Message from the Vice President for Research
Vice President for Research
Research at Upstate is guided by four disease-based pillars that stimulate cross-departmental collaboration and inter-disciplinary research. Our researchers are based in departments, but their work can also be thought of in the context of the pillars or in the foundational sciences.
The pillars reflect the most prevalent and pressing human health issues:
- Disorders of the Nervous System
- Infectious Diseases
- Diabetes, Metabolic Disorders and Cardiovascular Diseases
These pillars account for 75 percent of the campus' funded research. They also emphasize some of the most intriguing areas of biomedical investigation and reflect the NIH's emphasis on funding research that can improve the health of the most people.
Eric Wohlford received a 2012 travel award from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and spent two months in Kenya working in the lab of Rosemary Rochford, PhD, professor and chair of Upstate’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Eric studied the effects of malaria on B cells (producers of antibodies that fight infection) and Epstein-Barr Virus infection in the region. “Tropical medicine is unique, in that small, focused improvements in patient care make dramatic improvements in the well-being of patients,” he said.