Morri Markowitz, MDMorri Markowitz, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY


  • 1970 B.S. Biology & Chemistry, University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus, 
  • 1974, M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York


  • 1974-1978 Pediatrics Residency, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center Bronx, NY 10467
  • 1979-1981 Clinical Research Fellowship, Pediatric Endocrinology/Metabolism Clinical Research Center, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • 1981-1982 Fellowship - Division of Pediatric Metabolism, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Bronx, NY

Research Interests: 

  • I have been a clinical researcher working in the areas of childhood lead poisoning and bone mineral metabolism.  In the lead field my focus has been to improve diagnostic modalities and treatment outcomes. In the field of mineral metabolism my work delineated the circadian rhythms of bone minerals and their regulating hormones.

Dr. Natalia V. NaumovaNatalia V. Naumova, Ph.D.


  • 2005: BS degree in Biology (with excellence) on specialty “biochemistry”, Diploma KB 28095490 30.06.2005
  • 2007: MS degree in Biology (with excellence) on specialty “biochemistry”, Diploma KB 32792826 27.06.2007
  • 2007-2010: PhD postgraduate study at Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, specialization “biochemistry”, Postgraduate Certificate 03.00.04 N16 31.10.2010
  • 2012: PhD degree in Biology, specialty “biochemistry” from Palladin Institute of Biochemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Award 23.01.2012; Diploma DK 006475 17.05.2012
  • 2016: International Training College/School on Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Mechnikov National University of Odessa, Ukraine, Postgraduate Certificate 30.06.2016

Research Interests

  • Cell biochemistry, bioenergetics, biogenesis, apoptosis, metabolism, toxicity, biotic and abiotic stresses, sensory and signaling systems, ion channels, plasmatic membranes, sarcoplasmic reticulum, mitochondria, biosynthesis of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, kinetics of carbohydrates, calcium, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, antioxidants, biochemical and pharmacological regulation of physiological functions, biomarkers, biosensors and their application

Dr. Animikh RayAnimikh Ray, Ph.D.


  • Sardar Patel University, B.S in Microbiology Minor in Biochemistry 
  • University of Utkal, M.S in Biotechnology Minor in Biochemistry/immunology
  • University of Missouri-Kansas city, Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and drug design Minor in Chemistry

Research Interests

  1. Investigate intestinal and blood brain barriers ( like efflux pumps ) to delivery of  therapeutics
  2. Investigate strategies to overcome these barriers by identification and exploitation of specific targets
  3. Enhance brain  bioavailability of integrase inhibitors
  4. Deliver therapeutics across cell, mitochondrial and nuclear membrane of target diseased cell population and tissues

Dr. Jan TonnesenJan Tønnesen, Ph.D.

Group leader/ Laboratory of Neuronal Excitability

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  • 2016 – Presently Group leader, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) and Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience.
  • 2010 – 2016 Postdoctoral and staff researcher at Interdisciplinary Institute for Neuroscience, Bordeaux, France.
  • 2010 PhD in Biomedicine, Lund University, Sweden.
  • 2004 MSc Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Research Interests

I am currently group leader of the Laboratory of Neuronal Excitability at the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, located in Bilbao, Spain. My research interests are focused on neuronal signaling and plasticity in settings of neurological disorders, such as epilepsy. In addition to neuronal cells, we address the roles of astrocytes in controlling circuit and cellular excitability. For this, our group works on mice and rat models, where we apply electrophysiological patch-clamp techniques in parallel with advanced fluorescence microscopy, including 2-photon imaging and superresolution STED microscopy.
Having previously visited SUNY/NRI and collaborated with Drs. George B. Stefano and Wei Zhu, I am happy to explore common research interests and participate in future collaborative projects.

Benjamin Samuel Weeks, Ph.D.Benjamin Samuel Weeks, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology, Adelphi University

  • 2006-present: Adelphi University, Biology Department, Professor of Biology
  • 1984, B.A., Biology and Philosophy Dual Major, Skidmore College
  • 1988, Ph.D., Molecular Cell Biology, University of Connecticut

Research Interests

My research focuses on the effects of xenobiotics on the cellular mechanisms of development and disease.

Honors and Accomplishments 

I have created a unique compound, called "Relarian." This compound is incorporated into the commercial product, Mini Chill.