancient hominin genomes with an emphasis on the Growth Hormone Receptor (GHR) gene, utilizing a transgenic mouse model. Check out his blog, The Bio Bay, at

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Izzy Starr – Ph.D. Student. Izzy is an Arthur Schomburg Fellow.  They are interested in many things, including the intersection of identity and genetics.

John Sebastiani – M.S. Student, John is a Master’s student in UB’s Biology Graduate Program. He is currently researching structural variants in modern and ancient polar bear genomes.

kirstenKirsten Dean – Undergraduate Student, Kirsten is a Freshman at the Honors College and is majoring in Biomedical Sciences. She is currently researching the salivary MUC7 gene, observing a subexonic repeat that is variable in copy number across a variety of placental mammals.


  • Alexa Bracci (B.S. 2017) – Now a Ph.D. student at Cornell
  • Sarah Schwartz (High School Intern) – Now a B.S. Student at UB Computer Science
  • Justin Bradley (M.S., EEB Program)
  • Petar Pajic (M.S., 2017) – Now a tech at UB Oral Biology. Also applying for MD/Ph.D. Programs
  • Lauren Boehnke (B.S., 2016) – Now a Ph.D. Student at UB graduate program in Biomedical Sciences.
  • Samantha Queeno (M.A., 2016) – Now a Ph.D. Student at University of Oregon.
  • Eaaswarkhanth Muthukrishnan, (Postdoctoral Fellow) – Now Senior Researcher at Dasman Diabetes Institute – Kuwait.
  • Brandon Mistretta (M.A., 2015) – Now a medical genetics technologist at Baylor College of Medicine
  • Sara-Ann Fox, (B.S., 2015) – Now a Medical Student at SUNY, Upstate Medical University
  • Colin Flanagan (B.S., 2015) – Now a research assistant at Rockefeller University (with Dr.  Ju Chen).
  • Emilie Redwood (B.S., 2016) – Now at Med. School at SUNY, Stony Brook