Featured Personalities

(Profiles last updated in January 2012.)

Robert Block, MD, MPHBobBlock

-Department of Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology
-Managing Co-Director of UNYTE
-Novel Methodologies Awardee
-KL2 Scholar
-UNYTE Pilot Funding Awardee
-Laboratory Support Center Awardee

Tim Bushnell, PhD

-Director, URMC Shared Resources LaboratoriesTimBushnell

As the Director of URMC’s Shared Resource Laboratories, Tim Bushnell, PhD, serves as an ambassador for building the bridge between basic science research facilities and clinical scientists in order to drive clinical and translational research at the University of Rochester. The tools housed by the Shared Resource Laboratories give investigators at the University, as well as throughout New York State, the ability to conduct studies geared toward personalized medicine. When speaking of the Labs, Dr. Bushnell paraphrases an old BASF commercial, “We don’t make the science, we help make it better.”

Jennifer Cialone


CTSI TL1 Predoctoral Training Program

Project: A Phase II, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Trial of the Safety & Tolerability of Mycophenolate (CellCept) in Children with Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (JNCL)

Mentor: Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Division of Pediatric Neurology

Geba_DanielaDaniela Geba, MD

PhD Student

Translational Biomedical Sciences PhD Program 

Project: Comparative effectiveness of diabetes screening strategies: a pilot study
Mentor: Thomas Pearson, MD, MPH, PhD, Albert D. Kaiser Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research, University of Rochester Medical Center; Director, Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Nancy Needler

Research Subject Advocate
Clinical and Translational Science Institutenancy needler

Nancy Needler is the Research Subject Advocate for the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She is an independent resource for study volunteers (subjects), as well as researchers and study coordinators at the University. In her role, she assists investigators with many facets of study management, including the informed consent process and the development of the Data and Safety Monitoring Plan. Needler is also the primary liaison for the ResearchMatch recruitment tool. In the fall of 2011, the University of Rochester CTSI was named the first-quarter recipient of the MatchMaestro Award from ResearchMatch for successfully recruiting more study volunteers than any other institution.

Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedics
Associate Dean for Clinical AffairsRegisOKeefe

Dr. Regis O’Keefe is the Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Rochester Medical Center. An orthopaedic oncologist, he earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Following his residency, he completed a fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In order to better understand the diseases he treats, Dr. O’Keefe earned a PhD in biochemistry at URMC while conducting research.

Michael O’Reilly, PhD

Department of Pediatrics

Laboratory Support Center AwardeeMichaelOReilly

Dr. O’Reilly received a Laboratory Support Center Award in 2007 for his proposal, “Genome profiling of innate-immune privileged lung epithelial cells.” The research funded by this RFA has led to advances in the study of how premature oxygen exposure affects children throughout life. It has also led to the creation of the Perinatal and Pediatric Origins of Disease (PPOD) Program in the Department of Pediatrics. The PPOD Program will be run by Dr. O’Reilly.

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